Love to Garden?
Interested in meeting your neighbors that share that interest? Drop in and help us grow! The Franklin Garden Club meets monthly. Meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Library (please call first as meetings have been postponed). If you are interested in joining come to a meeting or for more information call the Library at 642-6207.
The Hardy Plant Society of New England (CT Chapter) is also always looking for new members. The Hardy Plant Society is “a gathering of plant enthusiasts. We love plants from the tiniest herbaceous alpine to immense trees and all plants in-between. HPS members strive to cultivate and promote interest in plants that are hardy.” Interested? Membership dues are $40 a year and include meetings via zoom and all programs (non-members are $10 a program/meeting). You can see a list of upcoming events and learn more by clicking HERE for their Facebook page.
Check out the 2022 Grow Better! Garden Summit! Free webinars provided by experts on a range of gardening topics—including containers, climbers, seed saving and more. You can watch as many as you’d like, and whenever you want. Register HERE
Garden Plants That Bloom in Green
From Meghan Shann at Horticulture Magazine
Want to read more? Check out Horticulture Magazine online HERE
We tend to associate green in the garden with foliage, but there are flowers that supply that same color. They can be combined to great effect with dark-leaved plants, or those with variegated foliage. Here are some of our favorite options:
Hellebores: Among the hundreds of hybrid hellebores on the market, you’ll be able to find some green-flowered options, such as ‘Green Gambler’ and Helleborus argutifolius ‘Sliver Lace’, with beautiful silver-flocked leaves and large creamy green flowers (USDA Zones 4–9). Or look for the species H. foetidus, called the stinking hellebore. It has light green blossoms and blue-green leaves (Zones 5–9).
Zinnias: Try ‘Green Envy’ or ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’ for lush green flowers. Zinnias are annuals typically grown in full sun, but some gardeners report better color from the green selections if they are kept in part shade.
Flowering tobacco: Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’ is a three-foot, bushy perennial in USDA Zones 8–10, grown as an annual elsewhere. It often self-sows. It blooms for a long time, with trumpet-shaped chartreuse flowers. The species Nicotiana langsdorffii has a similar size but its pale green flowers are more drooping. For a compact flowering tobacco, try N. a. ‘Starmaker Deep Lime’, which grows just a foot tall and bears outward-facing, two-inch flowers.
Coneflowers: Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea; Zones 4–9) can be found in a rainbow of colors, and green is not lacking. ‘Green Envy’ has mostly light green petals; toward the center of the flower they turn pinkish red, and the central cone is dark green. There’s also ‘Green Jewel’, which is solid in color, or the bicolor ‘Sweet Sandia’, which combines lime green and watermelon pink.
Hydrangea: For a green-flowered shrub, there’s the six- to eight-foot panicle hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ (Zones 3–8), which has soft lime green flowers in late summer. Several mophead cultivars of smooth hydrangea (H. arborescens; Zones 3–8) also bloom green, including Lime Rickey and Invincibelle Limetta.
Bells of Ireland: The true flowers of Molucella laevis, a cottage-garden classic, are actually white; they are tiny and surrounded by the large green calyces that inspire its common name. This annual grows best in cool weather. Its seeds can be sown outdoors in early spring.