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C den COLUMBIA THE STAR i sc Autumn clematis covers the entranceway to the Three Bears Homestead at the Carolina Children's Garden. Stopping to smdl tt flowas ByArlene Marmrano marturanoa ahoo. com When we think of autumn plants for the gar- den, chrysanthemum, aster, calendula, autumn sedum, and goldenrod come to mind. However, one vine which stage s a spectacular show in autumn should not be overlooked. From late August until October, sweet autumn e!m,s Glmatis terniflo- ra, a vigorous semi-ever- green or deciduous perenni- al vine captures attention by producing billowy showers of fragrant 1" white star-like flowers. As the flowers fade, decorative silvery seedheads appear. : The native Japanese vine that can grow 15-30 feet is best supported on :.arbors, pergola, fences, or trellises. At the Carolina Childrens Garden, autumn 'clematis covers the arbor ,entrance to Three Bears Homestead. The dense leaves provide shade in the heat of summgr. Some gar- deners let the vine ramble .as a groundcover to prevent erosion on poor soil. Autumn clematis pre- fers well-drained loamy or `clay-loamy soils but toler- ates sandy conditions. A soil pH of 6.5-7 is preferred. While its foliage loves sun, its roots like shade. Mulching is recommended. Maintain soil moisture Autumn clematis stages sensory enchantment in the garden from late August to October. throughout the growing sea- son. The hardiness zones for this woody ornamental are 4-9. The glossy green leaf of the Japanese clematis has smooth margins and is one way to distinguish the non- native from twO native species of autumn clematis with serrated leaves. The vine has a reputa- tion for being invasive. Pruning back severely in winter helps contain growth. Pruning after flow- ering prevents self-seeding. The vine is easily propagat- ed by seed, stem cuttings in early summer, and layering in late winter. The plant is a good candidate for a plant exchange. The plant i s usually pest free but can succumb to wilt, rust, powdery mildew, The dense leaf cover of autumn clematis shades strategic garden spots. and fungal spots. Leaves need to be monitored for earwigs, whiteflies, aphids, and scale insects. The late-flowering clematis is one of the easiest clematis to grow. The fact that it blooms profusely and is fragrant in fall adds sen- sory enchantment tO the landscape. ConCribut by City of Columbia Nominations are now being accepted for the Treasured Trees Pro- gram. The Treasured Trees Program seeks to docu- ment and preserve trees that have significant value to the greater community, and promote the aware- ington Metropolitan Area, and preference will be given to trees in locations accessible for public view- ing. Nominations of trees located on private property require the signature of the property owner granting the Treasured Trees pro- gram access to the proper- ty in rder to examine, ness, benefit, and value of measure, and photograph trees to the community, the nominated treg: Nominations are due Selection Criteria by October 26, 2009. Par- Trees of superior size ticipants should provide or stature, those associated their name and contact with historical events, trees information along with a noteworthy for their aes- description, location, and thetic or sentimental value, photograph of the tree. If their scarcity, or even 'available, please include because they are great significance or history trees to climb or from which to swing can be nominated. Groups of trees will also be considered for des- ignation when their plural- ity contributes to their sig- nificance. Nominated trees can be located on public or pri- vate property and can be nominated by anyone. Trees should be located in the Greater Columbia/Lex- related to the tree. NominatiOns may be delivered or emailed to: City of Columbia Forestry & Beautification Division Treastifed Ttg 2910 Colonial Drive Columbia, SC 29203 Attn: CarrollWilliamson cswilliamson@ columbiasc,net This vine is between flowering and creating seedheads. Heavy pruning is advised in late winter to control growth. "Fall means football" Open House Join Agap6Senior :as we kick off the fall football and SU Harbison Kathwood 990 Columbia Ave 4520 Trenholm Road i (803) 749-89 : (3)' Xingto. 5'422 Augusta Roa (803) 520,5850, (803) 933 I.dep"de"t.. Living ' Agap6 Village- Patio Homes 128 Agape Village Court , Off Leaphart Road in West Columbia (803) 454'3504