March 7, 2014
This attractive perennial is one of the first true signs of spring. As the sun warms the ground (even through the snow) early in the season (or late in winter) these stalwart plants push their green shoots upward and often bloom before they they have fully emerged.
Hardy for zones 4a to 9a, they grow to a height and spread of 3 inches to 6 inches. Exposure needs are partial shade to partial sun to full sun. Bloom colors can be blue, orange, pink, purple, white and yellow.
Moisture levels are forgiving - dry to moist. They are adaptable to loamy or neutral well drained soil conditions. Ideal landscape uses include borders, rock gardens, some containers and alpine gardens.
As with many flowers of this variety, all parts of this plant are poisonous, so caution planting with young children.
We have had hydrangea fever for some time now! What is not to love about these vigorous growing, heavy blooming garden plants?
Chicagoland green boxwood was introduced in 1994. Chicagoland grows as a hardy, dense growing hybrid of boxwood. A broadleaf evergreen with foliage typical of most deciduous plants, boxwood retains its leaves year-round, which are dark green, small and curved.
A female cultivar of the red maple, the October glory maple is a medium sized deciduous tree with glossy green leaves containing three main triangular lobes.