The stately 6 ft Mulleins which grace the back of the border have three lowly relatives which are at home in the rock garden. The family traits are there – the need for a sunny home, leaves which are hairy or spiky and profusion of saucer-shaped blooms. Continue Reading
Acalypha Plant – There are two distinct groups of Acalypha. The more popular type bears long tassels of tiny flowers amongst its plain foliage and the other type has colorful foliage with insignificant blooms. All Acalyphas are woody shrubs which are quick growing but are unfortunately difficult to overwinter in the average room. The problem is the high humidity requirement which can be readily satisfied in the greenhouse or conservatory, but not in the home. Continue Reading
Growing Hydrangeas – Hydrangeas are some of the most beautiful flowering plants seen on lawns and in gardens. They are France’s most popular flower. The blooming bush produces absolutely gorgeous colorful bunches of flowers that last throughout the spring, and through most of the earlier summer months. But knowing how to grow and care for hydrangeas is important if you want to maintain a healthy and attractive plant.
The first step to growing your hydrangea plants is being aware of where to plant them. Most shrubs prefer moderate shade, but make sure it gets at least half a day of sunlight.
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.