Cherry Brook Garden Club

Canton Bandstand Project

The Cherry Brook Garden Club has been tending to plantings at the Bandstand for a number of years.  Recently, the Bandstand was upgraded and this required the removal of the foundation plantings.  We worked together with the town to create a welcoming design and hope the public has enjoyed the change.  For those who are interested, following is a listing of the plants included along with information about plants' habits:

Vaccinium corymbosum –Highbush Blueberry, Friendship

An upright, multi-stemmed shrub with spreading branches forming a rounded, dense, compact outline, especially under cultivation. Rate of growth is slow. Leaf color is dark green, almost dark blue-green in summer changing to yellow, bronze, orange combination in fall; very excellent fall coloring shrub. Flowers are white, possible tinged pink, urn-shaped, 1/3 inches long. Fruit is a blue-black berry, edible, July through August. Height at maturity is 2-3 feet. Does best in acid, sandy soil and should be mulched to reduce injury around root and to preserve moisture. Prune after fruiting, full sun or partial shade.


Callicarpa japonica-Japanese Beautyberry

Bushy, rounded shrub with arching branches, probably best cut to ground in late winter. Color is medium blue-green in summer becoming faintly yellowish to purplish in the fall. Flowers are pink or white and occur on new growth from June to August. The fruit is very active and unusual in color among wood plants. Prune to within 4-18” of the ground every spring however if in good condition, simply remove dead limbs. Plants can look ratty with age and a good approach is to rejuvenate through pruning. Best to treat as an herbaceous perennial in northern areas. Full sun or light shade.


Clethra alnigolia-Summersweet Clethra- Sixteen Candles Pepperbush

Oval, round-topped, erect, dense leafy shrub which often suckers to form broad colonies. Slow to medium growth. Late to leaf out in spring with lustrous medium to deep green in summer, pale yellow to rich golden brown in fall. Fall color develops about mid-October early to mid-November and can persist for 3 to 4 weeks. Flowers are white, 5-petaled, delightfully fragrant July to August on current season’s growth. This shrub is lovely to look at but even lovelier to smell. One of the best native shrubs for summer color and fragrance and fall color is a worthwhile attribute. This shrub tolerates partial shade or full sun. Grows quickly and attracts bees.


Cormus alternifolia-Pagoda Dogwood   

Spreading, horizontal, low-branched tree with broad, horizontal branches forming stratified tiers; interesting branching habit. Leaf color is medium to dark green, fall color can develop reddish purple; usually not developing outstanding fall color. Flowers are yellowish, white, fragrant, effective 7 to 10 days in May to early June. The Pagoda Dogwood seems to do best in a partially shaded situation;

although plants in full sun can appear quite prosperous. Does best in colder climates, keep the root zone  moist, acid and cool. The fruits, particularly the stalks are bluish black and beautiful. A wonderful native plant.  Rate of growth is slow initially, medium when established.


Fothergilla gardenia-Dwarf Fotherfilla

Small shrub with slender, crooked, often spreading branches, rounded in outline; forms a rather dense mound at maturity; suckers, some plants more so than others, and forms colonies.  Leaf color of dark green, almost blue-green. The summer foliage is quite attractive with brilliant fall color, yellow to orange to scarlet.  Growth rate is slow. One of the great American native shrubs for fall color.


Ilex verticillata-Common Winterberry, Kennebago

Oval –rounded to broad-rounded, deciduous shrub with dense complement of fine twiggy branches; tends to sucker and form large multi-stemmed clumps. Slow growth rate. Bark is dark grey to dark brown or black on old stems, interesting architectural twist to the branches. Leaf color is deep dark green in summer with no significant fall color. For residential and commercial landscapes this is a first class choice. Needs sun to partial sun and is adaptable to wet conditions (swampy areas.)


Mellennuim Azalea-Weston  

Deciduous. Summer flowering. Upright growing. Red flowers in early to mid-July. Bluish green foliage with silvery undersides. This hybrid recently introduced and named because of its superior performance over the years. HERITAGE: 1973 cross #73-134 ('Weston's Sparkler' x 'Weston's Parade'). 10-15 year height is 6 feet. Hardiness Zone 4. Bloom color is red and summer flowers are fragrant. Sun exposure full sun to partial shade.

Kalmia lat.-Mountain Laurel, Tinkerbell

A delightful miniature form with small deep evergreen leaves, ‘Tinkerbell’ forms a compact, rounded shape and produces clusters of deep pink buds that open to light pink flowers in early June. Great for foundation plantings and woodland settings. Sun exposure 4-8 hours. Soil type should be clay, moist and sandy. Height: 2-3' and width of 2-3', shape is rounded .Blooms in the spring with pink flowers. Fall color is green and winter interest is the shrub’s form. Feed with plant tone.

Juniperus Communis Repanda  (Common Juniper)


A low-growing shrub that maintains the best foliage color of the low-growing types.  Medium green foliage turns yellowish green in winter.  Grows soft, coarse textured foliage densely set on ascending branches.  Plants form nearly uniform circles.  Easy to grow in a wide range of cultural conditions. Size: Height- 1 ft. to 1.25 ft.  Width- 6 ft. to 8 ft. Deer and rabbit tolerant. Light should be dappled to full sun and pH Range 4.5 to 8.5. Soil Range should be sand to some clay and water range semi-arid to moist.



Reference Credit: Manual of Woody Landscape Plants

                                 5th Edition, Revised 1998

                                  Michael A. Dirr

                                 Dept. of Horticulture, University of Georgia, Athens








Canton Bandstand:  Flagpole Garden Plant Guide


Lavandula angustifolia-English Lavender,“Hidcote”

English lavender is commonly grown as an ornamental plant. It is popular for its colorful flowers, its fragrance and its ability to survive with low water consumption. It does not grow well in continuously damp soil. It is fairly tolerant of low temperatures, generally considered hardy to USDA zone 5. It tolerates acid soils but favors neutral to alkaline soils. Full sun, Blooms mid-to-late summer. 15" to 20" tall, with silver-gray foliage and deep violet-blue inflorescences, named after Hidcote Manor in England as it was cultivated there by Major Lawrence Johnston.

Veronica-Speedwell,Royal Candles”

Veronica, also called Speedwell, is a carefree and easy-to-grow perennial with long spikes of small petals in purple, blue, pink, or white. This attractive plant grows in clusters from 1 to 3 feet tall, and blooms from spring to autumn. Beautiful flowers attract hummingbirds. Does well in full or partial sun.  

Echinacea purpurea-Coneflower, “Pow Wow White”

White coneflower is a species of flowering plant in the genus Echinacea. Its cone-shaped flowering heads are usually, but not always purple. It is native to eastern North America and present to some extent in the wild in much of the eastern, southeastern and midwest United States. It is also grown as an ornamental plant, and numerous cultivars have been developed for flower quality and plant form. Pure white petals surround a yellow center on the large flowers of this variety. It readily branches, offering plentiful blooms, but is still easy care since it doesn’t require deadheading. Perfec in beds and borders. Blooms midsummer to fall. Planted in sun. Grows 20-24” tall. Zones 3-9. Adapts to dry or moist conditions. 

Hosta hybrid,“Guacamole”

As its name might indicate, 'Guacamole' has avocado green, veined foliage with darker green margins. This hosta forms large, dense clumps and thrives in partial shade, where the sun can brighten the leaf centers. In late summer, 3-foot-tall flower stalks emerge, bearing fragrant, lily-like white blooms. Care: Moist, well-drained soil.  Provide part to full shade and moist but well-drained soil. Keep areas around hostas clear of excess leaf debris to reduce the presence of slugs and snails. Propagation: Divide in spring or fall. Planted in full or partial shade. Prefers consistent moisture. Growth height 22-36 “with a 1-3 foot spread.


Hybridized by McEwen in 1967. Height of 18-24 inches. Hardiness zone 3a to 9b, sun exposure full sun to partial shade. Soil pH requirements-mildly acidic to mildly alkaline. Propagate by dividing the rootball. Bloom time is extra early in the summer and extended. Flower size is 3” to 4.5” in diameter. Bloom color is yellow-orange to gold.  Slightly fragrant.


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