Plant of the Month
Flowering quince is in bloom! It is one of my favorite shrubs. The scientific name is Chaenomeles japonica. Flowers are various shades of red, pink and white. It will grow in sun or shade but blooms better when planted in full sun.It is the first shrub to bloom each year.
I like to use this plant in cutting gardens or planted with an evergreen backdrop because it is deciduous. Flowering quince looks especially beautiful when cuttings are incorporated in an early spring indoor arrangement!~Shelly
Inject fall color into your landscape with oak leaf hydrangea.
Winter bark is extremely interesting and in summer it flowers in clusters. The floral display is long lasting too.
Tecoma stans var. stans
Esperanza is the Spanish term for hope. How fitting a common name for a plant that has incredible, but unrecognized, potential in the industry.
It bears bright shiny green pecanlike leaves, and green bean pods after the flowers fade.
Spectacular clusters of bright yellow, bell shaped flowers attract hummingbirds & cover these shrubs from April through November.
Generally grows to a bushy 5 ft. tall & wide. Esperanza requires full hot sun and only occasional watering during the summer. It has no major insect or disease problems.
Crape myrtles are a favorite large shrub or small tree in the southern garden. With the diverse number of cultivars ranging in flower colors and disease resistance, crape myrtles easily adapt to most home gardens.
They are a great addition because they have four seasons of interest. In the spring they have dark green, lustrous leaves. In the summer they flower in a range of colors. In the fall the leaves turn yellow, orange and red, and in the winter the smooth, gray exfoliating bark is handsome.
Crape myrtles look good in the landscape planted as a specimen or in groups and look especially attractive under-planted with a dark green groundcover.
Chinese Fringe Flower
With flowers to “knock your socks off,” these neon lights of the witchhazel family will delight you with their early April bloom. Whether featured in a container or in the landscape, loropetalum will light up your landscape.
Leaves are evergreen or everpurple, depending on variety. It is a fast grower with an irregular rounded habit. Loropetalum is relatively insect and disease free so it makes for an excellent plant in the border. It grows well in full sun or partial shade, but flowers best in full sun.
Do you have some places in mind where you would like to see a burst of color? Give us a call and let’s do some decorating!
Plant of the Month
Liriope muscari forms an excellent foliage plant throughout the year but in October it is decorated with curious dense spikes of violet-blue flowers. Each tiny flower clings to the stem, appearing to remain tightly in bud, and looking like little clusters or pearls, hence the resemblance to, a grape-hyacinth. The thick tufts of narrow evergreen leaves form an impenetrable mound, ideal for separating other rambling plants and the flowers fade russet brown seed heads so the plant still has a presence in the winter. Although the liriope can be used as ground cover it looks best as an isolated clump at the front of the border where the shining violet flowers can be seen to best advantage.
Ferns are ancient plants that predate flowering plants. They are a group of clump-forming plants that produce fronds, which unfurl from a center point. As the fronds develop, they produce spores, which fall off and become new ferns.
These are carefree long-lived perennials. Despite their delicate appearance, several are among the most durable and trouble-free plants you can grow. Most ferns prefer shade, but some do well in partial shade.
Do you have a shady area you would like to see a mixed fern planting in? Call today!!
Purple Coneflower – (Echinacea angustifolia)
A robust, drought tolerant perennial, native to the Midwestern and southeastern United States.
Flowers are arranged individually on sturdy, elongated stems with soft lavender or purple petals surrounding an iridescent red-orange, coned center.
Prefers full sun to partial shade in fertile, well-drained soils. Absolutely stunning!!
The Little Gem Magnolia is a slow-growing hybrid of the Magnolia granidflora that is sometimes called a “dwarf”. It will get tall (up to 40 feet, usually less), but not nearly as tall as the standard.
Little Gem is a pyramidal tree and can be pruned into a hedge or maintained to keep a small size. Southern Magnolias are relatively insect and disease free.
The flowers are always a show stopper. They are creamy white, fragrant, and will bloom until fall after the big flower show in June.
If you need a tree for the yard, definitely consider a ‘Little Gem’ Magnolia. See for yourself that ‘Little Gem’ is definitely a gem to include in the garden.