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Featured Shrub: Twist and Shout Hydrangea

Like all plants in the Endless Summer® Collection, Twist-n-Shout produces abundant blooms on both old and new wood all summer long. Lacy deep-pink centers are surrounded by gorgeous blossoms of pink or periwinkle blue, depending on soil type. Sturdy red stems and glossy deep green leaves turn red-burgundy in fall to offer year-round interest in the garden. Easy to care for and hardy to zone 4, Twist-n-Shout is an elegant stand-alone specimen, dramatic in combination with other plants, and compact enough for containers. To read more about this gorgeous hydrangea, click here to visit the Endless Summer® website!

Great Rose: Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

This Weeks floribunda – in a smoky lavender & rusty red-orange blend is a seedling of Weeks’ Julia Child and puts a whole new spin on ‘flower power’.  The clusters of blooms never stop poppin’ open on this powerfully flowerful Floribunda.  Mysteriously colored & deliriously novel…it’s an indescribable blending of smoked lavender & rusty red-orange.  Yet it’s perfectly blendable with any color in the garden, whether it’s atop a rose tree, planted in mass or nestled amongst your favorite perennials.  The super-clean glossy-green foliage mirrors the flowers, adding even more pizazz to this bushy rounded flower factory.

  • Height / Habit: Medium / Rounded & bushy
  • Bloom / Size: Large, ruffled, double
  • Petal count: About 25
  • Parentage: Topsy Turvy x Julia Child
  • Fragrance: Moderate sweet apple
  • Hybridizer: Carruth – 2009
  • Comments: Smokier when it’s cool outside.

Even with a cast of thousands to compete for attention, 2009 winner “Cinco de Mayo”  stands out with the confidence of a woman who knows who she is and isn’t afraid to show-off.  This floribunda flaunts its flirty fiesta flowers. The colors of its petals swirl like the clouds of a thunderstorm at sunset. Russet reds, mellow lavenders: they layer and mingle like the colors of sunset on the Mexican Riviera just as brightness succumbs to seductive darkness. This is a rose which is the floral equivalent of Selma Hayak. – Lydia Plunk Garden Writer

Featured Tree: Walking Stick

The walking stick tree  is an unusual plant that is bushy and has distinctive, twisting branches that give it a unique appearance, especially in the winter when the leaves drop off. The walking stick is striking at any time, but particularly so when it has a wall or solid fence as a backdrop.

Featured Perennial: Sedum Autumn Joy

Sedum Autumn Joy is attracts butterflies with flowers blooming from August into November.  Flowers open pink and mature to a rich copper over the season. The 2 feet tall and wide looks great planted with ornamental grasses.  Sedum prefers moderately fertile, moist soil in full sun.

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses in your garden give your outdoor space a decorative touch. Plant a range of grasses to create a border, or mix and match with perennials for a colorful display of flower and foliage forms.

Grasses range in size from over 6 feet or more to small specimens of just a few inches. Mix evergreen and deciduous grasses for year-round appeal. Most grasses need a sunny location and good drainage. free-draining conditions and will withstand periods of drought once established.

Stop in at Rogers Spring Hill Garden Center for inspiration on what works in our area.