Plant of The Month: Magnolia
Friday, April 10, 2015
We welcome great gardener, Jason, of Summit Gardens, who keeps our grounds looking gorgeous all year, back to the blog for April's instalment of our plant of the month! April's plant of the month is a particular favourite of ours, and is out in full bloom and looking gorgeous this month.
MagnoliaI didn’t have to think too long and hard with this choice as they are truly spectacular this time of year, with every stem absolutely bursting with flowers. The beautiful pink flowers against a bright blue April sky is one of the happiest sights to behold in Spring. It is the deciduous varieties I am referring to mostly, particularly the stellata varieties and the x soulangeana varieties. These types are distinguishable by their flowers; the stellata being star shaped, while the x soulangeana has saucer shaped flowers. Magnolias do need a bit of room as they achieve the status of a large shrub or small tree, but look amazing as stand alone specimens within a grassed area. Position these shrubs in sun or part shade where they are not exposed to cold winds. They prefer moist well drained soil but do not like chalk, preferring a neutral to acidic soil type. The only thing you need to worry about with Magnolia is that they can be hit by late frosts as they are in bud or full bloom which can ruin the display for that season. Thanks Jason! We would love to see how your Magnolia is flowering. Please send us your best photos via Facebook and Twitter!