Magnolias – Sumptuous and stately, magnolias are among the most handsome of garden trees, as well as being among the hardiest. Magnolia trees are native to East Asia and the Himalayas, eastern North America and Central America. Magnolias grow 40 to 80 feet tall with a spread of 30 to 40 feet. Depending upon the species, magnolias may be evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous.
Drawbacks of some of the species are their enormous size, slowness of growth and reluctance to flower until some 20 or more years after planting. Fortunately, most of the modern selections are free from these vices. The deciduous spring-flowerers make excellent features.
The Best Shrubs For Early Spring Garden – Early spring is not the time you expect to see anything except the budding of plants and trees. If you want to have flowers this early in the year there are five shrubs that will give you the desired splash of color and aromatic breezes in early springtime. Read on to find out more about these plants and how to care for them.
1. The Azalea
The Azalea is an early bloomer much like the Rhododendron. The difference is seen in the size of the flower clusters. The Azalea has smaller flowers but is large on style. The blooms can be in a variety of colors and sizes. They can reach up to 15 feet in height and grow best in full sunlight or partially shaded areas. It is good to add mulch around the base to help seal in moisture.
Buxus (Box) is a popular shrub outdoors, but has only recently been accepted as a house plant. It is tolerant of cool conditions and draughts, producing a dense screen od shiny small leaves. There is an essential requirement – good light, especially in winter. Stand the pot outdoors in summer. These shrubs can be clipped and trained at any time of the year. The only danger is overwatering.
The popular Buxus sempervirens (Common Box) is an evergreen shrub growing to 5 m (16ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a slow rate. Common Box can be grown, but the small-leaved Box (Buxus microphylla) is a better choice. Slow growing – prune to keep in shape. Can be trimmed to decorative shapes.
Provide a natural food source by planting shrubs to feed the birds – shrubs and trees that will provide berries and fruit to your birds all year long. What is wonderful about fruit bearing trees and shrubs is the glorious flowers they produce in advance of the flowers turning to seeds/berries that the birds just love.
If you plant a variety of shrubs that flower and fruit at different times of the year, your birds will have a natural source of food and you won\’t have to spend quite as much on bird seed either. It is especially important to have food for birds during the winter months.
Hibiscus is an excellent specimen plant for the sunny windowsill. A hibiscus is a perennial plant in the genus Hibiscus. There are a huge number of species in this genus, from dwarf herbaceous shrubs to towering trees, and these plants grow in many regions of the world. The plant with this name is often welcome in the garden because it has very large, trumpet-shaped flowers that come in an array of colors, and it sometimes also has a very delicate, pleasant scent that can be very enjoyable when a large cluster of plants is massed together. Its large papery flowers last for only a day or two, but with proper care there will be a succession of blooms from spring to fall. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Hibiscus can grow to 15 feet tall in frost-free areas.
There is an obvious fascination in having an orange or lemon tree at home, but if you want it to bear fruit, then you will have to buy a citrus trees selected for their ability to grow indoors. The problem is that plants raised at home from pips will not fruit until they are too large for an ordinary room. The dwarfs sold as house plants are shrubby trees which have glossy leaves and produce fruit while the plant is still quite young.
Summer is the usual flowering period for citrus trees, but the Calamondin orange (C. mitis) may produce white fragrant flowers and small bitter oranges nearly all year round.