Mountain Laurel in the “Flatland”
Kalmia latifolioa – evergreen shrub, blooms May-June
Acidic soil, hardiness zones 5-7, grows 5′-12 feet tall
Partial shade to full sun
There now exist many different cultivars to include some with dwarf habits and those with highly colored blooms.
Has a naturally round, mounded shape depending on how much sunlight it receives
We used to have a 250-foot hedge of mountain laurel along the front of our wooded property. I liked sitting on the porch drinking a cup of coffee to look across at the pink and white swath of color. There I had to learn about shade gardening and longed for full sun.
We traded the solitude and shade for summer traffic and a view of the bay. But we now have full sun–a garden for full sun and salt air. No more voles, moles, and deer!
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