Monday, May 6, 2013

The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Iris in Tulsa

Keep those Iris Blooming "Year after Year", Share Them!

  Dividing your Iris in late summer or early fall, will help to maintain and keep your Iris healthy. What a great plant to share. It's truly the gift that keeps on giving. Find a good site on line that shows you how, and follow those instructions to insure years of great blooms. Usually every 3 to 4 years is all you need. To help yourself remember the type and color take a picture while they are blooming and refer to this when it comes time to divide.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Evergreen and Perennial, Plant Recipe for Tulsa

Blue Spruce and Bridal Wreath Spiraea

White Bridal Wreath is a glorious shower of white flowers against the mighty Blue Spruce.

 We also have the White Dogwood trying to open up. The Dogwood and this Blue Spruce work out the area nicely together, with the Dogwood adapting to the stronger  ways of the mighty Blue Spruce.  This species of Spiraea, prunifolia, is very easy to grow and control. Takes our heat and cold and thrives with very little water or attention. Kids and adults love this flower for the fun it represents. You can make wreaths and dye the flowers with food coloring. Trim once a year after the blooms fade and allow the stems to grow for the next years blooms.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tulsa Plant Recipe #23: Hot-Pink azalea with Citronella Heuchera

Hot-Pink Azalea with Citronella Heuchera

Hot-Pink with this brilliant green, its hard to compete. The Heuchera are in full new growth and best color at the same time as the azalea is blooming.They both share the same needs as far as sun and water are concerned. What a dynamic combination and almost maintenance free.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Plant Recipe #22: The Mighty Coneflower in All It's Glory

Coneflowers are the Jolly Jokers of the Garden: well anyway I think so...

These Coneflowers/ Echinacea are so Jolly with there little petals pointing downward while there pin cushion faces look up towards the sun. They just make my happy looking at them. In this garden I paired them with some Sunny Border Blue.

Best Summer Color: New Wave Petunias and Butterfly Bush Tulsa Plant Recipe #21

New Wave Petunias and Butterfly Bush


New Wave Petunias add more color and drama then almost any other annual in our Tulsa pallet of plant color. They love our sun and heat and spread far and wide if given enough room. I planted them around the base of the Butterfly Bush to see how they would fare, along with a few Zinnias for contrast. Also in the background is a lilac colored Crape Myrtle. You can't go wrong with any of these for our summers. Heat + Sun = Color!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Lime Rickey Heuchera and Blue Speedwell Tulsa Plant Recipe #20

Lime Rickey and Georgia Blue Speedwell

Lime Rickey Heuchera will hold its leaves through the winter, so when the electric blue speedwell flowers the colors create a rare display for so early in the season. They love a little sun preferably from the east till 11 in the morning. As the new foliage begins to mound on top of the heuchera you can gently cut off the older leaves that look worn and torn around its base. Plant these two beautys together for the earliest of spring color, and for more fun add a few early blooming tulips.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tulsa Plant Care: English Laurel/Otto Luyken

English Laurel is a lovely soft evergreen, used extensively in the Tulsa Landscaping. Informal is its best use, but can be trimmed to facilitate a more formal bed. Tolerates shade and does well in a sunny location with a good sprinkler system. Nice plant for layering with Azaleas and other holly, and is great as a foundation shrub. Perennials look fantastic layered in the foreground. 

Plant type: Shrub
USDA Hardiness Zones: 05b to 08b
Height: 48" to 72"
Spread: 72" to 120"
Exposure: shade to full sun
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring
Leaf Color: Green
Growth Rate: average
Moisture: moist
Soil Condition: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
Form: Rounded
Landscape Uses:
Border, Erosion control, Foundation, Hedge, Massing, Superior hedge, Specimen, Woodland garden