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Top Plant Picks July 2022

Rudbeckia lanciniata 'Autumn Star'

Top Plant Picks July 2022

July is in full effect and the gardens are loving it! Cheekwood’s Plant Collections Manager, Shanna Jones, shares her favorite plants at the estate!

Ajuga tenorii 'Princess Nadia'

Ajuga tenorii ‘Princess Nadia’ (Bugleweed)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement:  Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: White-tailed bumblebees & green-veined butterflies

Tolerates: Rabbit & deer

Native to North America: No

Zones: 4 – 9

Other: Amazing weed barrier due to it’s mat-forming habit. Naturalizes well.

Location: Howe Garden

Cercis canadensis 'Merlot'

Cercis canadensis ‘Merlot’ (Eastern Redbud)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement:  Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: ‘Merlot’ tolerates more heat and dry conditions than other cultivars.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Rudbeckia lanciniata 'Autumn Star'

Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Autumn Star’ (Tall Coneflower)

Bloom Time: July – September

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 – 9

Other: A native plant found in moist soil habitats.

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana'

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Globosa Nana’ (Dwarf Japanese Cedar)

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer, drought, & heat

Native to North America: No

Zones: 6 – 9

Other: Beautiful evergreen with a soft texture that serves as a great substitution for boxwood.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Eryngium x zabilli 'Big Blue'

Eryngium x zabelli ‘Big Blue’ (Sea Holly)

Bloom Time: June- September

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry

Wildlife: Bees & butterflies

Tolerates: Rabbit & drought

Native to North America: No

Zones: 5 – 9

Other: Thistle-like, blue flowers make stunning dried flowers.; A water-wise plant

Location: Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden

Kniphofia 'Poco Orange'

Kniphofia ‘Poco Orange’ (Dwarf Red Hot Poker)

Bloom Time: June – July

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: Bees, butterflies & hummingbirds

Tolerates: Drought, deer, & rabbits

Native to North America: No

Zones: 5 – 9

Other: ‘Poco Orange’ is a compact form of the species. Plant in grouping for optimal effect.

Location: Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden

Polystichum aristochoides SC

Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)

Sun Requirement: Part Shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: Birds use its material for nest building. Deer will browse.

Tolerates: Tolerant of wide range of soil moistures.

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 – 8

Other: Evergreen in Nashville and other temperate climates.

Location: Carell Family Sculpture Trail

Quercus Montana

Quercus montana (Chestnut Oak)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: Acorns provide food for many woodland animals.

Tolerates: Drought

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: Great oak selection for rocky, drier soils. Long-lived. Often confused with Q. muehlenbergii.

Location: Mansion Front Lawn


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