Albert Orgeron, Owings, Allen D.
The Landscape Showcase
One of the newest gardenias to hit the market is the new variety Jubilation. This plant is a Gardenia jasminoides and was bred by Buddy Lee, the same plant breeder who developed Encore azaleas. This is a smaller-growing plant (3-4 feet tall with a 3-foot spread) with fragrant white blooms. Plants re-bloom in the summer and fall. Plant in well drained, acid soil. Full to partial sun is best. Jubilation is a new plant in the Southern Living Plant Promotion Program
‘Emerald Snow’ Loropetalum
The loropetalum, also called Chinese witch hazel, craze continues with the release of a dwarf, green foliage, white flowering variety – Emerald Snow. Most of the new loropetalums the past few years have focused on pink and fuchsia flower colors with more intense purple to burgundy foliage colors. Emerald Snow is in the Southern Living Plant Collection and has a mature height of 4 feet with a 4 foot spread. White flowers appear in the spring and will occur again to some degree in the late summer and fall months. Older foliage is dense, glossy green with light green new growth. Fertilize when new growth commences in the spring. Plants need minimum pruning due to a tight, layered growth habit. A great substitute for Indian hawthorn in the landscape.
‘Double Wave’ Petunias
Most of us know about Wave petunias, along with the Easy Wave, Tidal Wave and Shock Wave groups. Some folks do not know that there is a double-flower form series in the Wave petunia group – appropriately called Double Wave. These are vegetatively propagated, as opposed to the seed method of propagating the other series in the Wave-type groups. Double Wave petunias are available in the following varieties – Purple, Rose, White, Pink, Misty Lilac, Lavender, Blue Velvet and Blue Vein. These are similar colors seen in other Wave petunias. Plants are primarily used in hanging baskets and containers, but they also work well in landscape settings. Plants reach 4-6 inches tall with a spread of 18-24 inches. Space individual plants 12-18 inches apart.
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