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Spring Greenery

Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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'Emerald' Eastern Arborvitae (9 of 13)

Plant in full sun to light shade in rich, moist, but well-drained soil
Water regularly first season and in times of dry weather
Fertilize in mid spring with acid-based fertilizer
Dog urine may leave brown spots on foliage
Height: 12-15 feet; Width: 4-6 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 2-7(8):
Zone 2: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first frost.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch after first frost.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch in fall.

Vinca minor – Creeping Variegated Periwinkle
Evergreen spreading groundcover with variegated leaves and blue flowers from spring to summer
Plant in partial sun to moderate shade
Can be invasive
Plant in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
Water regularly until established; prune to keep in bounds in early spring
Height: 4-8 inches Width: to infinity
Hardy in zones 3-8:
Zones 3: Plant in spring; plant in light shade; mulch after first frost to prevent winter heaving; remove mulch in spring; avoid exposure to salt; may suffer some foliage damage in extreme cold weather.
Zones 4: Plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade; mulch after first frost to prevent winter heaving; remove mulch in spring; avoid exposure to salt.
Zones 5: Plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade; mulch after first frost to prevent winter heaving; remove mulch in spring; avoid exposure to salt.
Zones 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to moderate shade; prune hard in early spring to keep in bounds.
Zones 7: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to moderate shade; prune hard in early spring to keep in bounds.
Zones 8: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to moderate shade; prune hard in early spring to keep in bounds.

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