Planting And Care Of Shrubs

Written by Paul Curran

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Dry roots arerepparttar chief cause of planting failures, and steps should be taken to prevent this—i.e., balling and burlapping, and heeling in. After receiving shrubs from a nursery, water as soon as possible; shade them from sunshine at first, mulchrepparttar 113358 ground around them, and prune back severely.

The olderrepparttar 113359 plant you get,repparttar 113360 more severely it will have to be cut back, so that inrepparttar 113361 long run, you come out just as well buyingrepparttar 113362 less expensive, smaller shrubs. Forsythia and azalea may be moved while in flower, but most plants should not.

Watering inrepparttar 113363 fall, beforerepparttar 113364 ground freezes, is important for box, azalea, rhododendron, mountain laurel and broadleaf evergreens, whose leaves lose moisture in winter.

Pruning of shrubs helps to keep them young and vigorous. Rather than cutting all branches off to an even length, prune outrepparttar 113365 older branches, even though they may be sound. With lilacs, for example, use a keyhole saw, and cut as close torepparttar 113366 ground as possible, cutting outrepparttar 113367 oldest stems.

Some shrubs need pruning every year, especially those which have dead branches as a result of winterkill. (These include some deutzias, hydrangeas, buddleia, spireas and privets.) Other shrubs such as rhododendron, azaleas, magnolia and buddleia should haverepparttar 113368 flower heads pruned off after blooming.

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Flowers of Red Violet in Dramatic Display

Written by Hans Dekker

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Hardy in zones four through nine, rhizomes can be planted from October to March. However, Japanese Iris grown from seed are smaller but bloom with exquisitely elegant flowers.

The Japanese Iris is an extremely beautiful waterside plant that exhibits breath-taking reflections when placed near water’s edge, During summer, many gardeners pot Japanese Iris and place them at ponds edge or in shallow tubs of water. However, in winter pots need to be removed from standing water to keep rhizomes from rotting. When planting Japanese Iris in a perennial garden, mulch helps retainrepparttar abundant moisture they love as well as controlling weeds.

Japanese Iris do best in acidic soil in full sun to part shade. Rhizomes are typically planted 2-inches deep and 18 inches apart. Plants should be lifted and divided every three to four years, either after flowering is finished or inrepparttar 113357 fall.

Althoughrepparttar 113358 Japanese Iris is beautiful in all its variations,repparttar 113359 unusual patterns and shapes ofrepparttar 113360 red-violet cultivars add distinction to any perennial garden.

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