Camellia: Nuccio’s Bella Rossa
The lovely red hues of the flowers on the Nuccio’s Bella Rossa Camellia make it absolutely irresistible! In spring, the plant is covered in crimson blooms that are filled with interlocking petals. This camellia has an extended season, so plan on enjoying its beauty for several months.
Peony: Intersectional or Itoh
New to the scene a few years ago was the Intersectional, or Itoh Peonies. These are hybrids between the herbaceous (one that dies back in the winter) and the tree peony. They have the huge gorgeous flowers of the tree peony and the easy care of the old fashioned peonies. The Itoh peonies are very popular because of this rugged habit, the incredible flowers and the attractive foliage. It is an outstanding and durable landscape plant.
Among others, there are:
- Bartzella – vivid lemony yellow color and fragrance
- Cora Louise – Soft white to pink-lavender petals that look like a watercolor painting.
- Kopper Kettle – the most unique golden copper colored, semi-double blooms
Proper soil preparation and planting will ensure beauty and success with peonies.
* Be sure to plant in full sun, at least six hours a day of direct sun.
* Amend the planting area with plenty of compost, about a 50/50 mix of good rich compost and existing soil.
* Add a high phosphorous organic fertilizer into the hole and swish it around before planting the root ball.
* Make sure the crown (where the roots meet the stem) is at or just above the soil line…peonies don’t like to be planted too deeply.
* Water well after planting to settle the soil around the roots.
Photo Credit: RadioMarz via Flickr
Hydrangeas are a Pacific Northwest staple. They simply love our weather! With so many varieties available, it’s easier than ever to create gorgeous, lasting impact in your yard. And, by planting in summer when the garden is in bloom, it’s easier to see how the shrub will fit best in your landscape.
We have many to choose from, here are just a few we like:
Bombshell: This is a superstar of the “mini” variety, reaching only 2-3 feet in height. Flowers open white and mature to a rose-colored pink. This is a perfect hydrangea for a container. To view a growing tips video for Bombshell, visit the Ball Ornamentals YouTube page.
Little Lime™: A new dwarf form of the ever-popular ‘Limelight’ hydrangea, Little Lime sports the same great flowers and coloration as ‘Limelight’ but in a smaller package. Summer flowers open soft green and turn pink and burgundy in fall.
Twist-N-Shout: Twist-n-Shout produces abundant blooms on both old and new wood all summer long. Lacy deep-pink centers are surrounded by gorgeous blossoms of pink or periwinkle blue, depending on soil type. Sturdy red stems and glossy deep green leaves turn red-burgundy in fall to offer year-round interest in the garden.