MVG Plant Picks of the Week!
Annual of the Week:
This pretty dianthus is a real gem! Blooms appear early in spring on compact, well-formed plants and continue blooming until their peak around the end of May. Once these blooms disappear, a good trim will encourage another flush. These plants really behave as a tender perennial rather than an annual, having returned in Scott’s home garden over multiple years, producing more blooms each year. A prolific yet dainty winner you must have in your garden!
A perennial ground cover that spreads to display a thick blanket of spring blooms, in vibrant shades of pink, purple, blue or white is a sturdy, low-maintenance plant that will cover an unsightly slope or other difficult area. For zones 3-9 and full sun this carpet of color is sure to delight.
Amelanchier ‘Autumn Brilliance’
A shrub or small tree prized for its brilliant orange-red fall color and disease resistance. Clusters of fragrant white flowers are blooming now and they give way to small purplish black fruit often used in jams and jellies. Makes a nice shrub border. This exceptionally bright native tree is a good focal point for an all native garden. Add to traditional landscapes for hardy, vigorous carefree autumn color. Vital to bird gardens and wildlife that feed upon its delicious fruit, also makes a good background foliage plants for manicured beds and borders. This fast grower reaches heights of 20-25’ x 20-25’ in no time.
Malus Prairie Fire
Outstanding purplish- pink flowering tree that reaches 15-20’; with persistent, small, dark red-purple fruit; upright form becomes rounded with age. New growth is reddish maturing to dark green which makes a colorful accent for smaller landscapes. This easy-to-grow tree can be used as a single specimen in the front yard for curb appeal, or in the back where you may enjoy its seasonal changes. An excellent habitat and food source for wildlife. Its dark fruit is very decorative but may stain light-colored paving. There is nothing more beautiful than a gateway flanked with flowering Crabapple, or a long run of them up the driveway for a large-scale display. Perfect for country and cottage gardens to achieve that old-fashioned romantic character.
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