Some of the areas we sell our plants to continue to be very dry. To help our customers be successful, we recommend watering enough to wet the soil around the root balls. Dry soil wicks away water intended for the plant and does not allow the plant to use all the water you gave it. Planting with water helps alleviate this issue.
It means the Fall planting season is under way! It’s time to start planting trees, shrubs and perennials around the hardscapes you installed when the weather was so hot and dry. You did remember to put an evergreen screen in the project didn’t you? After all, you want the customer to use the outdoor living space as much as possible with some privacy. They will let everyone who is invited to enjoy the space with them know who installed the fantastic addition to their outdoor entertainment area.
This cool new dwarf, broadleaf evergreen looks more like a boxwood than an inkberry. A dense, ball-shaped plant, Gem Box ilex has small, dainty, dark green leaves with attractive red tips during the spring flush. It maintains good branching right to the ground so it never looks bare-legged like other cultivars may. It’s great as a small evergreen hedge or used as a container specimen in milder climates.