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Hort in the Home Landscape

A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
2015-05-19 16 47 07

Plant of the Week: European Cranberrybush Viburnum

Last week I noticed some striking white flowered shrubs while walking the Highland Community College campus. Upon closer look, I realized the shrubs were European Cranberrybush Viburnums ( Viburnum opulus). I'm a big fan of Viburnums and this one is especially nice! European...

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2015-05-17 19 06 32

Plant of the Week: Jacaranda Tree

This past weekend I was overcome with zone envy while visiting Los Angeles on vacation. Neighborhoods were abloom with trees full of stunning bluish purple flowers. After some google research, I identified the trees as Jacaranda ( Jacaranda mimosifolia ). While beautiful on the west coast, California Extension states that mature trees will only survive a freeze as low as 25&...

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2015-05-08 08 52 58

Plant of the Week: Pigsqueak, Bergenia

This week's plant of the week is Bergenia ( Bergenia cordifolia). I love Bergenia for multiple reasons, but mostly because another of it's common name is Pigsqueak . How cute is that! The name comes from the fact that the leaves are very glossy and leathery and when you rub the leaves together it makes a lovely sound. Pigsqueak is a great...

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2015-05-03 13 11 09

Plant of the Week: Purple-Leaf Sand Cherry

This week's plant is the Purple-leaf Sand Cherry ( Prunus x cistena ). This lovely shrub is blooming now in my front yard. This upright deciduous shrub typically grows 6-10’ tall and 5-8’ wide, but can also be trained as a small tree. Its most noted feature is the reddish purple foliage that retains good color throughout the summer...

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2015-05-01 18 41 47

Flowers in the Lawn- Violets and Henbit

Posted by Candice Hart - Lawn Care

A few weeks ago, lawns were a sea of beautiful blue because of the Siberian Squill blooming. This week while walking through my neighborhood, I noticed a different sea of purplish blues. One of the culprits was  Violets ( Viola sp. ). I happen to love violets. They are the state flower...

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