Focus is on foliage at Merryspring plant sale

May 02, 2014
Colorful foliage is the focus this year at Merryspring’s Plant Sale.

Camden — The annual plant sale at Merryspring Nature Center will be held Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a special pre-sale for Members Only Friday, May 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Garden enthusiasts who want to get a head start can sign up for a Merryspring membership at the Members Only sale on Friday or by calling 236-2239.

All proceeds from the plant sale benefit Merryspring, a member-supported, non-profit nature park and education center located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford Shopping Plaza in Camden.

This year’s plant sale offers a diverse array of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, and hardy roses, with a special focus on beautiful, colorful, and unusual foliage among the perennials and annuals. Some of the featured plants are four varieties of Heucheraand Heucherella, including Obsidian and Citronella; the Wizard Mix and Rainbow Series of Coleus; and a wild selection of Amaranthus, including Molten Fire, Early Splendor, and Joseph's Coat.

Plants that will attract butterflies and delight the eye are Buddleia Buzz, a smaller, more graceful bright violet-purple butterfly bush, and the towering orange-flowered Tithonia Torch, which can add substance and brilliance in a mixed border. Sedum Matrona and Neon add interest and stamina throughout the growing season and into the winter. Echinacea is hot, and Merryspring has some of the hottest new varieties: Cheyenne Spirit, Big Sky Sundown, and Solar Flare.

Also being offered are 10 varieties of roses grown in Canada for the plant sale. Some are lovely hybrid teas, some are very hardy shrubs bred for our climate. Included are some of the favorite “English Roses,” including ‘Graham Thomas’ and ‘Heritage’.

Many colors of beautiful daylilies grown by members of the Maine Daylily Society will be available at the sale. Midcoast gardeners can also find parsley, rosemary , lavender, basil, and other herbs as well as tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, and other vegetables at Merryspring during the plant sale.

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