Crepe Myrtle

Plant Name: Lagerstroemialagerstroemia_dynamite
Common Name: Crepe Myrtle
Plant type: Deciduous Ornamental Tree
Height: Large trees 20 ft & up,Small trees 10 -20 ft,
Shrubs 5-10 ft, Dwarf shrubs 2-3 ft
Bloom Time:  Late Summer  
Flower Color: White, Pink, Red, Purple
Exposure:  Full Sun (afternoon shade in hot summer areas)
Soil Requirements: Well Drained Acidic Soil
Water Needs: Moist
Attributes:  Very Showy Flowers, Fall Leaf Color
Note: Blooms on new growth. Prune late winter or early spring before leaves form. Lightly fertilize with balanced fertilizer 10-10-10 in the spring, do not over fertilize.
Uses: Accent Tree, Ornamental, Shrubs & small trees in perennial beds, small shrubs as border planting
Native to: China
USDA Hardiness Zone: 7-9

Garden of the Month: June 2017

946 B Street

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Lisa and Marc Blackburn purchased the charming house at 946 B Street almost three years ago.  Two years ago, they started re-landscaping with help from Jane Hardgrove and Juan Meraz of Bearclaw Landscape Services.  Now their garden is the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for June 2017.

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Lisa Blackburn’s instructions to designer Hardgrove were that she wanted a whimsical, fairy-tale garden that did not feature the usual deer-resistant plants such as rosemary, heather, and lavender.  The result is a charming, inviting space with lots of texture and color.  A water feature provides pleasant sound.  Marc does almost all the maintenance, averaging ten hours a week in the garden and has started getting creative on his own, adding or replacing plants as necessary.  He uses a deer-repellant on some plants.

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This is a relatively small space shaded in front by ash trees and on the side by a giant cedar.  Hardgrove added Japanese maples for color and texture.  Among the many plants are hellebore, Japanese anemone, brunnera, choisya, bleeding heart, digiplexis, columbine, hostas, peonies, pieris, black-eyed Susan, salvia, Japanese fuchsia, and goldmound spirea.   Golden creeping jenny and stands of ornamental grass (called orange sedge but bronze in color) fill in and provide balance.  Private spaces on the side and in back feature azaleas as well as daphne for fragrance, among many other choices.

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Stroll by 946 B Street for a treat for sight, sound, and aroma. If you come in the morning, you may find Marc at work in the garden.

Article by: Ruth Sloan

Horticulture Report: Centranthus ruber

Plant Name: Centranthus ruberCentranthus_ruber Jupiter's Beard
Common Name: Jupiter’s Beard ( aka: Red Valerian)
Plant type: Perennial
Height: 1 ft – 3 ft
Spread:   1 ft – 2 ft
Bloom Time: May
Flower  Color:  ‘Ruber’ – Pale to Deep Rosy Red,  ‘Albus’- White
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Soil Requirements:  Well Drained Soil- Prefers Alkaline Soil
Water Needs: Medium
Attributes:   Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Attracts Butterflies & other insects,
Showy Flowers, Good Cut Flower, Fragrant leaves.
Note: Easy to grow, Self-seeds freely,  Reported as “suspected” on the Oregon invasive plant list!
Uses:  Containers, Rock Garden, Mixed Flower Bed
Native to: Europe, Northern Africa, Asia Minor
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-8