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These shrubs are mainstays of the landscape and boast bright clusters of flowers that bloom in spring. Although they are both in the genus of Rhododendron, each has characteristics that set them apart. One of the main differences to consider when deciding which to plant is that most Azaleas tend to be deciduous, meaning they lose their foliage in the winter. Rhododendrons, on the other hand, are evergreen and will typically keep their foliage in the winter. Both Rhodos and Azaleas do share the same light requirements. A spot in your landscape that receives dappled shade is best, or an area that receives only morning sun. Avoid an area that receives afternoon sun, as most varieties will burn up. In addition, keep both Rhodos and Azaleas evenly moist, but never too wet and do not allow them to dry out, especially when first planted. Overall, these shrubs, with their various forms and colors will be an eye-catching feature in your landscape each spring.
Hydrangeas are one of the most beautiful and durable shrubs to plant at the Jersey Shore, and offer eye-catching flower heads in pinks, blues, whites and more. This shrub is quite versatile in the landscape. There are numerous varieties, and many will adapt to an array of growing conditions. Most Hydrangeas will do best in partial sun, preferably in the morning. Too little sun could cause a lack of blooms. Panicle Hydrangeas, though, will thrive in full sun. All Hydrangeas do enjoy consistent moisture, with an increase of moisture needed in the hotter months, as well as for newly planted shrubs. Regardless of the species of Hydrangea, they are sure to make a great addition to any landscape. Head over to our ‘Hydrangeas 101’ blog post to learn more about these elegant shrubs.
Crape Myrtles are easy to grow trees and shrubs that thrive in the heat of our summers here at the Jersey Shore. Their long-lasting blooms come in reds, pinks, purples, and white, and flourish when given the proper care. If you’re looking to add these eye-catchers to your landscape, be sure to pick a sunny location with plenty of room for the tree or shrub to mature. If you don’t have a large enough space, don’t fret, you can still add a dwarf variety to your garden. Newly planted Crape Myrtles will require consistent moisture, but as they mature they become quite drought tolerant. One of the key things to remember about Crape Myrtles is that they bloom on new growth, so if you’re not pruning, you might not be enjoying the plant at its fullest. Prune your Crape Myrtle in late winter or early spring to promote new growth, and clip off spent flowers during the growing season to promote a second bloom. You won’t regret adding this outstanding tree or shrub to your landscape!
Native trees & shrubs that will be available include Flowering Dogwood, Redbuds, Winterberry, Bayberry, Highbush Blueberry, and Inkberry.
Arborvitae • Boxwood • Holly • Viburnum • Magnolia • Privet • Weigelia • and more!