Sunday, July 12, 2009

Foolproof Flower Gardening ~ #15

You need absolutely no gardening skills whatsoever to get the tree mallow to grow. Also known as lavatera, this evergreen shrub will grow rapidly to 8 feet tall and reward you all summer long with pale pinkish flowers with deep purple centers and dark rose veining. Don't be afraid to cut this plant back hard - it tends to grow openly and your trimming will keep it more full and bushy.

The tree mallow will thrive in the full sun, in the ground or in a container and can take the cold down to 10 - 20 degrees. If you're planting several, be sure and keep them spaced at least 6 feet apart and plant them where they'll get good drainage. Its gray-green maple-shaped foliage is attractive and a good color contrast to other shades of green and its dependable blooms make it a worthwhile addition to your flower garden.

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