October is a fantastic month to plant new shrubs in your home landscape.We’re passed the severe summer heat, and the cooler fall weather is perfect for recently planted shrubs to produce brand-new root development. In reality, fall-planted shrubs get to grow through the moderate spring season. This means that fall-planted shrubs will have bigger root systems and be much better able to handle the heat when summer returns.One of my favorite landscape shrubs– and I utilize the plural because there is such a
broad selection of these– are Loropetalums. These are frequently called Chinese fringe flower because of their uncommon flowers showing a wide range of strap-like petals.There is a wide variety of plant sizes from 10-foot-plus to small dwarf and weeping selections.
There are green-leaved selections with white flowers, in addition to dark-burgundy-leaved choices with pink to red flowers.Planting in full sun improves their foliage color, specifically the dark-leaved selections.Normally, Loropetalum starts blooming in early spring and after that sporadically through the summer.The selection called Burgundy was named a Mississippi Medallion Winner in 2001, and it is still a landscape favorite. This choice will grow to 10 feet or more if left unpruned.
The trunks can be limbed approximately make a fine little tree form.One of the benefits I have in promoting ornamental landscape plants is having the ability to trial and examine new choices and those yet to be released. I simply got some terrific Loropetalum choices to see how they grow in my coastal Mississippi home landscape.Jazz Hands Loropetalum is variegated, and I like variegated plants. The new growth is splashed with white and pink. Fully grown foliage turns a deep purple and is paired with pink blossoms. This is the very first variegated Loropetalum, and it is a breath-taking choice for any landscape.The fully grown development potential of allure Hands Variegated Loropetalum is 4 to 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide. I’m planning on using Jazz Hands in big containers on either side of my front door. It’s a good idea that Loropetalum endures
pruning, since I think I’ll need to do some to keep the plants tidy.The other selection is Jazz Hands Strong, which is referred to as a distinctive shrub with extra-big, round, purple leaves that flush pink. The dark-purple foliage holds its rich color all season long and contrasts perfectly with the rich-pink flowers. The blossoms and foliage
are larger than other Loropetalums.Since I just received these plants, I have not seen them bloom face to face, and I can barely wait until next spring.Loropetalum shrubs are durable in U.S. Department of Farming zones 7 to 9, and they make fine landscape plants all throughout Mississippi.Never plant much deeper than the top of the container, and dig the hole a minimum of twice as broad as the container.
Amend the native soil with great organic matter when filling in the hole. Loropetalum likewise likes to grow in containers.If you have some spots where you believe a new shrub would look excellent, head down to your regional independent garden center to see what Loropetalums are offered.
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