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Thursday, October 11, 2018


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The ornamental crabapples are such gorgeous things in spring and autumn - You definitely need a few in your garden. Ooh, that pin oak. You found great trees after which to lust and should probably plant them all.


I can see why you'd be looking hard at wetland plants! Just yesterday was re-reading Allen Lacy's paean to dog fennel in The Garden in Autumn, one of the many plants that book introduced me to. Many of which I've tried in the decades since, but so far not that one.


I'm in love with the effect of that little redbud (young, or possibly dwarf?) underplanted with silky sedge. The contrast between the broad, matte leaves with their hint of dusky undertone and the silvery glittering mops below: yum!

Kris P

Oh, I love the crabapple! Surely, you can squeeze in at least one more?

Linda Brazill

I have that book on my shelf. I need to take a look at it again.

Linda Brazill

I think the redbud is full size but staying small since it is in a pot. I have a tree that I just took out of a pot and planted in the ground for winter. I will repot it next spring but that will mean it will get some root-pruning to keep it small.

Beth @ PlantPostings

Oh, I so agree! Always amazing ideas to be found at Olbrich. I noticed those potted trees when I was there last time. I'm so curious about how the new construction will turn out.

Linda Brazill

I remember talking to Jeff at Olbrich when they planted the crabapples and yew just outside the Atrium and now it's all about to disappear. Should be interesting.

Loree / danger garden

Was the Eupatorium capillifolium 'Elegant Feather' in a container? I’ve tried that, but can’t keep it happy...and I don’t have enough space in the garden for it either, since it dies back and I’ve got so many evergreen things to crowd it out. It’s such a cool plant!!!

Lisa at Greenbow

Crabapples are so striking when those little apples are so abundant. I love seeing trees in pots. They look so promising.

Linda Brazill

That Eupatorium was actually in the ground.

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener

Those crabapples are phenomenal. I've grown Elegant Feather before and it is really a lovely plant, but I've struggled with placement for it (beyond containers, where it shines). That oak is stunning as well. I'm envious of your trip there, but the last thing I need right now is more plants on my "must have" list.

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