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Rhododendron South Gate Grace

South Gate Grace

Rhododendrons are popular blooming shrubs that come in many varieties.

South Gate Grace is a heat tolerant Rhododendron that thrives in the Deep South and performs well in traditional zones. It is an evergreen shrub that attracts birds/butterflies and gives year-round interest. It prefers part shade to shade. You can find South Gate Grace in our Herb Garden. It is a show stopper!

Winter's Star (not pictured) is a fall-blooming, cold hardy plant that produces a single pink flower in October and November. We have tried it as a groundcover section of the Entry Garden.

Rhododendron Peppermint Twist

Peppermint Twist

Peppermint Twist was the 2007 Rhododendron of the Year. It has red buds, opening to rose pink flowers, with red flecks in the throat and a white circle in the throat which slowly grows larger each day. The overall effect is like a "peppermint twist." The trusses hold about 12 flowers so, as the picture shows, each plant has multiple colors and contrasts.

We no longer have this beauty at the Linnaeus Garden, but look for it at your favorite garden center.

Spring Bulbs

The Linnaeus Garden was blessed a few years ago with spring bulbs from Brent and Becky's Bulbs, a Virginia-based grower and seller of popular and uncommon bulbs.

Please note that these bulbs do not all bloom at once. And as bulbs do, some of them have expired over time. Look for them at your favorite gardening center, and in the Linnaeus Garden over the course of the first three months of spring.

Daffodil - Narcissus

Lemon Silk

'Lemon Silk'

Rip van Winkle

'Rip van Winkle'

Toby the First

'Toby the First'

Golden Bells

'Golden Bells'

Little Princess

'Little Princess'



Fragrant Rose

'Fragrant Rose'

Fruit Cup

'Fruit Cup'







Of course one of our favorite spring bulb is the daffodil - Narcissus. The following varieties have been planted in the garden:

  • Narcissus 'Lemon Silk'
  • Narcissus 'Fruit Cup'
  • Narcissus 'Rip van Winkle'
  • Narcissus 'Canaliculatus'
  • Narcissus ' Segovia'
  • Narcissus 'Golden Bells'
  • Narcissus 'Pipit'
  • Narcissus 'Little Princess'
  • Narcissus 'Toby the First'
  • Narcissus 'Puppet'
  • Narcissus 'Fragrant Rose'


Barr's Purple

'Barr's Purple'

Cream Beauty

'Cream Beauty'

Blue Bird

'Blue Bird'



Another familiar spring bulb is the Crocus and the following varieties can be seen in the garden:

  • Crocus chrysanthus 'Blue Bird'
  • Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty'
  • Crocus tomasinianus 'Barr's Purple'
  • Crocus versicolor 'Picturatus'

Spring Bulbs - Other Varieties

Iris Cantab

Iris 'Cantab'

Iris Gordon

Iris 'Gordon'

Spring Snowflake

'Spring Snowflake'



Striped Squill

'Striped Squill'

Camassia cusickii

Camassia cusickii

Glory of Snow

'Glory of Snow'

White Checkered Guinea Flower

'Guinea Flower'

Rolf Fiedler

'Rolf Fiedler'

Checkeboard Fritillaria

Checkerboard Fritillaria

Allium schubertii

Allium schubertii

Allium Triquetrum

Allium triquetrum

Silver Spring

'Silver Spring'



The remaining unusual varieties are as follows:

  • Allium schubertii
  • Allium triquetrum
  • Allium 'Silver Spring'
  • Anemone coronaria 'Bride'
  • Camassia cusickii
  • Chionodoxa sardensis 'Glory of Snow'
  • Fritillaria meleagris 'White Checkered Guinea Flower'
  • Ipheion uniflorum 'Rolf Fiedler'
  • Iris reticulata 'Cantab'
  • Iris reticulata 'Gordon'
  • Leucojum vernum 'Spring Snowflake'
  • Lilium martagon 'Backhouse'
  • Pushkinia scilloides var libanotica 'Striped Squill'

By Sandi Rebman
Photos by Marc Schreiber