The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum 2011 Plant Dividends

One of the many benefits of membership in the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum is an annual plant dividend to all our members. What, you aren't a member but want to be? Visit our Membership Page.

Get yours at the Plant Sale next week (on May 6 & 7) or at the Haggerty Education Center from May 9-13. One plant per member, please.

Plant Selection for Outdoors in the Sun

Achillea 'Paprika' or Paprika Yarrow

Renowned for its large clusters of bright red flowers with a distinctive yellow eye, 'Paprika's' flowers fade from red to pink. Planting in full sun hastens fade, planting in afternoon shade, slows it. Fern-like foliage is a plus for this member in good standing of the perennial border club. Plant likes it dry. Deadhead regularly. You can even shear this yarrow down to its basal foliage after flowering to encourage new growth. Flowers are butterfly magnets and are great dried when their spicy aroma is more pronounced. Can we say deer and rabbit resistant? Probably not....

Plant Selection for Outdoors in the Shade

Athyrium filix-femina or Lady fern

A large, feathery species of fern native throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere, where it is often abundant in damp, shady woodland environments and is often grown for decoration. Prefers dappled sunlight to light shade, moist conditions and loose loamy soil that is slightly acidic. This is a great woodland garden addition. Plant with Dryopteris felix-mas, the Male fern, for a complete set! Lady fern tolerates drier soils than many other ferns, but be warned: its strategy for surviving intense drought is to die back and not re-appear until the following year. Shelter it from wind to protect fronds from breaking. Divide clumps in spring every few years and reposition crowns at the soil level.

Plant Selection for Indoors or Summering Outdoors

A variety of Hedera helix cultivars

All of these ivies have been purchased from Hedera, Etc. in Lionville, PA. Water your ivy thoroughly, but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between watering. Ivies are tolerant of a wide range of light conditions, but in a home a north or east window is best. Do not place in direct sun outdoors. Use a fertilizer high in nitrogen to encourage good green growth.