The Long Island Pink Camellia has become a stable for hedges and screens, containers, or as a specimen plant. A reliable mid fall bloomer, this camellia produces lovely soft, single pink blooms with golden stamens that appear through November. The foliage is striking with dark glossy deep green leaves and upright dense growth habit.

The Long Island Pink Camellia has a slow to medium growth rate to reach a mature height of 10 feet and 8 feet wide. This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and, like most camellias, will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location.

Interested in the Long Island Pink Camellia? Shop our store for this plant and our camellia collection!

The word Hydrangea can often bring several different visual images to mind. Some with huge blooms, some formed more into a tree, some climbing up the chimney of a home. There are many different groups of hydrangeas with many different colors, blooms and growth habits.

Bigleaf Hydrangeas

Bigleaf hydrangeas are divided into two classes–the mopheads and the lacecaps. A common shrub in the southeast, there are many varieties of each group. Both mopheads and lacecaps bloom in the summer. These hydrangeas have large leaves, giving it a coarse texture in summer, carrying into the winter with unbranched, vertical stems to carry over the texture. Being decidious, these plants have a lovely fall leaf display also. Our Cityline Hydrangea line falls into this category with a variety of colors and plants to choose from, like the Cityline Rio, shown at left.
The flower color of some of these hydrangeas depend on the pH of the soil. Although there are many exceptions, a certain pH will result in blue flowers or pink flowers. Bigleaf hydrangeas need a moist but well-drained spot in your garden. Full sun to part shade is necessary with more shade being necessary in the South. Do any pruning immediately after flowering; this shrub flowers on the previous season’s growth, though there are some exceptions. Generally these plants are hardy to zone 5.

Panicle Hydrangeas

Panicle hydrangeas are reliable bloomers, low maintenance, hardy hydrangeas.  Since they bloom on new growth each summer, there is no chance for the flower buds to be damaged by winter cold because they simply haven’t been formed yet. The result is a show of gorgeous blooms every year from mid to late summer well into fall. Often they can be large and even trained into a tree type form. Hardy to zone 3. Here at Lots of Plants, we carry the Limelight Hydrangea and the Little Lime Hydrangea plants that fall into this category.

Smooth Hydrangeas

These easy to grow hydrangeas are recommended for full sun to part shade. Full sun can only be tolerated with regularly moist but well drained soil. Blooms occurs on new wood, so plants may be pruned back close to the ground in late winter to revitalize and to encourage vigorous stem growth and best form. If not pruned back, any damaged stems can be removed in early spring. The Incrediball Hydrangea is a deciduous shrub with a rounded habit which can grow approximate 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide.  Large blooms – sometimes up to 12″ across –  occur in June for up to two month. With sturdier stems than the more widely known ‘Annabelle’, Incrediball is a lovely example of a smooth hydrangea.

Climbing Hydrangeas

Beginning slowly and establishing a shrub type habit, these vines become vigorous by producing long stems or aerial roots. Foliage is thick and green and in summer, covered with white lacecap blooms. This strong hydrangea needs no trellis and climbs walls with ease. Growing 30 to 80 feet, it can still be trimmed to shorter heights. Being deciduous, it shades walls in summer and lets the sun warm them during winter, thus helping to conserve energy. Climbing Hydrangeas bloom on new growth and are hardy zone 3 to 7.

Mountain Hydrangeas

Very similar to the Bigleaf Hydrangeas, this group was formerly grouped with lacecap hydrangea due to its flat flower heads. Generally it is a more compact plant with smaller flowers and leaves, with a weeping habit. Blooming on old wood, it is best to trim only when necessary. Plants are hardy down to zone 5. The Tuff Stuff series of these kinds of hydrangeas are a well know variety.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

The Oakleaf hydrangea is one of the few hydrangeas native to the United States The Oakleaf hydrangea is a dramatic, white-blooming shrub with four seasons of interest. It blooms best in areas where summers are somewhat hot, but it is winter hardy farther north. Plants are generally less picky about soil and environment. The Oakleaf gets its name from the shape of its beautiful large leaves. These leaves often turn colors of brilliant red, orange, yellow and burgundy in the fall if planted in a sunny location with a little afternoon shade. The Gatsby series is a popular variety of this hydrangea.

Super-sized flowers! The name says it all: Incrediball® Hydrangea. This stunning hydrangea yields massive twelve inch snowball looking blooms that believe it or not, are held upright on sturdy stems, so no worries with large blooms that droop or flop. Flowers open green, then mature into a beautiful soft white at their peak, then end their cycle a lime green. Hydrangeas are at their best in summer and fall which is a quiet time for most woody plants and are worth having for that reason alone. Incrediball® Hydrangea where first marketed as an improvement on the Annabelle Hydrangea. Annabelle had been highly valued for its hardiness, size of its flowers, and that it blooms on new wood. Annabelle’s branches tend to flop due to the large flowers yielded, especially in the rain when the flower heads accumulate water. An Annabelle-like hydrangea was sought after and resulted in the Incrediball® Hydrangea with the strength and sturdiness in its stem to handle its larger than predicted flowers.

Incrediball® Hydrangea mature to an approximate height and width of five feet and can be used in the landscape of number of ways. They are attractive and eye-stopping enough to be used as a single specimen, thick and full enough to be used along a property line as a privacy border or hedge, great for foundation to blend a building or home into a setting or hide any undesirable features. They are shade tolerant enough to be placed in a woodland garden, though because not getting full sun, flower heads are normally not as large as if were getting full sun.  No matter the use, the Incrediball® Hydrangea flowers last for months indoors, so they are great as cut flowers indoors. Give your incredible Incrediball® Hydrangea a home today in your landscape and have years of beauty to enjoy both indoors and out.

Jazz Hands® Variegated Loropetalum is a electrifying, eye-popping new variety that is the first ever variegated loropetalum. New foliage emerges with splattered, splashed pink, white, and light green variegation and transforms with maturity in to a rich, vibrant plum purple. Its  dynamic, fringed flowers give a firework display of brilliant pink that will light up any and all settings in landscapes. The color pink is the color of universal love of oneself and of others. Pink represents friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability. What better way to represent these characteristics than have a Jazz Hands® Variegated Loropetalum in your landscape. This evergreen reaches a mature height of 5 feet and a width of 4 feet and this head turning plant promises to make a big impression. Uses include mass planting, border, screen, hedge, accent, specimen, or to bring rich color contrast in any landscape. This award winning plant hit the scene spring of 2016 so add this new addition that is sure to have neighbors and onlookers in envy.

Deciduous shrubs are shrubs that lose their leaves in fall. They also give seasonal color and texture to your garden that changes throughout the year. If chosen correctly, a grouping of these can offer a wide variety of interest throughout the year with their flowers, leaves, fruit and bark.

Several of this kind of shrubs can grow rapidly and may require some pruning every year. Pruning is done just after the shrub flowers, regardless of the time of year. Trimming older shoots back to ground level is a common practice. Pruning is best when one third to one fourth of the older stems are removed each year. Deciduous shrubs can often tolerate difficult growing conditions and have few serious insect or disease problems. Aphids or mites are easily controlled occasional pests.

Here at Lots of Plants, we offer several low maintenance deciduous shrubs with multiple seasons of interest:

  •  Forsythia

    • Show Off® Forsythia and Show Off® Starlet Forsythia. Abundant yellow flowers are often considered to be the first sure sign of spring. They are easily grown on almost any soil but prefer full sun. The Show Off Forsythia grows to a mature height of 5 to 6 feet, and the Show Off Starlet Forsythia is a dwarf version growing only to 2 to 3 feet.
  • Flowering Quince

    • The breed of this plant known as Double Take™ was created to flower beautifully without the thorns of traditional quince. We have 3 varieties of this – Orange Storm, Scarlet Storm and Pink Storm. Lustrous green foliage appears soon after the thick flowering blooms have opened. The large yellow-green applelike fruits are not very pretty overall, but can be used to make jellies.
  • Spirea

  • Hydrangea

    • Known for their immense flowering heads, hydrangeas display an old-fashion charm that can’t be resisted. These tolerate almost any soil and produce flowers mid summer through fall. The Cityline® series has colors for your landscape from around the world. The Cityline® RioParis, BerlinVienna, Venice, and  Mars Hydrangea offers colors from clear blue, frosty white, rich red, vibrant pink, soft lavender, deep purple, and various shades of green. One that is considered the big brother to the other are the Limelight Hydrangea and the Little Lime®Hydrangea. Both starting off as a subtle pistachio, lime-green flower in summer, transforming into a salmon pink with autumn, then to a dark burgundy through the winter months. Limelight Hydrangea reaches a mature height of 8 feet and a width of 6 feet while the Little Lime® Hydrangea reaches a mature height of 5 feet and a width of 3 feet. One last hydrangea to mention is quite incredible, hence the name: Incrediball® Hydrangea. Blooms that reach up to 12″, this hydrangea captivates all eyes.

The Double Take™ Orange Storm Quince sets off all landscapes with its large, vibrant, spectacularly intense orange camellia like blooms come early spring. Unlike the old-fashioned quince, this new series is thornless and bears no berries or fruit, so you avoid the scratches and the mess to clean up after they drop. This deciduous heat and drought tolerant plant reaches a mature height and width of four feet. It is deer resistant and excellent for hedging, mass plantings, specimen, mixed borders, and cutting gardens. The large double blooms are great for cut flowers placed anywhere in your home. Orange signifies joy and creativity, so what is better than a beautiful vase filled of Double Take™ Orange Storm Quince placed inside your front door to greet you and visitors.

This low maintenance, easy to care quince is available in one quart, one gallon, and three gallon sizes. Add this orange sunset colored gem today to your home landscape for enjoyment for years to come.

One of Northern landscapers and home owners’ favorites is the esteemed lilac. The Bloomerang® Dark Purple Lilac has emerged all up and down from the high north to the gulf coast. This variety was specifically bred to endure harsh humidity and heat and is thriving and surviving all over. This lilac pops with rich purple blooms come spring and then pleases your eyes again come summer through autumn. The difference in the two blooming seasons is summer and autumn blooms are not as large as spring. Both seasons brings gorgeous dark purple flowers to every single branch.

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This deciduous rebloomer reaches a height of 6 feet and a width of 5 feet which sets the tone for a variety of landscapes. Give it full sun and moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Do any pruning immediately after the main spring bloom. It can also be deadheaded, which allows the plant to divert its energy into growth. Bloomerang® Dark Purple Lilac reblooms on new growth and light pruning, deadheading, and fertilizing encourages it.

Popular uses include beautiful floral border, colorful hedge, container, vibrant backdrop placed on your property, cutting garden, mass planting, specimen, or sweet-scented cut flowers placed in your home or as a gift. The sweet, irresistible fragrance from the flowers will entice butterflies and hummingbirds all season long for you to enjoy. Lilacs symbolize love. Show your love by adding the easily manageable Bloomerang® Dark Purple Lilac today in a 1 or 3 gallon to your landscape.

 

 

Spring means lilacs! Anyone that has encountered the intoxicating scent of these lovely plants knows that warmer weather is coming. But did you know that lilacs have deep historical roots (pun intended)?

The lilac history can be traced back to ancient Greek mythology. Pan, the god of forests and fields, was deeply in love with a nymph named Syringa. As he was pursuing her through a forest one day and, afraid of his advances, she turned herself into a lilac shrub to disguise herself. To Pan’s surprise, he could not find Syringa, but he did find the shrub. Because a lilac shrub consists of hollow reeds, he cut the reeds and created the first pan pipe. The scientific name for lilac is Syringa vulgaris, and the name is derived from the Greek word “syrinks” which means pipe.¹

Though lilacs have a deep heritage in the United States, they are not native here. Of the 20-plus species of lilacs, two derive from Europe and the others are from Asia. The common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) originated in eastern Europe. This species and hybrids of it were so frequently grown and selected by French nurserymen that France became synonymous with fine lilacs; we know them today as “French hybrids.” The term now commonly includes lilacs of that type even though they may not have been bred in France.²

References to the planting of lilacs in the writings of both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson during the early colonial times in America. Reportedly, the oldest living lilacs in North America are those at the Governor Wentworth estate in Portsmouth, N.H., believed to have been planted around 1750. Visit almost any ghost town, pioneer cemetery, or century old home throughout the west and you are likely to see lilacs growing- some having survived without any water or care for decades. The pioneers mostly brought the common purple lilac with them, but can find the occasional white or deep purple.³

Lilacs need a period of cold weather dormancy to trigger flowering, making them known for being a Northern plant. They are frequently associated with Easter, which normally occurs during peak bloom time.

Lilac meanings vary throughout different cultures and time periods:

  • The Celtics regarded the lilac as “magical” due to their incredibly intoxicating fragrance.
  • During the Victorian Age, the giving of a lilac was meant to be a reminder of an old love. In fact, widows were often seen wearing lilacs during this period.
  • In Russia, holding a sprig of lilac over the newborn would bring wisdom.
  • In the United States, the lilac is the official state flower of New Hampshire and represents the ‘hardy’ nature of its people.

Browse our selection of lilacs in our store to find the variety just right for you!

¹”Lilac Meaning and Symbolism.” Fresh by FTD. FTD, 30 Aug. 2016. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.
²”Plants of History—Plants for Tomorrow.” Arnold Arboretum. Harvard University, n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.
³”Lilacs- Then and Now.” Town and Country Gardens. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.

The Knock Out® rose is easily one of the most popular plants for North American landscapes. Knock Out® roses were developed in 2000 by William Radler to fill the need for a repeat blooming, disease resistant, easy care shrub rose. The red version of this rose is the original, though they have been developed into a rainbow of colors over the years.

Photo by rose-gardening-made-easy

Red Knock Out® roses are excellent additions along walkways and in mass plantings. Growing about 3-4 feet tall and wide, they can fill up an otherwise uninteresting location. Since they resist disease, they often look good in mass plantings and next to entryways. Deadheading is not necessary for re-blooming either, making many feel this rose is a homeowners dream. This shrub can also be used as a lovely privacy hedge.

Photo by rose-gardening-made-easy

The Red Knock Out® rose is heat tolerant but does require some winter protection despite being hardy to zone 5. Cutting them back every year in early spring is recommended after the last frost in your area. The occasional trim here and there is also tolerated, so long as it is not too drastic. Rose food is also recommended in the early spring before the first blooms.

Easy care and eye catching, this rose may be the missing piece of curb appeal your yard is looking for. Red Knock Out® roses can be purchased in a 3 gallon size in our online store for $45.99.

Only growing 3′ to 4′ tall, the new Show Off Starlet® Forsythia is a bright yellow spring mound of flowers from top to bottom. New and improved to capitalize of multiple striking flowers and compact spacing, nothing says spring like these bold yellow blooms.

Photo courtesy of deborahsilver.com

This dwarf plant is deer resistant and one of the first to bloom and usher in the parade of spring colors. Requiring full sun and average watering, it blooms on old wood and seldom needs pruning. A beautiful accent in mixed borders or foundation plantings, it is also small enough to fit into a container. Cut a few of the branches to bring the sunny blooms into your home for a striking arrangement. Poplar in urban areas due to being air pollution tolerant.

Photo courtesy of finegardening.com

This plant is available in 1 gallon size, shipping begins June 1st.

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