2017-08-11 / Home & Garden

The Green “Solar Eclipse”

Stopping to smell the flowers
By Arlene Marturano

The horticulture industry offers a variety of plants to keep green versions of the upcoming Solar Eclipse vivid in your garden throughout the growing season. Rudbeckia hirta ‘Solar Eclipse,’ black-eyed Susan, with bright yellow ray flowers and a mahogany disc flowers from June to October. Big turbaned cones are encircled with pollen. Flower faces span 1.5-3” wide. The tall stemmed plant is prized for cutting and flower arrangements.

Hemerocallis ‘Solar Eclipse’ is a daylily introduced in 2008. The 24” scape height holds a 5.5” wide bloom. Flower color is dark grape purple with violet watermark above a yellow to green throat. Blooms and reblooms all summer.

Although coral bells bloom in summer, their foliage makes them stars in the garden all yearlong. Heurcherella ‘Solar Eclipse’ flaunts scalloped reddish brown leaves edged in chartreuse. When used as a groundcover, the foliage mounds to 10” high and 16” wide. Crème foamflower spikes reach 16-18” tall in summer. This heat tolerant, pest resistant, compact plant returns year after year.


The lives of sunflowers revolve around their namesake, the sun. The lives of sunflowers revolve around their namesake, the sun. Coleus ‘Solar Eclipse’ has serrated green leaves that have been eclipsed by a deep purple burgundy. This is a highly decorative plant whether grown indoors or outdoors as a shade or sun coleus. Propagate easily from stem cuttings to share throughout your universe. ‘Solar Eclipse’ is one of eight cultivars of coleus in the Solar Series with striking foliage for the garden.

Helianthus annuus ‘Solar Eclipse’ towers toward the sun to a mature height of 70.” The central brown disc florets are bordered by a ring of pure yellow ray petals decorated with rich flames of red giving the appearance of a ring of fire in bloom.


The variegated ruff led leaf of Redbud ‘Solar Eclipse’ The variegated ruff led leaf of Redbud ‘Solar Eclipse’ The plant can be sited in the back of a border, along a fence or in a field. This easy to grow sunflower is perfect for children to sow as a cut flower and for seeds. Leave some of the seed heads up for the birds to harvest, but gather seeds for sunflower snacks for the family too.

The USDA, Agricultural Research Service has bred Capsicum annuum ‘Solar Eclipse’, an ornamental pepper for landscape and bedding growers rather than for food and culinary use. The tall upright growth habit and black foliage provide a unique focal point in garden designs from summer through fall. Peppers are not a prominent feature of ‘Solar Eclipse’ since few flowers are produced.

A native tree joining the all-star parade is Redbud ‘Solar Eclipse’ first introduced in 2011. The dependable and adaptable petite tree maturing to a height of 10-12’ is a variation of native Cercis canadensis. Large ruffled heart-shaped leaves sporting wide lime green margins and yellow orange centers emerge on coral stems. New leaves are peachy-orange. Flowers are pink in spring like other redbuds.

Will this dark grape purple daylily with yellow and green throat continue to bloom during the Solar Eclipse?Will this dark grape purple daylily with yellow and green throat continue to bloom during the Solar Eclipse?
The green industries ‘Solar Eclipse’ can’t compare to the front row seat you will have observing your garden plants respond when touched by totality.



Black-eyed Susan and other garden plants will be “watching” the solar eclipse with phytochromes. Black-eyed Susan and other garden plants will be “watching” the solar eclipse with phytochromes.

Terra Nova Nurseries of Oregon introduced Heucherella ‘Solar Eclipse.’ Terra Nova Nurseries of Oregon introduced Heucherella ‘Solar Eclipse.’

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