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Plant Glossary

We here at Holmes Lawn Care are devoted to the notion, that the care of the earth is our responsibility. It is our goal to both educate and assist homeowners in the implementation of simple projects that not only help the earth but also provide the owner with beautiful gardens to rest and relax in. As an additional benefit, you will be rewarded every day with a diverse array of nutritously dense organic food at a fraction of the cost of store bought produce.

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An ongoing series of informational entries

Tulip (Perennials)

March 15, 2018

 Small/large bulbous ornamentals. Hardy to very hardy. The tulip flower grows in a variety of vibrant colors, shapes and sizes and is widely recognized throughout the world. Most need sun and a well-drained loam, avoid ‘water-logged’ soil. Most are planted best in formal beds and/or containers. Typically planted in late autumn or early winter, planting the bulbs in early autumn could lead to premature growth and frost damage. Tulips make great cutting flowers, they are a very beautiful and elegant flower.

Iris (Perennial)

March 15, 2018

The word Iris means rainbow. Irises come many colors: blue and purple, white and yellow, pink and orange, brown and red, and even black. Its basal leaves and flower bulbs are perfect in flower gardens. A very large genus of about 300 species, of which many are in cultivation. They are a diverse collection since they vary from dwarf to tall plants. They bloom at almost all seasons of the year including winter and they like conditions from dry soul to standing in water. They have three standard petals that stand upright and thee falls that hang or arch downwards. The majority like well-drained garden soil that is not too rich. They need a sunny position. Typically prefer to plant in late summer or autumn.

Shasta Daisy (Perennial)

March 15, 2018

The Shasta Daisy is a popular perennial flower found in Maryland that goes well with and is a great addition to any other flower garden. This particular plant requires full sun and well-drained soil, but aside from that the Shasta Daisy is very simple to grow. The flower itself is great for cut flower arrangements. It has a fuzzy yellow center surrounded by bright white petals extending in every direction. The flowers begin blooming late in the spring months, but they continue to grow and bloom for several months for a summer's worth of enjoyment. It is important to remove the spent flowers and keep the flowerbed clear of fallen foliage for best results.

Hosta (Perennial)

March 15, 2018

Some flowering plants are grown as much for their beautiful leaves as for their flowers. The Hosta is an example of such a plant. Hostas grow well in partially shaded areas and have leaves that grow in a variety of colors and shapes. They are a very beautiful plant to have in your garden or to have around the house. White flowers that bloom throughout the spring and summer and return each year top the decorative leaves. They are popular because they are easy to grow and maintain. Hostas are native to Japan, Korea and China and were imported to the United States in the 1800s. Maryland is one of many places throughout the country that is suitable for Hosta growing.

Black-Eyed Susan (Perennial)

March 15, 2018

One perennial flower that grows all over the state of Maryland is the Black Eyed Susan. Its abundance in Maryland is one reason that this flower is the official Maryland State Flower. The Maryland General Assembly declared this flower a symbol of the state in 1918. This flower can reach 2 to 3 feet in height and is topped by a bright yellow flower with petals extending in all directions like the ray of the sun. The center of the flowers are black, hence the name, and they bloom for at least two consecutive years from May until August.

Pansy (Annual)

March 15, 2018

The pansy is a delicate looking flower, it is quite durable and a "flower for all seasons." The fragrant and edible blooms are desirable in gardens. Pansy popularity increases possible due to its ease of growing. Whether grown from seed or bedding plants, pansies are relatively disease and pest free blooming prolifically for the gardener's enjoyment.

Petunia Surfinia (Annual)

March 15, 2018

 Are the most well known annual, summer-flowering plants. They are native to South America and feature mid- to dark green, ovate to lance-shaped leaves, saucer- or trumpet- shaped, single or double, five-petalled flowers, summer to autumn. Grow in sunny, wind-sheltered sites, in humus-rich, moderately moist, well-drained soils. Plant in gardens and flowerpots. Typically and best planted in early spring.

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