I like to think of all the green in our gardens as a ‘little black dress’; it is classic and never goes out of style. You can use that black dress as a background palette, dolling it up each year with accessories featuring whatever is the hot fashion color that year.
There are so many options when it comes to hydrangeas that it can be a bit overwhelming at first. With all the different colors of flowers, styles of flowers, gorgeous bark (think winter interest) and leaf shapes, there is sure to be a hydrangea or two, or three that you must have in your garden.
For most parts of the US and Canada, your gardens are put to bed for the winter. The ground is quite cold; in fact, too frozen to plant anything and/or it is also snow covered. You have read every garden book, magazine and started following a slew of new garden blogs. Even your garden catalogs are in order. So what do you do? Winter Gardening of course!
I first fell for azaleas watching the Masters Golf Tournament every April. The landscaped areas of Augusta National in Georgia are overflowing with exquisite azaleas that pop on camera and in person. Sure, Augusta has professionals tending their azaleas but home gardeners can get the look with repeat super bloomer azalea varieties - Always Azaleas™ in Smart & Stylish Shrubs™ from the HGTV HOME Plant Collection.
With this winter’s temperatures dipping lower than in recent years throughout much of the country, some plants may have been lost while others are only damaged. Don’t be overzealous in removing them from the garden. Established woody plants with top growth killed stand a good chance of returning from their roots. It could be as late as June before you know for sure.
Many plants are introduced every year, but how many really make the must-have list for gardeners around the country? These varieties below are sure to make it into gardens this coming spring and will have folks on the lookout to snatch them up. Don’t miss out!