Purple Hibiscus Bush

Hibiscus & Rose of Sharon

Need a *POP* of color in your garden? Are you worried about a colorless garden later in the season?

Look no further than the Hibiscus or Rose of Sharon!

They are classified as deciduous shrubs but with some pruning, in the winter or early spring, you can easily get a tree shape or even a blossoming hedge. These beauties bloom later in the season after the spring and most summer blossoms are done with their display.

While you will love the array of colors, the smaller locals will appreciate them too. Rose of Sharon and Hibiscus is a fan favorite among butterflies and hummingbirds with their perfume and flashy colors.

Their blooms range all across the color wheel- blues, pinks, whites, reds, yellows, purples, and even blossoms with a mix of colors. The foliage on these shrubs can be variegated to add a little extra color- like the ‘Sugar Tip’ Rose of Sharon.

These are very tolerant shrubs- they aren’t bothered by the heat, humidity, or most pests. They actually LOVE the heat and full sun. They aren’t too picky when it comes to soil either- just make sure it drains well.

Be patient with your Hibiscus & Rose of Sharon– they are late bloomers and late to get their leaves.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush

The unofficial start of summer is marked with Memorial Day weekend.  So to kick off June & Summer, we’ve selected the Butterfly Bush as our June plant of the month!

Butterfly bushes come in many colors and sizes.  One of our favorites is the pugster variety.  This petite, compact shrub grows to be around 1.5 – 2 feet in height & width and is perfectly sized for the average landscape.  In addition, the amount of color the butterfly bush produces each season is downright incredible.  Because of its bright colors and dramatic aroma – butterflies, bees & hummingbirds are attracted to it. 

When doing landscape designs for residential houses, we like to add one of these shrubs near a high traffic area so people can experience the fragrance day after day.  These beauties bloom early-mid summer through fall, so when your typical spring blooms like lilacs, hydrangeas, tulips or daffodils are done flowering, it’s time for the butterfly bush to shine.  No wonder they are often nicknamed “summer lilacs”. 

If you’re looking for a specimen that fits in any landscape complete with fragrance, high yield of blooms, and showy color, we highly recommend the butterfly bush. 

Hanging Flower Baskets

Hanging Flower Baskets for Mother’s Day

It’s that time of year again, where spring is in the air, flowers are in bloom, and we set aside a full day to celebrate Moms.  And with all of that comes our May Plant of the Month:  Hanging Baskets!

We love when they appear here at Preston’s as they make one of our favorite displays.  Hanging baskets are a perfect way to add a pop of color and make your yard really look and feel like spring.  They are clean, professional, and are a breeze to install:  no digging required! 

They are great for a yard that has limited garden space.  And, they don’t just have to line your porch or hang on a fence, they can be displayed almost anywhere using a shepherd’s hook.  They come in an assortment of sizes, colors & flower variety. 

You are guaranteed to find one (or a few!) that you love! 

Tips on caring for your new, beautiful hanging basket. 

The biggest culprit for your baskets will be the heat and how quickly they will dry out from that summer sun.  Hanging baskets have less soil in them than the normal garden set-up, so they will require a bit more H2O to stay bright and lively.

To check if your planter is too dry, simply stick your finger in the top layer of soil.  If it’s dry, then it’ll need some water.  If the soil is cool to the touch, it’s good to go a little longer. 

You’ll need to water regularly during the growing season:  1-2x a day for those sunny areas.  If they are in the shade, they can go another day or two.  When watering, go slow to help the water absorb.  You want the soil to be sparkling, NOT swimming.  You’ll know when your basket is fully watered as water will start to come out from the bottom. 

Your hanging baskets will need some more help staying happy and full through some basic pruning. You’ll want to remove anything dead, sick, or damaged (aka deadheading).  When you do this, it makes your flowers get more energy to perk right back up and keep goin’!     

Fun Tip: Going on vacation and don’t want your baskets to dry out?  You can put them in a kiddie-pool or big tub with a few inches of water and you’ll be good to go! 

Might we add that they make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for all the Moms in your life – celebrated this year on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Succulents

February Plant of the Month: Succulents

Succulents are a great item for in the house or in the office.  When winter brings grey skies and barely any sunshine, a living plant that comes in a variety of sizes shapes and colors can help bring some life and excitement to your space. 

I like a mixed pot that might include a sansevieria, maybe an echeveria or two, and a cactus.  This way, you get plenty of texture and color in a small pot.  It won’t invade your space and it takes very little care.  And you know what?  I bet after buying one, you will look around for bigger, better, more creative ideas to expand your newfound excitement.

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