Tucker Greenhouse Rock Garden

A new addition (as of the spring of 2015) to the north side of the Tucker Greenhouse is a beautiful rock garden filled with mostly native Missouri plants.

This garden is located next to the mini-woodland garden on the west side of the greenhouse.

As plants bloom, I will post pictures and information about each species. Today I’m introducing three plants of interest.  They are all early spring bloomers in Missouri.

The first is a sweet little deciduous shrub called Dirca palustris  It’s located in the mini-woodland garden in the far SE corner.  It can grow in full to part shade, but prefers rich soil, and likes to be consistently moist.

Dirca palustris, commonly called leatherwood. It is found in the Thymelaeaceae family.

Dirca palustris, commonly called leatherwood. It is found in the Thymelaeaceae family.

Ribes odoratum or clove currant is located in the rock garden on the SE corner as well.  It is in full bloom right now.  The flowers smell remarkably like cloves. This plant is also a small deciduous shrub, native to MO  It prefers full sun to part shade, and it is very drought tolerant. It attracts lots of different species of birds and butterflies. The smell of these flowers is divine.

yellow flowers

Ribes odoratum, commonly called clove currant is found in the Grossulariaceae family.

Sedum ternatum, a succulent perennial is located throughout the rock garden.  It is a low-growing ground cover that prefers full sun to part shade.  Most sedums can tolerate dry soils, but this species prefers moister soils.

white flowers

Sedum ternatum, commonly called wild stonecrop, is found in the Crassulariaceae family.