Dec 13

Frost-Sensitive Flower Maintenance

Posted on December 13, 2018 at 1:09 PM by Adam Rosen

Last week we discussed some flowers that are more prone to frost damage than others. After reading, you may have discovered that you have frost-sensitive flowers planted in your yard. These flowers will need extra care in order to help prevent frost damage during these cooler months.  

  • Do NOT cover flowers with plastic sheeting.
  • You should cover with cloth sheets, burlap, or cardboard boxes.
  • In the case of potted plants you can use a bucket or another pot over the top of the plant to shield it from the cold. 
  • Watering the flowers prior to the freeze can help prevent frost because moist air is warmer than dry air.

“What if my flowers are already damaged?”

  • Damage to the plant often depends on the severity of the freeze. If the leaves and stems have frozen, it is unlikely you will be successful in saving the plant. If only minor damage has affected the leaves, the plant could be saved.
  • Damaged leaves can provide protection to the healthy leaves beneath them. Consider waiting to prune dead or damaged plant material in order to protect the rest of the plant.
  • Once the threat of another freeze has passed, prune back dead material to allow healthy leaves and flowers to grow.

Dec 06

Frost and Non-Frost Sensitive Flowers

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 9:47 AM by Adam Rosen

Some of the annual flowers in your yard might be more susceptible than others to frost damage. Flowers that are sensitive to frost need to be covered in order to help prevent frost damage.  As the weather continues to change, be on the lookout for freezing nighttime temperatures.

These are a few frost sensitive flowers that will need to be covered to help prevent frost damage

  1. Petunias
  2. Gernaums
  3. Dianthus

Here are a few flowers that can remain uncovered unless temperatures reach below 30° Fahrenheit.

  1. Pansies
  2. Calendula
  3. Viola
  4. Kale
  5. Osteospream

Read on next week to learn more tips about how to protect your flowers and care for them if frost damage has occurred.

Nov 28

Coral Fountain

Posted on November 28, 2018 at 4:37 PM by Adam Rosen

The Coral Fountain, or Russelia equisetiformis, is a shrub native to tropical Mexico but also grows nicely in our desert Southwest climate. In Vistanica’s common areas, we utilize the Coral Fountain to provide vibrant coral, pink color to the landscape. As its namesake suggests, the Coral Fountain’s branches cascade and hang tubular flowers, forming a fountain-like or firecracker shape.

The Coral Fountain can be planted in full sun or partial shade. It requires moderate watering, but is very drought tolerant. They can grow to be up to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Because of their cascading nature, they are also excellent for tall planters and slopes.

Right now, the Coral Fountains in Vistancia still look full and healthy and are withstanding the cooler weather. As temperatures continue to cool down, flowers will fade before returning in the Spring. We suggest that you keep an eye on these plants in your own yard. Their delicate branches and flowers are not very frost resistant. If necessary, cover your Coral Fountains with a sheet or towel in order to insulate it and help prevent frost damage.

These plants should also be pruned back by the early Spring (usually around February) in order to allow for it to grow new flowers in the late Spring and Summer. Overall, the Coral Fountain is not a high-maintenance plant, but will add high levels of colorful beauty and curb appeal to your landscape for the majority of the year.