The Watertown Garden Club is offering woodland plants in starter sizes - the most economical sizes when starting or expanding your shade garden. Potted plants are well rooted in 2 inch cubes (tree band pots) and bareroot plants are bagged. The selections chosen by the Club for this year's sale are displayed and described below. Pre-sold merchandise will be available for pick-up at a Drive-Thru-Plant-Sale on May 1, 2021 at 259 Franson Road, Watertown, CT. Pick-up times are 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. All plants were not pre-sold. Remaining plugs can be purchased on May 1, 2021 between 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the drive-by location. Cash or check will be accepted at that time for unsold merchandise.
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Trilliums: All the trilliums described below are perennials that pop up and bloom in early April/May and go dormant by midsummer. Their name arises from the fact that they have three-petal "flowers" held above or resting on a trio of green leaf-like bracts. They grow best in a partially shaded woodland garden in soil that is moist but well drained and naturally mulched by falling leaves, However, trilliums also grow in normal garden soil as long as it drains well and is in partly to mostly shade before the plants go dormant. (Plants tolerate drought during dormancy.) Trilliums form colonies over time by spreading rhizomes and seeds that are often spread by ants. All trilliums are sold in a set of three of the same type in 2 inch tree band pots. $18.00
A deciduous clumping fern with glossy dark green fronds that remain green year round, making it a nice companion for early blooming plants in a partially to mostly shaded garden. This fern requires a rich moist soil that drains well. It tolerates some sun, but too much will scorch the fronds. Sold in a set that containes one bareroot fern with two Hellebores (in 2 inch tree band pots) $15.00.
Hellebores are mostly native to Eurasia and have been extensively hybridized. Flowers can be single or double with a variety of colors and markings and the leaves remain green throughout the year. Flowers emerge in late winter or very early spring, followed by new green foliage growth. Height varies from 1 to 2 feet and plants slowly spread into good sized clumps. It is common practice to remove any tattered and dull foliage in late winter before the flowers emerge. Hellebores are tolerant of a variety of growing conditions but do best in moist, but always well-drained, organically enriched soil in partial shade. Hellebores in this sale are from the “Sunshine Selections” strain and after a year or two will start to produce flowers in a variety of striking colors and markings. Sold in a set that combines two Hellebores (in 2 inch tree band pots) with one bareroot fern. $15.00
A perennial wildflower that blooms in April/May. Its arrow-shaped leaves are mottled in a silver pattern that is unique to each plant. Favors humus-rich dry soil in open sites with a mix of sun and shade. Will spread into colonies but is not an aggressive spreader like many other violets. Sold in a set of three 2 inch tree band pots. $15.00
A perennial wildflower with 12 inch slender leaves and bright yellow star-shaped flowers on slightly shorter stems. Blooms most profusely from mid-spring into summer with sporadic bloom thereafter. Grows in full to partial sun in moist to dry soil where it will not be overshadowed by surrounding plants. Spreads to form loose colonies but is not aggressive. Sold in a set of three 2 inch tree band pots. $15.00
The Club is able to accommodate special circumstances. If all plants are not pre-sold, remaining choices can be purchased on May 1, 2021 after 2:00 p.m. at the drive-by location - 259 Franson Road, Watertown, CT. Cash or check will be accepted at that time for unsold merchandise.