Our plant pick of the month is Flowering Quince, which is a deciduous shrub known for its red, pink, salmon or white flowers that bloom from late winter into very early spring.

Hameln Grass
As the summer fades, and fall begins so does the beauty of ornamental grasses, a common staple of the garden. Grasses are versatile and durable in the garden. One of the best fountain grasses is Pennisetum Alopecuroides ‘Hameln’. Great in mass plantings, this grass blooms heavily and uniformly. It is considered a dwarf grass only getting 20”-30” tall and 18” wide, because of its size it works well in the garden and does not take over. Hameln blooms from July through late September, is deer resistant and drought tolerant once established. It is hardy in zones 4-9.

 

Growing Trends E-Newsletter

September 2016

Bulb Orders
Do you have an area of groundcover or an empty spot in your planting bed that needs some extra spring color? Bulbs are the perfect answer for those areas, such as drifts of daffodils or rows of bright colorful tulips. Now is the time to start ordering your bulbs for fall installation. Leydon Landscaping can design and install your bulbs in either new or existing plantings. Call us now to place your bulb order.

Fall Annuals
As the air turns cool and fresh, it is time for fall annuals. Mums, which are actually perennials, are often treated as annuals when they are planted in Northern climates. These plants are loaded with blooms and buds just waiting to fill in those empty areas in the landscape. They come in a wide variety of autumnal colors and can be used to create a festive display. In addition to mums, other fall annuals that can be used for fall color are pansies, celosia, and ornamental kale. Leydon Landscaping can help you choose, arrange and install the perfect fall annuals for your landscape.

Poison Ivy is Growing More Potent
Seems like everywhere you look in Pennsylvania there is poison ivy growing. The toxic component of posion ivy is called urushiol and this carbon based compound is becoming more abundant and more toxic every year. Why? According to a six year study at Duke University, poison ivy is growing faster and stronger than ever because of the elevated caron dioxide levels in our enviromnent. There has been a dramatic increase in levels of carbon dioxide since the start of the industrial revolution in the United States. In isolated experiments higher carbon dioxide levels doubles the growth rate of the plant. Studies also show that along with the increase in growth, the allergenic quality of the plant is much more potent and could have a serious effect on human health.