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Plant of the Week: Sedum Angelina

Do you have a garden spot that is sunny, hot and dry with poor or rocky soil? Well we’ve got just plant for you - sedums! Sedums are a gardener's dream. These flowering perennials thrive in alkaline soil and full sun and require minimal maintenance, and best of all they do not require a great deal of watering. Sedums are characteristically low, spreading plants often used as ground covers, in rock gardens, or in containers mixed with other succulents or plants. Colors range from bright green to vibrant pink to silver and blue. Many varieties are evergreen, but some will lose their leaves during winter and sprout again in summer. So, if you’re looking for a beautiful plant that thrives with near neglect, a sedum just might fit what you’re looking for! Here is one of the best performers:

Sedum 'Angelina' – is covered in stunning yellow, star-shaped flowers from early to mid summer. In fall, needle-like foliage tips take on a reddish-orange hue. This vigorous perennial is easy to grow and reaches 3 to 6 inches in height. Perfect as a groundcover, in borders, or spilling over rock walls and the edges of containers. It also makes an excellent accent for plants with dark foliage. Angelina is heat and drought-tolerant and does best in full sun, although it will tolerate some light shade.

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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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No Sun? No Problem.

Struggling to find plants for those shady spots? No worries! Shade offers the opportunity to grow some wonderful, unique plants that not only tolerate no sun but actually prefer it. Large trees and shady areas in your yard can present a challenge to even the most creative gardener, but gardening in the shade doesn't have to be frustrating. There are a variety of shade-loving perennials that tolerate relatively low light, and even thrive in it. So, liven up your shady spaces with these perennials and turn your yard into a beautiful retreat you can enjoy year-round.

3 SHADE-LOVING PERENNIALS:

  1. Hostas are hardy, easy-to-grow and care for and aren't troubled by pests. Leaf colors come in green, gold and blue to variegated and sizes range from miniature to colossal. Smaller varieties (up to 12 inches tall) make good edgers along paths or in beds; medium varieties are excellent ground-covers; and large hostas are terrific in the background or as dramatic accent plants.
  2. Perennial Ferns featuring lacy branches with rich, green foliage add texture and color to those shady spots. These popular shade-loving perennials make an excellent choice in wooded sections of the backyard or as an edging along a stand of trees. Ferns also work great in containers alone or mixed with your favorite shade plants.
  3. Acanthus is a majestic plant, almost like having a living sculpture in the garden. It features sturdy spires of white or pink blooms with papery purple bracts that make a striking statement along with its rich-green, spiny foliage. Enjoy this eye-catching structural plant for shade borders or background plantings.

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