Mike's Pick for February 2014 goes to Fatsia Japonica. A very shade tolerant plant that has tropical foliage and a very unique flower. Perfect for those dense shade areas of the garden.
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Mike's Pick for January 2014 goes to the "Gold Cone" Deodar Cedar. There's many cultivars of Deodar Cedar out there, but "Gold Cone" stands out with it's unique gold foliage. Smaller than some other cultivars, the "Gold Cone" should top out around 20 feet making a better fit long-term adding beauty for years to come.
Slightly pendulous branches make this a unique and handsome specimen, and a great addition to the landscape.
Look for "Mike's Picks" coming in January 2014. I plan to make an entry every month with one of my favorite plant picks for the landscape. I hope to include new and exciting cultivars, as well as tried and true favorites. The list for 2014 is shaping out nicely, so stay tuned...
The annual Athens Area Master Gardener plant sale is this Saturday, April 20th 8am-1pm. Located at the Clarke County Cooperative Extension Office (2152 West Broad St, Athens GA, 30606) , ornamentals, vegetables, yard art, and rain barrels will be available at great prices. We'll see you there!
Mark your calendars...this years Plantapalooza is scheduled for April 6th.
For those not familiar with the Plantapalooza sale, it's actually three huge plant sales in one around the Athens GA area. The sale is in three locations... The Botanical Gardens (2450 S Milledge Ave), The UGA Hort Club (Intersection of College Station Rd & Riverbend Rd), and the UGA Trial Gardens (220 W Green St). Great deals on classics as well as rare and new cultivars will be available. Also, horticulture professors and master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.
For additional info click the link below.
I had someone ask me recently when to prune Hydrangeas, so I thought I would touch a little on this today.
First, your need to identify what type of Hydrangea you have. There's quite a few species and correct timing is key when considering pruning.
-(Hydrangea Macrophylla) - Includes your MOPHEAD and LACECAP varieties, and should be pruned after flowering. Typically you want to prune these in July and August.
-(Hydrangea Quercifolia) - OAKLEAF varieties also produce buds on old wood and should be pruned after flowering, pruned in July and August.
-(Hydrangea Arborescens) - ANNABELLE blooms on new wood and should be cut back in January or February.
-(Hydrangea Paniculata) - PANICLE - This species seems to be booming with new varieties. Popular cultivars include Limelight, Vanilla Strawberry, Tardiva. These should be cut back in January or February.
If you would like further help or additional information, don't hesitate to call or email us.
As you drive around the Athens GA area, you will notice many homes that have had their Crepe Myrtle trees severely cut back. There's a lot of misconception among home owners with regards to Crepe Myrtle pruning. Some people will tell you they have to be pruned in order to flower. Some will tell you hard pruning will increase the number of flowers, and then some just want them pruned because they see everyone else doing so.
The truth is very little pruning is needed and hard pruning year after year can lead to early decline of the plant. The larger the cut, the greater the chances of decay entering. They will flower regardless of pruning or not.
What I recommend is to snap of any tiny twigs, remove suckers, and try to not prune anything much larger than about .5 - 1 inch.
And lastly, when thinking about planting a Crepe Myrtle, choose a cultivar that is best suited to the planting space. This day in age, Crepes come in all sizes. If you have a spot for a small to medium size tree, don't plant a variety that want to grow to a massive 25-30 feet.
Crepe Myrtles are very forgiving and beautiful trees. With proper care techniques they will be a long lived and enjoyable part of the landscape.
The annual Athens GA Home and Garden show is this weekend Feb 23rd and 24th. Mark your calendars because beyond local vendors, there will be educational seminars not to be missed. The Schedule is as follows...
2013 Home and Garden Show Seminar Schedule
Saturday, February 23
11:00 - 12:00 Ted Stephens - Plants from Around the World
1:00 - 2:00 Dr. Allen Armitage - Tales from the Garden - Book Signing
2:15 - 3:15 Clint Garner - Irrigation for the Homeowner 101
3:30 - 4:30 Matthew Chappell - Top 10 Native Trees, Shrubs, & Perennials
Sunday, February 24
1:00 - 1:45 Vince Dooley – Coach’s Perspective on Gardening – Book signing
2:00 - 2:45 Dr. Donglin Zhang - Innovative Plants
3:00 - 3:45 Dr. John Ruter - Conifers of the South
Perennial Lawn & Landscape would like to offer you a spring irrigation turn on and check up + Rain Sensor installation by North Georgia Water Works. Jeff Owens, owner of North Georgia Water Works, is offering this check to all of the Perennial customers to assure all of your irrigation systems are running up to the standards that you deserve.
The spring turn on will consist of several very important steps including:
- Turning on and setting up the controller for a spring watering cycle to maximize growth.
- Adjust all sprinkler heads on the system to assure there is no water being wasted.
- Find basic issues within the system that you may have not realized existed until it was too late.
- Suggest changes in design to better conserve water, yet still get that green lawn and maximum plant growth in landscapes everyone desires.
How a rain sensor works, the benefits and where it will go:
- The sensor sends a message to the controller every time it rains over a programmed amount. Once the controller receives that message it shuts down so you will never accidentally water at 5 in the morning after a shower or thunderstorm the night before.
- It WILL lower your water usage, saving you money after that first storm by shutting the system down.
- The sensor will simply be mounted on your gutter near the controller or on a nearby fence post.
The service offered will begin in March and will only cost $149. Call Jeff at 254-760-3362 and set up your appointment today!
* Some controllers, if older, will not work with a wireless sensor. If that is the case, a wired sensor will have to be installed
The groundhog may be calling for six more weeks of winter, but the Liriope says otherwise. Your Liriope will have it's primary flush of growth late winter/ early spring, and if you desire to cut it back, now would be the time to do so. While we were out today we noticed the Liriope just starting to pop.
In the coming weeks we'll start to use this space to discuss all things landscape related. From pruning tips, pests to look out for, new cultivars, etc......Basically, whatever is on our mind and others might find useful. Check back often as we hope to give frequent updates.