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Communications February 4, 2019
Find Rare and Unusual Plants at March March
Planning a lush landscape makeover? While major retail garden centers may seem like a good place to start, they often offer a limited variety of plants. Make your yard stand out by heading to Mercer Botanic Gardens for the annual March Mart Plant Sale Friday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early shopping is available for The Mercer Society (TMS) members Friday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and for TMS members with VIP Early Access Thursday, March 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shoppers will discover a variety of hard-to-find plants, flowers, and trees that thrive in sun or shade, winter or summer. Whether you are looking for ornamental trees or rare plants, March Mart offers a plethora of botanical gems.
Ready to start shopping? Get a sneak peek of some of March Mart’s top plants below.
The Purple Ghost Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) is a new introduction to March Mart with intense red-purple leaves and black veins during the spring. The new leaves almost glow before they age to red in the summer and orange in autumn. This small but spectacular tree is ideal for gardens limited in size, wooded areas, courtyards, and containers.
The Sunsation Magnolia (Magnolia X) blooms in late-spring with lovely 6- to 7-inch lemon-yellow flowers with a blush of purple at the base. Blooming from a very young age, usually by the second year if not sooner, this trouble-free, quick-growing plant matures to about 25 to 30 feet tall and 8 to 30 feet wide. Thriving in full sun to partial shade, Sunsation is a perfectly-shaped tree you will treasure as a specimen, foundation plant, or focal point of a border.
A jewel of the shade garden is the rare and unusual ginger, Kaempferia Red Leaf. Gingers are so versatile that they can be grown in sun or shade. This Peacock Ginger grows round, red, 12-inch leaves that dramatically hug the ground or curl around edges and borders. Fat, white flowers with purple lips appear in its crown all summer. It is an ideal specimen for a shady pocket in the garden or planted en masse for a truly striking effect.
The butterfly ginger (Hedychium ‘Pink V’) is the star of the hot summer show. This heat-tolerant ginger loves to bloom when the temperatures rise to 95 degrees and higher! Tall, 12-inch flower heads bear white, butterfly-shaped blossoms with a coral-pink “V” in its center that emits a sweet citrus fragrance. This 6-foot ginger is easy to grow in a sunny garden bed.
Mercer Blue Thunbergia (Thunbergia battiscombei), with its brilliant blue, trumpet-shaped flowers and yellow throat in the spring and summer, is a stunning addition to any landscape. Its vine-like growth tends to drape so it does extremely well in hanging baskets or on an arbor or trellis. Light frost kills it, but the plant returns in the spring. This plant grows in part shade or part sun.