The elegant white flowering plant has three-season interest with pink flowers in the spring, glossy green foliage in the summer and red leaves in the fall. The perennial, which has an aromatic, fruity, almost lemony fragrance, makes a nice ground cover and is resistant to rabbits and deer. It performs best in partial sun or light shade and well-drained soil. Fertilize or compost in late fall and cut away dead foliage.
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February is the month to make plans for your flower, shrub and vegetable landscape.
Now is a great time to start a garden journal. Include plants that you like and those that have not met your expectations. Keep track of when certain pests arrive and how you can control them. Pay close attention to the information listed on the seed packet, which includes the number of days it takes for plants to mature. Compost should be turned several times before April so it can be spread on the garden in early May.
Now is the time to prune landscape trees, except spring bloomers such as redbud or dogwood. Prune oak trees in the winter to avoid a disease known as oak wilt. Birches, maples and other heavy sap bleeders can be pruned in early summer to avoid the sap flow, although bleeding is not harmful to the tree. Take a walk around your property to pick up any storm debris and to check for damage to plantings.
“The color of springtime is in the flowers;
the color of winter is in the imagination.”
– Ward Elliot Hour