Plant Selection Guides
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Here is a list of pretty cherry trees for late season color (late March to mid April) in your spring garden. They will make a wonderful addition to your garden and be one of your spring delights with their clouds of blossom.
Ornamental cherry trees are typically planted for the majestic yet delicate beauty of their flowers. However, many varieties are noted for their multi-season interest. Some display wonderful fall color, with their foliage warming up to brilliant shades of gold, red, or orange. Others enjoy a graceful shape that commands attention with their cascading branches creating an umbrella where everyone would want to stand under.
Many Japanese flowering cherries are fragrant and exude a pleasing scent of crushed almond. Prunus 'Amanogawa' is reported by some as having a freesia fragrance. However, in cold and rainy days, their fragrance is barely perceptible, except for strongly scented cherries such as 'Amanogawa' or 'Jo-nioi'.
What a treat to find evergreen shrubs that flower during the dull days of winter. Queens of the winter flowers, mid-season Camellias provide a splendid floral show in June - August in the southern hemisphere; January - March in the northern hemisphere. Winters may be long and cold, but your garden can allay that dreariness and be transformed into a place of natural beauty with visually arresting textures or colors. While flowers are usually associated with spring or summer, they can also contribute to the beauty of the winter garden. Adapted to endure harsh winter conditions, they bring the garden to life with their bright, showy colors and attract the eye.
Most cherry tree varieties bloom in spring over a season that usually lasts several weeks. However, changes in weather conditions may have an impact on the time of flowering, advancing or delaying the appearance of the beloved cherry blossoms by several weeks.
Among these hybrids are Magnolia cultivars that are particularly favored by gardeners for their spectacular yellow flowers. They can be grown in beds and borders, as flowering hedges or as a specimen plant. Some are ideal for small gardens thanks to their small stature.
Until recently, Camellias were the privilege of mild winter regions (Zones 7-10). Thanks to advancements in breeding, many new camellia varieties can be successfully grown in Zone 6 where they can endure temperatures as cool as -10F (-23C) if grown in sheltered locations. Here is a selection of winter hardy camellias that could become the highlight of your fall or spring garden!
Dahlias are absolutely breathtaking flowers. They are widely available in such a huge range of intense colors that they can be used in any setting. All dahlias make tremendous cut flowers – the more you cut them, the more they bloom! Still, some are considered superstars.
For containers and low borders, the best choices are the shorter dahlias with more compact shapes. Keep well watered and place in full sun. You can count on these powerhouses to produce abundant blooms from summer through fall – with some producing up to 40 flowers per plant!
There are over 450 Lavender varieties and finding the most fragrant Lavender plant is not always an easy task. Not all Lavenders are highly scented. Some varieties are wonderful as accent plants but have little fragrance. Others might not look as spectacular but exude a rich perfume.
There are over 450 Lavender varieties and finding the most fragrant Lavender plant is not always an easy task. Not all Lavenders are highly scented. Among the most fragrant Lavenders are several cultivars of English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Plant bulbs in the fall starting when nighttime temperatures stay between 40-50° F. But, be sure to plant approximately six weeks before the ground freezes to allow sufficient time for rooting. Bulbs will root best in cool soil and once rooted undergo natural changes that keep them from freezing. Water your bulbs after planting to help them start the rooting process.
In your area, you may be able to grow many of the tropical and other marginally hardy plants by planting in warmer 'micro-climates' protected from exposure to wind and extreme cold.