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2018 Perennial Plant of the Year; Allium ‘Millenium’

At the beginning of each growing season the Perennial Plant Association announces its perennial plant of the year and this year that plant is the Allium ‘Millenium’. This beautiful ornamental  plants is a member of the onion family and they spring up with green foliage in the early part of the year and finish with gorgeous rose-purple spherical blooms at the end of 2-3 foot stalks. The Allium ‘Millenium’ blooms when many other plants start to die back making this a great plant to add to a garden to ensure full season color and appeal.

Photo by Mark McDonough.

 

This cultivar was created by Mark McDonough, a horticultural researcher from Massachusets, through multigenerational breeding involving Allium nutans and A. lusitanicum (formerly Allium senescens ssp montanum). He introduced the Allium ‘Millenium’ in 2000 through Plant Delights Nursery and has received wildly positive reviews in the almost two decades since its introduction. As a hearty and tough plant, the Allium ‘Millenium’ makes a wonderful player in a well balanced ornamental garden or landscaping bed. Contact us and ask about putting this beautiful perennial of the year in your home or business landscape!

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“Improvements to your landscapes pay off! The return on investment for landscape upgrades is 109%”

The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) is a group that works to educate the public on the benefits of utilizing horticulture at a greater rate throughout society to increase the overall well-being of individuals and communities alike. They have created a wonderful infographic series called #PlantsDoThat and we found a piece of their latest release that directly addressed utilizing plants in living spaces. We found this information very useful and wanted to share it with all of you. Check out what NICH has to say about horticulture where we live.

A large part of what NICH educates on is the financial and fiscal benefits of increased horticulture. As they stated, well landscaped homes are more valuable and represent a great portion of our personal wealth. Investing in the landscaping of your home increases its value and your personal wealth. Aren’t plants so useful?!

NICH has much more information on there website (click here to check it out) and their #PlantsDoThat series is immensely useful as well. We recommend looking at what they have put together as it is a great resource of plant knowledge for the everyday homeowner.

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INPAWS Articles & Information

The quest to promote native plants in our area is strongly supported by the Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society, INPAWS and they have many helpful resources on their website. They have information on plants native to Indiana, which are the plants we promote in our landscaping projects. If you are interested in “Landscaping with Plants Native to Indiana” check out this PDF brochure from their website. The INPAWS website also houses an extensive library of native plant photos, Landscape Worthy Indiana Natives, which provides examples of what these natives look like in the wild.

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Fertilizing

We fertilize your plants at the time of installation and we recommend you hold off fertilizing until the following year. We do offer an Annual Lanscaping Fertilizing service which you can contact us about if you are interested. The soil in Allen County tends to be made of clay and is therefore more alkaline than acidic. Some plants such as Boxwood, Holly, Dogwood, and Serviceberry benefit from an annual application of a soil acidifier plus iron mixture. Let us know if the leaves of your plants are yellowing as this is often a sign of chlorosis and an application of iron will usually improve this condition. There are other causes of yellowing leaves as well.

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Watering Maintenance

The most important care to give your newly installed landscape plants is proper watering. Please water your new plants once every 2-3 days for the first month, then at least once a week for the remaining growing season. If you notice the foliage drooping on your plants water immediately, some plants need more water like Daylillies and Hydrangeas. Always water plants at root level rather than on the foliage. Direct your hose or watering wand below the leaves around the base of the plant. Use low water pressure and allow a slow trickle of water about 1/2″ in diameter and use the following guidelines; for watering perennials water about 1 minute, for shrubs water for 1-4 minutes, and for trees water 5-15 minutes. 

The best time to water is in the morning before 8:00 a.m. if possible. Do not water to the point of pooling or run off. Avoid getting water on the leaves to prevent leaf scorching during a sunny day and possible diseases from water logged foliage in the evening. 

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Tips From Purdue Extension

A great resource we have here in Northeast Indiana is the Purdue Extension office. Below are a few tips from Rosie Lerner’s article Gardeners-Start Your Sprinklers, click to read the full article.

“Most gardeners are accustomed to watering flower beds and vegetable gardens. These plants require approximately 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week to maintain healthy flowers, foliage, roots, and fruits. Watering is most critical at pollination and fruit set time for most vegetable crops. Use a mulch where possible to conserve what moisture there is.

“The best way to apply the water is by thoroughly soaking the soil with water in one application. This deep watering will encourage deeper root growth which in turn will be better able to withstand the drought. Frequent shallow watering encourages shallow roots which are more likely to succumb to heat and drying of the top soil. Sandy soil and containerized plants will need more frequent irrigation.

“Watering of landscape and fruit plants should be aimed at where the roots naturally occur. While these woody plants do have some roots that grow very deep, most of the feeder roots that are responsible for water uptake occur in the top 18 inches of top soil. Most of these feeder roots are concentrated below the dripline of the plant and beyond, not up close to the trunk. Allow water to thoroughly soak the target area.

“The ideal time to water is during the early morning hours, ending by 8:00AM. This makes maximum use of water while allowing foliage to dry,” which helps prevent susceptibility to disease.

These are all good tips and information to take in and keep in mind while you’re tending your plants throughout the growing season.