Yelena Tischenko December 31, 2016
As 2016 is winding down, we collected the top five most-read stories from American Nurseryman’s website.
1.Grasses for Wet Sites
Finding plants that tolerate the occasional soaking—or a short period of standing water—can be tricky. But there are several ornamental grass varieties that are up to the challenge. Consider grasses because they are tough plants that can be counted on to perform in difficult sites.
2. Propagating Oakleaf Hydrangeas
A recent resurgence in popularity has propelled these flowering shrubs to the top of the list of must-haves. Recent success in breeding compact cultivars provides even more opportunity for growers, landscape professionals and garden centers to offer beautiful new selections for small landscapes. Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia Bartr.) is an ornamental shrub that is native to the southeastern United States. Read more about the Oakleaf hydrangea.
3. Apps for the Horticulturists
Looking for some helpful apps for your business? As we’re moving further into the tech age, mobile access to information is critical. We’ve compiled a list of apps that are useful for day-to-day activities.
4. Propagating Sweet Fern
Comptonia peregrina, commonly known as sweet fern, has been considered a “sweetheart” plant among native plant enthusiasts because of its ferny fragrant foliage, short stature and ability to colonize tough sites. Over the years, there has been sporadic interest in utilizing sweet fern, however its rise into horticultural prominence has been delayed due to difficulties in propagating the plant.
5. Guide to Cornus kousa ‘Wolf Eyes’ Dogwood
This guide to Cornus kousa ‘Wolf Eyes’ dogwood will help anyone make their choice when choosing plants. In spring and early summer, creamy white, star-shaped flowers stand proudly above the foliage. Each bloom has a prominent, light green cone, which inspires the name ‘Wolf Eyes’. Blossoms often can last for up to six weeks before turning a light green and dropping. ‘Wolf Eyes’ performs well in full sun or slight shade and prefers slightly acidic soil that’s moist and well-drained; avoid planting it in areas subject to standing water. Read more about ‘Wolf Eyes’ dogwood.