Plants That I Added to My Garden August 2015

Clematis Duchess of Albany

On August 1, I bought 2 large pots of Duchess of Albany.  Because they had already bloomed, I got them for a clearance price.  I planted one on the far East Rose Trellis and one on the trellis next to the sunroom door.

Height: 8.00 to 12.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to September
Bloom Description: Deep pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade


Grow in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Roots should be kept cool, shaded and uniformly moist. Bloom occurs on the current year’s growth. Prune back hard (to approximately 8-12” from the ground) to strong leaf buds in late winter to early spring to rejuvenate. Needs adequate supply of nutrients during the growing season to support rush of growth.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Duchess of Albany’ is a deciduous, small-flowering, climbing clematis vine that typically grows 8-12’, and features tulip-shaped, deep pink flowers (2-3” diameter) with darker pink bands on the petal insides and yellow stamens. Profuse summer bloom (July-September). Pinnately trifoliolate medium green foliage.

Clematis Jackmanii

On August 1, I bought 1 large pot of Jackmanii.  Because it had already bloomed, I got it for a clearance price.  I planted it on the far East Rose Trellis.  In July, I bought a very small jackmanii and plantedit on the obelisk in the front yard.

Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 7.00 to 10.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: July
Bloom Description: Blue-purple
Sun: Full sun to part shade


Easily grown in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Clematis generally prefer full sun, but this clematis has better tolerance for part shade than most. Roots should be kept cool (shade with annuals or perennials and/or use a 2″ mulch) and uniformly moist. Intolerant of heavy clay soils. Best to avoid any heavy pruning until plant is well established. Bloom on this clematis is from new (current season’s) growth. Prune back to strong leaf buds 1-2′ from the ground in late winter or early spring.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Profuse, 5-7″, open, four-sepaled, violet-purple flowers cover this vine in mid to late summer. An old favorite which was introduced in England in the mid-1800s.

Clematis Sweet AutumnOn August 2, I added 2 Sweet Autumns.


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Unlike almost all other species of clematis, this plant will thrive and bloom well in considerable shade. Blooms on new growth. Prune hard in fall after flowering or in early spring.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Sweet autumn clematis, as the common name suggests, is a fragrant fall-bloomer. It is a vigorous, deciduous, twining vine with an extremely rampant growth habit. If given support, it will climb rapidly with the aid of tendrilous leaf petioles to 20-25′ in length. Without support, it will sprawl along the ground as a dense, tangled ground cover (to 6-12″ tall and 10′ wide) which typically chokes out most weeds. Features aromatic, 1″ diameter, cruciform, pure white flowers (each with 4 narrow petal-like sepals) in terminal panicles from late August to October in a profuse bloom which typically covers the foliage. Flowers give way to attractive, plume-like seed heads. Compound, leathery-textured, shiny green leaves (3-5 oval to elliptic leaflets with cordate bases). Sweet autumn clematis can aggressively self-seed in the landscape, and has escaped cultivation and naturalized in many parts of the U.S., particularly in the East and Midwest. Synonymous with and sometimes sold as C. maximowicziana, C. paniculata and C. dioscoreifolia, although technically C. paniculata is a separate species native to New Zealand.


Chaste tree 'Shoal Creek'. Notice the upright form & palmate leaves.

Shoal Creek Chaste Tree

On August 10, I added a large Vitex Chaste Tree.  This guy can grow to be 15′ tall.

Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’

“Medicinally, the chaste tree has been found to help with hormonal imbalances, but its name comes from the erroneous belief that chewing its leaves would help medieval monks maintain their vows of celibacy.  Hence it has also been called monk’s pepper.

“”It has sometimes been mistaken for a butterfly bush (Buddleia).  This is understandable as both come in similar colors of purple, white, and pink – though the chaste tree can have an almost true blue blossom.  Both attract butterflies, bees and  hummingbirds; both bloom about the same time of the year. Both reach a similar size. The chaste tree, however, left untrimmed will grow taller, and the butterfly bush can be invasive in some areas.

“A closer look reveals that the butterfly bush has arching canes that cascade downward, while the chaste tree has upward pointing flowers.  The chaste tree leaves have a palmate pattern with five to seven lance-shaped leaflets emanating from a single point, while the butterfly bush has opposite leaves.  Both are aromatic, though the butterfly bush has a sweeter smell, and the scent of the chaste tree is more like sage.  The seed capsules of the butterfly bush will split in two to release small, winged seeds.  The chaste tree, on the other hand, produces aromatic berries resembling black pepper.”

Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa

Height: 1.00 to 2.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Yellow/orange

Walker’s Low Catmint Nepeta x faassenii

On  August 10, I added several Walker’s Low Nepetas

Showy periwinkle blue flower spikes adorn the fragrant mounds of gray-green foliage. Excellent for cascading off walls or container edges and as groundcover that is somewhat drought resistant with time. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Herbaceous

Reaches 24-30 in. tall, spreading to 36 in. wide

Boltonia asteroides Jim Crockett™

Jim Crockett False Aster

Moderate grower to 18 to 24 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide.

Airy clouds of daisy-like, lavender flowers with a yellow center highlight the late summer garden. Fine-textured gray-green leaves complement the pink-tinged blooms. This compact, early and free-flowering variety is an excellent cut flower. Herbaceous perennial. Blooms summer to fall

Boltonia asteroides Jim Crockett™

 Hypericum calycinum (Aaron's beard)

Hypericum Aaron’s Beard – Creeping St. John’s Wort

On August 10, I added 2 Aaron’s Beard

A widely used and attractive evergreen groundcover which is dense, but not invasive. Deep green, oval leaves and 2″ gold flowers with pincushion-like, center-clustered stamens in late spring and early summer. One of the nicest groundcovers when in bloom. Most content in cooler areas away from drying winter winds, although quite tough once established.


15-18 Inches


24 Inches

Croftway Yellow Sovereign Cape Fuchsia – A Tender Perennial

On August 10, I added a Crotway

Height: 12-18 in.  18-24 in.

Venice Blue Speedwell

On August 10, I added 2 Venice Blue Speedwells

Description: Countless spikes of rich blue flowers throughout spring on an easy-care mound of bright green foliage. Amazing color!

Plant Height: 12″ – 14″
Plant Width: 10″ – 12″
Hardy zones: 4-9


On August 3, I added another Hardy Hibiscus Fireball.  I already had one of these, and today is the first day of this summer that it has bloomed.  I added another to balance out this area.


On August 1, I added a hardy hibiscus Kopper King.  I especially like this plant’s deep burgundy leaves and felt that the foliage would be a perfect match for the chartreuse green foliage of the Hinoki Crippsii that I added in July. [You can see the Crippsii behind Kopper King].  Having added a second Fireball on August 3, Kopper King is situated between 2 Fireballs and in front of Crippsii.

Hardy Hibiscus – Kopper King


The above photo was taken in my garden on August 1, 2015.  In this photo, the hardy hibiscus are not blooming, but you can see that even on the day that these were planted, the foliage and the hinkoki are an excellent pair.

Heuchera Palace Purple

On August 9, I added some Palace Purple heucheras.


On August 10, I added 2 Heucheras Carnival Coffee Bean

Bold foliage of bright yellow marked with dark red

Heucherella Gold Zebra

Heucherella General Information:

Heucherella are an interesting cross of Heuchera and Tiarella. Forms an expanding mound flowering in late spring into early summer with strong leaf colors and great flowers.

Type: Perennials,Groundcovers Height: Short 8″ (18″ in flower) (Plant 15″ apart) Bloom Time: Late Spring to Mid-Summer
Sun-Shade: Half Sun/ Half Shade to Full Shade
Zones: 4-9 Find Your ZoneSoil Condition: Normal
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On August 9, I added a Heucherella Gold Zebra

Hydrangea Forever & Ever Peppermint

On August 9, I added a Peppermint Forever & Ever Hydrangea.  It was on the clearance rack and not in great shape.  We’ll see….

2-3′ tall, 2-3′ wide

Morning Sun and Afternoon Shade

Peppermint – A bicolor hydrangea that blooms on old and new wood! These gorgeous 10” mophead blooms display a brushstroke of pink or blue (depending on acidity) in the center of each white petal-a unique combination to be sure.

Hydrangea Forever & Ever Together

On August 9, I added a Together Forever & Ever Hydrangea.  It was on the clearance rack and not in great shape.  We’ll see….

The mophead blooms of Together can reach 8″ across and are made up of double blue or pink flowers which progress through a series of colors throughout the season. Blooms begin opening a light green color in early summer and mature to rich violet or red by season’s end.

2-3′ tall, 3-5′ wide

Morning Sun and Afternoon Shade

Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Filigran’

Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Filigran' (Russian sage)

Height: 3′ – 4′

Filigran Russian Sage is the sturdiest and most upright of the Perovskia cultivars. Feathery, finely-cut foliage glistens a rich silvery-green in the landscape. Filigran Russian Sage blooms are airy and steel-blue, surrounding thin stems. Habit is rounded and densely-branched, creating an elegant, weightless effect in the garden. Suitable as an accent planting, a low hedge or mass planting, or large containers


Gold Thread Cypress

On  August 1, I planted 2 Large Gold Thread Cypresses.

On August 1, I planted a Home Run Red Rose
Home Run planted with Baptisia, Fountain Grass and Feather Reed Grass
On August 1, I planted a red Drift Rose
Red Drift® Rose has the most petite flowers of all of the Drift® Roses. It is perfect for use in front of border plantings and makes a beautiful statement when it drapes naturally over a rock wall or edge. Great flower power and disease resistance. – See more at:

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