Sweet Clethra

Hummingbird Clethra & Smokebush in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Hummingbird Clethra & Smokebush (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Clethra alnifolia is a popular garden shrub for so many reasons.  You can grow this versatile shrub in sun or part-shade, and it will bloom beautifully either way.  There are tall cultivars, like the rosy pink spired ‘Ruby Spice’ that can reach 6′ in optimal conditions.  And there are shorter versions, like ‘Hummingbird’ and ‘Sixteen Candles’ that produce white blossoms and top out around 3′, just perfect for the smaller garden setting. By no means are these the only selections, but these are the clethras that I personally grow and have had great success with. [Read more…]

Cinderella

Cinderella Crabapple fruit in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Cinderella Crabapple’s golden fruit (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

When it comes to fabulous ornamental specimens that are equally content on a city lot or a multi-acre spread, look no further than the dwarf flowering crabapple.  There are many varieties to choose from; with sizes ranging from 8′ to 15′, all are ideally sized for the smaller landscape.  Years ago we chose a Malus ‘Cinzam’, commonly known as the Cinderella Flowering Crabapple, to introduce to our landscape.  We have been thrilled with its performance year after year, through every season. Hybridized by Lake County Nursery in Ohio, Cinderella has gained popularity among home owners for its petite size, disease resistance and tolerance of a wide range of poor soil conditions.  [Read more…]

Stellar Stellata

Magnolia stellata's luminous flowers in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Magnolia stellata’s luminous flowers (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Magnolia stellata, a most cherished early bloomer, was one of the first small trees we planted on our property over twenty years ago.  Sited in close proximity to our house, we could easily view its beauty through all the seasons, as well as enjoy one of early spring’s most enchanting fragrances. [Read more…]