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Acer palmatum ‘Twombley’s Red Sentinel’ And Hemerocallis ‘Elegant Candy’

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Posted By John Pearson

This Tree is Red — YEAR-ROUND

Winter interest is provided by the branches and stems turning a deep, attractive maroon-red. This exciting new introduction from Ken Twombley of Connecticut has done what no Japanese Maple could do before: provide true four-season interest through its year-round red coloring. –No, it’s not evergreen. (That WOULD be amazing!) Instead, when the brilliant burgundy-maroon leaves drop in early winter, they reveal deep red branches and stems on the tree, which keep this brilliant color all season.
There’s never been another Japanese Maple like it, and if you add only one new Acer to your landscape this season, we highly recommend it be ‘Twombley’s Red Sentinel’.The new spring foliage of this witch’s broom of A. ‘Bloodgood’ emerges bright red, remaining for a month or more until the hot weather of summer arrives. Then it burnishes a fine shade of burgundy-maroon that remains throughout summer and fall. Other Japanese Maples begin dropping their leaves as the temperature falls in mid-autumn, but ‘Twombley’s Red Sentinel’ keeps its foliage on the branches weeks later than other cultivars, surrendering them only when winter has truly arrived.
After the leaves finally drop, it’s hard to mourn them, because immediately the deep red branches and stems of this tree are revealed. These are not subtle tones and shades; noticeable from across the garden, they are truly bright and vivid. Remarkable! And no matter what the winter weather chooses to inflict on your area, the red tones remain until the new spring foliage hides them again. The habit of this very slow-growing tree is interesting as well. When young it is columnar, becoming vase-shaped after a few years. But by the time it is 10 years old, it has assumed the spreading shape that will eventually create a fine canopy of shade in your landscape: it is 8 feet tall but fully 15 feet wide. The branching is very dense, so it acts as a nice high hedge or privacy screen as well — but it takes time.

One of the Most Fragrant Ever!

Frilly, flouncy ruffled blooms really catch the eye.
Winner of multiple awards and an absolute showstopper in any garden, this intensely fragrant Daylily is hardy from the far north to the deep south. If you have a spare foot of soil left in your sunny garden, devote it to the glorious ruffled blooms of ‘Elegant Candy’.The flowers measure about 4 inches wide, but tend to look larger because of their intense ruffling. Pink with a large reddish-carmine eyezone, they jump out from the garden on plants about 2 feet high and wide.
Expect the first flush in early summer, with a repeat toward season’s end.’Elegant Candy’ is a dormant tetraploid, meaning that it’s got twice the chromosomes of diploid Daylilies, for greater garden vigor and flower power. It’s dormant in cold climates, so you can grow it all the way through zone 3 in the north without worrying about frostkill — the aboveground growth will vanish with the first hard frost, and the plant will pop back up better than ever in spring! But the best feature of this Daylily is its sweet scent.
Many Daylilies bear a ghost of a fragrance, but ‘Elegant Candy’s’ is rich, bold, and unmistakeable. A pleasure in the Daylily garden, it perfumes its less fortunate cousins! Like all Daylilies, ‘Elegant Candy’ is quite happy in punishing sun, heat, and humidity. Once established in your garden, it’s even drought-tolerant, though it will bloom its best when given adequate water. Low-maintenance and foolproof to grow, this perennial can be divided every 4 or 5 years into even more glorious plants! Space plants about 3 feet apart in any well-drained garden soil, and pamper them the first year to get their root system established. Easy and so beautiful!

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