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Plantings

Wilcox Park has an arboretum-quality collection of tree species, as well as a dwarf conifer collection and perennial and annual flower beds. For a closer look, select the Wilcox Park Photo Album page link in the left-hand menu.

 

Friends Perennial Garden 

The Perennial Garden, which was a gift of the Friends of the Library in 1980, is a collection of specially chosen hardy perennials which display color and greenery from spring through autumn.  The Friends provided additional support in 2004 for park staff and volunteers to reconfigure and restore the Perennial garden.  The Perennial gardens are bordered by a boxwood hedge and feature hosta, sedum, salvia, lambís ears and silver mound. The showcase of the circular bed is the Woman's Urn, surrounded by germander and seafoam roses. 



Project Green Thumb

Q:  What conditions attract native butterflies to a backyard garden?

A:  A successful butterfly garden includes a variety of bright and colorful flowering plants situated in a sunny area protected from wind.  The best varieties produce a high nectar food source and a place for females to lay eggs.   Many native butterflies are attracted to pink, red, purple, yellow or orange flowers in large masses of a single color, or closely related colors.  Most butterflies must land in order to get to the nectar and prefer plants with clusters of short tubular flowers or large, flat petals.  Since butterflies are active from early spring through frost, having a mix of flowering plants that bloom all season will ensure lots of visitors!

Recommended plants:
Bee-balm (Monarda didyma), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia species), Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Coreopsis (Coreopsis species), Sedum (Sedum species), Yarrow (Achillea species), and Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus). 

 

Wilcox Park Perennials

 

Alchemilla mollis                                 Lady's Mantle

Allium senescens var. glaucum            Curly chivesa

Amsonia hubrichtii                              Narrow Leaf Bluestar

Anemone hupehensis var. japonica      Japanese Anenome 

Artemesia schmidtiana 'Nana'               Silver Mound

Aster novae-angliae                            Aster 'Purple Dome'

Baptisia australis                                 False Blue Indigo 

Campanula glomerata 'Superba'           Clustered Bell Flower

Campanula persicifolia alba                  Peachleaf Bell Flower- white

Campanula persicifolia                         Peachleaf Bell Flower- blue
Centranthus rubber                             Red Valerian         

Hosta                                                August Moon, Blue Cadet, Undulata 

Contact Alan Peck, Park Manager, for more information at 596-2877 x334