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My choice for this month's Plant of the Month is Flowering Quince. The choice was difficult for me because the daffodils are absolutely outstanding this year, as are the star magnolias and the kerrias, but it finally had to come down to length of bloom and impact in the garden.
The quince are the earliest flowering blooming shrubs in my garden next to the witch hazels. And while I find the witch hazels to be a bit fickle, the quince never fails to bloom and bloom big. They are the red shrubs you see all around town and boy do they shine. I can't think of another red blooming shrub so the quince really stands out. If you can think of one that blooms in the spring let me know. The red is most welcomed this time of year.
There are several different cultivars available and you can find quince flowering in shades of oranges, pinks, reds, and whites. In my garden I grow three types: Chaenomeles japonica 'Rubra' (pictured above), Chaenomeles speciosa 'Texas Scarlet' (which fruited last year!), and Chaenomeles x superba 'Jet Trail' (a white flowering type). All three are reliable and easy to grow plants in my garden; which is sun challenged. That being said though, quince would really like full sun. Quince does not seem to be picky about soil and can tolerate drought well. They can grow rather large (8'-10' tall and wide) and need some room to spread for best effect. There is one down side to these shrubs, they have thorns. Like most fruiting plants (think raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries) these plants grow thorns which are probably to help protect the fruit but ouch if you are trying to weed around a quince. Be sure to site your plant accordingly.
What is your choice Plant of the Month in your garden?
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