July 6th, 2012

July 6th, 2012 by Sherri

In the shrub garden at the north side of the HUB Snack Bar there are four Korean Stewartias {S. koreana} blooming with white flowers accented by yellow stamens. This tree also has attractive exfoliating bark as the plant ages. In the same garden are several Rosebay Rhododendron {R. maximum} blooming with large clusters of pinkish white flowers. This native shrub used to be a large part of the under story of New Hampshire forests and a small area is preserved in Rhododendron State Park in Fitzwilliam. It is well worth the visit to see this plant forming the understory of a mature forest.  Growing under the Mountain Laurel on the north side of Silver Center is the evergreen herb Galax {G. aphylla} with spikes of white flowers. The foliage is often used in corsages.

 Korean Stewartias {S. koreana} Korean Stewartias {S. koreana}

 Korean Stewartias {S. koreana}Rosebay Rhododendron {R. maximum}

Rosebay Rhododendron {R. maximum}Galax {G. aphylla}

June 28th, 2012

June 28th, 2012 by Sherri

Along the west side of the HUB snack bar are four Korean Stewartias {S. koreana} that are blooming with 3″ white flowers with a yellow center. The foliage is a nice rich green all summer and turns orange each fall. As this tree ages the bark takes on a very nice mottled appearance. A very nice four season plant which flowers late June into July, a time when few other trees are flowering.

Korean Stewartias {S. koreana}Korean Stewartias {S. koreana}

Korean Stewartias {S. koreana}Korean Stewartias {S. koreana}

 

June 20th, 2012

June 20th, 2012 by Sherri

In front of Prospect Hall is a group of ‘Henry’s Garnet’ Virginia Sweetspire {Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’} that are blooming with 6″ spikes of white flowers. This plant has a suckering habit and spreads slowly. It has wonderful deep red fall foliage that lasts well into November. In the same garden along the curb are several ‘Red Sprite’ Winterberries that have very small white flowers along their stems. We grow this plant for its beautiful displays of red fruit that begin in September and last well into winter.

 'Henry's Garnet' Virginia Sweetspire {Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'} 'Henry's Garnet' Virginia Sweetspire {Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'}

 'Red Sprite' Winterberries 'Red Sprite' Winterberries

June 18th, 2012

June 18th, 2012 by Sherri

On the east side of Russell House is a group of Bush Cinquefoil {Potentilla fruiticosa} that has pale yellow 1″ flowers in profusion. This shrub will stay small, about 2-3′ and bloom most of the summer. There are more than 100 varieties with flower color choices in many shades of yellow, white, pink and red. The yellow varieties are the most common.

 Bush Cinquefoil {Potentilla fruiticosa} Bush Cinquefoil {Potentilla fruiticosa}

 Bush Cinquefoil {Potentilla fruiticosa} Bush Cinquefoil {Potentilla fruiticosa}

June 7th, 2012

June 7th, 2012 by Sherri

At the southwest corner of the Counseling Center is an Oyama Magnolia {M. sieboldii} in bloom with white pendulous flowers that have red stamens to give the flowers a very attractive and colorful center. The flowers, unlike the better-known spring flowering Magnolias, open primarily in the early summer, but continue intermittently until late summer. Even though this plant is rated as zone 6 it has performed well in Plymouth {z.4} for 11 years.

Oyama Magnolia {M. sieboldii}

Oyama Magnolia {M. sieboldii}Oyama Magnolia {M. sieboldii}

June 4th, 2012

June 4th, 2012 by Sherri

Outside the Tess Reed entrance to Silver CAC are a few Redvein Enkianthus {E. campanulatus} that have very attractive reddish flowers that hang down in pendulous clusters. The color varies quite a bit from plant to plant, some are cream colored with red veins, others are mostly red, all are very attractive. They also have good red fall color. Outside the east entrance of Speare Hall is a planting of Big Root Geranium {G. macrorrhizum} that is an excellent groundcover and its purple flowers are just coming out. This plant was used to replace the bark mulch circles we have around our trees, there are two European Larches {Larix deciduas} on the south side of Ellen Reed Hall that have this treatment.

 

Redvein Enkianthus {E. campanulatus}Redvein Enkianthus {E. campanulatus}

Redvein Enkianthus {E. campanulatus}Big Root Geranium {G. macrorrhizum}

Big Root Geranium {G. macrorrhizum}European Larches {Larix deciduas}

May 28th, 2012

May 28th, 2012 by Sherri

In the courtyard on the west side of Mary Lyons hall is a Siberian Peashrub {Caragana arborescens} in bloom with yellow flowers highlighted by the bright green pinnately compound foliage. In front of Memorial Hall is a group of Highbush Blueberries {Vaccinium corymbosum} beginning to flower.  In the same bed as the blueberries are two ‘Allegheny’ Viburnums {V. x rhytidiphylloides ‘Allegheny’} that have cream colored flower clusters. These plants are semi-evergreen and hold their outstanding foliage well into winter; they also have excellent displays of red fruit that eventually turn black.

Siberian Peashrub {Caragana arborescens}

Highbush Blueberries {Vaccinium corymbosum}Highbush Blueberries {Vaccinium corymbosum}'Allegheny' Viburnums {V. x rhytidiphylloides 'Allegheny'} 'Allegheny' Viburnums {V. x rhytidiphylloides 'Allegheny'}

 

 

May 25th, 2012

May 25th, 2012 by Sherri

Along the north side of the HUB snackbar is a group of ‘Carol Mackie’ Daphne {D. x burkwoodi ‘Carol Mackie’} about to flower. These plants have very fragrant pink flowers that lighten to white as they mature and the foliage is very attractive with cream colored leaf margins. Separating the parking lots off Court Street are several Amur Chokecherries {Prunus maackii} that have white flowers in 3″ racemes. The bark on these fast growing trees is very attractive and makes them interesting in four Seasons.

 

 'Carol Mackie' Daphne {D. x burkwoodi 'Carol Mackie'}'Carol Mackie' Daphne {D. x burkwoodi 'Carol Mackie'}Amur Chokecherries {Prunus maackii}Amur Chokecherries {Prunus maackii}

May 18th, 2012

May 18th, 2012 by Sherri

At the entrance to Boyd Hall are several Dwarf ‘Purple Gem’ Rhododendrons {R. x ‘Purple Gem’} in bloom with light purple flowers, evergreen foliage and a branching habit that has difficulty supporting our usual snow loads. Along the south side of Mary Lyons Hall is a bed of Royal Azaleas {R. schlippenbachii} that have fragrant pale pink flowers and foliage more attractive than most other azaleas. They also have colorful fall foliage with shades of yellow, orange and red. Just behind the Shuttle Stop on Highland Street is a group of Myrtle-leaf Rhododendrons {R. myrtlefolium} that have evergreen foliage and bright pink flowers with a compact low growing habit. In front of the Hogan House is a group of Pinkshell Azaleas {R. vaseyi} with pink flowers on a deciduous shrub with a tall open habit.This native of the Blue Ridge Mtns. is a very dependable performer in Plymouth. Outside the southeast corner of Hall Commons is a group of Dwarf Fothergillas {F. gardenii} that have small white flowers in the shape of a bottlebrush. Summer foliage is a nice deep green and yellow, orange, and red leaves in the fall highlight this fine shrub.

 

Dwarf 'Purple Gem' Rhododendrons {R. x 'Purple Gem'}Royal Azaleas {R. schlippenbachii}Myrtle-leaf Rhododendrons {R. myrtlefolium}Pinkshell Azaleas {R. vaseyi}Dwarf Fothergillas {F. gardenii}

May 11th, 2012

May 11th, 2012 by Sherri

Along the north side of Memorial Hall are 4 Bradford Pears {Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’} coming into bloom. These ornamental Pears have glossy green leaves and outstanding fall color that is usually cut short by a severe frost in the very late fall. This is the same tree that is flowering along Plymouth’s Main Street. At the south end of the stone wall just east of Belknap Hall is a Redbud {Cercis canadensis} coming into bloom. The intensely pink buds will open in the next few days. We also have 2 large Redbuds between D&M and the church on its north side, these bloom a few days later because of their exposure. Next to the Redbud near Belknap Hall is a group of ‘Molly Fordham’ Rhododendrons {R. x ‘Molly Fordham’} that have white flowers and small evergreen foliage. At the northwest corner of Hall Dorm is a group of ‘Judd’ Viburnums {V. juddi} that have deep red flowers buds that open to very fragrant white flowers. We have several species of Viburnum that will be opening in the coming days with clusters of white and cream colored flowers.

 

Bradford Pears {Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford'}Bradford Pears {Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford'}Redbud {Cercis canadensis}Redbud {Cercis canadensis}'Molly Fordham' Rhododendrons {R. x 'Molly Fordham'}'Molly Fordham' Rhododendrons {R. x 'Molly Fordham'}'Judd' Viburnums {V. juddi}'Judd' Viburnums {V. juddi}

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