Marion Square Plant List

Raised interior beds along King, Calhoun, and Meeting Streets

Plumbago auriculata – Blue Plumbago

– Evergreen shrub with sprawling, semi-woody stems. Light yellow/green foliage with powder blue flowers, blooms almost all year round, with the exception of cold winter months. Great border plant and also in containers spilling over the sides. Like full sun, flowering reduced in part shade.

  

Alocasia gageana ‘California’ – Elephant Ear

– Perennial foliage plant with large, showy leaves. This cultivar has a nice, compact growth habit with a good variation of leaf sizes. Likes mostly shade with some filtered sun.

 

Russelia equisetiformis – Firecracker Plant

– Arching, fine textured foliage, reaching 2 to 3 feet tall, and spread up to 2 feet. Showy orange, tubular flowers from spring through fall. Like full to part sun.

 

Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’- Prostrate Rosemary

– Woody perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen foliage. Great drought-tolerant, texture rich plant. Long bloom periods in warm climates with blue/purple flowers.

 

Abelia ‘Rose Creek’ – Rose Creek Abelia

– Evergreen shrub with moderate growth rate. Relatively low maintenance once established. Grow 2-3 feet tall. Long bloom season, white/blush flowers on crimson stems with rich green leaves. Like partial to full sun.

 

Lantana sp. ‘Pink Caprice’ – Pink Caprice Lantana

– Fast growing perennial shrub with gorgeous pale pink and yellow flowers from late spring to frost. Like full sun. Attracts butterflies.

 

Ruellia brittonia– Dwarf Mexican Petunia

– Dwarf evergreen mounding perennial. Rich green foliage with many blue/purple flowers. Likes full sun to part shade.

 

Salvia greggii ‘Rose Pink’ – Rose Pink Autumn Sage

– Soft, mounding shrub with small aromatic leaves and deep pink/red blooms from spring to frost. Like full sun and attracts hummingbirds.

 

Helianthus debilis – Florida Dune SunÔ¨Çower 

– Great rapid growing flowering groundcover. Flowers from spring until winter. Attracts butterflies. Like full sun.

 

Serenoa repens – Silver Saw Palmetto

– Great silver-green medium sized palmate leaves. 2 foot long petioles with little teeth all along them resembling a saw, hence the name. One of the most cold hardy palms there is, hardy down to almost 0 F. Like mostly sun but can tolerate some shade.

 

Large King St beds, planted Fall 2014/Winter 2015

 

Shade beds

Liriope muscari – Monkey Grass, Lilyturf

– Perennial, evergreen clumping herb. Very tough. Moderately drought tolerant. Like partial to deep shade. Small purple flowers on short spikes.

 

Rhododendron sp. – Red Ruffles Azalea

– Dwarf azalea that flowers prolificly with bright red flowers in Spring. Full to part shade.

 

Rusellia equisetiformis – Firecracker Plant

 – Arching, fine textured foliage, reaching 2 to 3 feet tall, and spread up to 2 feet. Showy orange, tubular flowers from spring through fall. Like full to part sun.

  

Thelypteris kunthii – Southern Wood Fern

– Native fern with feathery, light green texture. Loves moist soil and full shade.

 

Acanthus mollis – Bears Breeches

– Clumping growth habit. Deep green, shiny leaves with tall 5-6 foot flower spikes in summer. Showy purple and white flowers. Like shade to part sun.

 

Distylium myricoides – Blue Leaf Isu Tree

– Evergreen shrub from southern China. Witch hazel relative with tiny red flowers in early spring, amongst the blue-green leaves. Happy in shade to part sun with regular summer water.

 

Fatsia japonica – Fatsia

– Hardy evergreen shrub with long, leathery, palmate-lobed leaves, usually 8 lobes. Name comes from old Japanese word for eight ‘fatsi’. Likes part to full shade.

 

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Big Daddy’ – Big Daddy Hydrangea

– Great shade shrub with intense clusters of bloom all summer long. Color of bloom depends on acidity of soil, with rich blues the more acidic the soil is. Shade to part sun, likes moist soil.

 

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’ – Snow Queen Oak Leaf Hydrangea

– Deeply lobed oak-like leaves with white flowers in summer. Deciduous, great fall color. Shade to part sun.

 

Camellia japonica – Japanese Camellia

– Great evergreen shade shrub, producing big buds and flowers in Spring and Fall, more prolific in Spring. Rich green, leathery foliage year round. Likes well drained soil.

 

Sun beds

 

Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’ – Blush Pink Noisette Rose

Full sun, flowers freely and repeats well. Masses of pretty lilac-pink blooms held in tight clusters Spring through Summer. The flowers are in the form of small, semi-double cups with exposed yellow stamens.

 

Callistemon citrinus ‘Little John’ – Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush

– Cool succulent dwarf bottlebrush. Rich, evergreen foliage with small red bottlebrush flowers. Likes full sun, fairly drought tolerant.

 

Cestrum nocturnum – Night Blooming Jasmine

– Not a “true” Jasmine, but actually from the nightshade family Solanaceae and native to the West Indies and South Asia. Evergreen woody shrub with long, white-green tubular flowers whose aroma can be strongest at night. Not very hardy in the Southeast US, and like many nightshades parts of the plant can be toxic.

 

Cestrum parqui – Yellow Jasmine

– Upright woody evergreen shrub with small yellow-green tubular flowers in summer and fall that produce small black berries. Attracts birds and likes full sun.

 

Crinum asiaticum – Crinum Lily

– Large bulb with long, strap like leaves and white flowers in summer. Great for adding a tropical feel to the garden. Likes full sun but can tolerate some shade.

 

Plumbago auriculata – Blue Plumbago

– Evergreen shrub with sprawling, semi-woody stems. Light yellow/green foliage with powder blue flowers, blooms almost all year round, with the exception of cold winter months. Great border plant and also in containers spilling over the sides. Like full sun, flowering reduced in part shade.

 

Senna bicapsularis – Cassia

– Leguminous shrub that likes full sun. Long racemes of yellow flowers in late Summer and into Fall.

 

Callicarpa americana – American Beautyberry

Deciduous, woody shrub. Like full sun to part shade, more fruit set in full sun. Not salt tolerant. Rich magenta berries in late summer and through fall, remaining on bare stems after leaves drop. Low maintenance plant that attracts birds.

 

Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’ – Ice Follies Daffodil (4,000)

-Late winter/early Spring blooming Daffodil bulb. White outers with yellow centers, one medium/large flower per bulb. Full sun.

 

Quercus shumardii – Shumard Red Oak

– Very large native deciduous red oak. Light grey and shiny bark. Leaves are green with 5-9 lobes, turning brown/red in Fall. Partial to full sun.

 

Prunus x yedoensis – Yoshino Cherry Tree

– Ornamental flowering cherry. Pink and white blooms in March and into April. Likes full sun to part shade.

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