Any well-grown plant placed on its own in a prominent position where it can develop fully and be admired as a solo performer.
Selecting Landscape Plants: Uncommon Trees for Specimen Planting
Christopher J. Starbuck
Department of Horticulture ...
Normally a tree or shrub grown in a prominent position where it can be viewed from different angles.
SPECIMEN PLANT - A plant that is high lighted to show off its special qualities. Sometimes used as a focal point.
SPENT - Bulbs and flowers of a plant that have finished blooming. It's time to deadhead them.
Top 10 Specimen Plants for Full Sun
by Marcus Whitfield
Top 10 Specimen Plants for Full Sun Specimen plants, sometimes referred to as ornamental plants, are single plants specially picked to draw the eye and act as a conversation piece.
If you have a specimen plant that you just must incorporate in the design of the front entryway, position it near the front door to draw the eye there. Use plants for entryways with restraint and the same can be said for any other accent feature.
It is excellent as a specimen plant or providing a vertical accent in the landscape. Some designers use it for creating a fast developing screen.
Purple ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea [Acephala Group]), with its bold texture and colour, is used in autumn as a specimen plant.
Trailing lobelia (Lobelia erinus cvs.) is an excellent plant for partial shade and cool weather in summer.
The hydrangea is an attractive large leaf plant that can be used for foundation plantings, shrub borders or as specimen plants in the garden. If you are looking for a beautiful blooming shrub with flowers that last, this is it.
How to use it: In masses or as a specimen plant. Use in the middle to the back of a mixed perennial border. Combine in contrast with fine-textured perennials, like ferns, that would benefit from the backdrop of this plant's foliage.
If you want only a few prairie grasses or flowers for your beds, it's simple enough to order individual specimen plants and manage them as you would other perennials.
Caladiums make wonderful specimen plants in containers and hanging baskets. They should be located in front of a bright window with a transparent curtain filtering the light.
Creeping sedums or stonecrops are drought-resistant perennials that act as specimen plants or weeds.
Hydrangea make beautiful specimen plants in the garden. May have interesting foliage and bark, but most are grown for their large showing blossoms. So it's very disappointing when hydrangeas don't bloom for a season.
The procedure to follow will be the same as I described in 'Transplanting specimen plants and shrubs' but on a much smaller scale. When you use your shovel to cut the ring around the plant, make it about 3-4 inches beyond the drip line of the plant.
Spruce trees are grown as screens, windbreaks, and specimen plants. They are admired for their year-round color, symmetrical growth pattern, and conical shape.
As a foundation shrub, or a specimen plant, camellias offer striking green foliage, elegant shaping, and brightly-colored blooms that make them one of the mainstays of the year-round garden.
As specimen plants, there are numerous cultivars with coloured and variegated foliage. ‘Tricolour’, striped, drooping leaves with cream and with red leaf margins, will do well in the open and partial shade and any soil type.
Shrub roses can be used as hedges, screens, barriers or as specimen plants. These roses are considered to be some of the hardiest and most successful for Colorado.
While you can grow the plants in masses, they're equally appealing as specimen plants. Flowers appear in June to September and form flattened, green seed heads that rustle when the wind blows.
Lights in your garden add not only a sense of security, they can be used to feature a specimen plant as well as create an entertaining ambiance. In the past, lights were thought to hinder the growth cycle of plants.
It's typical you just get your prize specimen plant to finally flower and some creature decides to have it for breakfast. Below you will see some suggestions of how to protect your blooms.
arboretum An area devoted to specimen plantings of trees and shrubs.
asexual reproduction See vegetative propagation.
aspect Direction of exposure to sunlight.
Trees and large shrubs often are planted singly as specimen plants, as well.
Nondescript plants used in a garden area to back up, surround, or fill in around a specimen plant. Filler plants should be green for most of the season.
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Begonia comes in many different varieties. Some varieties are suitable for bedding plants and some are striking specimen plants. They can brighten up both your indoor and outdoor gardens. Here is how to grow them.
Determine your spacing. Plants should be 12-16 inches apart for ground cover or foundation planting, and 18-30 inches apart for specimen planting.
Dig a hole large enough to accommodate your bulbs/rhizomes.
(These are called specimen plants.) For example, a single cut-leaf Japanese maple can have a dramatic impact in an ornamental planting. A single zinnia, on the other hand, won't attract much attention.
Very resistant to disease, Whisper is equally at home as a specimen plant or in a cutting garden. This sophisticated rose will grow up to 5½-feet by 4-feet and boasts 5-inch flowers.
Orchids that are cared for properly can live 'literally' forever. They can become very large specimen plants.
Chive is the smallest member of the onion family, easily grown and has many uses. The handsome plant, producing beautiful mauve blossoms in late spring, is welcome as a specimen planting for the herb bed.
so adding them progressively is prudent, especially if you are in a new house or are otherwise starting your landscaping from scratch. You can add foundation plantings or focal points the first year, and then gradually add screens, specimen plants, ...
Growing 7 to 15 feet tall and wide, burning bush has rounded, horizontal-branching, vase-shaped habit, making it well-suited to use as an unclipped hedge or screen, in a shrub border, or simply as a specimen plant for its spectacular display.
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