There is no denying the charm of lavender. The fragrance alone brings to mind idyllic images of meandering walkways bordered by the aromatic, silvery foliage. The musky scent of purple flowers on long, slender stems drying in a forgotten kitchen window. Very few plants can evoke such emotion and take you to places you’ve longed to visit.
If you’re looking to add some fragrance to your garden, look no further than Clethra. This summer-blooming shrub is covered with spicy-sweet aromatic blooms and is aptly known as Summersweet.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d choose Rose of Sharon to spotlight. But, the more familiar I become with White Pillar®, the more taken I am with its simplicity and elegance. Sure, it’s easy to ignore these summer-blooming behemoths — I’ve been ignoring them for years! They were always the last plant I ever took a customer to see when they were wanting blooms in the summer.
Our busy lives mean that our landscapes and gardens often end up the last task on our giant to-do lists. This makes finding the absolutely toughest yet easiest to grow plant a high priority for most homeowners.
There are times when incredible plants are lackluster in their containers. Hummelo Stachys is one of those plants.
Planted in a landscape, Hummelo holds the anticipation of bright pink flowers. Its glossy green foliage, low growing, concealing the ground. But the plants at the garden center are often only a handful of low-growing leaves.
I don’t know if you’ve heard yet, but Endless Summer® is releasing a brand spanking new hydrangea this year. And why exactly should you get excited about yet another new hydrangea? With this hydrangea, the gloves are coming off! This insanely colored hydrangea is giving the standard ho-hum baby blue and pretty pink hydrangeas one serious kick in the pants!