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Plant of the Week: Miss Huff Lantana

If you're looking for showy summer color, Miss Huff Lantana is the way to go! This remarkably hardy perennial is an unparalleled source of quick foliage and flowers in Hampton Roads.

This easy-to-grow perennial boasts vibrant yellow, pink & orange blooms and loves the summer heat! You simply can't beat lantana for summer-long blooms and heat tolerance. It's colorful blooms attract more than just the eye... they will surely bring loads of butterflies to your yard. We recommend putting this in the ground and reserving 8-10 inches for it to grow. This is a fast grower, reaching up to 5 feet at peak season. If you need a very fast grower to fill in a young landscape, or as a make-over plant. Miss Huff has proven to be very resilient in extreme heat, particularly reflected heat off driveways or street paving. It's also a natural for filling sunny banks and slopes. Plant in flower and shrub beds, raised planters, along fence lines and foundations, and in parkways. Put them in pots for powerful color on a deck or patio with brightly blooming annual flowers. With its orange and pink flowers, this Lantana is stunning in tropically inspired gardens! Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins next spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually in the spring to shape.

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Endless Summer Hydrangeas, Original, McDonald Garden Center

Plant of the Week: Endless Summer Hydrangeas

The Original

There are some plants that should be in every garden and hydrangeas are at the top of our list ~ an absolute must-have! Nothing says summer like these beautiful blooming shrubs. These shade-lovers infuse color in the garden at a time when many spring-blooming plants are no longer flowering. Hydrangeas make a great addition as a stand-alone “feature” plant, or grown in rows to create a privacy hedge. Their blooms also make some of the best cut flower arrangements. Snip a few blooms for an instant summer vase arrangement! In colors ranging from white to pink to blue, these softball-sized flowers brighten up any landscape.

We especially love the Endless Summer Original -- a customer favorite! It's a mop-head variety with the unique ability to bloom consistently on both old and new wood. The result is a plant that provides beautiful flowers all summer long. The flowers grow up to 8" in diameter, with PINK blooms in alkaline soils or BLUE blooms in acidic soil. It is still the hallmark of the shrub collection and with good reason. It was the first hydrangea discovered that blooms on the previous year’s woody stems and the new season’s growth. With The Original, you get an endless summer of possibilities and incredible color from spring through fall. And, who doesn’t want an Endless Summer?

Learn how to change the color of your hydrangeas! PINK OR BLUE, IT'S UP TO YOU >>

photo from endlesssummerblooms.com

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Plant of the Week:

MEDITERRANEAN PINK HEATHER

We're happy to share our plant of the week -- Mediterranean Pink Heather. This mounding, evergreen shrub establishes quickly for a fine, dense ground cover or border. It offers terrific winter color with lavender-pink flowers that last through early spring. Mediterranean Pink brings you tough little flowers in the winter when not much else is blooming. Once it stops flowering, this plant still offers a beautiful evergreen foliage that can be enjoyed in all seasons. To plant this in the ground, select a sunny to partially sunny spot. Dig a hole 3x the width of the container and set the top of the root ball slightly above ground level. Then combine the planting mix and soil and fill it in around the plants’ roots. This plant needs a lot of water, especially when newly planted. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system and then, sit back and enjoy this year-round beauty!

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