Top Plant Picks January 2021

Top Plant Picks January 2021

Kick off the new year by checking out a few of our featured plants! Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds.

Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)

Bloom Time: April

Sun Requirement: Sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds

Tolerates: Clay Soil

Native to North America: No

Other: Wonderful small specimen tree for winter interest with attractive exfoliating bark.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Arboretum – Edge of Parking Lot B

Weeping Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’)

Bloom Time: April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Birds

Tolerates: Variety of soils

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Evergreen, weeping form. Must have a male plant nearby for female plants to set fruit. Fragrant flowers.

Zones: 7 – 9

Location: Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden

Hardy Anise Shrub (Illicium parviflorum ‘Florida Sunshine’)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Part shade – shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Tolerates: Deer, wet conditions

Native to North America: Yes

Other: For winter color interest, this is a winner! Leaves emit an aromatic fragrance when crushed.

Zones: 6 – 9

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

Bloom Time: December – February

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: Birds eat the berries

Tolerates: Deer, drought & erosion

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Wonderful native tree for evergreen screens and interest.

Zones: 2 – 9

Location: Robinson Water Garden / Ann and Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail

Braun’s Arborvitae Fern (Selaginella braunii)

Sun Requirement: Part sun – shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer & heavy shade

Native to North America: Yes

Other: This spikemoss is evergreen in Nashville and can act as a weed barrier. Adds interesting texture to the garden, resembling that of ocean coral.

Zones: 6 – 9

Location: Blevins Japanese Garden

Northern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Bloom Time: May

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds. Black bears use large hollow trees for dens.

Tolerates: Heavy shade

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Attractive cones hang like ornaments. Mulch heavily in the winter months.

Zones: 3 – 7

Location: Arboretum – Lower Stream

Lantanaphyllum Viburnum (Viburnum x rhytidophyllum ‘Willowood’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds & butterflies

Tolerates: Erosion

Native to North America: No

Other: Attractive fall and winter color of gold, peach, and oranges.

Zones: 5 – 8

Location: Between the Carell Dogwood Garden & the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Johnny-Jump Up (Viola ‘Tiger Eye’)

Bloom Time: September – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees & butterflies

Tolerates: Cold weather

Native to North America: No

Other: A cool season annual, ‘Tiger Eye’ presents attractive markings and a pop of color.

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Chihuly Installation – Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower


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