Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring Shrubs

Spring has arrived big time in Middle Tennessee, and despite the storms it has still been a lovely spring! Here are some blooming shrubs that help to make the season bright in my gardens. What's blooming in yours?
White Azalea

This azaleas is one of 20 that was transplanted to the farm. It grows in acid soil in part sun alongside a small vernal pond on a slope. 

Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium)

The 'Blackhaw' was moved to the farm last fall. It has done extremely well in its new growing conditions that see it near some deciduous trees, yet in some sun, in rocky, organically rich, acid soil. 

Florida Flame Azalea

All of the azaleas were moved to the farm a few months ago before the big freeze and ice storm. They are all doing well except one or two, but nothing seems to have slowed down the deciduous azaleas as they are all preparing to bloom. The 'Florida Flame' azalea is a deciduous azalea.

Double Kerria (Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora') 

The kerrias were recently moved alongside the driveway. I dug up one plant and came away with eleven new plants. All but one have survived the transplant and are now blooming. They grow in well draining acid soil under some deciduous trees.

Single Kerria (Kerria japonica)

'Athens' Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus 'Athens')

The two sweetshrubs I grow are in full shade in my current garden. I did not have the heart to dig them up while they were in full bloom. Sweetshrubs are easy to grow, very reliable, and drought tolerant. In their current positions the two I grow are next to one another right next to a mature oak tree. These sweetshrubs get no sun, yet they bloom wonderfully. I plan to move them to the farm where they will get some sun alongside the driveway. Sweetshrubs will be fine with more sun as some are found growing in full sun, though I am not so sure I would recommend that you grow them in full sun.

'Raulston' Sweetshrub (X Sinocalycalycanthus raulstonii) 'Hartlage Wine'

'Raulston' sweetshrub is a nice counterpoint to the yellow of 'Athens'.

For me shrubs and trees are the mainstay of my gardens and I so adore them all for their blooms, their differences, their colors, their strength, and their variety....

in the garden....

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  1. What a beautiful sight 20 azaleas must be! I'm afraid the two new ones I planted last year didn't make it through the winter, even though I built some protection around them. On the plus side, my new little serviceberry--not a shrub, I know, but it's still small enough to look like one--is blooming, which makes me happy.

  2. Beautiful! I think it is so wonderful that you are moving so much out to your new place.

    Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

  3. I love Spring and the blooming bushes! I missed several azalea blooms this year as I was out of town, sigh. Plus, they are blooming in a strange manner. Not sure if the deer have gotten to the buds or the crazy roller-coaster weather. Speaking of weather, we had to turn on the Air Conditioning yesterday! It is way too early for that but the humidity was up with rain headed our way. Hope those nasty storms skip us here in GA....

  4. I love them also. Most of mine have finished. Roses now. Iris is about to bloom. Sure was a hot one yesterday. AC was turned on.

  5. We only have crocuses blooming in Maine. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous spring blossoms!