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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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Plant of the Week:

NANDINA DOMESTICA, Heavenly Bamboo

If you love winter berries and birds, they you'll love Nandina Domestica! Berries brighten the landscape and provide a splash of color during an otherwise dreary time of the year. Berry-producing trees and shrubs pull double duty -- not only by adding interest to the landscape but also by providing a nutritious snack for birds and other wildlife through cold winter months. Feeding birds comes naturally when you grow trees and shrubs that provide wholesome berries.

There are a variety of berry-producing shrubs to choose from. One of our favorites is Heavenly Bamboo (also known as Nandina Domestica). Domestica is known for its attractive, lacy foliage resembling bamboo leaves. Tiny whitish flowers with yellow anthers appear in late spring and are followed by sprays of round, red berries which continue from fall to spring.

This evergreen shrub is one of the toughest and most adaptable shrubs to a variety of conditions. Nandinas grow anywhere from 5 to 8 feet tall, but can be kept at a compact size by pruning. Domestica can be grown in partial shade, although its foliage colors will be more intense if it’s grown in full sun. Ideal as a screen or hedge planting and can also be grown in containers. From its unique foliage and tiny flowers to fall color and brilliant red berries, Heavenly Bamboo is a perfect choice for most any Hampton Roads landscape -- oh, and your fine feathered friends will thank you too!

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Plant of the Week:

DAPHNE REBECCA: Fragrance to WOW the senses!

The Daphne plant is a divine little addition to your garden that produces the most delightful aroma. With its fragrance being described as sweet and even exotic, one should not be surprised that it is occasionally referred to as the “romance plant.” This sweet-smelling evergreen shrub is also called the Winter Daphne due to its pink blooms that typically appear in the middle of winter or as late as the beginning of spring. Anyone seeking a beautiful evergreen shrub will love adding the Daphne plant to his or her landscape.

Daphne Rebecca offers fragrant blooms in soft shell pink tones from January through March. It has a striking broad variegated foliage. Be sure to plant in an area with light shade. We love planting them in a container, as a specimen plant or in a mass landscape planting. Try planting it by your front door or walkway, so that all your guests will be greeted with its sweet aroma!

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