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I'm really happy with my propagation of this shrub, I have some great plants ready to go. This is a feature plant in your landscape, it will become the main attraction each spring when in bloom. After that, you get a deep maroon leaf. These take to pruning really well, so you can keep it at whatever size you wish. A good prune helps the plant as the best flowering and deep colors come from new growth. So what's up with this Snow????
Purple Leaf Sandcherry Prunus cisterna
• This is a great specimen plant. All your friends and neighbors will stop in their tracks when its spring blooms are popping!
• Fragrant pink/white flowers in spring followed by deep purple summer foliage, edible berries, and fall interest
• 72” H x 60” wide; can be pruned to a bush or as a single stem small tree
• Prefers well-draining soil – this is essential. Full sun
• Also does well as a container deck plant
Here's a sweet smelling late bloomer that does well in full sun to dappled shade and still is a flowering shrub. The more sun you can give it, the better the flowering. They are slow growers under shady conditions so you've got to be patient! I've had this planted in my shade bed for 2 years now and last fall was the first I noticed new top growth. Often on a slow grower like this, folks get impatient or think something is wrong because the plant/shrub is not putting on a lot of top growth ( it's not getting bigger). The plant has it's own schedule! Plants instinctively know they need a strong root system to survive, so the plant prioritizes that first - as long as it has a few leafs for photosynthesis, it puts all that energy into roots. Remember the ad from the 1970s... Don't mess with Mother Nature! It is native to North America.
Summersweet Ruby Spice
Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice’
• Here’s a great compact shrub for that partial to full shade area
• As the name implies, has sweet smelling fragrant rose-pink flowers
• Blooms in July/August
• Prefers partial shade. Will tolerate full shade. Likes moist sandy conditions
• Slow Grower 48” H x 36” W
I love these shrubs. I grow 6 different varieties and carry a total of 8. Personal preference, but one of my favorite flowering shrubs. Like me, I'm sure your husband would like the little pink flowers, but won't admit it!😁 Weigela are on the MSU deer resistant list. The Java has gorgeous maroon foliage even after it blooms. It's always a good looking shrub in your landscape.
Weigela Java Red
Weigela florida 'Java Red'
• Very dependable always stays nice looking compact shrub
• Blooms in Spring with Deep pink blooms; foliage also has an attractive purple tinge
• Prefers average soil and lots of sun for best flower production but will grow just fine in partial shade
• Takes to pruning very well – anytime, best just after flowering 36” H x 36” W
Really, if you like the huge white panicles of the Limelight hydrangea, but don't have the space for it, this is your choice. Stop, game over. This hydrangea is bred to be covered from ground up with flowers and has vastly improved strong stems to support them. This will take our cold winter winds and come back strong each year. No negatives, what can I say?
Hydrangea paniculata Bobo
• Loads of large white flowers on this tiny hydrangea that covers every inch even down to the ground!
• 32” H x 36” W
• Strong stems means no flopping
• Prefers partial sun and good loamy soil with consistent moisture
• Blooms on new wood – so VERY dependable bloomer each year. Give it a light prune in early spring for shape.
Photo by Proven Winners Inc. www.provenwinner.com
Let's start with a Gold Medal Winner.
Most folks are familiar with this one, but you see it around for good reason. It is considered the true harbinger of Spring. Sure we've had some nice weather, but it's not spring until we see the forsythia bloom. I put this shrub in the deer resistant category. Why? It's tough as nails. Once established, it can take deer forage and come back each year. Let'm munch. In fact, the deer helps this shrub. I like to yearly prune mine hard for shape but also to promote a full shrub. So it isn't spring yet. Not until the forsythia bloom.
Lynwood Gold Forsythia
Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood Gold'
• It’s not spring until the Forsythia are in bloom! This is the classic one. Feel the warm spring breeze in the air?
• Very easy to grow in most all soils and moisture –prefers full sun to partial shade but best flowers in full sun
• Yearly pruning is important to maintain size and shape. Prune after flowering and before the 4th of July to assure next year’s flowers
• Prune to hedge, round shrub, small tree or prune almost to ground to stimulate new growth
Coral is the Color Today. I'm going back to one of my favorites for near perfect blooms, the Peony. Although they are not long bloomers (depending on the weather, about 2-3 weeks), they are just magnificent. Beautiful Weather..hope you can get out in your yards and do some spring cleaning. Stay safe everyone..
Coral Charm Peony
Paeonia lactiflora 'Coral Charm'
• An early blooming semi double charmer! Buds emerge deep coral with coral, pink flowers
• The Blooming Show starts in late June
• Peonies prefer deep well-draining soil in full sun. Needs consistent watering when young than can withstand dry conditions. No fertilizer needed.
• Planting depth is absolutely critical for flower performance – 1 ½ “ to 2” below soil line
• 36” H x 36” W
• Very Deer Resistant!
I just think this bloomer is so fresh looking and I can see this planted in mass along one of our many stream or lake sides. Sunny warm morning, cup of coffee on the deck at the lake, loons singing and this beautiful plant along your shoreline. Okay...quit day dreaming! We're stuck at home reading silly posts!! This takes awhile to establish itself, so patience is required but oh so worth it. Enjoy.
Chinese Globe Flower Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen'
• Fresh, clean, striking. Just a few descriptions for this Golden Queen!
• 24” H x 20” W
• Golden-orange, bowl cupped shaped flowers; late spring to mid-summer
• Slow grower, takes a couple years to establish well
• Prefers full sun to partial sun and rich moist, even boggy conditions alongside a pond, lake, or stream
Photo by Walters Gardens Inc.
This is a response to Theresa's question, but I receive so many inquires about this, I thought I'd create a separate post. The first thing to recognize is no plant or tree is deer proof. Deer are herbivores and will eat any plant material to stay alive. Period. So you then venture into the degree in which a plant is deer resistant. They are also browsers. Which means they like to eat at smorgasbords. In our neighborhoods, we offer them a large smorgasbord palate to choose from. So the best advice is to improve your odds of either adding deterrents such as fencing, motion sprinklers, etc so they don't stop to browse. They are also lazy like we are. Why would you go through the hassle of fighting your way into a restaurant when you can go across the road with no wait and a pretty good smorgasbord? The next best strategy is to offer plants that deer don't really prefer. Think of getting your 7 year old to eat brussel sprouts. At this point, I turn to experts that I often rely on for help. This is taken from the MSU Cooperative Extension article called "Smart Gardening to prevent Deer" published 12/20/2016. "Make smart plant choices"
The best defense against deer is to plant things they are known to dislike. Deer tend to be put off by fuzzy, coarse or “fern-like” foliage, and leaves or stems with strong odors or spines. Some plants less attractive to deer are lamb’s ears, hellebores, ornamental grasses, ferns, catmint, Russian sage, lavender and snakeroot. While deer love tulips, they tend to avoid other bulbs such as daffodil, allium, grape hyacinth and autumn crocus.
As for trees and shrubs, deer often avoid pines, spruces, larches, cypress and boxwood. In spring and summer, Forsythia, Weigelia, Spirea and Ninebark attract fewer deer. For late-season color, try Callicarpa (Beautyberry) or Potentilla.
Linked here is that article along with a comprehensive list of plants, shrubs, and trees deemed to be deer resistant and listed as most to least deer resistant. I Highly recommend taking a few moments to look it over. I refer to it quite often as I make decisions on what to grow.
What plants do I like for deer and shade resistance? I really have too many to list here, but here's a few to get you started. Hellebores, ferns of all types, woodland poppies, ornamental grasses, potentilla, spirea, yews, boxwood, bleeding hearts, weigela. I'll stop there but I carry many, many more. Too many to mention.
Theresa and many others, I hope this helps you.
You've got to be a pretty special plant to have a color named after you. Tom is Tom? Naw, that doesn't work. I don't have the best conditions to grow lavender at my house, so this is a plant I've killed a bunch. As you know, we have local farms that produce this commercially so we do have great conditions in our area. You really need to work on getting this plant established in the right conditions. Read my description below and I might also suggest doing some additional reading about growing lavender.
Red....This bloomer is a Rudbeckia which is the same family as black eyed susans, so you know they are hardy and come back year after year. Rudbeckia is obviously a native plant to Michigan. This variety was bred to give us the terrific color. Just go easy on the Cherry Brandy while quarantined or you'll end up with a terrific headache!
Cherry Brandy Gloriosa Daisy
Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy'
• Beautiful Cherry Red petals surrounded by a dark chocolate center. Yummy!
• Long bloom time; can be dead headed for reblooming
• Compact. 20” H x 15” W
• Prefers all well-draining soil types and full sun
• Water regularly 1st year then once per week until established.
• Can divide every 2-3 years.
Photo Courtesy of Creek Hill Nursery