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Dual Benefit Landscape Plants | Volunteer Gardener


– [Tammy] Gardens are
places for quiet moments ¶¶and are very therapeutic. ¶Today I’m at a garden center ¶that is just as full
¶of calm tranquility. ¶It’s Long Hollow
¶Gardens and vineyards ¶¶here in Gallatin, and I’m
¶¶joined with Hartley Scott, ¶who is the owner of
¶this wonderful place. ¶- Thank you Tammy, so
¶we’re approximately ¶a 50 year old family business ¶¶that was basically
¶¶started by my grandfather, ¶so he was a colonel
¶in World War Two, and kinda took to
gardening after the war, ¶essentially as therapeutic. So, way before a lot of
people caught onto this ¶¶plants make people happy,
¶¶or plant love trends, ¶¶he was kind of
¶¶ahead of his time, so it kinda transitioned
from him to my father, to now myself, my wife, my mom, ¶it’s all a huge
¶family business here. – That’s wonderful, we
love family businesses, and quite honestly I
just wanna move in here. It’s beautiful. ¶¶- Sometimes I feel
¶¶like I live here. – I know you do. ¶So let’s talk about
¶dual-purpose plants, because you’ve got
some wonderful examples that can transition from
garden to landscape and beyond. ¶- Correct, so kinda
¶the dual purpose, ¶it stems from the form
¶follows function idea of architecture,
so we like stuff that’s not just pretty,
we like it to have ¶some type of function
¶other than aesthetics, ¶and we think now,
¶Tammy, there’s so many ¶good plants now that
¶you can achieve that ¶in a backyard garden,
¶in a container, ¶on a multimillion dollar home,
¶and everywhere in between. ¶So it’s a lot of fun. ¶- Got it, so what’s
¶a, give us some good ¶examples of that, because
¶seeing is believing, right? ¶- Absolutely, so this is
¶one of our favorite plants, ¶¶every year we show this
¶¶to different garden clubs, ¶¶and women’s groups and
¶¶other groups that come in, ¶and we ask ’em “What
¶is this plant?” ¶A lot of times we’ll
¶put it in a brown bag, ¶and we’ll try to say “Okay, if
¶you know what this plant is, “we’ll give it to you.” And a lot of times
we’re in earlier spring, ¶so they’re not identifiable
¶by the blueberries on ’em, ¶¶but this is a great,
¶¶it’s called Peach Sorbet, ¶it is a more compact
¶form of blueberry. So when you think about
fruits and edibles, one thing comes to mind is that ¶¶they’re only functionable. ¶A lot of times they’re
¶not that aesthetic. And you know, there’s a
lot of great plants now ¶that kinda break that mold, so this guy is awesome,
he has great foliage, ¶we love the little
¶bronzing of the tips, ¶the lush green look. It also flowers. But it’s a plant that
essentially gets in the three to four foot range
and then maxes out. So it is, it’s not a big gangly ¶overgrowing blueberry
¶or blackberry ¶that you used to see as much
¶out in the country drive, ¶¶so there’s nothing
¶¶wrong with that, ¶but sometimes those species ¶don’t fit in to a front yard ¶of a distinguished residence. And these do, these are good for ¶flanking each side
¶of the front steps, they’re good for pots on patios, ¶they’re good for by
¶the basketball court ¶¶in the garage, they’re
¶¶good for almost anywhere. ¶- [Tammy] And a great
¶companion for that ¶is this lavender
¶that’s unbelievable. – [Hartley] It is unbelievable. ¶- [Tammy] Tell us about it. ¶- [Hartley] This is
¶phenomenal lavender. This is actually the most
popular plant that we sell here, and we sell hundreds and
hundreds and hundreds of these. ¶This is a dense form,
¶cold-hardy, heat
¶tolerant lavender. ¶It has an amazing
¶scent, it doesn’t get ¶quite as leggy and as bronze, ¶you know sometimes
¶lavenders brown out ¶really bad at the base, lot
¶of times we tell people, ¶the more traditional
¶types of lavenders ¶¶are beautiful only
¶¶from the top down. ¶And if you think about it, if
¶they’re in an elevated planter ¶or a raised planter box, they
¶don’t tend to look as good ¶because they’re very leggy. This guy is a lot more compact. ¶We have customers that have
¶had these for two years and three years and four years, ¶¶and they love ’em. ¶You know, in theory,
¶will a brutal winter kill ’em or knock ’em way back? ¶Probably, maybe, but we think
¶they’re well worth the risk. ¶¶- And another one
¶¶that I honestly ¶can’t keep my hands off of. ¶- Yes, Chef’s Choice rosemary. – Yes, I just wanna stand and– – It’s a great plant,
it’s another great plant ¶¶that we sell tons
¶¶of, that’s also ¶in the Southern Living
¶Plant Collection. A lot, now I’m a horrible cook, ¶I know you’re a chef,
¶my wife’s a chef, ¶I’m a terrible cook,
¶but what I am told every single time
about the Chef’s Choice ¶is that cooks and culinary
¶artists like the soft tips. So it’s not as woody as
other types of rosemary. ¶- [Tammy] It’s
¶truly aromatherapy. – [Hartley] It is, and
it’s extremely fragrant. ¶- [Tammy] I love it. ¶¶- [Hartley] This is a
¶¶compact Bloomerang lilac. ¶Extremely fragrant,
¶more compact, ¶¶so this guy’s only
¶¶gonna get probably ¶in the five to six foot range,
¶maybe not even that big. ¶¶Dense form, and
¶¶not quite as big. ¶So some people don’t
¶have the fortune ¶of having these big
¶yards, big spaces, ¶¶and we have to use
¶¶more compact forms ¶of plants like lilac,
¶which gets huge. ¶¶I mean traditional
¶¶forms of lilac ¶may get eight to 10
¶foot tall easily. ¶This guy’s gonna be
¶much more compact, ¶but you’re still gonna
¶get the fragrance, and it’s gonna rebloom. – This one is gorgeous. ¶¶- This is an unbelievable
¶¶variegated form called Instant Karma elderberry. ¶So, again, I’m not a chef,
¶but elderberry is a staple. ¶It is a staple, now he will
¶get a little bit bigger, ¶probably in the six
¶to eight foot range, ¶but the foliage is dramatic, ¶they’re easily maintainable,
¶they’re fast growth, ¶and the texture on it
¶is really really cool, ¶and we like it a lot
¶because it splashes in ¶¶an extremely loose
¶¶and wild texture, and we love that, where
everything we’ve seen ¶¶so far, it’s kinda
¶¶dense and compact, ¶¶this guy, he pays no
¶¶attention to those rules, ¶and he just does
¶what he wants to do. ¶A lot of people have
¶container gardens, ¶a lot of people
¶have the big terrace or front porch, and
what do we put in there, ¶¶flowers, flowers, flowers. ¶Sometimes they’ll splash in
¶a little bit of evergreen, but this is a really cool plant. ¶Now, he’s not fruiting,
¶he’s not in bloom right now, but this is an
extremely cold-hardy
variety of pomegranate. Actually hardy to zero degrees. ¶So we advise clients
¶and patrons here, ¶great for a container,
¶absolutely great, ¶cause you can move it inside, ¶¶if we get a brutal
¶¶winter like we did ¶four, five years ago. And they fruit. If you come back
in a few months, ¶it’s no joke, the
¶fruits will be on it, ¶they’re incredibly awesome,
¶and they’re a little bit ¶easier to mess with
¶than typical varieties of citrus, like lemon and limes
can be very temperamental. ¶¶- Well, and it’s
¶¶just so different, ¶you know, everybody doesn’t
¶have to look the same. ¶¶- That’s correct,
¶¶that’s correct. ¶- Okay, so give us
¶another good example of a dual-purpose plant. ¶¶- So here’s another
¶¶really fun one right here, ¶¶a Pugster Amethyst
¶¶butterfly bush, ¶which, when we think of more
¶traditional butterfly bush, ¶and some of the pollinators,
¶while we love ’em, ¶the pushback that we
¶hear a lot of times from homeowners is, “Is
it gonna look messy, ¶”is it gonna look
¶dead half the season, “is it gonna get
out of control?” ¶¶And the answer is
¶¶no, no, and no, ¶¶this guy is a really good
¶¶fit for a lot of that. ¶Much more, again,
¶kinda looser texture, ¶like we’re used to seeing on
¶some of these other plants, but a dense and overall
compact growing habit. ¶So Tammy, this is one of my
¶absolute favorite plants, ¶now when I went to school
¶for landscape architecture, ¶it’s totally different
¶from horticulture. ¶Landscape architecture
¶has a lot of hits ¶about native plants, native
¶plants, native plants, ¶native plants, but
¶how do you use those ¶in your own landscape? ¶This is a beautyberry,
¶believe it or not, ¶this is called Pearl
¶Glam beautyberry, it has a darker foliage
than most beautyberry, ¶so if you’re out in the woods
¶and you’re hiking around ¶¶middle Tennessee, in late
¶¶winter, early spring, ¶beautyberry is what is
¶oftentimes blooming, it’s great habitat,
it’s food for wildlife, ¶¶but how do you incorporate
¶¶it into your landscape? ¶¶This, this is the answer. ¶So this is a great
¶specimen plant to use. ¶Beautyberry is a plant
¶that you gotta give ¶¶a little bit of room, and
¶¶a little bit of sunlight, ’cause it will get big,
but the dramatic foliage ¶is a great complement,
¶especially if you have ¶an all-green backdrop. ¶So we love it. – That’s gonna be something
I’ll need to take home with me, ¶along with this
¶lacy little darling. – That is Black Lace elderberry,
you know a few minutes ago, ¶¶we looked at a variegated
¶¶form of elderberry, ¶this is a dark foliage type
¶with incredible white blooms, again, wild child of the garden, ¶¶it’s gonna be wild and
¶¶hairy, it’s gonna get big, ¶you let it do its own thing. ¶But for culinary and
¶alcoholic purposes, ¶elderberry is perfect and it’s
¶gotta get in there somewhere. ¶Gotta get in there somewhere. – You know, I appreciate
your knowledge base ¶of this, Hartley, and your
¶tour of some wonderful plants ¶¶that are not traditional,
¶¶but just as easy ¶as traditional plants
¶to take care of. – [Hartley] Absolutely. (cheerful music) – [Announcer] For
inspiring garden tours, ¶¶growing tips, and
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