Louisiana Super Plants for Fall 2013

R. Keith Collins  |  10/16/2013 11:49:07 PM

Diamonds Blue Delphinium (Delphinium chinensis 'Diamonds Blue') Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter

Drift Roses (Rosa hybrid Drift Series) Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter

Willow Oak Tree (Quercus phellos)

Diamonds Blue Delphinium  (Delphinium chinensis 'Diamonds Blue')

  • Cool-season bedding plant
  • Full to part sun
  • Grows 14-16 inches tall by 12-14 inches wide
  • Space 12 inches apart
  • Plant October through February
  • Uniquely colored vivid electric blue flowers
  • More vigor, more stamina and more flowers than other delphiniums
  • Compact grower that is excellent for bedding
  • Potential long blooming season (winter through spring), if planted in early fall


Drift Roses (Rosa hybrid Drift Series)

  • Summer-flowering shrub
  • Full sun
  • Grows 2.5-3 feet tall by 3-4 feet wide
  • Space 3-4 feet apart
  • Comes in a variety of attractive colors
  • Lower growing landscape rose
  • Excellent for foundation planting and bedding
  • Flushes of bloom occur from spring to frost
  • Low maintenance alternative for colorful flower beds
  • Tough drought-tolerant and disease-resistant

Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)

  • Deciduous native shade tree
  • Full sun
  • Grows 80 feet tall by 50 feet wide
  • Upright oval growth habit fits in urban landscapes better than live oaks
  • Narrow willow-shaped leaves are neat when dropped
  • Small acorns are eaten by wildlife
  • Fast growth rate for an oak
  • Adaptable to wide range of soil conditions
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