Are you considering planting some new shrubs in your garden this spring? I looked over the carts of new arrivals at our local Lowe’s store yesterday, and noticed that there weren’t any native shrubs in the lot.
It got me to thinking about attractive native shrubs that we enjoy in our Forest Garden, and mountain laurel immediately came to mind. We look forward to weeks of bright flowers around Mother’s Day each year, and enjoy its attractive form and evergreen leaves the rest of the time.
If you’ve been trying to find an evergreen, deer resistant (poisonous) flowering shrub for a shade spot in your yard, please read on about our beautiful mountain laurel, from this 2014 post in the Forest Garden archives.
Our Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia, began blooming over Mother’s Day weekend.
Saturday afternoon I looked out of the window, up into the forest, and was surprised to see our shrubs covered in flowers.
These evergreen wild looking shrubs, almost small trees, simply blend into the fabric of the forest through much of the year. It is only for a few weeks in May that they burst into bloom, suddenly elegant and beautiful.
One of our most ornamental native plants along the east coast of North America, early American botanists first recorded Mountain Laurel, then called “Spoonwood,” in 1624. Carl Linnaeus named the shrub for Pehr Kalm, a Swede, who explored eastern North America in search of new and useful plants in 1748-49. Mountain Laurel was one of the plants Kalm collected to export to gardeners in Europe.
Mountain Laurel grows from Maine all the way to Florida. It even…
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