May 26, 2011

May 26th, 2011 by Michael

In front of the Kelley House, aka Human Resources, is a ‘Red Bells’ Enkianthus {E. campanulatus ‘Red Bells’} that has pendulous bell shaped flowers tinged in red over cream that hang below the leaves. These plants also have red fall foliage and a very graceful habit throughout the year. This selection has more red in the flowers than the species which is planted in the large garden on the north side of Memorial Hall. On the east side of the HUB is a planting of the broadleaf evergreen Drooping Leucothoe {L. fontanesiana} that has cream colored flowers hanging below its leaves. This shrub does very well as long as it sees very little winter sun, which is why it is planted in this much protected area. In the garden at the north end of the Silver Center by the Roundabout is an Umbrella Magnolia {M.tripetala} with very large cream colored flowers {up tp 10″ across} above its even larger leaves {up to 24″ long”}. This is the hardiest of the three large leaf Magnolia species; it is more of a novelty and not suited to most residential scale gardens. In the same garden are several ‘Rosy Lights’ Azaleas {Rhododendron x ‘Rosy Lights’} in bloom with fragrant deep pink flowers. In front of the Draper & Maynard Building on Main St is a large planting of ‘Brilliant’ Red Chokeberries {Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’} that have clusters of small white flowers with red anthers. This spreading shrub also has bright green summer foliage, truly brilliant red fall foliage as well as very attractive red fruit in clusters. This is an excellent shrub with multiple seasons of interest. In the bed on the left as you drive to the parking in the rear of Boyd Hall are a few Koreanspice Viburnums {V.carlesi} with fully round clusters of very waxy fragrant white flowers. The fragrance rivals Lilacs as among the strongest of shrubs that grow here.

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