Shade Gardening

APRIL
22
2014

Classic Color that Reblooms

BLOOM-A-THON PINK DOUBLE AZALEA

Azaleas are the quintessential southern flower. Speckled along the foundation of houses, in beds marked with pine trees and magnolias, these classics are a staple in the garden. But, did you know that all azaleas are not created equal? We love reblooming azaleas because as the name implies they flower for up to FIVE months... much more than the traditional azaleas.

You'll definitely want to make room for the our new Proven Winner variety, the Bloom-a-Thon Pink Double Azalea. This rebloomer boasts large, double flowers that appear in April, then rebloom in early July, and continue through fall until hard frost. This medium-sized evergreen shrub will grow between 42 - 54 Inches. For best performance, we recommend planting it in shade to part shade in moist, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. The high summer temperatures won’t stop this great shrub from producing loads of late summer and fall flowers.

Plant in borders, woodland gardens or in containers. We love pairing azaleas with Crepe Myrtles and Magnolias for a classic southern look. Or, pair with other evergreen shrubs to create a hedge. You can also plant azaleas in containers for a stunning thriller plant. This enchantress of an azalea will charm your garden with months of colorful flowers!

JULY
26
2012

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Got Shade? Think Hostas!

With all this hot weather, we’ve been thinking about all the shady spots that we go to for a little relief! And... shady spots brings us to Hostas.

Hostas are one of the most popular shade perennials that provide brilliant foliage to a garden. Members of the lily family, they are hardy, easy-to-grow and care for and aren't troubled by pests. Leaf colors can be found from green, gold and blue to variegated, and sizes from miniature to mammoth. They are mostly grown for their attractive leaves, but they do flower is shades from white to mauve. Smaller varieties (up to 12 inches tall) make great edgers along paths or the front of a bed, medium-sized ones make excellent ground-covers, and large varieties are terrific in the background or as dramatic accent plants. The possibilities are endless!

And, these shade-loving perennials even get better with age. Each season, the clumps get larger and margins on variegated leaves become wider; puckering or seer-suckering in leaves becomes more prominent; and their coloring becomes more intense ~ especially in the blue or gold-toned varieties. The best part is that you can divide them to fill other spots in your garden. You'll know your Hostas should be divided when they get too crowded and the center of a clump begins to turn brown or die out. As a general rule, count on dividing them every three to four years. Some slower-growing varieties may need longer before they're ready for division. And, you may be able to divide faster-growing varieties every two or three years. However, there is not a hard and fast rule and the choice is up to you. The beauty is that you can divide them when you need a few more plants to fill your garden. You can divide Hostas almost anytime, from spring to fall. If you decide to divide them now, just be sure to keep them well watered. We recommend, every day for a few weeks depending on the rainfall. Happy Gardening!