Here’s a colorful vine plant that creates shade without a lot of work – Orange County Register
Flame vine Perostigia from Venus (Photo by Joshua Siskin)
1. Long Beach gardeners Pat and Charlie Powers asked for suggestions for a vine that would cover the tree without requiring a lot of work to maintain. In “Wildflowers of North America,” trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is described as a climbing vine that only climbs when supported, as in the case of your tree, which generally means that it does not grow very large when left alone. Devices. If I were you, I would seriously consider the flame vine (Pyrostegia venusta). It bears thick clusters of orange flowers during the winter that literally take your breath away, and your coastal environment is particularly suitable for this species. You don’t need to prune star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) more than once a year, after flowering, but you may want to prune more often for a neat, tidy look. Trumpet vines don’t grow as quickly as star jasmine, so you can certainly perform annual pruning of any of them; Choose from blood red trumpet vine (Distictis buccinatoria), lavender trumpet vine (Clytostoma callistegioides), and orange trumpet vine (Bignonia capreolata). If you like purple flowers, consider lilac vine (Hardenbergia violacea) and sandpaper vine (Petraeus volubilis). If you’re looking for a real show, plant a gold vine (Solandra maxima). Its massive, cup-shaped, golden flowers, up to eight inches wide, will bloom in both full shade and partial shade.
2. Now is a good time to apply the four-inch layer of mulch, before hot weather steals the moisture that has built up in the soil due to heavy rains. A consistent layer of mulch this thick will eliminate the need for fertilizer in your garden, unlike annuals and vegetables. The easiest way to get to the mulch is to corner a tree trimmer and invite him to sweep away wood chips, bark and shredded leaves on your driveway. He’ll be happy because you’ll save him the fuel and time it takes to drive to the nearest landfill or green waste recycling facility, as well as the fees required to dispose of the contents of his truck. Just be careful to keep the mulch away from tree trunks, shrub stems and perennials where it comes into contact with the ground. Such contact can lead to fungi or bacterial rot. By the way, if you’re not sure whether the source of spoiled tissue in a plant is fungal or bacterial, do a sniff test. Mildew does not produce an unpleasant odor, while mold caused by bacteria does.
3. When daffodils and other flowers begin to wilt, remove spent flowers immediately. This will prevent the plant from investing resources in making seeds that will be directed to next year’s bulbs for more flowers. It often happens that strong shoots grow from the bulb but no flowers will appear. This is due to the nutritional deficit that would have been created by allowing last year’s flowers to go to seed. This is an excellent reason, by the way, to cut flowers growing from bulbs for a vase arrangement; This way, you don’t have to worry about scattering the flowers in the garden and reducing the amount of next year’s blooms. Later, when all the green growth turns brown, remove it as well and cover the area with a 10cm layer of mulch. Keep in mind that watering bulbs during warm weather can cause them to die, so try to keep the base of the bulbs dry.
4. To determine how quickly your soil drains, fill a hole with water, and when it drains, fill it again, measuring the depth of the water when the hole is full. After 15 minutes, measure the water depth again. Now subtract the 15-minute depth from the full depth of the hole and multiply it by four to determine the hourly drainage rate. Soil that drains at a rate of less than one inch per hour is slow-draining, one to six inches per hour is average, and more than six inches per hour is fast-draining. This knowledge is important when determining which plants are best suited to soil types in different areas of your garden. Of course, you can improve soil drainage by amending and mulching on a consistent basis or by planting deep-rooted cover crops like clover, which aerate and loosen the soil.5. Dahlias are among the most dramatic flowers, reaching one foot in diameter, and now is a good time to plant their tubers. Dwarf to giant varieties are available. To make your giant dahlias last more than a year, lift them out in the fall, taking a 2-foot circle of roots with them. If you divide your dahlia clumps, dust the cut surfaces with sulfur so they don’t rot. Store them in boxes or paper bags in a cool, dry place such as a garage over the winter before planting them again the following spring. During winter storage, be sure to cover them with sand, sawdust, peat moss or perlite. If you’re looking for a real garden display, consider planting a dahlia tree. Dahlias grow up to twenty feet tall. They may die back to their roots in winter (if not, cut them back to six inches) but they do not need to be lifted like their smaller cousins and will grow again the following spring. You can order the Bell Tree Dahlia (Dahlia imperialis) with its six-inch-diameter pink lavender blossoms — as well as many other dahlia tubers — from anniesannuals.com.
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