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Archive for February 2013

Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis X acutiflora ~’KARL FOERSTER’ Beautiful ornamental grass that looks great in a mass or standing alone. This grass plumes in late spring starting as bright pink to red and fading to buff. It is not picky when it comes to soil preference. Supplemental watering keeps the grass tight when drought conditions are present. This grass is a…

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Native Prairie Verbena

This little perennial groundcover is one tough plant. It literally bloomed from April through November in my garden here in Northwest Arkansas. Drought tolerant. Heat Resistant (stood up well in the 100+ temps we had here in the summer of 2011). Fragrant and a butterfly magnet!

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Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius ~ NINEBARK I can’t say enough about this shrub.  One of my favorites. It makes an excellent specimen shrub. Beautiful leaves. Loose form with flowing branches.6′-10′ tall and 6′-8′ wide. Drought tolerant! Fragrant blooms in the late spring and early summer. Extremely hardy in the Northwest Arkansas region.

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Oakleaf Hydrangea

HYDRANGEA QUERCIFOLIA ~ OAKLEAF HYDRANGEA This is a great “show stopping” shrub for your landscape. It is a larger shrub that makes a fantastic specimen plant, or it can be planted in a row for screening.12″ long white flower spikes through out the spring and summer aging to rosy-pink as they mature. Spectacular red fall color and cinnamon…

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Sedum Angelina

RUPESTRE ‘ANGELINA’ ~ SEDUM ‘ANGELINA’ This little groundcover sedum is amazing! It is a semi-evergreen sedum. It has bright lime green foliage in the spring and summer. In the fall and winter when temperatures are much cooler, it’s tips turn an orange-bronze color that almost looks electric. It is hardy and spreads easily. I would…

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Watering

Even though it is winter…don’t forget to supplement your plants watering needs. Containers are especially quick to dry out during the winter months. You do not want your plants to have extra stress in the cooler months. This will make them more prone to disease and pests when spring comes.

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Pruning

Winter is a great time to do some pruning on your trees. There are no leaves that block the view of the limb structure, so you can see the limbs clearly. Look for branches that are broken or rubbing on other branches. Also look for limbs that need to be removed so mowing and yard…

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Plant Heaving

Shallow rooted lavender plant heaving as the ground warms.

Plant heaving occurs when the soil has extreme temperature changes. The soil pushes upward lifting the plants and exposing the roots. If you mulched well in the fall, your plants are less likely to have this problem. This has happened in my garden in the late winter when we have those temperature fluctuations. It’s an easy fix!…

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Planning and Notes

Mid-summer is a great time to take notes! Spend some time walking around your garden assessing what you like and what you need to change. Maybe some plants need to be moved to a different location. You might need to add more color for next summer. You might even need to add a new garden. Make…

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Newly Planted Seeds

Keep your newly planted seeds moist but not soaked until they germinate. It is important to give them consistent moisture during their germination period. Once they have sprouted, continue to give them adequate water.  It is best to spray the soil and not the young plant when watering. Young leaves are very tender.  Follow the directions…

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