Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hebe And Cotoneaster Blooms In Summer

The hebe shrub I transplanted from its spot next to the rhododendron last year has established itself well next to the climbing roses and is growing bigger. I'm really pleased with how readily the hebe took to being transplanted and the growth it has shown itself to be a hardy plant. The shrub has grown much bigger since being transplanted, growing faster in this full sun position. The hebe has not only grown bigger but is starting to produce a few purple blooms on the tips of the branches. I'm very excited to see the blooms begin to form and can't wait until the shrub produces more and officially opens its purple blooms.

The cotoneaster shrub has really taken off this year, growing much wider with arching branches, very pretty sitting in front of one of the climbing roses. The cotoneaster this year is filled with white flowers, which means more berries this fall and winter on the branches. It was slow going for quite a while with the cotoneaster but it is looking very good and I'm hoping eventually will be very large and spreading at the base of the climbing roses in the corner against the fence. I have a few heaths and heathers planted in front of the cotoneaster, they are growing very well, especially the heath which is a good two feet wide and foot high, sporting evergreen leaves and covered in magenta color blooms.

The hebe was originally planted between the rhododendron and the pestemon. With the expanse of the pestemon and rhododendron the hebe was getting less sun and less room to grow, hence the transplanting to under the roses. The rhododendron has been growing very slowly but is a little bit bigger every year. The rhododendron has bloomed every year since planting, producing beautiful deep fuchsia pink blooms. The pestemon grew huge within the first season of planting, apparently liking its sunny position in the garden. The pestemon is a good three feet tall and two feet wide, with masses of garnet red tubular blooms hanging off the plant late spring through fall. I've taken a few pieces of the pestemon to root in water since I'd like a few more of these spectacular plants in my garden. I rooted a pestemon from a stem last year but went directly into the ground and the cutting didn't flourish. This time I will plant up the rooted cutting in a few pots and grow the plant bigger before planting it in the garden. The hebe and rhododendron continue to grow slowly as the pestemon grows vigoursly, all three plants have ended up being wonderful additions to my garden.

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