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Re: Re: Woodies

I have two large Lespedeza thunbergii that I have had a number of years.
The deer do not like them, and they have done very well without any
involvement on my part.


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> On Aug 10, 2014, at 12:49 PM, Carolyn Magnani <927e65d21@rewrite.hort.net> wrote:
> I have had Chionanthus retusus for a number of years and it has done
> very well till this year. It did not bloom and the leaves are sparse. I
> hope it was the winter and will be better next spring.
> Woodies are my choice plant and particularly conifers. I am always in
> search of fall blooming trees and shrubs. Favorites I have are Lespedeza
> and Heptacodium which will both be in bloom soon. I love Hypericums
> which are not used much in our area. I have 4 varieties and lost one
> over winter that was not hardy. I just saw a new barberry on our trip
> last weekend. The variety was Admiration, orange and cream foliage and a
> small one.
> I need to get rid of my many day lilies to reduce maintenance. It is a
> daily task to dead head when they are in bloom and I spend much time
> spraying to protect them from the deer.
> Carolyn
> Sent from my iPad
>> On Aug 10, 2014, at 9:00 AM, "Daryl" <d6fabdb31@rewrite.hort.net> wrote:
>> Are you growing Chionanthus virginicus? Mine flowers well in spring
> and has bright yellow fall foliage. I do nothing to it except rip the
> #$^ privet out from around it every now and then. I've seen them growing
> up in Illinois, so it should be hardy for you. Is it too big?
>> If you can find a fragrant Calycanthus floridus, they're well worth
> growing even if you end up planting something showier in front of it.
> the problem is finding a fragrant one. 'Athens' is fragrant, but doesn't
> seem to be as tolerant of bad conditions as the seedling forms I see
> around here. Mine are growing in an area that I do nothing with except
> hack back privet and Algerian and poison ivy.
>> It, too has wonderful fall color and the winter bark isn't shabby, either.
>> I think you're right to go with shrubs instead of perennials. For a
> while I had both, spotting shrubs into my perennial border as I acquired
> them or as I gave plants away.
>> Proven Winners/Color Choice  often sent out several nice shrubs with their annual samplers. Are you on their list?
>> d
>> -----Original Message----- From: Gene Bush
>> Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:31 AM
>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Re: Happy Birthday/ I can relate
>> Daryl,
>> Not sure on shrubs as yet... just now getting around to making the
>> decision to go more toward shrubs than perennials for my garden. Getting
>> too old to keep up with perennial maintenance. Will need to be shrubs
>> with good bloom production, fall foliage color would be a nice bonus,
>> and stay on the well-behaved, smaller side in size. Viburnums we have a
>> plenty of on the property here, they do very well for us. Too well in
>> some cases. We have them more for birds than our eyes. If someone has
>> suggestions on small hardy shrubs I would be interested.
>> Spider Lily, Hymenocallis, grows native up into Illinois. Perhaps in
>> your area with your heat some extra moisture would have helped.
>> Gene E. Bush
>> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens,LLC
>> www.munchkinnursery.com
>> Gardener - Writer - Photographer -  Lecturer
>> New eBook: Shade Garden Solutions
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