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The Coral Bark maple has beautiful red winter twigs which are the attraction with this fine Japanese maple. The bark on the new twigs turns bright coral red after the leaves fall and contrasts wonderfully against snow, sky, or grass. The tree requires good drainage and partial shade.
Morning sun and afternoon shade is best. Dappled shade is great too. Once established it is very low maintenance.
Leaves emerge in April and display a pleasing yellow-green with plum to red edging. As the young leaves expand they soon age to light green for the rest of spring and then take on autumn-like hues of red and orange beginning in early summer.
You can find two of these wonderful maples in our Fountain Garden.
Cold hardy camellias (zone 6) easily withstand winters in Tulsa gardens, and given proper growing conditions, produce lots of radiant flowers during November and December.
The seven new cold hardy camellias in the garden are just starting to bloom and judging from the large flower buds should be blooming well into December. Since this is a time of year when most shrubs are brown and dormant they are a welcome addition to any garden.
The camellias thrive in dapple light beneath large trees or perform well in locations that receive direct morning light and afternoon shade such as the east side of a home.
They prefer an acidic, well-drained soil which is spaded with several inches of peat or well-rotted compost and then covered with several inches of mulch.
This shrub is one of the great beauties of the autumn season.
It is distinguished by vibrant scarlet foliage and small red-orange fruit in the fall as well as unusual corky "wings" which flare out along its branches. It is effective used in mass plantings, in a shrub border, as an accent plant or as a neat attractive hedge.
It is not fussy about soil requirements and there are no significant pest problems. It also transplants very easily. Burning bush is truly a maintenance free shrub.
You can find this wonderful fall showstopper in our Boulder Garden against the fence. Also, see how wonderful Burning Bush looks in a container, such as this one in our Entry Way.
Miscanthus sinensis Adagio, is an early flowering beauty with reddish/white pendulous plumes that move in the slightest breeze. Nothing can compare to the beauty of ornamental grasses in our Tulsa landscapes. They can withstand our hot summers and provide so much interest in the fall and winter when our perennials have gone dormant.
Grasses that flower after mid-summer are warm-season grasses, because they wait until the warmth of summer before starting into growth, then grow rapidly and come into flower between mid and late summer. The flowers turn to seed heads and remain showy for many months. They are normally planted where they can fill the ground once spring flowering bulbs or perennials are past their best
Adagio is a year-round grass that remains standing even through heavy snowfalls. The combination of the tan foliage with spring flowering bulbs is a nice contrast. In Tulsa it should be cut back to about 5 inches from the crown of the plant when new growth begins to appear.
Miscanthus is easy to grow and is a good choice for busy homeowners. It will grow in almost any soil, and does not require good drainage. Grow this grass in full sun, and fertilization is not necessary.
We have this grass in a number of areas throughout the garden.
By Sandi Rebman
Photos by Marc Schreiber
Last updated November 19, 2013