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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’

Hydrangea 'Little Honey'

(Oakleaf Hydrangea) Hydrangea ‘Little Honey‘ a dwarf oak leaf hydrangea has bright gold foliage the is set apart by its deep reddish- brown stems. All summer long ‘Little Honey’ has gold foliage, then in the fall turns bright scarlet.  The 6″ white flower heads mingle among the gold foliage. For best color protect from afternoon sun.

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Winter Jewels™ ‘Onyx Odyssey’ Helleborus

(Lenten Rose) Winter Jewels™ Series Helleborus ‘Onyx Odyssey‘ is a dramatic and elegant beauty. Her flowers are slate purple to near black in color with 15-20 petals per each large 3″ bloom. The foliage of Winter Jewels™ SeriesOnyx Odyssey‘ emerges purple in early spring and matures to a lovely shade of green. A unique addition to any garden!

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Viola ‘Columbine’

Viola 'Columbine'

Viola 'Columbine'

(Tufted Violet) Viola ‘Columbine‘ perfumes the air with fragrant white flowers flushed and streaked with violet-blue. A vigorous grower, which grows well in either sun or shade. Viola ‘Columbine’ blooms profusely in late spring through early summer. Blooms all summer long for us in Michigan! The compact habit makes this an excellent variety for rock gardens!

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Green is popping up everywhere. Hydrangeas are just starting to wake up as their foliage appears. Soon there will be a sea of pinks, purples, and whites everywhere. I can’t wait!! A reminder for those of you who don’t like the ‘ugly sticks’ sticking up in the garden once everything else starts to look nice. Do NOT cut back the sticks as in most cases that is where your summer blooms are going to come from.

Planting & Maintenance: Hydrangea are easy to grow and require only a few routine maintenance activities. When planting, the top of the root ball should be level with the soil surface. Water them thoroughly after transplanting.

Most varieties form their flower buds in the late summer for the following year. They should only be pruned when the flower heads begin to fade, otherwise you’ll risk removing next year’s flowers. When pruning, remove spent flower heads and prune back other shoots to encourage branching and fullness.

Although the coloration of the flowers is influenced by the soil pH, it is actually the presence or absence of aluminum that affects flower coloration. If aluminum is present within the plant, the blooms will be blue and if it is absent, the flowers will appear pink. The pH influences the availability of aluminum for uptake by the plant. When the soil is acidic (pH around 5.5) aluminum is generally more available to the plant and blue flowers result. Conversely, when the soil is alkaline (pH near 7.0), the availability of aluminum is decreased which leads to the formation of pink flowers.

If blue flowers are desired, it may be advantageous to apply drenches of aluminum sulfate (one tablespoon per one gallon water) around the plant in the early spring. Avoid getting the solution on the leaves because foliar damage may result. If pink flowers are desired on Hydrangeas planted in acidic soils, it will be necessary to increase the pH by drenching the soil with hydrated lime (one tablespoon per on gallon water) in the early spring.

The application of 3 to 5 inches of organic mulches will help retain moisture and decrease the occurrence weeds throughout the growing season. Hydrangeas grow best if they are fertilized regularly. Regular additions of organic matter, such as organic mulches, will often suffice. Otherwise, a slow release, balanced fertilizer applied once or twice per year (in the late spring and mid-summer) will provide adequate nutrition.

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On a recent walk through the greenhouses I was hoping that I would find some signs that Spring is near. I actually was suprized by several varieties that had some blooms. Today I will feature Royal Heritage™ Strain Helleborus. Royal Heritage™ Strain Helleborus orientalis will have you pleasantly surprised with the wide array of colors included with this interesting hybrid strain of Helleborus. Purple, near-black, white, pale green, yellow, pink, rose, and red flower colors are possible, some are spotted or brushed with a contrasting color on the 2 inch wide blooms. Royal Heritage™ Strain was the 2005 Perennial Plant of the year award winner.

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