Fascinating Facts
Check out ‘Fascinating Facts’ each month for new and interesting facts about some of your favorite perennials. Great for dinner party conversation, or to share with your garden center customers.

 



Fascinating Facts About Aster Print

Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'
The genus Aster is (was) one of the largest within the family with over 600 species found all over the world but especially Eurasia and North America.  However the advent of DNA typing has led taxonomists to re-evaluate relationships of many plants and is ultimately responsible for the splitting and/or renaming of many familiar genera.  Within the last 20 years it has been established that the North American Asters are not particularly closely related to their European cousins and many in fact are more closely allied to Solidago.

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Fascinating Facts: Plants with stories Print
Helleborus orientalis 'Blue Lady'

Hellebores

The legend of the Christmas rose:  The night of the birth of Christ, Madelon, a little shepherdess, saw the the wise men laden with gifts. Madelon thought she had nothing, not even a single flower for this newborn exception. An angel, seeing her tears brushed the snow, revealing a beautiful white flower shaded with pink:  Christmas rose. 
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June 2010 — Fascinating Facts Print
If bugs are bugging your garden, but you’re loathe to resort to chemical controls, consider the following solutions provided by Mother Nature:
  • If eelworms have become a nuisance, the best thing to do is to sow Tagetes erecta (marigolds).  These contain substances that kill eelworms.  But if you don’t care for their looks, perennials that control eelworms include Achillea, Agastache, Anaphalis, Artemisia, Inulahelenium and Helenium.  For a shady location, Macleaya cordata is the best choice to control these pests.
  • Bugged by mosquitoes in the garden?  Mosquito-repelling substances are found in such plants as yarrow, thyme, monarda, summer savory, rosemary, bay and mint.  Plant them near your patio for carefree summer evenings.
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    March 2010 — Fascinating Facts Print
    1. Bugged by mosquitoes in the garden? Mosquito-repelling substances are found in such plants as Yarrow, Thyme, Monarda, Summer Savoury, Rosemary, Bay and Mint. Plant them near your patio for carefree summer evenings.
    2. Annoyed by ants in the garden? Camellia, Digitalis and Lythrum contain a substance that drives them away.
    3. If eelworms have become a nuisance, the best thing to do is to sow Tagetes erecta (marigolds). These contain substances that kill eelworms. But if you don’t care for their looks, perennials that control eelworms include Achillea, Agastache, Anaphalis, Artemisia, Inula helenium and Helenium. For a shady location, Macleaya cordata is the best choice to control these pests.
     
    February 2010 — Fascinating Facts Print
    • If you have a spot where you removed plants susceptible to eelworms, try planting some Helenium there. These plants kill the eelworms and clean up your soil.
    • In terms of evolution, magnolias belong to the oldest flowering plants that still exist. This can be seen by the fact that the number of petals, stamens and fruits produced by each flower is random instead of being a multiple of 3, 4 or 5 as is the case in most of the more modern flowering plants.
    • Fine particles in the air increase health-related complaints. Trees and deciduous shrubs planted along roads can capture and neutralise 15 to 25% of these fine particles and dispel up to 75% of them.
     
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