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!

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2011.

Quote of the Day for YOU:  I have memories – but only a fool stores his past in the future.  ~David Gerrold


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