The faint scent of a fresh rain still lingers in the air. Meandering down a moss worn pebbled path, the serenity of a Japanese garden beckons us with the fragrance of blooming nostalgia. Wisteria vines, iris and peonies bursting with life, clusters of blossoms gathered from a cherry tree - discover which flower of Spring 2016 suits your garden best:
A symbol of life and love, there is always a cherry blossom tree that can add color and elegance to gardens of any size. For it to grow best, find a sheltered spot that can still absorb sunlight.
1. To plant a young tree, dig a hole as deep as the root ball and as twice wide. The root collar should be slightly above ground level.
2. Fill and firmly pack the hole with the original soil and give the tree some nutrients by adding some soil mix.
3. Hammer a stake against the prevailing wind and water the tree thoroughly before applying thick mulch.
4. Create a clean surrounding for your tree by removing dead, broken and dying branches.
5. If top 3 inches of soil is kind of dry, it means your plant is thirsty and needs watering immediately.
6. Feed your cherry tree once a year during the warm season.
With lavender bloom covered vines, the weeping wisteria perfumes your garden with its sweet fragrance and brings a touch of peace and harmony.
1. As wisteria is slow to flower, it would be best to buy an already bloomed plant from your local nursery.
2. You can either grow wisteria against the wall as an espalier or train them onto pergola but always give them enough sunlight and rich soil.
3. In order to control growth and enjoy abundant flowers, prune your wisteria twice a year. After flowering in summer, cut the side shoots of current year’s growth to 6 inches. In late winter, prune down again the same growth and leave 3 to 5 buds for each.
4. Water regularly during the first year and provide supplementary water during dry season afterwards. Also, your wisteria would appreciate extra water between July and September for the buds to form well.
5. Wisteria does not require a lot of fertilizer. Feed your young plant with a half-cup of balanced fertilizer in spring.
With the lush and full bloom, peony is a symbol of richness and prosperity. Grow them in your garden and let bring you good fortune. The best time to plant peony is in fall.
1. Peonies prefer sunny places with slightly acidic and well-drained soil.
2. Even tough peonies can be transplanted, planting from bare root is more often. Dig a big hole when planting as the peony can grow to around 5 feet width.
3. Choose the root with at least 3 reddish eyes and plant them no deeper than 2 inches with the eyes pointing up.
4. Do not be disappointed if your peonies didn’t display flowers in the first year. Take good care of them and your patience will be rewarded. Once they start blooming, you can expect a long life beauty.
5. To insure the bloom in the following year, don’t forget to remove the seedlings that form after the flowers have faded and apply all-purpose fertilizer.
6. After the first two growing seasons, peonies don’t need a lot of water - one inch of water every week to keep the top 6 inches of soil moist will suit them nicely.
Known to bloom in late spring, the colorful iris bears the meaning of faith and wisdom. Easy to grow and perennial, these pencil-slim flowers are sure to make your garden more charming and vivid.
1. Plant the iris in late summer and find a sunny spot with slightly acidic and well-drained soil.
2. Dig a hole 10 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Ideally, the rhizomes, the brown and root-like structure, should be exposed and the root spread out downwards. Plant the iris 16 to 18 inches apart for good air circulation.
3. Remember the plant will need less watering once the root is established. Watering your iris when the top 3 inches of soil dry out. It is possible to stop watering when the weather grows cold and resume watering in the next growing season.
4. Irises don’t require much pruning. Trim out the damaged or dead leaves and cut off the bloom stalks to the base after blooming. You can also prune the foliage to about 6 inches for winter protection.
5. Keep an eye on the weed and pests and occasionally feed your iris during the growing season.