Time to talk extraordinary shrubs

Published 5:18pm Tuesday, March 19, 2013

As promised in last week’s article I was going to tell you about a few more shrubs that are out of the ordinary.

The Grancy Graybeard or fringe tree has clusters of narrow, white petals that hang like a beard on the shrub in late spring. The plant grows about 12 –15 feet tall. This is an older shrub that you would probably see in your grandmother’s yard.

It grows slowly but well worth the wait for the unusual blooms. The native azalea is another shrub you don’t see often. Some times it is referred to as wild honeysuckle because the blooms look like a honeysuckle bloom.

These are native in our area, they usually grow in the woods near lakes and rivers but don’t have to be grown near water. Grow native azaleas like you would any other azalea, in dappled sun and protected from direct afternoon sun. Unlike regular azaleas that keep their leaves in the winter; these loose their leaves in the winter.

The blooms come in many different colors; yellow, orange, pink and sometimes a combination of these colors. The fragrant flowers come out before the leaves do. This is great because you can see the flowers without the leaves getting in the way.

If you live in town and think you can’t grow fresh vegetables and herbs because you don’t have enough room, think again.

It is becoming more and more popular to grow vegetables in large containers. The containers don’t have to be fancy, just wide enough for the roots to grow deep to act as an anchor. Vegetables and herbs can be planted in the same pot. Just imagine; fresh tomatoes, oregano and thyme in the same container. All they will need is full sun and regular water.

Container plants are much easier to take care of because there is minimal bending; weeds aren’t a problem and watering is easy.

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