Fantastic Fothergilla Shrubs In Your Yard
Want to go native in your yard and need shrubs? Look no further than fantastic fothergilla! The Fothergilla is very similar to witch-hazel and is native to southeast United States. Fothergilla shrubs can be grown in other regions as well though, including areas with dry conditions.The flowers that grow on this shrub are white and showy with a delicious fragrance. They have abundant blooms in spring, summer and fall. In the spring, the blooms are eye-catching and plentiful. In the summer, there is full foliage with the ivory-white flowers. In the fall, they show vibrant, fiery colors of purple, red, yellow and orange. There are two major Fothergilla species: F. major and F. gardenia. These Fothergilla varieties are native to swamps and woodlands of the southeastern states of the United States. There are several ways to planting fothergilla shrubs. You can plant the crown of the plant at soil level and be sure that you provide plenty of water. Soil should be kept moist until the Fothergilla is well established. At this time, the soil only needs to be watered when it is dry. Make certain to take rainfall into consideration when watering. About 3 to 4 inches of mulch placed over the area where the Fothergilla was planted will help to retain moisture and protect the plant. Make certain that the mulch does not touch the stems of the Fothergilla shrubs.
Fothergilla shrubs prefer to be in the sun at all times, but they can thrive in just a little bit of shade. They need a medium-grade soil with a 5.0-6.0 pH and plenty of organic matter. Although they like moist soil, these shrubs do not do well in soggy locations where their feet get wet. They need medium moisture and soil that can drain well. The Fothergilla plant does not require pruning at any time. In fact, pruning one of these shrubs is actually very much frowned upon. Many believe that Fothergilla pruning actually takes away from the shrub’s beauty and natural shape.