Order now for Great Plant Sale so you don’t miss out; deadline is April 10

Symphoricarpos 'Proud Berry'
Symphoricarpos ‘Proud Berry’ is a shrub that is easy to grow and deer resistant. The pink berries add color in autumn and winter. Photo courtesy Proven Winners

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Now is the time to place your pre-order for the Great Plant Sale at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The deadline to order is Friday, April 10, but don’t wait–some plants sell out early. You can order online.

You’ll pick up your pre-ordered plants at the Great Plant Sale at the Botanical Gardens from May 14-16. There will be other plants for sale then, too, that you don’t have to pre-order. But if you want any of the plants listed here, you have to order by April 10.

I’m proud to say that Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com is sponsoring the Great Plant Sale!

Below is a sampling of the cool plants you can get through the pre-order.

Easy annual for shade

This great annual for shade can be used as a ground cover. Photo courtesy Andy and Sally Wasowski, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Salvia spathacea, also called hummingbird sage, “is a hummingbird magnet,” said Andrea Stiglmeier, horticulturist at the Botanical Gardens.

But what is really exciting is that this plant can grow in dry shade. It’s difficult to find interesting plants, especially plants with flowers, that tolerate shade.

Growing 18 to 24 inches high and 12 to 15 inches wide, it can be a useful groundcover.

It’s long blooming, starting in spring and continuing through summer.

Easy, colorful shrub that is deer resistant

There is a lot to like about Symphoricarpos ‘Proud Berry’. (Symphoricarpos is also known as snowberry or coralberry.)

“It’s easy to grow and deer resistant– people love that,” said Stiglmeier. It also attracts bees and butterflies.

But it gets better! This beautiful shrub has color interest throughout the year, first with bluish-green leaves. In late summer, it blooms with tiny, pink, shell-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches, Stiglmeier said. Then it fruits out in the fall with pink bubble-shaped berries.

‘Proud Berry’ grows in sun or part shade. It gets 3 to 4 feet wide and just as tall.

See the photo of ‘Proud Berry’ at the beginning of this article.

Clethra alnifolia Sugartina® ‘Crystalina’
Sugartina ‘Crystalina’ not only has showy flowers, the blooms are fragrant. The shrub is also deer resistant. Photo courtesy Proven Winners

Fragrant shrub with showy flowers

This variety of Clethra alnifolia is called Sugartina ‘Crystalina’, and the name reflects its attributes.

“It smells beautiful,” Stiglmeier said.

Not only that, the spikey, white flowers are large– 4 to 6 inches long. Sugartina ‘Crystalina’ blooms in mid-summer and has a long blooming period.

This is a dwarf variety that gets 30 to 36 inches tall and 28 to 36 inches wide, so it can fit into smaller spaces.

It does like sun, but can tolerate part sun.

In addition to being hardy and deer resistant, it attracts butterflies and birds.

Tall perennial with unusual two-toned flowers

Baptisia Decadence® ‘Cherries Jubilee’
This baptisia plant Decadence ‘Cherries Jubilee’ has unusual two-toned flowers. Photo courtesy Proven Winners

Baptisia Decadence ‘Cherries Jubilee’ is neat because the flowers are bi-colored, which Stiglmeier said she hasn’t seen in other baptisia plants.

“They can get pretty tall, which I like about them too, because they’re good for background color,” she said. “They can get to the size of a small shrub”– 30 to 36 inches tall and 36 inches wide.

Baptisia Decadence ‘Cherries Jubilee’ is also deer resistant and attracts butterflies.

10 Comments on “Order now for Great Plant Sale so you don’t miss out; deadline is April 10

  1. Phillip, I answered quickly. I should have said “they’re not a problem for your garden.” Because this is a gardening magazine, my focus is on garden. I can see from the comments that people want a bigger picture, so in the article next Tuesday I’ll include information on opossums’ place in the environment overall, too. Thanks!

  2. Good to read this animal is not harmful–we trapped one
    about 3 yrs ago and took him down to the wetlands.
    Unattracted animal.

    Thanks for the information, also understand they produce
    and multiply faster than rabbits.????????

  3. I would hope you go a little bit farther than “they’re not really a problem.”
    They are a really vital part of the ecosystem and are quite helpful.

  4. Thanks everyone. Good to know. It was seen at 11:30 pm at night, due to the dog barking and again the next morning at 6:30 am. So glad about the tick problem because of the dog.

  5. I talked to John Farfaglia at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County. I’ll do an article for Tuesday, but here’s a bit of information. It’s not unusual for oppossums to be living in Western New York, even in suburban or urban areas. It’s a bit unusual, though, to actually see a oppossum because they are nocturnal. They’re not really a problem for your garden.

  6. Ellyn, opossums are a good thing. They love to eat ticks and because of their high body temperature, it is extremely rare for one to contract rabies. They pose no threat to your property, pets or family members. People like me encourage their residence on their properties. Enjoy your little visitor!

  7. I live on Hedstrom Dr. and we trapped an opossum about 10 years ago. Quite a nasty creature in the cage. Have not seen one since.

  8. Thanks. My husband saw it this morning. They are nocturnal. they eat dead animals, birds, etc and fruit on the ground. the dog saw it last night, and now wants to go out to see if it can catch the scent again.

  9. Hi Connie! Over here on Maynard, I just saw a possum. Is this something new for Eggertsville?

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