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Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Curb Appeal, Increasing Property Value, Property Value, Landscaping Curb Appeal, SpringAre you looking to increase the value of your property?  Or do you just want to add some curb appeal or a garden design for your own enjoyment?  Whatever the case may be, there is no doubt that adding landscaping only increases the appeal and value of your home.  “Curb Appeal” can make your home more inviting and pleasing to the eye.  It creates that important first impression giving the onlooker or guest a certain feeling when they arrive at your house for the first time.  It can also give you, the homeowner, a refuge from the everyday stresses.

For instance, some people want to feel as if they have arrived at a cozy cottage, or maybe at a tropical oasis.  Others may want a more formal or traditional garden.  Nevertheless, a garden can serve as an extension of your home, and allow you to increase your outdoor living time during comfortable weather months.  If you are unsure of how to proceed in deciding on a design, a good rule of thumb is to go with a landscape plan that matches the architectural style of your home.    Incorporating hardscaping features in your landscape will also increase the use of your outdoor space as well as the value of your home.  Adding a patio, water feature, arbor, or garden path adds interest and function to your landscaping.

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Curb Appeal, Increasing Property Value, Property Value, Landscaping Curb Appeal, SpringWhatever your desired outcome, it is important to take the size of the house and property into consideration when designing a plan. You don’t want the landscaping to overwhelm the house or be too minimal that it creates no affect at all.  In addition, creating a high maintenance landscape may also be undesirable if you don’t have the time to maintain it.  A professional comprehensive plan will provide you with a landscape or garden that is appropriate in style, features, size and plantings for your home.

However, creating a certain theme or adding hardscaping may not be in your plans or budget.  Or, you may be putting your house on the market and don’t want to make a huge investment.  Do not fear!  You do not have to undertake an elaborate transformation to create curb appeal or to add value to your home.  Simply adding mulch, edging, tidying up your plants and plant beds, adding a few plants to accent your home, or removing overgrown plants can go a long way to improving the appeal of your home and property.

According to the National Association of Realtors, upgrading landscaping can increase a home’s overall value from 10 – 12  percent (varies from state to state)  https://www.nar.realtor/ .  Attractive landscaping can also differentiate a home in neighborhoods that consist of houses that are similar in style thus, making it more appealing to buyers.

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Curb Appeal, Increasing Property Value, Property Value, Landscaping Curb Appeal, SpringIf you need help creating “curb appeal” either with a new garden design and installation or just some sprucing up, the DesignScapes of NC team would love to help.  Call us at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plentiful Peonies

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Peonies

Have you ever wondered how to have plentiful peony blooms in the South?  Well, there are some varieties that do better in warmer climates like we have here in Raleigh, NC.  Peonies are great for borders, hedges and as cut flowers.  And Oh!, How we love those beautiful peony blooms in our gardens and in our flower arrangements!  Peonies come in a variety of colors including pink, red, white and yellow.  The foliage remains a clump of glossy, green leaves all summer after the blooms are gone.  The foliage then turns a purplish or gold color in the fall.

 

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Raleigh Landscapers, Landscaping, Pollinator Gardens, Pollinators, Fragrant Flowers, Peony, Peonies, SpringFor the best blooms, plant your peonies in full sun and well drained, fertile soil.  Mix in compost for sandy or heavy soils.  Typically, peonies like cold winters because they need a certain number of chilling hours, and they only need to be lightly mulched as they do not like to be smothered.   However, choosing early blooming varieties is the best choice for the South.  Some of the varieties that DesignScapes of NC likes are listed below.

 

 

 

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Sarah Bernhardt Peony

Sarah Bernhardt produces double, shell pink flowers.  It reaches about 3 feet high and 3 feet wide. Sarah Bernhardt is considered a late bloomer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Karl Rosenfield Peony

Karl Rosenfield displays large, double red flowers.  This is a mid-season bloomer that reaches about 2 feet wide and approximately 3-4 feet high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Festiva Maxima Peony

Festiva Maxima produces large, fragrant, double white flowers splashed with flecks of red.  This is an early to mid-season bloomer and reaches approximately 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scents of Spring

Springtime in Raleigh brings beautiful blooms and tantalizing scents!  The colorful seasonal show draws us outside to enjoy the fresh air and take in the amazing nature display.   The sights and smells of Spring make us all a little happier with the exception of the pollen overload.  It’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors in North Carolina because we haven’t yet reached the suffocating humidity levels that summers here can bring.  This also means that it is a great time to get your plants in the ground.

Plant fragrance is something to consider when planning your garden.  Fragrance can affect our emotions, and typically, the scents of Spring help improve our mood and outlook.  Our sense of smell is something that we rely on for various things in life.  Fragrance can also be associated with memories and remind us of a particular place or time.  We all tend to be a little livelier with the sights and smells of Springtime!

The Designscapes of NC team hopes that you are able to get outside and truly enjoy all that this season has to offer.  A few of the fragrant flowers that do well in the Raleigh landscaping area are listed below.  If we can assist you with incorporating fragrance into your new or existing garden plan, please give us a call at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

 

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Gardenia

There are different varieties of Gardenia to chose from that are suitable for foundation plantings to ground covers.  Typically they like full sun to part shade, although they like to be protected from early morning sun to keep their leaves from getting burned.   It is best to plant them in a moist, well-drained, and acidic soil.  We love this choice because of the wonderful fragrance it adds to the garden and the beautiful showy white flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lilac

Lilacs range from 5 – 15 feet tall and come in a variety of colors including blue, lavender, pink, purple, red, yellow and white.  These fragrant beauties like full sun to part shade and typically need pruning to maintain healthy growth and flowering.  They like well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil.  Lilacs don’t like to sit in water so good drainage is a must!  Be sure to space them far enough apart depending on the variety to give them room to grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alyssum

Sweet Alyssum is a fragrant flowering plant that is available in white, purple or red.  Alyssum is typically an annual in North Carolina and likes sun to partial shade.  They can range from 3 – 10 inches in height and approximately 2-4 inches in width.  The birds, bees and butterflies like this one too so it’s a great pollinator addition.

 

 

 

 

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Garden Phlox

Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata) is the upright variety that will add fragrance to your garden.  Garden phlox prefers full sun to part shade and well-drained, fertile soil.  This variety displays large flower clusters that come in lavender, red, white, rose, and pink.  Cutting the spent flower heads will encourage new blooms so you will have plenty of color and fragrance throughout the season.

 

 

 

 

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Confederate Jasmine

Confederate Jasmine displays clusters of small, white, fragrant flowers.   This is a fast growing vine that is great for an arbor, trellis, pergola, or lamppost.  It can even be used as an espalier or pruned as a hedge.  Confederate Jasmine likes a well-drained, sunny spot to produce the most flowers that will fill your garden with a sweet aroma.

 

 

 

 

Pollinator Gardens

Pollinators play a key role in ecosystem survival by providing the essential service of pollination, enabling plants to produce seeds.  Other species as well as humans depend on the seeds and fruits from these plants for food, and according to the Xerces Society, more than two thirds of the world’s crop species require a pollinator.  Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds and bats depend on flowering plants for nectar and pollen.  Their survival is essential to our survival!  Yet, some of these important ecosystem inhabitants are declining.  What can we do?  We can help them by incorporating pollinator friendly plants into the Raleigh landscape.

Pollinator Gardens can play an important role in helping our pollinators thrive.   Some of the key elements to include in your pollinator garden include: a variety of plants that bloom at different times of the year to ensure year-round flowers for pollinators, a place for them to seek shelter and a water source.

Saturday is Earth Day!  Planting a pollinator garden is great way to do something for the earth.  We have listed a few pollinator friendly plants below to get you started on your Raleigh pollinator garden.

Pollinator Plants:

  • Allysum
  • Aster
  • Bee Balm
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Daisy
  • Echinacea
  • Poppy

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Alyssum

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Aster

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Bee Balm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Eyed Susans

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Butterfly Bush

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Daisy

 

 

 

 

 

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Echinacea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Designscapes Team can help you plan and install a pollinator garden to give our Raleigh pollinators a place to thrive.  Please give us a call at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

Easter’s Lovely Lilies

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscapers, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Easter Lily, Easter, Landscaping Raleigh. Raleigh Garden Designers, SpringThis time of year brings beautiful spring blooms, fragrant flowers, Peter Cottontail and Easter Lilies!  The most popular Easter Lily that graces homes, luncheons and Spring parties this time of year is the cultivar ‘Nellie White’.  This beautiful plant has large, white, fragrant trumpet shaped flowers.

The Easter Lily is considered a symbol of beauty, hope and life and is often given as a gift or used to decorate for the Easter holiday, or simply just to bring a bit of Springtime into your home.  To extend the life of your lily, it is important not to over-water as they prefer moderately moist, well-drained soil.  So, it is best to only water when the plant soil feels dry.  This will help prevent over-watering and keep the plant from sitting in standing water.

In the Raleigh landscaping area,  you can transplant them to your garden after the last threat of frost has passed.  Once your lilies have finished blooming, it is best to find a sunny spot in your garden prepared with a well-drained, organic matter. Using a well drained planting mix is best as good drainage is a necessity for growing Easter Lilies.  You want to plant them 3-6 inches below the soil and space them approximately 12-18 inches apart.  Providing mulch will help keep the weeds at bay and also keep the bulbs cool in the summer and protect them during a harsh winter.   If you take good care to protect them and keep them watered but well-drained, the bulbs will typically produce multiple blooms in July.  Happy Easter and Happy Planting!

Bugged In Raleigh

The early Spring we are experiencing in Raleigh has brought blooms too early for some of our plants, and even has some of them blooming out of sequence.  Some blooms and tender new growth were frozen and it will take time for these plants to recover.  For instance, you may have noticed that your hydrangeas, loropetalums, and gardenias look a little sad, but they will rebound!

Raleigh landscaping, Raleigh landscapers, landscaping Raleigh, insects, early spring, #insects, #early spring, #Raleigh, Designscapes of NC, Raleigh landscape companiesAn early Spring also brings bugs!  And, because of the milder winter we had, they will be out in full force in the Raleigh landscape.  The warmer winter temperatures in North Carolina means that many of our pests were not hurt by the cold like they are in years when we experience typically colder winters.  So, they will have a better chance of survival.  This means that Raleigh gardeners need to be extra vigilant in watching out for pesky insects.

If you need help with a pest that may be harming your plants, your local cooperative extension is a great resource and can help diagnose many problems.  The Plant Disease and Insect Clinic at North Carolina State University is also another great resource and can be found at https://projects.ncsu.edu/cals/plantpath/extension/clinic/.  You can also find your county agent and/or a master gardener at this site.  In addition, adding mulch to your garden will help control weeds that will also make an earlier appearance and will compete with your plants for available nutrients.

Happy gardening!  The Designscapes of NC team can help you with a landscape design plan and installation.  Please give us a call at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

 

 

 

Feeding Your Plants

Raleigh Landscapers, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Designscapes of NC, #Raleigh, Raleigh Garden Designers, #Raleigh Garden Design, Fertilizer, #Organic FertilizerPlants need nutrients!  Although plants are capable of making food by capturing energy from sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugar, they need additional nutrients to stay healthy.  They get these nutrients from the soil or compost which, in turn, can diminish the availability of vitamins and minerals in the soil that plants need.  In addition, the effect of pollution and compaction or disturbance can further degrade the soil.  Thus, it is important to add a supplemental fertilizer.

 

The basic nutrients that plants require are nitrogen(N), phosphorous(P) and potassium(K).  Have you ever seen the numbers on bags of fertilizers (such as 3-1-2) and wondered what they mean?  These numbers represent the percentage content of these 3 main nutrients contained in the bag of fertilizer.  For instance, a bag of 3-1-2 would contain 3% nitrogen, 1% phosphorous and 2% potassium.

 

Raleigh Landscapers, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Designscapes of NC, #Raleigh, Raleigh Garden Designers, #Raleigh Garden Design, Fertilizer, #Fertilizer, Organic Fertilizer, # Organic FertilizerThere are two types of fertilizer – natural fertilizers and synthetic fertilizers.  Natural fertilizers release nutrients at a slower rate over a longer period of time.  When worked into the soil they improve the soil structure, water and nutrient holding capacity.  Synthetic fertilizers are more water-soluble and thus, are more rapidly available to plants.  So, it’s  important to be careful with synthetic fertilizers because it is easy to over-apply which can burn the plants.  Also, synthetic fertilizer does not support beneficial microbial populations as well as natural fertilizer.  Microbes or organic matter are necessary to make the fertilizer available to the plants.

 

 
Raleigh Landscapers, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Designscapes of NC, #Raleigh, Raleigh Garden Designers, #Raleigh Garden Design, Fertilizer, #Organic Fertilizer, #Water PollutionAnother thing to keep in mind is that nitrogen from chemical fertilizers is a major cause of water pollution which results from runoff. This can be harmful to the aquatic life.  So, you want to be careful not to over-apply to prevent excess fertilizer from washing into our creeks, streams and rivers.  And, don’t select a fertilizer with a nutrient content greater than needed for the particular plant type. You want a fertilizer with an appropriate nutrient ratio for your particular plants (i.e. flowering, non-flowering).

 

 

 

 

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Drip Line

 

The Designscapes of NC team likes Plant-tone and Holly-tone which are organic granular fertilizers.  These fertilizers are long lasting, slow release and low in salts which helps to prevent burn.  We also like applying an organic mulch such as triple shredded hardwood mulch because it releases nutrients into the soil as it breaks down.  It’s important that fertilizer be applied underneath the mulch at the base of the plant around the drip line, and not just thrown out on top of your mulch.  You want to pull the mulch back and evenly spread the recommended fertilizer amount for the type and size plant, being careful of the plant’s leaves.

 

We would love to assist you with your Raleigh landscaping and garden projects!  Just give us a call at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

 

The Garden Path

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Garden Rooms, Landscaping, Landscaping, Garden Pathways, Garden Path, Walkways, #Garden Paths, #Garden Pathways, #Pretty Walkways, #Raleigh Garden Design, #Raleigh Landscaping, #Raleigh LandscapersA pathway in the garden can serve several functions.  Of course, the most obvious function is that it serves the purpose of providing a means to travel through the garden or landscape.  However, a path can add a unique aspect to your garden.  It can be formal or informal and constructed of natural or man-made material.

 

 

 

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Garden Rooms, Landscaping, Landscaping, Garden Pathways, Garden Path, Walkways, #Garden Paths, #Garden Pathways, #Pretty Walkways, #Raleigh Garden Design, #Raleigh Landscaping, #Raleigh Landscape ContractorsThe path can lend interest to the garden by leading your eye down a long straight line or around a curve or bend in the landscape.  It draws the curiosity to what is farther down the path or around the corner.  There are many different design ideas that can be incorporated as well.  Typically,  you would want a direct path to the areas that you use most frequently.  However, you can also create a meandering path or a network of pathways that lead to different areas of your garden.  Either way, you can make your commute enjoyable with aesthetically pleasing plants, water features, sculptures and hardscapes.

 

 

 

Raleigh Landscaping, Raleigh Landscape Contractors, Raleigh Garden Designers, Garden Design, Garden Rooms, Landscaping, Landscaping, Garden Pathways, Garden Path, Walkways, #Garden Paths, #Garden Pathways, #Pretty Walkways, #Raleigh Garden Design, #Raleigh LandscapingYour path can draw you to a secret garden or to a quiet respite that is hidden behind a garden gate, or include a garden bench that’s discovered along the way and offers a place to rest or just escape into nature.  There are many construction options too some of which include natural stone, gravel, grass, pavers, brick, a combination of grass and various hardscape materials or even a small bridge.  Incorporating fragrance and visually appealing plants enhance the experience and can also be used to create a border to form the pathway route or an archway.

 

 

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We can help design a path for your Raleigh garden or landscape.  Just give us a call at 919-844-3441 or fill out the contact form below.

 

 

 

Steel Magnolias

With the warm temperatures that we are experiencing here in Raleigh, we are seeing a lot of Spring bloomers blooming early.  Some of these early bloomers that we especially like include the improved cultivars of the tulip magnolia family.  Although there are numerous magnolia varieties to choose from, these seasonal specimen trees can provide a great focal point in your garden.

We like these improved cultivars because they will stop the blooming process if the temperature turns cold.  So, if old man winter decides to make another appearance after unseasonably warm temperatures, these tulip cultivars will prevent the unopened buds from blooming.  This prevents them from freezing and ensures beautiful seasonal color in your garden.  That’s why we consider them true “Steel Magnolias”!  We have shared some of our favorites below.

 

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Jane Magnolia

Magnolia x ‘Jane’ reaches to a height of 15-20 feet  and a width of approximately 20 feet.  This beauty likes sun to part shade and has a moderate growth rate.  It is deciduous and blooms in early Spring producing tulip-like, dark pink to lavender flowers.

 

 

 

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Genie Magnolia

Genie Magnolia is great for smaller gardens or containers as it is has a compact growth habit.  ‘Genie’ blooms from early Spring into Summer producing beautiful, fragrant tulip shaped purplish flowers that start as stunning black red buds.   It grows to approximately 10-13 feet in height and to about 5 feet wide. This beauty does best in full sun and rich, well-drained soils.  Great as a specimen plant out in the yard or in a border.

 

 

 

 

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Magnolia Daybreak

Another great specimen tree, ‘Daybreak’ has a columnar growth habit and produces magnificent large fragrant pastel pink flowers that have an upright growth habit when they first appear.  The blooms are actually a bright pink with a lighter pink to white color on the inside.  This is a deciduous tree that can grow to 25 feet tall and 6-12 feet wide. Daybreak prefers full to part sun and organically rich, well-drained soil.

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter Bloomers for Raleigh Gardens and Landscapes

February is typically a cold, gray month here in Raleigh, North Carolina.  However, the current spring-like temperatures are confusing to everyone, including the plants.  You may see some spring bulbs already starting to pop up around town, and an early display of blooms on some of the spring flowering trees.  In general, this is not typical, yet not completely uncommon.   Despite some of these early bloomers, there are some plants that are supposed to bloom this time of year in the Raleigh landscape.  Some of our favorites shown below include camellia japonica, mahonia, daphne, and hellebores.

Camellia japonica

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Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’

Camellia japonica or Japanese camellia as it is commonly known, grows to 6-9 feet with dark green, glossy leaves and beautiful flowering buds. There are many varieties to choose from in an array of white, pinks and reds.  Bloom time may be as early as October and as late in the season as mid to late March.  These showy plants are great as shrub borders, informal borders, foundation plants, and ornamental or focal plants in your landscape.  Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’ is just one of the many varieties that we like for Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

 

 

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Camellia japonica ‘Debutante”

These beautiful bloomers like part shade and moist, well-drained, highly organic, acidic soil.  However, do not plant in wet soils.  Even and consistent watering is essential to their success in your garden.  Camellia japonica should be sheltered from late afternoon sun and wind.  Part shade or dappled sun is best.  They produce abundant blooms in winter and are also considered winter hardy in zones 7-9.  Although Camellia japonica is considered winter hardy in the Raleigh, NC area, they are susceptible to very low temperatures and may need to be protected when temperatures are expected to drop into the 20’s or teens.

 

 

 

 

Mahonia

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Mahonia ‘nari hira’

Mahonia ‘Nari Hira’  is great for a shady spot in your yard.  ‘Nari Hira’ is an evergreen shrub with a mounding habit and a fern-like appearance.   This variety likes well drained soils and has dark green foliage with yellow flowers.  It grows to approximately 3-4 feet tall and reaches an average width of 3-4 feet.  Mahonia looks great in natural or less formal landscapes.  There are different varieties to choose from, but Designscapes of NC likes the ‘Nari Hira” because it is winter hardy in our landscaping area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daphne

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Variegated Daphne, Raleigh Garden

Daphne is another winter bloomer of choice at Designscapes of NC because of its pretty,  fragrant flowers that fill the landscape.  It’s also attractive to the birds, bees and butterflies. We particularly like variegated Daphne for the Raleigh, NC  USDA zone.  This winter selection typically likes a partly shaded area of the garden, although some species can tolerate more sun than others.  However, it is best that hot afternoon sun is avoided when choosing a planting location.  Soil preference is rich, well-drained soil.   This is a great choice for foundation plantings, or along a walk or patio where the fragrance can be enjoyed.

 

 

 

Hellebores or Lenten Rose

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Hellebore aka Lenten Rose

Hellebores also known as Lenten Rose are a great addition to the winter garden with flowers appearing in January and February.  They are considered an evergreen groundcover and/or perennial in Zones 6-9 and add winter color ranging from white, pink, burgundy, red and purple.   These colorful plants can reach 18-24 inches in height and 24-30 inches wide.  The flowers can last for 2-3 months.  This evergreen likes afternoon shade and prefers moist, well-drained alkaline soil.  Amending the soil with compost is also recommended.

 

 

 

 

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