Plant Picks
Heleborus Orientalis known more commonly as Lenten rose is a very early blooming shade tolerant perennial. The Lenten rose is not a rose at all, but is actually of the buttercup family. Their flower blooms during the Easter celebration of Lent. When they are not in bloom the foliage remains as a lush green groundcover throughout the year in temperate zones 4-9. Bloom colors vary from whites to pinks to purples and many shades in-between. Depending on the cultivar, sizes for heleborus can range from 1-3 feet in height and width. Other great aspects of this perennial is that they are deer proof and don’t have many insect or disease problems

 

Growing Trends E-Newsletter

April 2014

Helping out in the community
Leydon Landscaping believes that getting involved and giving back to the community is a way to enrich the lives of everyone. Once again we are happy to be involved with Healthlinks Medical Center and the 19th Chocolate Lovers Fantasy fundraiser hosted by A Woman’s Place. The Chocolate Lovers Fantasy event benefits a Woman’s Place which provides support services for domestic abuse in Bucks County. Leydon Landscaping will be donating plant material for auction, come out and place a bid. This event is held on April 26th, for more information you can go to www.awomansplace.org.

Heathlinks Medical Center provides healthcare services to individuals who are employed but have no health insurance coverage offered to them or cannot afford it. The center provides services to people who live in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Leydon Landscaping is donating their services to improve the grounds at the Medical Center. For more information about the services Healthlinks provides you can go to www.healthlinkmedical.org.

Winter Damage to Landscape Evergreens
Now that warmer days are upon us it’s time to venture out to our gardens. The past winter has been especially damaging to the evergreens. Browning of evergreen leaves on shrubs such as Rhododendron, Boxwood, Laurel and needles on trees is commonly known as “windburn”. This injury to plants is called desiccation and occurs on dry, windy winter days when the ground is frozen. Plants are unable to get water from the frozen soil to replace lost water through the leaf from transpiration. Desiccation is usually most severe on the windward side of the plant. Leaves and needles that have a yellow or bronze appearance should green up as the weather warms. Brown damaged leaves should drop off as new leaves emerge. The plant may look a little sparse until the new growth has a chance to fill in. Be patient and wait until mid May to see what has survived the winter. Proper pruning and fertilization will have your evergreens looking great once again. Call Leydon Landscaping if you have any questions or would like to set up a meeting to evaluate your evergreens.

Time to plant
Now that winter has past and you are able to venture outdoors, you may notice your landscape needs some revitalizing. Here at Leydon Landscaping spring cleanups for our clients have begun and we are approaching the planting season. Now is the time to get in touch with us about your landscaping needs. Our designer Noah Downs can provide you with ideas and designs to bring your landscape back to life.