May Plant of the Month

May Plant of the Month

Hydrangea

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Look who’s starting to bloom! Hydrangeas are known for their huge, fluffy clusters of blooms. These deciduous shrubs are perfect for those who need something to plant in a shady spot.

There are many different types of Hydrangeas, some producing a creamy white flowers like the Oakleaf Hydrangea above.Some Hydrangeas, such as the Endless Summer, can have either pink or blue flowers depending on the acidity of your soil! Here in San Antonio, those types of Hydrangeas will generally be pink since our soil is so alkaline. If you want blue flowers, you can amend the pH of theĀ  soil happy?with an acidifier. This is also more easily done when grown in containers.

Aside from the gorgeous blooms they provide, Hydrangeas have large leaves and a rounded form. Most varieties that we carry will grow to about 4 or 6 feet tall and wide. How do you keep Hydrangeas happy? Shade is essential! Make sure they have some cover from the hot afternoon sun. They will let you know in a hurry if they are too hot. They also prefer to be a bit moist, but not soggy. Acidify often for blue flowers if desired, and fertilize regularly.

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April Plant of the Month

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Lion’s Tail

Lion’s Tail

Here kitty, kitty. Lion’s Tail is one perennial that roars with color! Orange flower spikes appear above long, slender green leaves in mid to late summer. This small shrub gets around 3′-6 feet in height and likes to be planted in full sun.

Lion’s Tail is native to Africa, favoring warm climates and is tolerant of drought and poor soil. Hummingbirds are also fond of the brightly colored blooms. The blooms are also long lasting, making them great for flower arrangements.

This perennial can be given a hard pruning to encourage vigorous new growth. They look great in cottage gardens, xeriscapes and containers. Lion’s Tail is available now at The Garden Center in one and five gallon containers, but it will go fast. Come by and grab one today!

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March Plant of the Month

Kaleidoscope Abelia

Kaleidoscope Abelia

Kaleidoscope Abelia

Who doesn’t want a kaleidoscope of color in their yard? Kaleidoscope Abelia has something for everyone! There are lots of different types of Abelia, but what makes this one so special is its vibrant tricolor foliage.

New growth has an orange tinge to it which then turns to a variegated lime and dark green. In autumn, foliage turns shades of deep yellow, orange and red. Plus it blooms! Light pink buds turn into white tubular flowers that appear spring through fall. Kaleidoscope Abelia will also fit into most any garden. It’s a small shrub, getting to about 3 feet tall and spreading 3 or 4 feet in width. Planting in full sun will encourage the best foliage color, but this plant can also grow in shade.

Still want more? Okay then, try: heat resistant, drought tolerant once established, attracts butterflies, deer resistant (not deer proof!), pest and disease resistant. Kaleidoscope Abelia makes a great accent plant and can even be grown in containers. Pick one up at The Garden Center this spring!

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February Plant of the Month

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Fatal Attraction Agave

Have you ever had one of those Valentine’s that you thought might hurt you but you just couldn’t resist? Fatal Attraction Agave is that plant. This spiny little guy has beautiful deep green foliage with a lighter green center stripe and red margins. Oh, and those margins? Have some wicked red teeth! Also a terminal spine. Careful where you plant it! It will get about 1 or 2 feet tall and wide. Don’t let that scare you away though, it’s also got its charms. It’s deer resistant and a super low water user. It will look great in your rock garden or mixed with blooming perennials. If you can’t resist Fatal Attraction, grab one quick, we only received a handful. We also got a TON of new agaves and yuccas if this particular agave is not your type. Come take a look!

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January Plant of the Month

StockĀ stock

Stock up on Stock! Get it? Huh? Bad joke. Sorry. Stock is an annual that we see in early spring and late fall at The Garden Center. As you can see from the photo, it blooms repeatedly when it’s cooler. It even tolerates a light frost and has few pest problems. Stock prefers full sun and well draining soil.

Keep the flowers going by deadheading often. This colorful plant makes a great filler plant in beds or containers and can be used as a border.

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