Summer Flower Subtlety at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, June 18, 2018 - July 1, 2018
David Zuckerman
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum,
June 18, 2018 – July 1, 2018

1)  Illicium henryi                    Henry Anise Tree

  • This attractive evergreen shrub is native to China.
  • It has star-shaped flowers in pink to deep crimson, anise-scented leaves when bruised and is tolerant of shade.
  • This specimen is located adjacent to the Lookout Loop Trail in the Asiatic Maple collection. Grid 25-1E, if using our mobile interactive plant map.

2)  Leptospermum scoparium                    Manuka

  • A broad-leafed evergreen shrub native to New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, New Zealand.
  • Cultivars produce red, pink or white flowers in both single and double varieties. Flowers give way to small woody capsules containing tiny seeds. Bees love the flowers.
  • Many are still in flower in the Pacific Connections Garden’s New Zealand display.

3)  Lomandra longifolia ‘Breeze’                    Dwarf Mat Rush

  • This attractive evergreen perennial with tiny creamy yellow flowers is native to Australia.
  • The cultivar ’Breeze’ is much smaller than the type, growing 24”-40” in size.
  • Several can be found in flower in our Pacific Connections Australia Entry Garden.

4)  Lomatia tinctoria                    Guitar Plant

  • An unusual Tasmanian Proteaceous, small-suckering shrub with fern-like foliage that can be grown in full sun or partial shade.
  • Its common namesake is from the flower buds that somewhat resemble a guitar.
  • Also, it can be found in flower now in our Pacific Connections Australia Entry Garden (across the path from Lomandra ‘Breeze’ mentioned above).

5)  Veronica pimelioides v. glaucocaerulea

  • This hebe from New Zealand is an excellent drought-tolerant, low-growing shrub and an excellent rock garden border plant.
  • It has grayish-green foliage with pale lilac flowers.
  • Go see it in the Pacific Connections Garden’s New Zealand display while it is still in flower.