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Unique Landscaping Plants You Might Not Know Yet

18 Aug , 2015  

There are hundreds of landscaping plants out there. What many people don’t know is that the best ones are not the ones which have a wide popularity. Plants such as holly shrubs, tulips, oak trees and rose bushes are well known by non-gardeners. You might have used known familiar species in the past, but that does not necessarily mean that they are the best for a landscaping project. Here are unique landscaping plants you might not have known about:

 

Oakleaf hydrangeas

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Oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) are flowering deciduous shrubs. The shape of their leaves have very distinctive features. The leathery leaves are very large and turn red, orangey-bronze or purple in the fall. Their white flowers eventually fade into pinkish brown and their floral display is long lasting. The shrubs achieve a height of between 4- 6 inches, although they can grow taller than that. They are multi stemmed and that means that branches can shoot out in any direction from the centre. They require very little pruning and pruning is done only if the shrub suffers any damage especially in winter.

These plants are popular for their long blooming period. It is the sepals which anchor the floral display rather than the petals. Since the sepals are sterile, meaning they cannot be pollinated and go into a seed, there are normally free to provide yards with a beautiful color throughout the summer period.

Where else Oakleaf hydrangea plants are attractive enough to act as specimen plants, they are also suitable for woodland gardens. Their leaves which are big, give them a plant texture that is coarse, which can contrast very well with plants which have delicate textures. Once dried, their flowers can be used in crafts.

 

Adonis

When it is spring you might probably think of tulips. But there is Adonis that you may not have heard of. It is unquestionably far much better than the tulip. Adonis Vernalis and Adonis amurensis are the most common species of the Adonis plant. Rock gardens are the most suitable places to grow these plants. During summer they both go dormant at some point.

Adonis plants, which are perennial, usually bear very attractive foliage and cheerfully yellow colored flowers. Their precociousness in blooming is no doubt their outstanding feature. They begin blooming between late February and early March. Their beautiful flowers which are the first to bloom in early spring definitely have no competition for our affection.

 

Lenten rose

Are you wondering why we have roses in the list while roses are so common? Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis) is not a rose at all: it is a hellebore. Hellebore is a funny name to many people and that’s why they prefer to use a name which is common, Lenten rose. These plants are perennials and in warm climates, their leaves are evergreen. They may at times remain green over winter, although they may be ratty just before spring arrives. By then, fortunately new leaves are usually on their way.

At first, most of their flowers are purple in color, but fade over time to a light mauve. The flowers can also be in other colors such as pink, green, red, blue and yellow. They have sepals which are extremely long lasting. They first emerge in early spring and persist throughout the summer period.

 

Kiwi vines

You might have heard of kiwis before, but the type of kiwi we are talking about here is totally different. What stands out in kiwi vines is their variegated foliage which attracts many people to grow them. In spring, when their leaves emerge, they are green in color: but they pick up white splotches as time goes on. Some leaves may even develop pink tips. For the ornamental grower, this is no doubt an outstanding feature. In addition, the white color in their leaves has a very interesting frosty appearance which leaves everyone questioning whether the color is natural in the first place.

Kiwi vines should be grown in supporting structures such pergolas, arbors, wooden fences or sturdy trellises for optimal display. They function as privacy screens during the summer. Pruning should be done in winter where the weak shoots are pruned and the most vigorous shoots concentrated on.

 

Crown imperial

Crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis) is a spring flowering bulb plant with a robust stem and sword-shaped leaves. It is no wallflower. The plants have bell-shaped flowers which nod their heads down. The inner markings are extremely exquisite and have brilliant shiny white dots at the petal base. Their flowers normally bloom in late spring.

The best planting time of these plants is fall, although precise planting time entirely depends on your zone. Although the bulb plant presents a number of challenges, it is one of the best plants to have in your garden.

All in all, if you seek the best results when it comes to landscaping in Brooklyn, you now know what plants you can try to lift your landscaping efforts up a notch. Talk to us today if you want unique plants for your landscaping project.