Summer Showers Bring Summer Flowers
Summer is upon us and seasonal, almost
daily rain showers turn our gardens to a lush green, full of planting possibilities.
Take time this summer to reevaluate your front landscape. Pulling out old landscape shrubs that are overgrown and sprucing up with color will easily add to the curb appeal and value of your home. is home (le ) in the Millhopper Forrest neigborhood needed plants that were deer resistant and provided year long color. A new path was also added to traverse from the driveway to the front walk.
If you like hydrangeas, then you will love the Chinese snowball viburnum (pictured le ). is semi-evergreen shrub blooms like a big hydrangea with lime to white blooms, but it takes full sun to partial shade and does not wilt as easily as a hydrangea. Give it plenty of space on the corner of the house or as a focal point in a flower bed
Getting to know The Weeping Bottlebrush
The weeping bottlebrush tree makes a beautiful specimen tree that is in great demand for its brilliant color and romantic weeping form. Beware! Until recently most weeping bottlebrush varieties would not tolerate the cooler temperatures we experience in North Florida. Look for zone 8 cold tolerance.
Plant bottlebrush trees in full sun to partial shade. Container grown specimens (above le ) make a bold statement for a pool entrance and hummingbirds love them as a nectar source.
Re-stake new plants with exible ties and top- dress with composted soil and a deep layer of organic mulch.
—Water well for establishment
—No trimming needed
—Fertilize 3 times per year
JON GEORGE is the owner of Cottage Gardens, Inc., a Gainesville-based landscape design and installation firm. Jon has been gardening in North Central Florida for more than 30 years. You may contact his sta at www.TheCottageGardener.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org.