Friday, March 27, 2009
What Blooms Next?
'George Tabor' azalea on left; 'Pink Pearl' on right
As the rain pelted the garden this morning, I pondered on the next shrubs to bloom. Still blooming with the Azaleas are Tea Olive and Loropetalum. They've been joined by Spirea, Sweet shrub (Calycanthus) and Philadelphus. Mock Orange will take up where the dogwoods leave off, with another month of white blossoms. Soon to bloom will be Oakleaf Hydrangeas, from which I hope to coax rebloom by deadheading the blooms instead of leaving them to dry.
Summer's blooming shrubs include Vitex, Hydrangea, Gardenia and Roses. Killed to the ground, Tecoma stans will be returning with its yellow bells and I hope to see Pride of Barbados return as well. I started seeds, just in case. Loropetalum will rebloom in August, a good choice for gardeners to zone 7 whose soil is not tolerated by Azaleas.
There are others from which to choose; these are just some of my favorites.