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Tennessee woods

Post by Raydon Eiland Alexande » Fri, 16 Jan 1998 04:00:00



In addition to the excellent choices you mentioned you are fortunate in
having as a native to those woods one of the most beautiful flowering trees,
the Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum). Their blossoms are found in
shades of red, orange or yellow and they really 'light up' the woodland in
early spring. Other beauties I remember from the woods around Sewanee and
Chattanooga were wild violets, bluets (Houstonia or Hedyotis caerulea) and
lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis). Also, where you could look down
upon the tops of the woods from above, the native wisteria (W. frutescens)
and the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) were spectacular. Finally,
camellias and deciduous magnolias are wonderful plants for woodland gardens.

Raydon Alexander

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>I live on the edge of a woods in E. TN.  I want to plant something in
>the woods near my house but do not want to harm the natural plants and
>animals.  Dogwood? Redbud? Ferns?  I would appreciate suggestions.

 
 
 

Tennessee woods

Post by Roberta Thurmon » Sat, 17 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> In addition to the excellent choices you mentioned you are fortunate in
> having as a native to those woods one of the most beautiful flowering trees,
> the Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum). Their blossoms are found in
> shades of red, orange or yellow and they really 'light up' the woodland in
> early spring. Other beauties I remember from the woods around Sewanee and
> Chattanooga were wild violets, bluets (Houstonia or Hedyotis caerulea) and
> lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis). Also, where you could look down
> upon the tops of the woods from above, the native wisteria (W. frutescens)
> and the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) were spectacular. Finally,
> camellias and deciduous magnolias are wonderful plants for woodland gardens.

> Raydon Alexander


> >I live on the edge of a woods in E. TN.  I want to plant something in
> >the woods near my house but do not want to harm the natural plants and
> >animals.  Dogwood? Redbud? Ferns?  I would appreciate suggestions.

Most excellent suggestions!  We do enjoy beautiful natives around here :)
Dogwoods are beautiful, I have one.  Go with the ferns you'll really enjoy
them, they require no care and come back every single year.  Plus, they
get larger each year :)  I get raves about my ferns and each one is a
native plant :)  Lily-of-the-valley is another excellent choice :)  But
then all of the recommendations were excellent!

Roberta