Today we started planting some plants in our flower gardens. Since we built this house we’ve had a hard time coming up with a landscaping “plan” that we both like. The biggest problem we have is the huge size of our yard and house. Trying to get enough landscaping done so that the place actually looks nice is a challenge. I’m sure we could hire a landscape architect or landscaper to help us out but frankly I can’t see spending the money.
Today we planted a couple of Purple Gem Rhododendrons in the flower gardens in front of the farmers porch. The Rhododendron that we chose was a dwarf variety that only grows to a height of two feet. These plants can survive up here in New Hampshire with a -20 degrees. The beauty of these plants is they love acidic soil. If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I had my soil tested last fall and the pH was 5.3 which is quite acidic. These plants also like a well drained soil and that’s not a problem either considering we built our house on an old sand pit so if you dig down about a foot you hit pure “beach sand”.
The directions recommended digging a hole twice the size of the earth ball that the plant came in. I also dug that hole down about twice the depth and filled it with good planting soil. Then you just plant the Rhododendron so that it’s about 2 inches higher than the garden bed, fill around the root ball with soil and then put the mulch back over it. Hopefully these will take off and develop into a great addition to our flower beds.