Sunday, June 24, 2012

Japanese Aster


Heat tolerant and generally hardy zones 4 to 8, these ornamental Aster relatives tend to bloom more in the summer than in the fall. The foliage is generally around 4 inches in length. The flowers attract both butterflies and hummingbirds.
Prefers full sun to partial shade.

Kalimeris incisa
Reaches up to 5 feet in height with almost white to lilac colored, daisy-like flowers up to 1.5 inches in width borne in clusters.
The tapered leaves are deep green.
Loves heat and humidity, and tolerates both drought and wet soil.

'Blue Star'
A compact perennial reaching up to 1.5 x 3 + feet. The pale blue flowers are borne from June through October. It can be used in the place of summer bedding annuals, as it usually blooms over an extremely long period lasting up to 4 months.

* photo taken on 4th of July 2010 @ U.S. Natioanal Arboretum, D.C.

* photos taken on June 28 2011 in Ellicott City, MD

* photos taken on July 13 2011 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Aug 10 2011 in Ellicott City, MD

* photos taken on June 20 2012 in Columbia, MD

Uprihgt in habit, reaching up to 2.5 x 3 feet and spreads rapidly by creeping stems.
The foliage is variegated with cream. The very abundant flowers are blue.

Kalimeris integrifolia
A bushy perennial up to 3 feet in height. Smothered with small, white, daisy like flowers all summer long.

Kalimeris mongolica
Reaches up to 3 x 2.5 feet with white flowers borne throughout the summer.
Hardy zones 4 to 8 in full sun to partial shade. Drought tolerant.

Kalimeris pinnatifida ( Mongolian Aster )
Native to Japan and reaching up to 5 x 3 feet. The foliage, up to 4 inches in length is narrow and serrated.
The very abundant small, semi double flowers are borne all summer long.
It reblooms if cut back.
Hardy zones 3b to 8, thriving in most of the U.S.

Kalimeris yomena

* photo taken on October 17 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.

Reaches up to 3 x 2 feet with potential of being invasive on some sites.
The foliage is very deeply cut and is green and variegated with a wide, cream colored margin. The light lavender flowers are Aster like and borne in early autumn.

* photo taken on Sep 27 2011 in Columbia, MD


A genus of vines that are part of the larger Dogbane family.

Trachelospermum asiaticum ( Asiatic Jasmine )
A very beautiful, evergreen groundcover, reaching up to 1 foot in height, that may also become a vine, reaching up to 33 ( rarely over 20 ) feet high if provided a lattice. When used as groundcover, the stems root as they touch the ground. The Asiatic Jasmine is native from India through southern China and Korea to Japan; south to Thailand.
The elliptical leaves, up to 4 x 3 ( rarely over 3 ) inches in length, are glossy deep green.
The fragrant, creamy-white flowers, up to 0.7 inches wide, appear late spring into early summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 in full sun or shade on well drained soil. It is drought tolerant and moderately drought tolerant. In sun, the foliage may scorch then fall during hard winter freezes; do not declare the plant dead as regrowth is often rapid during late spring into summer.

* photos taken on June 23 2013 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC

* photo taken on Oct 17 2017 in Elkridge, MD

'First Snow'
The foliage emerges pink at first, then turns white before turning mid-green. It is moderate growing reaching a size of only 10" x 3 feet.
Hardy zones 7 to 9

* photo taken on June 23 2013 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC

* photos taken on Sep 3 2017 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.

'Ogon Nishiki'
The foliage is deep orangish-red at first, turning to deep golden-yellow with a deep green margin.
Hardy zones 7 to 9

* photo taken @ U.S. Botanical Garden, Wash., DC on Aug 25 2014

'Red Wing'
The foliage is bright red at first, it is otherwise identical to the species.

'Snow N Summer'
Moderate growing with heavily splashed pink and white new growth.
Hardy zones 7 to 9

* photos taken on Aug 7 2019 in Elkridge, MD

Fast growing and dense, with glossy foliage that is edged in creamy-white.

Trachelospermum difforme ( Climbing Dogbane )
Also called Thrysanthella difformis. A twining, high-climbing vine, native to moist woods in the southeastern U.S. ( from eastern Oklahoma to St Louis, Missouri to southern Indiana to southeast Kentucky to central Maryland & Delaware; south to eastern Texas to northern Florida ). The stems can be up to 0.5 inches in diameter at the base.
The paired lance-shaped to obovate leaves are up to 4.8 inches in length. The foliage is glossy mid-green above, whitish beneath. The leaves exude a white milky sap.
The flowers are pale yellow.
They are followed by a reddish-brown, long, very narrow seed pod up to 8 x 0.1 inches in size.
Hardy zones 6 to 9.

Trachelospermum jasminoides ( Chinese Star Jasmine )
A moderate growing, self-clinging vine, reaching a maximum height of 60 feet, though typically much smaller. It can be used as a groundcover to cover large areas. It is native to most of southern China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam.
The oval leaves, up to 4 x 2 inches, are glossy deep green. The foliage is often bronzy-purple at first.
The very fragrant, small, 5-petalled, creamy-white flowers are borne in clusters up to 2.8 inches across during summer.
Hardy zones 8 to 10 in partial shade on light, fertile, acidic, well drained soil.

* photo taken on July 17 2012 in Columbia, MD

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The white-veined foliage turns reddish during the winter.

Hardier, surviving as far north as zone 7.
This vigorous form has leaves that are downy beneath.

* photos taken on June 30 2013 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC

* photos taken on Aug 27 2017 in Elkridge, MD


* photo taken on June 30 2013 @ U.S. National Arboretum, DC

Attractive foliage that is green with pink and creamy-white variegation.

* photo taken on Oct 21 2016 in Annapolis, MD

The gray-green foliage is edged in creamy-white which turns pink during winter. A similar var wilsonii 'Variegatum' is more somewhat more cold hardy.


Selaginella braunii
A moss-like perennial, reaching up to 20 inches in height, that is native to western China. An ancient plant, it originated about 400 million years ago.
The foliage resembles that of Arborvitae.


Prunella grandiflora ( Self-Heal )
A low, mat-forming perennial, reaching a maximum size of 2 x 4 feet.
It can be used for groundcover.
The leaves are up to 4 x 2 inches.
Hardy zones 4 to 8 in sun or shade on well drained to moist soil.
Tolerates wet conditions.

Chameleon Plant

Houttuynia cordata
A fast growing to invasive, rhizomatous groundcover perennial that is native to eastern Asia. In areas that it is invasive, it can be used as a trailing plant in containers to control its spread.
The attractive foliage is blue-green with heavy creamy-yellow and red splashing.
The flowers, borne during summer, are yellow-green aging to white.
Hardy zones 6 to 10 ( 5 on protected sites with a heavy winter mulch ) in full sun to partial shade on moist to wet, fertile soil. On dry soil the foliage will turn brown and look terrible during summer. Slugs may occur, but generally insect pests and disease problems are rare.
Propagation is from division done during early spring.

* photos taken on May 21 2012 in Columbia, MD



* photo taken on Aug 2 2011 @ Hyde Park, NY



* photos taken on May 16 2011 in Washington, D.C.