Looking for privacy near the pool or a specimen to complete your tropical landscape? The European Fan Palm is a great fit. One of the most cold hardy palm varieties, the European Fan has overwintered as far north as North Carolina and Virginia, though proper siting is necessary in temps approaching single digits. In our area, European Fan Palms grow to 4-5′ in ten years, eventually reaching 6-8′ or higher in some instances. Typically grown as a multi-trunk palm, European Fan is excellent for mass plantings, with finely textured foliage offering a privacy effect. Take advantage of the 3, 7, and 15 gallon specimens that are in stock before they’re gone!
This week at Lichtenfelt’s, ‘Bronze Beauty’ and ‘LeeAnn’ Cleyera are 25% off, in-store or online. Limited numbers of each remain! Both variants of the popular species Cleyera, these shrubs are excellent for a larger-growing landscape shrub or for a dense hedge to provide a buffer from neighbors or road noise. ‘LeeAnn’ is grown for her beautiful bronze-colored new growth and neat, dense, evergreen foliage. She grows quickly to mature at 10-12′ tall by 8′ wide. ‘Bronze Beauty’ grows much slower than other Cleyera varieties, making it easier to maintain at a smaller size. It matures at 8-10′ tall by 5-6′ wide. Cleyera is one of the few plants that grows well in sun or shade.
Don’t let these great shrubs sell out! Now that the flood waters have receded (at least for now!), stop by Lichtenfelt’s today to get a head start on your Spring planting.
With its dense habit, diverse foliage, and wonderfully unique blooms, Pieris japonica should be a top choice for your shade garden. Like a string of pearls, Pieris blooms with cascading bell-shaped flowers contrasted against dark green foliage. New growth emerges differently depending on variety, with hues of red, bronze, and bright green. March is generally Pieris’s time to shine, though unseasonably warm or cool weather could provide some variation.
‘Mountain Fire’ is an especially striking variety. Young, showy foliage emerges a fiery red while maintaining an especially compact growth habit. While many Pieris varieties mature at 5-6′, ‘Prelude’ provides a proper dwarf variety, with a mature height and spread of around 3′. Lichtenfelt’s offers many other varieties, with ‘Forest Flame’, ‘Mountain Snow’, ‘Giant Southern’, and others to peruse. If your location has well drained soil and a shady setting, Pieris should be a permanent fixture in your landscape.
Perhaps no other plant welcomes Spring with the flourish of the redbud. Cercis canadensis, or Eastern Redbud, unfolds a blanket of brilliant pink, red, and purple tones in late Winter to early Spring. South Carolinians may recognize the redbud from its presence throughout Falls Park in Greenville. What a sight it is to behold contrasted with the stately Liberty bridge!
While the species redbud still makes its appearance in garden centers around the Southeast, Lichtenfelt’s typically stocks some of the more interesting offerings. ‘Avondale’ and ‘Oklahoma’ contrast magenta flowers against dark green foliage, while ‘Forest Pansy’ and ‘Black Pearl’ display gorgeous purple leaves after its rosy pink flowers have faded. Weeping varieties add character and interest to the mix, with both green (‘Lavender Twist’ and ‘Rising Sun’) and purple (‘Ruby Falls’) leafed cultivars.
Most upright redbuds mature at 15-25′ in our area, depending on variety, while weeping cultivars top out under 15′. Redbuds prefer to be sited with some afternoon shade to provide respite from the hot summer sun. Moist or dry soil can provide an environment for redbuds to thrive.
While Spring may be a few weeks away, the early appearance of redbud blooms remind us just how close we are to the excitement of the Spring season. Come out to Lichtenfelt’s in the coming weeks to see our redbuds in full display.