Plants that I Added to My Garden July 2015

hinokicrippsii Hinoki falsecypress Crippsii

On July 31, I added 4 Crippsii.  I love the light chartreuse green set against all the other dark greens in my yard.  This is my first year to use this color in my garden, and I have added several plants this color.  Crippsii has the potential to grow to 15 feet.  I have planted 3 as a hedge on my Southeast line and I planted 1 as a specimen behind the house.


Gold Coast Juniper Juniperus × pfitzeriana

Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 4.00 feet
Outstanding golden color and compact form make this evergreen an excellent choice as a colorful accent. Color is retained and deepens in winter better than other gold tipped varietie

sambuscus black tower

On July 28, I added a Sambuscus Black Tower [Eleberberry]

Plant Description

The fantastic burgundy colored foliage on this upright shrub creates a garden spire to behold. Softly cut edges provide an elegant texture. Bright pink flowers are followed by blackish red berries that provide seasonal forage for wildlife. Deciduous.

Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:

Best with regular watering- weekly or Adapts to dry conditions, once established.
Average Landscape Size:

Reaches 6-8 ft. tall, 3-4 ft. wide.
Key Feature:

Dramatic Foliage Color

Spring flowers followed by berries in the Fall.
Landscape Uses:
Image shows sambuscus in an evergreen landscape

Jackmanii Deep Purple Clematis – Added to Front July 24, 2015

Type: Shrubs,Vines,Perennials Height: Tall 12′ (Plant 4′ apart) Bloom Time: Early Summer to Mid-Summer
Rebloom Time: Early Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny

Immigrated from England in the 1850’s. Our forefathers did not want to leave this beauty behind. Clematis Jackmanii has an incredible number of single royal purple blossoms that are produced in June, July and September. A true garden Classic.

Gracefully meandering over fences, trellises or through shrubbery, Clematis supply vertical interest. Every perennial garden should have at least one of these incredible vinesf

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Clematis The President
Flowers are violet-blue in color and it blooms profusely, and for most of the summer. Consistently puts on a great show on the lath house at the Store. One of the best repeat bloomers. Superb with any of our Climbing Roses. Blooms June – August

Rockin the Blues – Clematis Duo

Ruffled Violet Blue and Double Violet Blue


Christmas in July – New Obelisk and Clematis

On July 24, 2015, I set up my 15 to 20′ Christmas tree. It is an aged iron obelisk on a steel planter. I got this sweetheart for a great bargain. It was lying around back of a nice nursery. Our eyes met [mine and the obelisk], and it was love. I saw that it was broken in a few places [inconsequential breaks], and the nursery was trying to clean out that spot. I talked them into selling me this whole deal for $100. They had a similar one new for almost $1,000. My Christmas indeed–in July.  It has a young Zepherine Drouhin rose inside and the above 3 clematis.



When I was transplanting the clematis, I lost the blooms of the Blues and the President, but a couple of the Jackmanii blooms are still there.


Methley Plums

On July 23, I added 2 Methley Plum Trees

A cultivar of Japanese plum, Methley is a handsome tree that is small, upright and spreading. It produces heavy, annual crops of juicy, sweet, red purple fruit that ripens from late May to early July, depending on location. The fruit is juicy, sweet and mild with a distinctive flavor—good for fresh eating or jelly.

This is a self-fertile tree, meaning it doesn’t require another tree to produce fruit. But planting two or more is recommended for a better crop. The Methley plum also serves as a good pollinator for other early bearing Japanese varieties.

Mature Size

The standard Methley plum grows to a height of around 20′ and a spread of around 20′ at maturity. The dwarf variety grows to a height of 8–10′ with a spread of up to 10′.

Growth Speed MediumGrowth Rate

This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24″ per year.

Sun Preference

This tree needs a minimum of 6–8 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Crepe Myrtles

Our Favorite Crepe Myrtles: Miami

Miami Pink – Southern Living says it is one of its favorite crepe myrtles –

Added July 22, 2015

“Upright, small tree growing up to 25 feet tall; beautiful chesnut brown bark; orange-to-russet red fall foliage.” – Southern Living

“The Miami crape myrtle trees grow into some of the tallest of all flowering trees – up to 25 feet tall, Unbelievable! The cascading plumes of dark pink flowers begin appearing in early June hanging from an upright cluster of limbs,- limbs that kids love to climb. The Miami blooms for weeks-repeating a flowering extravaganza in early fall, after which blooming stops, and a leafy explosion of orange leaves fills the eyes of drive-by lookers with the unforgettable pleasure of autumn coloration.”

Tonto – Dwarf – Added July 22, 2015


The baby Tonto is at the back of my garden, in front of the far right of my trellis.


Tonto Crape Myrtle A fully grown Tonto

“The new Tonto Crape Myrtle gives you huge blooms, ranging in color from dark fuchsia to red throughout the summer. This is the perfect tree if you want to add vibrant color to your lawn, but have limited yard space.

Your crape myrtle matures to 8-15 ft., making it the perfect tree to tuck away in tight areas.”



On July 30, I planted 2 large landscape hydrangeas.  They had been grown in Hopewell Nursery, and I believe that they might be a hydrangea by the name of Shamrock.  When I bought the hydrangeas, they were already 4 feet tall.  I do not know if they will get larger, and I do not know whether theyare as large as they will get.  At the time of planting them, the  plants were a pinkish lavender.

Pee Gee

“Pee Gee is a large shrub averaging six to eight feet tall, with some getting up to 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide if left wild. This variety produces cone shaped flower clusters as opposed to the round clusters of most other varieties. Flower clusters typically grow up to 18 inches long and 10 inches wide. Pee Gees bloom from mid- to late summer through early fall. Flowers start out white; as they age they turn pink and then rust colored in the fall. …

This very adaptable shrub is fast growing, with growth of 25 inches or more each year. Because blooms form on new growth, it is a good idea to prune your Pee Gee in the winter, as well as removing dead flowers as needed to keep this shrub looking fresh and lovely throughout its flowering season.” –


Paniculata – Sweet Summer – I added 3 of these

‘Sweet Summer’is a very winter hardy hydrangea with a compact habit. Creamy white sterile flowers are conical in shape and appear in summer then quickly changing to a light pink color in fall. Great flowering shrub for late season color.

Hydrangea paniculata (Panicle Hydrangea)

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’ – I am not sure, but I believe that one of the hydrangeas that I thought was Sweet Summer is actually Tardiva.  Sweet Summer has small infloresscence. Pee Gee has similar small inflorescence, but one of my paniculatas has large inflorescence that looks like Tardiva.  I actually bought this plant last year, and I thought that I had lost this plant.  When I found it in late June or early July, it was tiny.  By the end of July, the plant had regrown to about 4′ tall.

Dave Ramsey – Added July 21, 2015

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David Ramsey – Reblooming dynamite

“This early bloomer is full of blue, pink or lavender blooms for the splash of color just when summer kicks off. Mulitple colored blooms often fill this hydrangea every summer. Blue blooms for acidic soil are electric but just as stunning in pink for more neutral soils. Big leaves are a flat green. One of the remonant bloomers that is similar to Endless Summer(tm) the original. Blooms age green and red during the summer for an antique look. This one can rebloom in more climates if cut right after first bloom.”

Grows 4′ – 5′ –


On July 15, I added this lavender lacecap.  I do not know its name.


Blue Rug Juniper – Added July 24, 2015

One of the finest trailing junipers having a uniform, full centered growth habit with intense silver-blue evergreen foliage. Excellent for large scale groundcovers or cascading over walls.


Burning Bush Dwarf – Added July 22, 2015

Burning bush, Euonymus alatus …. is also sometimes called winged euonymus or just euonymus. There is also a dwarf variety that is more commonly sold – called dwarf burning bush, dwarf winged euonymus, or Euonymus alatus ‘compacta’. Burning bush is a favorite among many landscape lovers due to its marvelous fall color, but it is a beautiful green shrub in the spring and summer as well. …  The fruits of this shrub are small, round, red berries that appear in September or late fall; you still may be seeing a few of these berries on the shrubs in your yard in November. The most desirable trait of burning bush, and how it got its name, is the bright red color they turn in the fall. They almost look as if they were on fire.

Burning bush can be planted in part shade to full sun, but typically turns a deeper red in sunny locations and more of a pink color in shady locations. This plant does not tolerate extreme drought or overly wet soils, so be careful of watering and be sure to not plant it where water will pool often or where the soil is very well drained. It is best used as a hedge or a focal point of a landscape.” –


`Dense’ yew (Taxus x. media `Densiformis’) Grows Six to eight inches per year Six to ten feet tall and eight to twelve feet wide Is Ok for Semi Shade



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Silvery Pink likes sun and is evergreen.  It blooms early and grows to 4.5′

Olga Mezitt

Olga Mezitt can reach a height of 4 – 6′ It is evergreen and likes sun.



On July 9, I added several orange coneflowers


I also added several Pink Pow Wow Wild Berry Coneflowers on July 9, 2015

Hardy Hibisus


On July 9, I also added 2 hot pink hardy hibiscus


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