Southern beauty imported for local gardens PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:32
Eric Timm with one of his Bird of Paradise plants at Bostdorff Greenhouse. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Visitor's to this year's Home and Garden Exposition on Saturday at the Stroh Center can expect to be welcomed with a lot of color.
Eric Timm of Bostdorff's Greenhouse said they are focusing on the "Wow factor" for the entrance at the Expo. One of the show pieces will be his Bird of Paradise plants.
"We are planning a lot of color and lots of new plants," he said. He also said they will be supplying some plants for colors for other vendors in addition to the entrance and hospitality displays.
Timm also plans to hopefully have some hydrangeas and roses in bloom. Obviously with the late spring we are experiencing, many greenhouses are yet to have a lot of showy pieces in bloom. He is combating that flaw in Mother Nature by importing items from the south.
Interestingly, not just for the Expo, but for area homes and gardens, Timm says more and more traditional southern garden plants are finding their way into Northwest Ohio homes and landscapes.
One of the surprises are the crape myrtles which are more associated with the south, especially Georgia plantations.
"We are seeing more of those southern plants up here," Timm said. "Many of them are doing really well in this area."
He called the crape myrtles a "beautiful southern plant" and said that the dwarf varieties are becoming a very popular shrub-like choice in Northwest Ohio.
Timm noted even if they seem completely dead, they come back from their root stock. He said other plants used outdoors in the south are now growing in popularity as indoor plants.
He added tropical plants in landscape adds a "textural look that is marvelous."
He also noted the red leaf banana plants that grow very quickly and are a nice accent for poolside or patio landscapes. Those banana plants will grow up to 8-foot tall in one season. They need to be brought indoors for the winter.
Timm also shared his fascination with the Royal Cape Plumbago which in the south forms a beautiful hedge. Though it may not be as full in this climate he still boasts of its "incredible blue bloom."
He says both at the Expo and at your home, this year's focus for gardening will be "lots of color and lots of fun."
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:46

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