Top Plant Picks September 2021

Top Plant Picks September 2021

As the autumn season sets in, our gardens become a canvas for fall florals. From cardinal flowers to the ever-popular chrysanthemums that steal the show, there’s so much to see in our gardens this month. Cheekwood’s Plant Collections Manager, Shanna Jones, shares her top plant picks for September.

Salvia argentea

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry – Medium

Tolerates: Drought, deer, rabbit

Native to North America: No

Other: Short-lived perennial. Adds fantastic interest to the garden with both texture and color

Location: Herb Study Garden: Blue and Silver

Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta ‘Miyazaki’)

Bloom Time: August – September

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Butterflies & bees

Tolerates: Good disease and pest resistance

Native to North America: No

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: Plant in front borders where the flowers can be best appreciated. For best performance, plant in moist, organic, rich soil. Will naturalize in optimal conditions.

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Shrub Rose (Rosa ‘Quietness’)

Bloom Time: May – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Native to North America: No

Zones: 5 – 9

Other: Constantly blooming! Little pruning required.

Location: Rose Study Garden

Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’)

Bloom Time: September – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Butterflies & bees

Tolerates: Deer & wet soil

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 – 8

Other: Graceful habit. No serious insect or disease pressures. DOES NOT cause hay fever. .

Location: Howe Garden

Fortune Tea Olive (Osmanthus xfortunei ‘Fruitlandii’)

Bloom Time: September – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Zones: 7 – 9

Other: Most cold tolerant species of Osmanthus. Extremely fragrant, similar to the scent of gardenia. A member of the olive family.

Location: Blevins Japanese Garden

Bur Oak/Mossycup Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

Bloom Time: April

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: The acorns of this oak provide food for wood ducks, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, rabbits, mice, squirrels and other rodents.

Tolerates: Drought & dry soil

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 – 8

Other: Monoecious. Leaves can be variable in shape. Twigs are sometimes winged. Fruit is fringed.

Location: Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail

Northern Maindenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum)

Sun Requirement: Part shade – shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Provides shelter for lizards and frogs.

Tolerates: Heavy shade

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 – 8

Other: Beautiful, swirled frond arrangement with black stems.

Design tip: Combine with broad-leaved plants such as hostas for best effect.

Location: Howe Garden, Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, and the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis ‘SMCOSS’ Sugar Shack®)

Bloom Time: June – July

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Butterflies & hummingbirds

Tolerates: Wet soil

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 – 10

Other: Sugar Shack® is a compact form. Fragrant flowers. Showy fruit.

Location: Robinson Family Water Garden – Weaver Walk


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