Holmes Lawn Care, Inc. - Bush Glossary - Hanover, MD
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Bush Glossary
Butterfly Bush - Butterfly bush species from Asia and Central America are popular ornamental plants widely used to attract butterflies. There are more than 100 species of these plants worldwide. They are currently found throughout the eastern, southern and western states. Butterfly bushes can escape from plantings and become invasive in a variety of natural habitats such as coastal forest edges, roadsides, abandoned railroads, rural dumps, stream and river banks and some disturbed habitats. It spreads by seed that is produced in abundance and dispersed by the wind.  Flower color varies widely, with white, pink, red, purple, orange or yellow flowers produced by different species and cultivars; they are rich in nector and often strongly scented.
Burning Bush - Burning Bush shrubs have dark green leaves from spring through summer. Then, the leaves of the Euonymus alatus compactus will turn bright, red for magnificent fall foliage when planted in full sun. These deep dark red leaves of the Dwarf Burning Bush shrub are what set these plants apart from most other shrubs. Very tolerant of shade, the Dwarf Burning Bush shrub prefers full sun to produce the vibrant red fall color. Burning Bush transplants easily and may be sheared for a more compact size. This deciduous bush withstands acidic or alkaline soils and a wide range of temperatures.
Azaleas - Azaleas are a popular yard shrub due to their ability to bloom in a wide variety of conditions and their vibrant colors. But many homeowners wonder how do you prune an azalea to keep it a manageable size and shape. Pruning azaleas is easy and can be done with a few simple rules in mind. The best time to trim azaleas is after the blossoms have faded but before the new blossom buds have started. The next year’s blossoms typically start forming at the beginning of July, so you must prune an azalea bush before then. If you prune azaleas after the beginning of July, you may not get any flowers on the bush next year. They can be a little high maintainance, when it comes to trimming. However, it is a very delightful and vibrant shrub.
Inkberry Holly - These are sturdy evergreen shrubs. They grow vigorously in dense clumps spread by underground runners. They are the best cold hardy of the shrubby evergreen Hollies. Inkberries are remarkably tolerant of shade, and their preference for swampy areas is well known. While they are at home in swampy damp areas, they also adjust easily to windy, dry sites. Inkberry leaves are narrowly oval, shiny, dark green above, lighter beneath, 1 to 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Their edges are gently toothed toward the tip of the leaves. Cultivars will vary mostly in size and compactness, though there are some with white berries and a few with purple foliage in the winter.
Rhododendron - Rhododendron is a genus characterized by shrubs and small to (rarely) large trees, the smallest species growing to 10–100 centimeters (3.9–39 in) tall. They may be either evergreen or deciduous.  Rhododendrons are often valued in landscaping for their structure, size, flowers, and the fact that many of them are evergreen. Rhododendrons have fibrous roots and prefer well-drained soils high in organic material. In areas with poorly-drained or alkaline soils, rhododendrons are often grown in raised beds using mediums such as composted pine bark. Mulching and careful watering play a huge factor in planting and preparing the bed for Rhododendrons. The rhododendron shrub make an excellent specimen planting, border plant or accent. It produces a wealth of springtime blossoms in colors of pink, lavender, red, salmon, white and yellow.
Knock Out Rose Bush - The full double flowers look just like a classic rose. What it gained in beauty it did not lose in performance. It is as resistant to black spot as the famous original, has the same bloom cycle and is slightly more winter hardy. In fact, it has been observed that the number of petals on a double knock out rose ranges anywhere from eighteen to twenty five on a single bloom, and the blooms grow in clumps of one to five. Double knock out roses are incredibly easy to maintain. When deciding on a place to plant your roses, remember, double knock out roses prefer full sunlight to partial shade.  The area should also receive proper drainage, for these roses should never be planted in an area that tends to collect excess amounts of water. These plants look best when planted together in groups of three of more, and when they are offset by other plant varieties.
Here are some of the many plants and flowers that our customers enjoy. If you would like to sign up for plant and flower installation, please visit the contact us page.
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