Monthly Archives: July 2011

Grasses at the Hampton Court Flower Show July 2011

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New Pennisetums have colorful foliage

Several new foliage pennisetums (fountain grasses) are on the market this year. Many are hybrids or mutations of the sterile Pennisetum advena. Shown at left are two kinds; several more can be seen at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Ornamental Grass … Continue reading

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Hampton Court Flower Show

Wow, what a show. Much larger than Chelsea and so many more plants to see. World class displays and flowers. A lot of veggies this year and Stipa tenuissima seemed to be  everywhere.  Many people were buying squirrel-tail barley, it’s … Continue reading

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A little used grass in the US

Wisley labels this as Stipa calamagrostis, however I think Achnatherum calamagrostis is the correct name. I hope to have this grass at the Arboretum in Minnesota this year. I have not seen it growing yet in the US, and although … Continue reading

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Trial Garden at RHS Wisley

THE TRIALS AREA at Wisley Garden is amazing. This year sweet peas that are 10′ tall are a riot of color. Attendees of the first Plant Trials Conference July 4-7, 2011, loved looking at the comparisons.

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International Trials Conference

RHS is a wonderful host for this conference. With over 100 attendees and many interesting speakers from around the world, it is an interesting conference on trialing plants. This afternoon, the discussion on the UK and Europe using the USDA … Continue reading

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Wisley’s Ornamental Grass Collection

The RHS Wisley Garden has a nice grass collection. Early July is peak flowering for showy, golden Stipa gigantea, shown in the background here. There are about 120 people here July 4-7, 2011, for the RHS and ISHS International Trials … Continue reading

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