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Unknown perennial

I got this plant at a plant exchange, and the person I got it from didn't know the name. I think it normally isn't variegated. I couldn't find it in my references or online. Sorry for the...

Some type of maple, but what one?

This maple is planted as a street tree in London Ontario (zone 6). The samaras hang in chains, as can be seen. There is some variation in the leaf shape - I've shown two here. I haven't been able to...

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Re: Unknown perennial

You were right on, Heycorrie - I found it online:

It's Eupatorium fortunei 'Pink Frost'


Re: Unknown perennial

I don't remember it having an odour (I should have done this earlier when I could have checked). Spirea does make sense, but I was thinking it was a perennial rather than a shrub - it didn't seem woody enough. The flowers look spirea-ish, but the leaves not so much - especially the variegation, which I haven't seen on a spirea before (or in a quick scan of google images). I'll have to see how it grows next summer, see if it tries to be a shrub. :)

Thanks for the help.

Re: Some type of maple, but what one?

It does look a lot like that - at least from google images. But I didn't see a picture that had the samaras just like this one. I think you're probably right, though. Thanks!

Re: Ann's garden in Kansas

Those daylillies are beautiful, Ann. I too love daylilies and have lots in my garden, but I find that they get pretty ratty looking after they finish blooming. What do you do at that stage? I've seen some of the landscaping companies around town trim off all of the leaves, leaving stubs, but I don't really like the look of the stubs. In my front bed, I have a largish swath of daylilies and they looked great up until about mid-August when they were done flowering. At that point their leaves slowly turned brown and they looked worse and worse. The bed became a bit of an embarassment - maybe I should have done the shearing thing with them, but that would have left a big hole in the bed (probably better than the ugly daylilies, though). Just wondering if you have the same problem and what you do about it.

Re: Does anyone know what is this plant or weed?

Actually, I think it is Arum Italicum. I just got a piece of it in a fall plant exchange. Apparently it keeps its leaves through the winter and will slowly spread into a clump.

Re: Lava Rockin'

I bet if you put an ad in your local version of Craig's list (our's is call Kijiji), saying that it is free for the taking, it would go in no time. It's amazing what effort people will go to in order to get something for free. Best of all, they do all the work of loading and hauling it.

Re: Massive shrub?

Those are Chinese elms. They are really trees, but are often planted as hedges, since they look fine sheared. If you stop shearing, however, they eventually become tall trees (actually, they get to be trees quickly - they are fast growers). Are yours in a straight line, on the property line, by chance? If so, they may have been a hedge in their younger days. The rest of the trees in the hedge may have died, or just been removed.

They are a pretty weak tree, and will lose limbs in strong winds, or if it snows before the leaves have dropped.

Re: READER PHOTOS! John's garden in Ontario

Thanks for the info, John - that's very helpful. The forecast is for a low of 5 on Thursday night, so maybe I should bring the plant in that night.

I don't know the variety - the neighbour that gave me the cutting says it's white. He got his from a friend, and neither of them knew it was a brugmansia - I figured that out from his description of the flowers and other clues, but now I'm sure. It's still pretty small, but I'm hoping for some big growth this summer and maybe some flowers.

Re: READER PHOTOS! John's garden in Ontario

John, your garden is beautiful! A lot of effort went into getting it that way, I'm sure. You're not too far from me - I live in London, Ontario.

Your Brugmansia is wonderful. I'm new to brugmansias, having been given a cutting last spring. It grew a little in the summer, then I brought it in for the winter. It liked it better inside, in a cool North-facing window (the only window I could put it in). It lost all of its outside leaves, but grew new inside ones. Then it got spider mites and after I sprayed it with soap, it lost all of those leaves. But it grew new ones. Then another round of spider mites and soap and lost leaves. I just took it outside last weekend, so hopefully I'm done with the spider mites and it can keep its leaves all summer. LOL. I am interested, however, in what you do to overwinter yours and whether you do anything special in the spring to acclimatize them to the outdoors.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ann's garden in New York

I agree with cwheat000 - I think it is petasides (Butterbur) too. And I also agree with the comment about containing it. I have it growing beside my driveway and this spring it pushed up through the asphalt. It's spreading along the length of the driveway in a patch between the driveway and a fence (and I noticed it coming up in my neighbour's yard on the other side of the fence). In another couple of years it should meet some obedient plant spreading from the other direction. I wonder which will win the war. It's possible they could even coexist - should be interesting.

Re: Ouch!

It's actually a very nice tree (except for those thorns). It blooms in the spring with white, very fragrant wisteria-like flowers. You can smell the tree a block away, if the wind is blowing your way.

Re: Succulents in North Carolina

I love your first sentence. Being consumed by succulents must have been an exciting experience! Since you're still here to write about it, I assume they regurgitated you afterwards. ;)

Re: Black & blue isn't always painful

Very nice combination, but even better is that I now know that butterbur is the name of the great plant growing in my garden! I got it at a plant exchange, but couldn't find it in any of my books. Now I know what conditions it likes, although by pure accident, I seem to have planted it in an ideal location. Thanks for the serendipitous identification.

Re: When Bad Taste Meets Power Tools

Just wondering what a "Rouge's Gallery" is? I know that rouge is the French word for red, so would a Rouge's Gallery be a display of red pictures? I'll have to click the link and see. ;-)

(I assume you meant Rogue's Gallery. Just a little misplaced "u". I love your articles and couldn't help poking a little fun too.)

Re: Win a copy of Designer Plant Combinations!

Looks like a wonderful book. I sometimes plan my combinations on paper, trying to get a mix of textures, foliage size and form, and bloom times. Other times, I just wing it directly in the garden, but using the same principles. Sometimes things work out fine, but other times I have to tinker with the design to get it right.

A few great combinations have resulted by accident from moving to a new house, and moving plants into a "holding" bed, with only a vague regard to design.

Re: any idea what this berry plant is?

Yes, I agree - looks like black nightshade.

Re: What flower is this?

It was the explosive seeds that gave it away. One of the common names is touch-me-not, which refers to the projectile seeds. Kids love that.

Your blooms appear larger than usual, and it is a nice looking plant, so I would definitely keep it around. Although it may be invasive in some areas, I would just watch it and see what it does in your garden. The wild jewelweed that I'm familiar with likes damp shade, so yours probably would too, and wouldn't spread much in other conditions. The seedlings (and mature plants) are pretty easy to pull, so I wouldn't worry too much.

Re: What flower is this?

I thought it looked like jewelweed, but wasn't aware that jewelweed came in pink. So I googled, and sure enough, it does come in pink. Here's a picture (scroll down on the page)

Re: a small shrub

I think it might be a pawpaw. Asimina triloba. Here's some photos:

Re: Unknown volunteer

It looks like Buckthorn to me. Non-native and invasive. It will persistently sprout from the stump if you cut it to the ground, so dig it out if you can. If you keep it, it does get lots of black berries that the birds like, but then you will get millions of little buckthorns all over the place. It's a problem in the woodlands around where I live, since it will take over the understory (it grows to be a small shrubby tree, about 10-15 feet tall). At one house where I lived, I naturalized the back third of the yard and spent a lot of time trying to get rid of buckthorn. Can you tell it's not my favourite plant?

Re: Wild Ginger

Wow - that's quite a bloom! The wild ginger I have seen has non-descript brown blooms that hang under the leaves. You have to go looking and lift the leaves to even see them. Lucky you!

Re: pretty flower, but grows like crazy

Just to avoid confusion, Sweet Woodruff is *not* another name for this plant. Sweet woodruff is another plant. I have both in my garden and love them both.

Re: seedballs

The flowers in the second photo are actually tulips, not peonies. Beautiful all the same, though.