Monday, June 27, 2011

Now Re Blooming Lavender


Lavender angustifolia 'Pastor's Pride' was introduced in 1980 by Well-Sweep Farm in New Jersey. This plant is an early bloomer. The plant is loose flowering. The blooms are dark lavender on an 18" tall plant.

It grows in zones 5-10 and takes well-drained soils as is important for all lavenders. All lavenders need full sun requirements to do their best. Pastor's Pride has a two foot spread and is about 18" to 2 feet tall. This plant needs low fertility.

Once this plant blooms, you need to prune off the old blooms and it will re bloom a second time. This is a plant you could have in your water wise garden.

Speaking of re blooming most perennials if their dead blossoms are pruned back, they can re bloom again during the same season. Delphiniums are a great example of this. Picture below from gardenguides.com. When you go to prune your herbaceous perennial, you want to prune it hard as though a frost has killed it. Then fertilize the perennial plant and water well and it will re bloom again. It takes considerable energy to treat the plant in this manner. It can be done, but I do not recommend doing it. Sometimes, plants re bloom too late in the fall and get caught in a freeze before they finish blooming a second time. You are literally forcing your perennials to give you a show twice in a season. I personally, do not recommend doing this, but it can be done and sometimes is done in the landscape business. Some nurseries do this to have the perennial re bloom for a fall sale. People purchase a plant based on the flower. If plants are not in flower, they are less likely to sell as well.

Enjoy your flowers when they bloom the first time in season. Take a moment and smell the flowers.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New: A Re blooming Lilac


That's right, now we have really done it. Proven Winners developed a lilac that re blooms in mid-summer and then until frost. What more could we ask for?? After re blooming daylilies and re blooming iris, we now have Boomerang Purple Lilac.

It gets about 48" to 60" tall with a mounding habit. Spacing should be about 72" apart if you are planning to plant these in a shrub row. It is hardy in zone 3 through 7. It is rated to a -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is suggested to use as a container plant. As you can see from the picture that it has a great lavender color. Like all other lilacs, it is deciduous. Now wouldn't that be something if Proven Winners developed one that was evergreen. Yes, evergreen as well as re blooming.

The culture of this re blooming lilac sounds too good to be true. But here it is. It takes full sun, well-drained soil. Flower production can slow with really hot summers. Prune after it flowers in the spring to encourage re blooming. Lastly, it is very resistant to powdery mildew.

This lilac attracts butterflies and is fragrant. And if you have deer that visit your garden, it is said to be deer resistant. Only time will tell. One great addition, the flowers are good cutting flowers. It is always a plus to bring the fragrance of lilacs into your home. Once thought of as the fragrance of spring now becomes a fragrance for almost all season.