What's Blooming Wednesday - Belladonna Lily

Belladonna Lily - Intreegue Design

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Summer is in full swing and we continue to see new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here!

Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

This week, we're seeing Naked Ladies (also known as the Belladonna Lily). 

On these, the green leaves push forth in the early spring and then die back to reveal these gorgeous ladies with “leg for days” in late summer!

What's Blooming Wednesday - Annabelle Hydrangea + Astilbe Younique

Annabelle hydrangea + astilbe - Intreegue Design

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

This week, we're seeing the Annabelle Hydrangea or Smooth Hydrangea. We love love love this hydrangea - we love the huge white blooms and we find that this particular hydrangea has some of the strongest branches. Pruning tip: this hydrangea blooms on new wood, so leave it until early March and then cut back old wood about 6". This provides winter interest with the dried blooms. This hydrangea can be pruned back hard if needed.

This week, we're also seeing the Astilbe Younique 'Silvery Pink'. This ethereal perennial provides beautiful 'misty' blooms in a shady area... and deer don't particularly like it, so that is a plus for the Maryland area!

Annabelle Hydrangea/Smooth Hydrangea

Annabelle Hydrangea/Smooth Hydrangea

Astilbe Younique 'Silvery Pink'

Astilbe Younique 'Silvery Pink'

What's Blooming Wednesday - Saucer Magnolias + Red Buds

Saucer Magnolias - Intreegue Design

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

We still seem to be on a rollercoaster of weather - this past weekend we saw a few days of sun but we're back to chilly spring skies. But that doesn't mean plants aren't growing! 

This week, we're seeing more Saucer Magnolias! These show-stoppers are brightening up our streets and sidewalks with their early pink and white blossoms. These trees have been widely planted in our areas and they are one of the first to bloom in spring. 

Red Buds - Intreegue Design

You can also be on the lookout for Red Buds. These trees are native to eastern North America and can be seen throughout the state. Their deep pink flowers grow right on their reddish brown trunks and zigzag branches and create a beautiful brush of color! Sometimes call the 'rising sun' Red Bud, these blooms are always interesting and striking! 

Red Bud - Intreegue Design

New Ideas for Spring

Intreegue recently attended the MANTS show in Baltimore (Mid-Atlantic Nurseryman's Trade Show) to garner new ideas for this coming Spring in terms of plant material and edible gardening!  We were not disappointed.  Below are a few items of note.

 New ideas in Plants

We talked to Sunny Borders Nurseries, out of Kensington, CT, regarding new cultivars for 2014.  One of our favorite fragrant shrubs and edible, Lavender, is out in a grand new style!  Intreegue will be excited to specify this new cultivar known as Lavandula x intermedia 'Phenomenal' in gardens this coming Spring.  This lavender was voted a Better Homes and Gardens "Must Grow Perennial".  The cultivar name comes from the fact that it is such a 'Phenomenal' performer, especially in the winter when the standard species tends to get leggy.  This cultivar is heat and disease resistance in addition to having a perfect mounding habit.

click image to visit Sunny Borders Nurseries

click image to visit Sunny Borders Nurseries

For the Hungry Gardeners:

New cultivars have arrived in the edible landscape world - Brazelberries!  These plants are an innovative  take on fruit baring shrubs.  Some of their collections currently include raspberries and blueberries.  I find the Raspberry Shortcake™ particularly exciting.  This raspberry shrub is compact and thornless unlike the normal raspberry shrub that can be unruly and full of thorns!  Check out their website www.brazelberries.com for other cultivars, and contact Intreegue so we can start thinking about your edible landscape for the spring!