Plants that thrive in Cobb County
I don’t know why I am so incredibly drawn to Bougainvillea. Perhaps because waiting for it to flower produces so much expectation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t survive freezing, so this is one that lives in the garage in the winter. But come spring, I chop off all the smaller branches leaving just the main stems, and by June it’s in full bloom for the rest of the summer and fall. The key to bougainvillea is the right fertilizer. I find that the low middle number that hibiscus prefers is just right for bougainvillea, too. People have said it loves to be root bound in a pot and dry as a bone, but mine took off when I started watering it regularly.
I LOVE my Goldflame Honeysuckle vine. In April, it has so many blooms you can hardly see the leaves! I have found that this plant just loves being watered. It also seems to bloom better when the nights go back down into the 60s, i.e. April, May and June, and September through November. It doesn’t get too big – only 6 feet wide and tall. Appreciates slow-release fertilizer in early spring. Stays on my deck all winter long and resurrects in spring.
I finally found a vine, after several attempts, that does well on my chain link fence. It’s Trumpet Vine. It grows all along the fence in one direction, and all along the wooden fence in the other direction! And periodically, popping up in different places all summer long, it produces these large orange trumpets which decorate the fence beautifully! Loves sun, slow-release fertilizer, and occasional watering. Cut it back to the main trunk in November after the first frost.
Peeking over a plain wooden fence you just can’t beat Climbing Roses. I could stare at these for hours in May, they are so beautiful.
And here’s the view from the other side. The red climbing roses come out at the same time as my white azalea. While I’m on this, a word about white azaleas. Don’t ever plant them in too much sun because they burn! Give white azaleas morning sunlight only.
I have found Clematis does very well in pots, because they like regular watering. Full to part sun is best. Cut them back to the ground when they die off in late fall, and they’ll resurrect nicely in the spring. I have mine climbing on this spiral product by Vigoro, available online at Home Depot. I think they are two for $20.
I needed something to conceal the lattice work around my pool pump house. I had a Major Wheeler Honeysuckle that didn’t like its pot, so I put it here and it took off.
I love Amethyst Falls Wisteria! It doesn’t get overpoweringly big like most wisteria. It blooms in late April. Perfect for a wall you want to decorate. Mine gets sun most of the day. It didn’t do well when I planted it in a pot. It much prefers this location with lots of soil to grow into. Deciduous – cut back after frost and it grows right back in March and April.
My Confederate Jasmine vine died when the temperature went down to 5° in 2014. I went right out and bought another one and if I have to bring it in the kitchen to save it, I will! The smell from these is just beyond description. It comes wafting in the kitchen window from early May through July. We eat out on the deck and enjoy its fragrance, too.
I also keep a Carolina Jessamine on the deck because I love its beautiful yellow blooms in early spring. I put two at the mailbox and managed to kill both, but this one on the deck loves its spot, probably because it gets enough water up there with all the annuals. I think the Nelson’s fertilizer has helped too.
Carolina Jessamine is covered in flowers like this in spring.
Jerry French Landscaping – serving Cobb County since 1994