Beautiful Lonicera

Lonicera, or more commonly called honeysuckle, is considered by many to be a noxious weed but there are many varieties of honeysuckle that are not invasive but worthy additions to the garden. The bad guy here is Japanese Honeysuckle(Lonicera japonica) Now for the good guys:


Crazy for Coleus

Crazy for Coleus

Just like the Victorians, I am crazy for coleus. Every year newer and more fanciful versions of these plants, once used in Victorian bedding out schemes, appear in the marketplace. What's so great about coleus you ask?

Their design potential is endless. They can be grown in the ground or in containers. They can be a specimen plant or used in fantastic combinations. They are trailing, mounding, small or large leaved. Their colors are vibrant or muted. In other words, coleus have something for everyone.


The Biggest and Best Ever - 2013

The Friends 18th Annual Plant Sale

Looking back at previous year's writeups on the Friends Annual Plant Sale, I am happy to see that each one has been described as "the best ever." And, do you know, I think each one was. Well, this year's is no exception and the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum are proud to announce that the 2013 Plant Sale will be the biggest and best yet. The dates are set (see the box at the right) and plans are well under way.

Over the next several weeks my co-chair, Ilona Ontscherenki, and I will be hard at work pouring over vendor catalogs, reviewing news in the growing community, discussing availability with the plantsmen and finally placing orders with the half-dozen or so vendors we think best meet our needs. We will update the on-line plant list as we go and expect the first entries there in the next week or two.

Volunteers Needed! Click Here for More Information and Signup Form

As in past years, we will post a number of articles about new and interesting material that will be on sale, so keep watch here for news and information in the coming weeks.

Members 2013 Plant Dividends

As in past years, Member Plant Dividends will be distributed at the Friday evening Members-only Plant Sale (May 3rd) or at the main sale, Saturday and Sunday May 4 & 5), or at the Haggerty Education Center from Monday May 6th through Friday May 11th, from 9am - 4:30pm.

Click here to see this year's selections.

Not a member? Join now to be eligible for your plant divident by clicking here.

Plant Sale Sneak Preview - April 20

Mark your calendars for Saturday April 20th at 1:00p at the Arboretum’s Haggerty Education Center for a sneak peak at some of the great plant selections found at the Friends 2013 Plant Sale. Sue Acheson and Ilona Ontscherenki, plant sale co-chairs, have selected their personal favorites, the hottest new plants as well as some plants that should reside in every garden no matter how grand or small.

See how adding Fabulous Foliage will enhance your container plantings and garden design. Learn about deer-resistant (not deer-proof) varieties too.

There will be a select number of plants available for pre-order that day. These plants will be available for pick-up during the plant sale. The plants selected for pre-order are highly desirable and deserve a place in your garden. Pre-ordering ensures that you won’t be disappointed at the sale if your favorite sells out before you get to it. This has been so successful that we are making it a permanent part of the sale.

The Sneak Preview is free, but you must register in advance. Do so on-line by clicking here or call 973-326-7603. Pre-orders must be paid for at the time of ordering and we will accept cash, checks or credit cards.

== Sue Acheson, Plant Sale Co-Chair ==

Video From Last Year's Plant Sale

The Friends 17th Annual Plant Sale has come and gone. Lots of beautiful plants found new homes, Members enjoyed the Friday afternoon party and preview sale, many more came to the Saturday and Sunday sale hours and were served by dozens of cheerful and hard-working volunteers. Through your participation, the Friends raised many thousands of dollars that will be dedicated, as always, to horticultural education.


Smitten by Ferns

A. filix-femina 'Frizelliae'

I have been smitten by the charm of ferns my entire life - can't live without them. Ferns are stalwarts in my garden - grow well in the shade, are able to coexist with our huge local deer population and fall into that fantastic category known as low maintenance...... what more could a garden gal ask for.


Shade Perennials for Every Garden

On a hot summer day, there are few activities more satisfying than a meander among the plantings of my shade garden. The cooler colors and play of shadows in the textured foliage of these plants is a like a soft breeze flowing through the yard. Some of my favorite plants that contribute to this effect are:


Got Sun

A Treasure of Troughs

We are so lucky to have Brian Coleman sell his wonderful, creative troughs at the plant sale this year. And, once again, Brian is generously donating a planted trough to our raffle (reason enough to buy those raffle tickets, but the other prizes are equally terrific!).

Tropical Temptresses

Can’t get enough Cannas this season!

The rage for tropicals in the landscape continues, further heightened by PHS featuring plants from Hawaii at the Flower Show this year. There’s no easier tropical to grow than cannas. The leaves alone offer valuable structure and color in the garden: nice and big, intense color rising 3-4 feet and staying healthy looking all summer. Then, the lascivious blooms starting in midsummer, towering for weeks above the leaves. Ooo Ooo. In your flower bed or as a thriller in a big container, you need to plant cannas this year, Plus remember, you can just lift them up in the fall and store them for another year of color, so you’re really investing in a perennial when you you bring one (or more, please) home.


Perfect Perennials

A One-Two Punch in the Fight against Deer

If you haven’t discovered Amsonia yet, this is the year to do it! We’re featuring two different native species and one or the other -- or both -- will become your favorite perennial by the end of the summer, not in small part because deer just stay away from both. Amsonia hubrichtii confidently bushes out to a 3 foot by 3 foot rounded clump of threadlike foliage that moves in waves with the breeze. In the spring, it sports pale blue flowers all over it’s tips, resulting in the common name ‘Blue Star’. Who doesn’t like blue in the garden? It draws you closer and it makes every other color pop. A tidy filler for the rest of the season, it puts on another show at the end of fall, when it turns a glorious orangey yellow for several weeks. Amsonia tabernaemontana (sounds like Mormon Tabernacle choir) is the popular little brother, getting to be only half the height with just as much impact. Darker green leaves and darker blue flowers, it also blooms a bit longer and turns a nice yellow in the fall. ‘Blue Ice’ has just been named Perennial Plant of the Year by the Garden Club of New Jersey.



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