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What a start to the month! We have a new President, the weather is unseasonably warm, and the World Series was won by a team who hadn't in over a century. People have interesting ways of showing off their pride, whether for their political beliefs or sports affiliations. This month's feature article is about supporting your favorite Wisconsin teams in your landscape with "Sporty Specimens".
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by Carrie Hennessy, Landscape Designer      
"There are three things I have learned to never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin"
In the T.V. special "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", Linus sagely muses, "There are three things I have learned to never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin". I think we could add sports team allegiances to that list. In my family, the Chicago Bears were the enemy and the Green Bay Packers our salvation. When my brother did the unthinkable and married a Minnesota Vikings fan, the question wasn't of religion but which team the kids would be raised to cheer on? As it turns out, they have two boys, one a Packers fan, one for the Vikings--a house divided.

Baseball wasn't preached as exuberantly in our house, but my dad was a Cubs fan (especially on days a game was on and there was a waiting list of chores). Dad was ecstatic to see Chicago win the World Series earlier this month. My great-grandmother was surely cheering in the afterlife. However, I had never attended a baseball game until I met my husband (a die-hard, long-suffering Brewers fan) so Miller Park is a special place for us and I became a fan by way of marriage. After the Cubs' World Series win, a Facebook friend posted that he was "disgusted" by how Brewers fans were cheering for the Cubs and that if it were the Vikings or the Bears at the Super Bowl, Packer fans wouldn't dream of changing allegiance. The amount of fallout that ensued, you'd have thought he posted about his preferred political candidate. Let's face it, our victorious southern neighbors might be the closest Milwaukeeans get to the pennant. Besides, wasn't the Cubs' win worth it to see how happy it made Bill Murray?
With Thanksgiving approaching, the topics of sports and politics will bring heated discussions and tension to many a turkey dinner. I'm bracing myself for Dad gloating about being a Cubs fan. But just as every family's Thanksgiving dinner is a little different than their neighbors, such is how sports fans show their support. Some think it best to paint their bodies and stand half naked in a stadium, daring Mother Nature to inflict frost bite. Others use their home as their canvas- a house near my neighborhood has a front porch painted green and gold for the Packers. I suggest celebrating your chosen team in a less extreme fashion that positively affects resale value. Have you considered plants? Shrubs and perennials that mimic team colors are an environmentally friendly way to wave your fan flag.

Milwaukee Brewers

In early spring, show you back the Brew Crew with the yellow flowers of Corneliancherry Dogwood, ( Cornus mas) and a skirt of blue scilla bulbs around the base.
Corneliancherry Dogwood
Blue scilla bulbs

May and June, decorate a sunny location with Blue Ice Amsonia ( Amsonia x 'Blue Ice'), Bartzella Yellow Peony ( Paeonia (ITOH) 'Bartzella'), and the white blooms of Nikko Slender Deutzia ( Deutzia x 'Nikko Slender') to tie everything together.
Bartzella Yellow Peony
Blue Ice Amsonia
Nikko Slender Deutzia

For a shady spot, mix the blue flowers of Jack Frost Brunnera ( Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' PP13,859), Fire Island Hosta ( Hosta 'Fire Island'), Blue Cadet Hosta ( Hosta 'Blue Cadet'), Gold Standard Hosta ( Hosta fortunei 'Gold Standard'), and white Deutschland Astilbe ( Astilbe 'Deutschland') for an extended season of Brewers colors.
Fire Island Hosta
Jack Frost Brunnera
Gold Standard Hosta
Deutschland Astilbe
Blue Cadet Hosta

Blue Clips Bellflower ( Campanula carpatica 'Blue Clips') and Moonshine Yarrow ( Achillea x 'Moonshine') pair well in the height of summer.
Moonshine Yarrow
Blue Clips Bellflower

Finish the fall baseball season with Sky Blue Aster (Aster azureus) and Fireworks Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks').
Fireworks Goldenrod
Sky Blue Aster

Green Bay Packers

Since most plants are green, finding ones that have gold blooms is an easy addition: St Johns Wort ( Hypericum kalmianum), Stella De Oro Daylily ( Hemerocallis 'Stella De Oro'), and Zagreb Coreopsis ( Coreopsis vericillata 'Zagreb') do double duty.
St. Johns Wort
Stella De Oro Daylily
Zagreb Coreopsis

Common Witchhazel ( Hamamelis virginiana) with a green conifer like Technito® Arborvitae ( Thuja occidentalis 'Bail John' PP 15,850) is a perfect pairing, since the Witchhazel blooms appear just in time for football season.
Common Witchhazel
Technito® Arborvitae

Mix your standard green conifers with golden cousins, like Sea of Gold® Juniper ( Juniperus chinensis 'Sea of Gold' PP 17,622), Sungold False Cypress ( Chamaecyparis pisifera fil. 'Sungold'), and Sunkist Arborvitae ( Thuja occidentalis 'Sunkist').
Sea of Gold® Juniper 
Sungold False Cypress

Or you can get literal with the plants. Love Aaron Rodgers? Plant a Fireworks Rodgersia ( Rodgersia pinnata 'Fireworks') aka "Rodger's Flower" in a shady location.  Is Eddie Lacy your favorite? Try Lacey Blue Russian Sage ( Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Lisslitt' PP22,845) mixed into the sun perennial garden. Montgomery Blue Spruce ( Picea pungens 'Montgomery') for offensive player Ty Montgomery. Julius Peppers is an easy one.
Rodgersia pinnata 'Fireworks'
Lacey Russian Blue Sage
Montgomery Blue Spruce

If you want to commemorate the "greatest World Series ever", that Common Witchhazel you planted for the Packers can pay tribute to Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel (the shrub's Latin name is Hamamelis virginiana). The Stella De Oro Daylilies can quietly celebrate Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella. And you can remember pitcher David Ross's last amazing game with a Buddleia davidii or Butterfly Bush that will bloom for almost the entire baseball season.
exfoliating bark on winter backdrop
Seven Son Flower
Heptacodium miconiodes

To continue our sports theme this month, think of Seven Son Flower like the seventh inning stretch in baseball. It's been a long season/game, you are tired/bored, and need something to get the garden through the fall/last call for beer. In September, this unassuming large shrub explodes with white flowers, very unusual for shrubs this time of year. As the weather transitions to fall, the flowers give way to bright red calyces, which are still showy in November.
flower clusters in September
bright red calyces in October
Photo compliments of Arnold Arboretum 
Seven Son Flower was discovered and brought to the Western World by E.H. Wilson in 1907, during a Chinese expedition on behalf of Harvard's Arnold Arboretum, but the shrub went unused in the landscaping industry until another expedition to China in 1980. Its peeling bark often makes this a "plant lover's plant", because, until it leafs out in late spring, many folks think the shrub is dead. A member of the Honeysuckle family, Seven Son is truly a unique plant, because it is the only one in the genus  Heptacodium . The common name Seven Son comes from the genus name  Hepta - meaning seven and referring to the number of flower clusters.  Codium is a kind of seaweed, which looks very similar to the structure of the red calyces that form the outer part of the flowers. Unlike seaweed, the flowers have a delightful jasmine-like fragrance and fall butterflies flock to them for nectar.
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