Some of the special plants you’ll find
at The Garden Market include:
‘Iron Butterfly’ ironweed (Vernonia lettermanii)
— Our growing awareness of pollinators and their specificity in
food choices has encouraged gardeners to incorporate native
plants into their gardens. One of our finest natives is New York
ironweed (V. novaboracencis), but it can grow to a lofty 6 feet
tall, not especially suitable for a small garden. ‘Iron
Butterfly’ is native to Arkansas and is a product of Alan
Armitage’s research at the University of Georgia. In late summer
it sports the same warm purple tufted flowers of New York
ironweed, but it tops out at 3 feet tall. In addition, its
foliage is wispy and delicate, adding a wonderful textural
contrast to the border when it is not in flower. ‘Iron
Butterfly’ thrives in full sun and will tolerate dry soils.
‘Illumination Flame’ perennial foxglove (Digiplexis)
— A cross between common foxglove and one of its relatives from
the Canary Islands resulted in a show-stopping flower the color
of a brilliant sunset. ‘Illumination Flame’ has a long flowering
period because it is a sterile hybrid and will not set seed. It
is not winter hardy in our region.
It would make a terrific
anchor plant for a special container. It grows up to 3 feet tall
and 18 inches wide and should be planted in full sun to
part-shade. Like its common cousin, Digiplexis is toxic to both
humans and deer. Care should be taken with parts of the plant
and any water used for cut flowers.
‘Nova Flame’ Mukgenia
— Shade gardeners will want to scoop up this inter-generic cross
between ‘Crimson Fans’ Mukdenia and Bergenia. A clumping plant
growing to a height of 8-10 inches, it displays the incised
leaves and brilliant fall color of ‘Crimson Fans.’ The Bergenia
side of the cross contributes 12- to 15-inch wands of bright
pink flowers in the spring as well as thicker, tougher leaves.
Mukgenia does best in moist but well-drained, fertile soil. It
would look terrific paired with any lacy perennial such as ferns
When & Where
Look for these plants and many more at the
Garden & Landscape Symposium
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 at Shadyside Academy Senior
School, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel (15238). Cost is $120,
or $105 if you register by March 16.
will be held at the Shadyside Academy Ice Rink. It is free and
open to the public.
Caladiums with summer long delight