A Lovely Complement
As we enter May we leave behind our beautiful blooming azaleas but there are still surprises to be enjoyed each day. As I walked the garden today I came across Kalmia latifolia or Mountain-laurel. What a stunning show of blooms! Mountain-laurel is a great companion to our azaleas as it enjoys the same growing conditions -sun to part shade with moist but well drained acidic soils. Mountain-laurel is a large evergreen shrub growing 7-15 ft. in height. Ours is placed as a single specimen plant where it has ample room to grow.
There are several dwarf cultivars available. ‘Elf’ and ‘Minuet’ reach 3 ft.-4 ft. tall and wide. These smaller selections are perfect for the home landscape if you have limited space.
If you are now growing azaleas consider adding a spot for Mountain-laurel in your garden.
Till next time…..
Amy's New Favorite Azalea
I thought I would share this picture from the gardens. This is one of my new favorites. Azalea ‘Cannon’s Double’. This is an Exbury hybrid azalea with cream, gold and pink double flowers.
A native (deciduous) azalea, the new leaves start out with a bronze cast then turn green in summer. As with most azaleas this cultivar likes moist but well drained acidic soils and partial to full sun. The plant has an upright growth habit with mature size around 5’x 6′. A great size for the residential landscape.