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Plant of the Week: Citronella Geranium

Linger outdoors a little longer thanks to the mosquito plant! If you love being outdoors in the summer, make sure you pick up a few of these! Nicknamed the mosquito plant, the citronella geranium is a drought-tolerant, vigorous grower, with thick, lacey-green leaves that give off the fresh scent of citrus. Some believe that mosquitoes will avoid the strong citrusy scent at all costs. It is grown more for the foliage and the scent, not the flower, although in spring you will see small, lavender flower bloom. Their rounded, bushy habit and convenient size makes them perfect for planting in containers, which can be placed just about anywhere.

Growing and caring for mosquito plants is easy, making it an ideal plant for both indoors and out. Can be grown outside during the summer, but should be taken inside before the first frost. Prefers at least six hours of sunlight every day whether it is planted outside or indoors near a window but can also tolerate some partial shade. Surround your deck, patio or garden this summer with the lemony-citrusy fragrance of this scented geranium!

Be sure to join us on Saturday, July 23, for the Mosquito Planter Workshop, at 11AM, available at all year-round locations. Learn more and register for the workshop at https://www.mcdonaldgardencenter.com/events/mosquito-repelling-planter-w....

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Plant of the Week: Perennial Hibiscus

When most people think of hibiscus they think of a tropical plant that grows in warm climates like Hawaii or Florida. Well, if you love the look of hibiscus but think it can only be grown in very warm climates don’t fret. If you crave a touch of the tropics, perennial hibiscus is a must. The perennial hibiscus should not be confused with the tropical hibiscus, which will not survive a winter freeze. Perennial varieties are true, cold hardy shrubs that die back each winter only to reemerge in the spring even bigger and better! And best of all, these beauties are easy to care for. Provide them with sun, decent soil and some pruning now and again and once established, they’ll provide your garden with years of fabulous color. There are many varieties of perennial hibiscus to choose from with plant heights ranging from 3 feet to 8 feet tall with giant, dinnerplate size blossoms in an array of colors. Make room in your garden for one of our favorite perennial hibiscus plants in stores now:

Summerific 'Cranberry Crush': A naturally compact selection that works well in large containers. Large 7-8”, deep scarlet red flowers are produced all over the dense, rounded clump of deep green, leathery, maple-like leaves. Garden Height: 36 - 48 inches.

Maintenance Tips: Perennial Hibiscus should be cut back to 4-6" from the ground in the spring. Since this plant doesn't leaf out until late, any time in spring before the new growth appears is fine. The stems are quite woody, so a saw or strong pair of loppers is necessary to cut through the thick stems. If you want to get really bushy and full plants, when the shoots start to come out of the ground and are about 6-10 inches tall, pinch them in half. The pinch should be made just above a set of leaves, this will improve branching. Improved branching will yield more flowers. Each time you pinch, take no more than half of the stem and pinch just above a set of leaves. You will get fuller plants doing multiple pinches. It is also perfectly acceptable not to pinch at all. The plant will have fewer branches, but it will perform perfectly well.

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Plant of the Week: Madison Jasmine

Vines add an impactful finishing touch to any landscape, by providing color, texture and vertical interest. Vines are ideal for hiding eyesores, providing privacy, softening the monotony of plain fencing and transforming a plain arbor or pergola into a focal point of your garden. They are also the perfect choice in tight spaces since they grow vertically. Most require low maintenance and often draw the attention of colorful butterflies and delightful little hummingbirds.

Reach new gardening heights with one of our favorite flowering vines - Madison Jasmine. You'll love this easy-to-grow, evergreen climber that produces beautiful clusters of starry flowers you can smell from feet away! It's summer buttercream blooms are what makes this plant vine stand out in a crowd. Madison offers year-round beauty, especially during summer when it's rich green foliage flowers putting on a brilliant summer show in the garden. It's also a very cold hardy jasmine with glossy, dark green leaves that change to a rich bronze-red in winter. Madison is the ideal addition to any trellis or arbor, or planted along a fence and prefers full to partial sun and rich soil well-drainage soil.

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