Plant of the week: Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'February 28, 2013 @ 4:19 pm (Updated: 9:29 pm - 2/28/13 )
Key Feature: Shade loving
Plant type: Perennial
Light needs: Full to partial shade
Growth rate: Moderate
Water needs: Needs wet or constantly moist soil
Average landscape size: Forms basal clumps to 12 in. tall, spreads wider
Ciscoe's Tips of the Week:
- Time to prune roses. Prune the main canes 2/3rds of the way to the ground, cutting to an outward facing bud, and remove dead, weak or diseased canes.
- Mix 2 cups of alfalfa meal with the recommended amount of organic rose food and work it into the soil around roses and blooming perennials. Alfalfa meal contains micro-nutrients that tell your plant, bloom you fool bloom!
- Cut the stems of red twig dogwood back to 4 inches from the ground. Only new growth has the red bark, so cutting them back will keep the twigs red, and it will grow back to only about 4 feet tall (as opposed to 18 feet tall that the shrub will reach if you just let it grow).