CCNC landscape and spring notes
I recently had the pleasure of working again in a landscape that I designed 3 years ago. The client wanted to add a few more flowering shrubs to the existing flower border that includes hydrangeas, peonies, Knock Out Roses, as well as a variety of perennials. Though the majority of the plants were doing great, as always, some where overstepping their bonds. A few plants, salvia ‘May Night’ and Hollyhocks, (often a short lived perennial in the South), were languishing. Interestingly I found different results on Knock Out Roses. Plants in one bed were largely fine, while others in another seemed to be suffering with lots of stunted growth and dead wood. The later bed was more exposed, I wondered if the fluctuations in temperature lately had caused a stunting on new growth as it can with annuals planted to early.
The lacebug on azaleas we well controlled here, I was happy to see. But I have noticed A LOT of lacebug damage already on azaleas this year. Though I recommend a light hand on using chemicals, this would be the year to knock them back with a systemic pesticide.
Back at CCNC-The house was finished in early fall of 2009 and now just 30 plus months later it is growing healthy and strong.
Photo shows the left side and part of the back of the house. The steep sloop was held with lawn and large stone steps repeat the stone used on the house and back wall.