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May: A Month
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n Michigan, mention the month
of May to anyone and most likely,
one of the first thoughts that will
come to mind is "spring:' The warmer
temperatures, more hours of actual
sunshine and gentle breezes are a
welcome change. So typically, this is a
great month for celebrations, recogni-
tion and remembrance.
Among the special days in May are
Mother's Day and Memorial Day. Like
most neighborhood garden centers,
we are accustomed to assisting in the
selection of something beautiful and
meaningful to mark these occasions.
Families often come in together to
choose something from nature's versa-
tile and colorful garden.
A favorite recommendation for
Mother's Day is one of the newer vari-
eties of rose bushes. Among the selec-
tions are smaller tea rose plants, more
traditional hybrid roses and my No. 1
choice, any one of the newest Knock
Out roses.
Do not be afraid! These are not
the same, fussy bushes we remember
growing up. No need for a master
gardener certificate to keep these
bushes healthy. Nor do you need any
advanced horticultural skills to coax
showy blooms. Knock Outs have revo-
lutionized the way we think of roses.
They are easy to grow and do not
require special care. Really! They are
particularly disease-resistant, and you
will enjoy a bloom cycle that contin-
ues until the first hard frost. This is a
dream come true for rose enthusiasts!
Knock Out roses are "self-cleaning:'
so they don't even require deadhead-
ing. (Deadheading is a way of pruning
a rose to encourage re-blooming.) The
plants are winter-hardy here in Zone 5
and heat tolerant. Left un-pruned, they
can grow to 3-4 feet wide and equally

as tall. They will serve your landscape
well as a single specimen among
shrubs, in mixed borders or in large
groupings as an awesome hedge.
Planting a tree is another way to
honor loved ones, mark a birth or to
create a living memorial to people
important in our lives. One of the most
popular choices and selected for their
colorful umbrella canopies are weep-
ing cherry trees. They make an excel-
lent specimen plant with long slender
branches drooping down, sometimes
to the ground, and brightly colored
pink flowers that look spectacular in
the springtime.
The weeping Higan cherry tree will
grow to a height of 20-30 feet with a
mature spread of 15-25 feet. Another
somewhat smaller option is the Snow
Fountain cherry tree. They bloom
best in full sun and will only grow to
a height of 8-15 feet, with a mature
spread of 6-8 feet.
I also like to recommend the
Eastern Redbud, a Michigan native,
for its early and showy spring color.
The purple-pink flowers appear
all over the tree before the leaves
emerge. The blooms give way to a
mass of heart-shaped leaves that rock
in the breezes and offer dappled shade
to the plantings beneath its canopy.
Mature height for this multi-stemmed
specimen is 20-30 feet, with a 15-25
foot spread. Fast growing and with
brilliant yellow fall color, it's a gift that
will bring smiles all year, every year.
It's easy to send a card, even easier
to call the florist, but the more impor-
tant people in our lives deserve a long-
lasting gesture of thanks and remem-
brance. ❑

Glen Goldberg is the founder and

president of Four Seasons Garden Center

& Landscape Services in Oak Park and

Birmingham. info@fourseasonsgarden

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