Episode 136: Plants with Presence

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We all love plants that have some personality. They’re the ones that stand out to us and make us take notice, and when we see them in a nursery, public garden, or gathering of fellow gardeners, they go straight to the wish list or shopping cart. What unforgettable treasures spring to mind when you hear Daniel, Carol and their guest reflect on the presence of some of their favorite plants?

Expert Guest: Carl Gersons is East Conservatory Manager at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Daniel’s plants

Rose Sensation™ False Hydrangea vine
Rose Sensation™ False Hydrangea vine

Rose Sensation™ False Hydrangea Vine (Schizophragma hydrangides ‘Minsens’, zones 5-9).

Double Take Scarlet™ flower quince
Double Take Scarlet™ flower quince

Double Take Scarlet™ Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa (‘Scarlet Storm’, Zones 5-9)

    The 'woo-la-la' host
The ‘woo-la-la’ host

‘Woo-la-la’ hosta (hosta ‘Woo-La-La’, Zones 3-9)

'Little Honey' oakleaf hydrangea (credit: millettephotomedia.com)
‘Little Honey’ oakleaf hydrangea (credit: millettephotomedia.com)

‘Little Honey’ oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea corquifolia ‘Little Honey’, Zones 4b-9)

Carroll plants

'Storm Cloud' Blue Star
‘Storm Cloud’ Blue Star

‘Storm Cloud’ Blue Star (Amsonia tabernimontana (‘Storm Cloud’, Zones 4-9)

Kodiak® Orangebush Honeysuckle, photo courtesy of Proven Winners Color Choice
Kodiak® Orangebush Honeysuckle, photo courtesy of Proven Winners Color Choice

Kodiak® Orangebush Honeysuckle (Dervella x ‘G2X88544’, zones 4-7).

Marine heliotrope
Marine heliotrope

Marine heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens(zones 10-11)

'Straw' Colorado Spruce
‘Straw’ Colorado Spruce

‘Straw’ Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens ‘Straw’, zones 4–8).

Specialist plants

Titan Arum, photo courtesy of Carl Gersons
Titan Arum, photo courtesy of Carl Gersons

Titan Arum (Amorphophilus titaniumzones 11-12).

Tower of Jewels, photo courtesy of Carl Gersons
Tower of Jewels, photo courtesy of Carl Gersons

Tower of Jewels (Echium wildpretiizones 9-10).

Madeira Island geranium, photo courtesy of Carl Gercens
Madeira Island geranium, photo courtesy of Carl Gercens

Madeira Island Geranium (Geranium madrinus(zones 9-11)

Wood's cycad, photo courtesy of Carl Gersons
Wood’s cycad, photo courtesy of Carl Gersons

wood cycad (Encephalartos woodii(zones 10-11)

Mule's Foot Fern, photo courtesy of Carl Gersons
Mule’s Foot Fern, photo courtesy of Carl Gersons

Mule’s Foot Fern (Angiopterus avecta(zones 10-11)

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