Wood Ferns, Catch fly Plants, Black Choke berry & Pine Cone Decor

Posted by Tammy Sons on 24th Jun 2018

Wood Fern

Wood ferns are textured perennials that make an appealing addition to aquatic or shady gardens. They start with pink and orange tinted fronds and once grown, uphold a brilliant and lustrous green hue. Many plants are evergreen, and seasonal color tones can range from copper to pink to purple, while others are deciduous, regaining their foliage every spring. There are notches on their tapered leaves which have slight bristles and, underneath the leaves, you may find tiny red spores which mature with fertile plants. The wood fern is a low maintenance plant once it is established, sitting at 2-3 feet in height and about 12 inches in width.

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Catchfly Plant - Sweet William

The Catchfly plant -or also known as silene armeria- is a perennial garden plant. These plants typically have small and bright pops of pink flowers. Sometimes variations of the flowers may have beautiful white, red, magenta, or purple petals. The green leaves grow off of stiff stems. The green of the leaves can make a nice thick mat of low growing foliage in a garden. They are excellent to place in a flower bed, beside the border of your garden, in cottage gardens, rock gardens, meadows, and flower containers. The Catchfly plant generally grows to be about 12 to 18 inches in height at full growth. The Catchfly plant grows with a plant hardiness zone of 5 to 8. This plant needs to be placed in full sunlight and have good nurturing and moist soil. The soil will need to be kept moist around the plant for it to look its best. The Catchfly plants generally do not require too much watering as long as there is regular rain fall. The Catchfly plant is fairly simple to take care of and is therefore good for fairly new gardeners to plant in their gardens. This plant will give you plenty of beautiful pops of pink, white, or purple colors in your garden or flower pots.

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Pine Cone Decor

The Pinaceae cone, or the commonly known name "Pine cone" is a member of the pine family. Which includes many very popular trees such as spruces, firs, cedars, etc. Getting their name from geometrical cone shaping, with the males and females varying ever so slightly. While some pinaceae genera mature anywhere from 6 to 8 months, others mature at rates up to 12 months in cedars, and even 18-24 months in the majority of pines.
The cones themselves open and close for different reasons before fertilization and post fertilization. Before fertilization, it will open temporarily to receive gametophytes, then close during fertilization and maturation. They will also open, through flexing, if the cone dries out, then close again when moisturized.
Fully grown, a pine can grow up to 260 feet tall, the average being closer to 150 feet. The pine's life expectancy can be from 100 to 1000 years, with some living even longer still. Characteristics of most pines is scaly and thick bark, but some have flaky and thin bark. Additionally, pines grow well in acidic soils, with good soil drainage, preferably sandy soils. But some do well in calcareous soils, and some can tolerate poorly draining soils, making them ideal commercially or as a decorative tool, growing outdoors in zones 4 to 8, while others 3 to 8.

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The Black Chokeberry

The Black Chokeberry is an impressive deciduous shrub that features a delicate spread of Spring white flowers, bundles of blueberry like fruit and concluded with an abundance of blazing red foliage in the Autumn. This shrub typically grows 3' to 6' tall and wide, and has a mound shape. This shrub can tolerate many conditions and can be a unique additional to any lawn.

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