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I just think this plant would have made for a great country song title. Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!
• A very unique flowering shade lover!
• Grows best in woodlands with humus rich will drained soil. Grows really well in our local sandy woodland beds.
• Very Deer Resistant
• Good to mulch each fall
• Best to avoid high winds
• Blooms late Spring 30 to 36 inch height and spread
Photo by Walter's Gardens Inc.
Folks sometimes ask me where to start? "I love perennials and want them in my landscape, but I'm too busy right now to fuss. What would you recommend?" My answer is the daylily. Very easy to grow, adaptable to most conditions, looks good all season, terrific colored blooms, and easy to dig and divide. Try planting a large bed of these choices. Enjoy!!
Daylily Desert Flame
Hemerocallis Desert Flame
• Set your garden ablaze with this fiery red/orange reblooming gem
• Taller Daylily with strong stems
• 36”H x 20” W
• This Daylily is a clumper – will not spread like other daylilies
• VERY easy to grow. Is drought tolerant, salt tolerant, can grow near walnut tree
• Prefers Full Sun, will tolerate partial sun. More sun, more and better flowers
Photo by Walters Gardens Inc.
This gal gives you the beautiful hydrangea panicles you would expect, but the oak leaf makes it a good looking shrub when not flowering. Very dependable. Not too large.
Ruby Slippers Oak Leaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'
• Large coarse oak leaves makes this an outstanding hydrangea choice – wait. I love the large white to ruby red flowers
• Dwarf Oak Leaf 40” H x 40” W
• Prefers full sun to dabbled shade in consistently moist well-draining soil; best to mulch well and give it some winter wind protection
• Firm, upright stems hold panicles up to 9” long; blooms on OLD WOOD. Little pruning needed, but best to prune in fall just after flowering if needed
Photo by Spring Meadow Nursery
I'll be carrying this Proven Winners shrub this spring primarily due to it's dwarf size. Viburnums (sometimes called snowball bushes) are fantastic boarder/privacy shrubs - much like ninebarks. They can easily become a 6 foot x 6 foot shrub. This variety allows it to be planted near your home in a much more manageable size but still gives you those spice smelling snowball spring flowers.
Spice Baby Viburnum
Viburnumcarlesii 'Spice Baby'
• This is a dwarf of the popular Korean Spice – it’s size makes it a perfect fit in your landscape
• Spice smelling white spring flowers! • 42” H x 42” W
• Prefers moist well-draining soil in Sun to partial shade conditions
• Deer Resistant tough petite shrub
Photo by Proven Winners Inc.
I'm seeking a long term relationship. I love the outdoors. I'm very outgoing and have lots of friends. You could say I'm all the buzz around town. I'm tall and slender with measurements of 24" H x 18" W. My favorite color is purple. If you'd like to get to know me, I'll be around in the spring. I don't do meet ups for coffee.
Tall Garden Pholx
Phlox paniculata 'Laura'
• Prefers rich, moist soil in full sun
• Try to water from below and provide good air circulation; thin out when needed
• Produces masses of purple fuchsia blossoms with a long bloom time; dead-heading will produce rebloom
• 24”H x 18”W
• Is fragrant so good cut flower
I hope your coffee is hot and your book is a good one! As I look out my window on this snowy weekend, what plants do I see? I can always count on those tall grasses. Not only do they stand tall, but those seeds help all kinds of wildlife. They also will block the many man made objects that get in the way of our views. I raise my mug high to the tall grasses! Here is a good one.
Karl Foerster Ornamental Grass
Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Forerster'
• Also known as Feather Reed Grass
• Cool Season clumping grass; perfect choice for northern Michigan
• 60” H x 24”W Erect Growth Habit
• Outstanding for screening pipes, fences and power boxes!
• Wheat like seeds appear in late spring and stay all season – terrific effect in the breeze!
• Prefers full sun and dry conditions, any soil including clay, cut back to 6” in spring
• Deer Resistant
Photo by Walters Gardens Inc.
Start This - Get That
Our family lived in Kentucky for 3 years where I fell in love with white flowering dogwoods and redbuds growing on the hillsides. They put on a fabulous spring show! You will find a few Eastern Redbuds (Cercis canadensis) in northern Michigan but are not widely offered as we are on the northern fringes for success. Well apparently folks in Minnesota love them too. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum developed a variety called the Minnesota Strain (good article for plant nerds https://northerngardener.org/plant-profile-redbud-tree/ ), I have been growing this strain from seed for the past 3 seasons. If all goes well, I should have some small trees this fall. Here is a picture of my partial 2020 crop of 500 I am starting. Who else loves Redbuds out there???
Well I thought I'd kick off the new year with a new plant I'll be offering this spring. They are very popular in our neighborhoods, This is an easy plant to grow and always look terrific. I enjoy seeing them on my walks through the neighborhood. New Year, New Plants...that has a nice ring to it!
Clematis Jolly Good
Clematis Jolly Good 'Zojgo'
• Very Easy to Grow, Flowering Vine; Great for those mailboxes or arbors
• Tons of purple flowers all summer long!
• Compact variety comes back each year; best to prune back to 2’ in early spring; add some slow release fertilizer
• Prefers full to partial sun. More sun, more flowers. Average to moist soil
• Blooms on new wood. 72” H x 24” W
Photo by Proven Winner Inc. www.provenwinner.com