Cyclamen hederifolium (Hardy Cyclamen) is a tuberous perennial and woodland plant that blooms in late fall. After the flowers fade, the heart-shaped variegated leaves remain through winter and then die back in summer. May eventually self-seed and naturalize. Can be planted in front of shrubs or around trees, and overplanted in summer with annuals. If a cyclamen likes the spot where it’s planted, it can live up to 100 years! Our cyclamen lives in the Rhododendron Hillside Garden (south end of the park), on the right as you descend the steps.
Hesperantha (Schizostylis) coccinea (aka Kaffir Lily), a member of the Iris family, is a perennial bulb native to South Africa. This vigorous, clump-forming plant likes moist but well-drained soil and sun. Great for autumn color at the front of the garden border or pond. Its star-shaped flowers have been known to last past Christmas here. You’ll find ours in the garden bed south of the Bush Barn Art Center.
Espalier is the ancient practice of training a woody plant to grow flat against a wall, fence, trellis, or railing. Partly decorative, but also to conserve space and, in the case of a fruit tree, to make the fruit more accessible for harvesting.
Our espaliered apple tree was planted around 1960, and originally had five apple varieties. Lindsey Jones, one of our volunteers and a Certified Aesthetic Pruner, recently pruned our apple tree to reveal its unique structure and to let in more light to encourage better fruit production. The transformation was captured in before and after photos:
Hibiscus moscheutos (aka Rose Mallow): Our hibiscus is a hardy perennial that consistently overwinters here. We have three different varieties, all having large trumpet-shaped flowers with crepe-paper petals and long tongues (stamen and stigma) that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Blooms mid-July through September. Located on the lower part of the Rhododendron Hillside Garden at the south end of the park.
‘Plum Crazy’ (pink-purple); ‘Fantasia’ (deep rose-pink); Kopper King (white)