Featured Plants – Week of 5/13



Plumbago

It’s difficult to find true blue plants for the garden – this is one exception.  This prolific annual bloomer has many great characteristics.  Clusters of gorgeous light blue flowers will satisfy through fall.  Once established, it can tolerate periods of drought and it is deer resistant.  It can be successfully grown in a container in the sun where it will reach 2-3 feet tall and wide.  It can also be used at the back of the annual bed.

Coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’

Bred for it’s compact habit and extended flowering season, this perennial variety is nearly always in bloom.  The bright golden yellow flowers look great in the front of a perennial border or mixed bed. It has broad fluted petals and performs wonderfully after cutting back, but will re-bloom without the extra work.  Coreopsis is easy to grow, making it a good choice for beginners. It is a wonderful addition to the cutting garden, producing lots of flowers for bouquets through the summer.

Gardenia

This evergreen shrub is one of the most graceful and classic of southern plants. When you pass a blooming one in the garden, you’ll know.  The Gardenia has beautiful white blooms that fill the air with their intense fragrance.  The flowers contrast nicely against the green leathery leaves. They are a perfect choice for both containers or the landscape.  They prefer part to full sun and well drained, slightly acidic soil.  Their blooms start in early summer but we have some tree forms available from Florida to get a jump on the season!  Other varieties are budding now and will be in full bloom in the next few weeks.