Stock up on Perennials, Grasses, Shrubs, Trees, Houseplants, Bulbs and More
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Invest in your garden with exciting plant selections from the State Botanical Garden of Tennessee during the annual fall plant sale.
The UT Gardens, Knoxville, annual fall plant sale opens to the public on Saturday, October 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A preview sale for UT Gardens members, volunteers and UT employees is on Friday, October 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Shoppers will enjoy browsing a diverse inventory of herbaceous perennial flowers and foliage plants, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, houseplants, daffodil bulbs and more.
This year’s featured plants include six selections chosen for their outstanding beauty and functionality.
‘Jeana’ garden phlox was named the 2024 perennial of the year by the Perennial Plant Association for its remarkable disease resistance and midsummer flower show. This 5-foot tall, sun-loving, butterfly-attracting native cultivar was selected from a wild colony growing along the Harpeth River near Nashville.
‘Millenium’ ornamental onion also thrives in full sun though it fills a different design niche with its one-and-a-half-foot tall lavender colored, globe-shaped flowers and strappy green leaf blades. Choose this plant for a tough, reliable mass display or a small grouping towards the front of a garden bed.
For the shade-filled garden, check out ‘Chocolate Shogun‘ astilbe from Japanese plant breeder Nagasaki Teruhisa. With pale pink flowers and dark, bold textured leaves, this plant adds a nice touch of drama to low-light areas.
The remaining three featured plants are woody shrubs, each with their own unique qualities.
‘Firelight Tidbit‘ hydrangea is the smallest panicle hydrangea to ever hit the market. Topping out at 2 to 3 feet tall and wide, this small package packs a powerful punch of white pom-pom flowers that fade to pink.
‘NewGen Freedom‘ boxwood is the result of a breeding program designed to overcome common boxwood issues like leaf-miner and boxwood blight. This vigorous variety exhibits good resistance and may just be the answer to your boxwood blues.
‘Double Play Candy Corn‘ spirea is a crowd favorite with a kaleidoscope of pink, red, orange and yellow from spring to fall. Use as a specimen, plant in mass or pop one in your flower border for a splash of color that will have people stopping to ask, “What’s that plant?”
UT Gardens’ staff and Tennessee Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and provide sound planting advice. All proceeds benefit UT Gardens, Knoxville.
The UT Gardens, Knoxville, located at 2518 Jacob Drive, is one of three sites of the State Botanical Garden of Tennessee. To become a UT Gardens member or for directions and a detailed inventory, go to the UT Gardens website: https://utgardens.tennessee.edu/.
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