Shrub of the Week: Common Lilac

This week’s selection is the New Hampshire state shrub. It is widely planted throughout the country.  This week’s shrub is the…

Common Lilac

Syringa vulgaris

The lilac is really a widely planted shrub throughout the world. It comes in colors from Common Lilac2blues to purples to pinks to whites. These are great flowers to cut and put in a vase for the house as they will fill the house with their fragrance for at least a couple weeks.

It’s a zone 3 plant that likes full sun but will do fine in partial shade as well. Lilacs bloom on last year’s growth so if your pruning all of the new growth every year your missing out on an a spectacular flowering plant. They also like a few handfuls of lime a couple times a year.

Common Lilac1Common Lilacs grow to 10-15’ with an 8-10’ spread and will work as an accent plant or in a mass planting. There are hundreds of lilac varieties of different sizes to tree form lilacs. We will touch upon these as they come into bloom early in the summer.

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Shrub of the Week: Mayflower Viburnum

This week’s selection you should be able to find out in your yard or neighborhood as it is a popular plant. This week’s shrub is the…

Mayflower Viburnum

Viburnum ‘carlesii’mayflower viburnum

Mayflower viburnum is a versatile plant. It’s bright pink clusters of buds open to fragarant white flower clusters in late April to mid May.  When planted by the door or a frequently opened window it will fill the house as well as the yard with fragrance.

It’s a zone 4 plant that appreciates full sun but will do fine in partial shade as well. So on the east, south, or west side of a fence, home, or tree line it should do just fine.

Mayflower ViburnumMayflowers grow to 6-8’ with a 6-8’ spread and will work as an accent plant or in a mass planting.

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Shrub of the Week: Mountain Fire Andromeda

Finally it seems the weather has started to warm some. This week’s shrub is one of the first evergreens to show off in the spring. This week’s shrub is the…

Mountain Fire Andromeda Pieris Japonica ‘Mt. Fire’Mountain Fire Andromeda

Andromedas bloom in early May and are one of the first evergreens of the spring to bloom.

Although there are many varieties of Andromeda, the Mountain Fire is certainly one of the most spectacular. With its white tassel-cluster type flowers and its fire red new foliage it’s a real eye catcher in the landscape.

It’s a zone 5 plant so on the south side of a fence or home it should do just fine.

Mountain Fire’s grow to 8-10’ with a 6-8’ spread so leave some space for it to grow, you’ll be thankful for it later on and so will it.

Mountain Fire Andromeda 2

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Shrub of the Week: Mission Arborvitae

This week’s selection is not a showy plant it is more of a functional shrub. It is use for many things in the landscape. This week’s shrub is the…

Mission Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis ‘Techny’Mission arborvitae2

The Mission Arborvitae, also known as a “Techny Arb,” has many uses around your yard. It can be planted in mass as a hedge for privacy. It can be planted on the north side of a property to cut the cold northern winds in the winter time. It can also be trimmed up some in late fall or early winter to add some fragrant greens to a wreath or table.

Mission arborvitaeIt’s a zone 3 plant that likes full sun but will do fine in partial shade as well. It can be shaped as desired but looks best in its natural state.

Mission Arbs  grow to 10-15’ with an 6-8’ spread. It’s 10-15’ height will give a nice privacy screen height with out blocking the sun out of a yard all together.

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Shrub of the Week: P.J.M. Rhododendron

Do you have a generator or maybe an unsightly propane tank in the yard that you would like to hide? This week’s shrub is the…

P.J.M. Rhododendron

 PJM RhododendronP.J.M. Rhododendron’s bloom in late April with that brilliant show of lavender. There are a few varieties of P.J.M. that have slight different shades of purple to a light pink flower. Planted in masses with some forsythia mixed in make for a great show. The winter foliage of the P.J.M. is burgundy and shows quite nicely against a snowy background.

It’s a zone 4 plant that likes full/partial sun so it will do fine with 3 plus hours of sun a day.

P.J.M. Rhododendron’s grow to 5-6’ with a 5-6’ spread. There is a compact clone available if your space is only 3’-4’.

PJM Rhododendron

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Shrub of the Week: New Hampshire Gold Forsythia

This week’s shrub is an early bright spot for everyone and it comes with a local connection to New Hampshire. This week’s shrub is the…

New Hampshire Gold Forsythia 

Forsythia ‘NH Gold’NH Gold Forsythia was originally hybridized in Claremont, NH. It’s that bright yellow spot you see early in the spring on the edge of the property. When you just can’t stand winter anymore and the ground hog says 6 more weeks, you can go out and clip 10 or 12 branches from any forsythia put them in some water in a sunny window and you will have an early spring in the house.

It’s a zone 3 plant that likes full or partial sun. It will spread quickly so the outer edge of the property works well.

NH Gold will grow to 5-6’ and spread the same. When a branch tip reaches the ground it will root to form a new plant so be careful to prune regularly.

Mt. Fire’s grow to 8-10’ with a 6-8’ spread so leave some space for it to grow, you’ll be thankful for it later on and so will it.

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Shrub of the Week: Azalea canadense ‘Rhoroda’

Azalea closeThis week’s shrub is a very early bloomer. In fact if you’re in the southern part of the state they should be waking up this week. This week’s shrub is…

Azalea canadense ‘Rhodora’

Azalea canadense ‘Rhodora’ is a deciduous azalea that blooms very early in the spring. It’s bright purple flowers are usually showing as the tulips and daffodils are poking up. It’s flowers show up before the leaves do.Azalea

It’s a zone 2 plant that likes full/partial sun so it will do fine with 3 plus hours of sun a day.

Azalea canadense ‘Rhodora’ is a vase shaped plant that grows to 3-4’ high by 3-4’ in width.

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