Photo Credit: Jennifer Anderson, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
You probably hadn't noticed, but while the debate over whether or not our climate is changing and our planet is experiencing a general warming trend, the nation's hardiness zone maps were reconfigured several years ago. So, as you read this while looking out over another fresh coating of snow, and feeling single digit temperatures for the umpteenth time this winter, keep a wary mind over what I'm about to tell you!
As we head into the early summer, you will notice a good number of hydrangea blooms appearing in many yards and gardens. Recently, the industry has been inundated with many new options and varieti
ANNUAL PERIWINKLE "VINCA" - Low maintenance, profuse bloomer that loves the sun and heat! Fertilze occasionally.
"BUTTERFLY RED" PENTAS - Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds! Heat tolerant.
MANDEVILLA VINE - Sun and heat loving vine that provides all summer color. Deer resistant.
"KNOCK OUT" ROSE - Blooms from spring till frost! Low maintenance and great disease resistance.
"LITTLE SPIRE" RUSSIAN SAGE - Shorter, upright perennial with spikes of lavender blue flowers. Adds a sense of lightness to the garden!
In the urban community, we are finding, more and more, that the desire to plant trees in smaller, more confined spaces is becoming more popular. Folks with smaller yards are still seeking to obstruct a view or provide shade to a deck or patio but think they are limited because the space they have available won't handle a large shade tree. We have recently stocked our nursery with several choices of trees that lend themselves to situations such as this. For planting in the strip between the street and sidewalk, we are recommending the versatile Upright European Hornbeam.
Endless Summer Hydrangea...a mophead hydrangea that can bloom on both the current season's growth as well as the previous year's growth.
Ahhh...nothing quite like the smell of lilacs in the spring! Try planting one right outside a window-you won't regret it!
It's that time of the year when we all anticipate the first color of the fresh, new year in the landscape! As the end of one of the mildest winters in recent memory nears, our enthusiasm is no less significant. Witchhazels (Hamamelis spp.) are typically the first hardy shrubs to bloom in this area. We, in particular, like the Arnold Promise variety as its bright yellow blossoms stand out cheerfully in the otherwise bleak planting.
It's that time of year...with so much springtime anticipation that you will start to notice the striking witchhazels in full bloom!