Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Grow For It! Plants for privacy

By
From page B4 | September 11, 2013 | Leave Comment

Kit SmithTo create your own space consider the following evergreen trees and shrubs to plant a screen.

Popular and easy to grow is photinia, which is a dense growing shrub of bright green and red leaves that matures to dark green. It blooms summer white flowers and fall berries. Prune to shape the photinia before spring or it can grow out of control.

The common white jasmine (Jasminum) is a fast growing vine and shrub. Very fragrant white flowers bloom all summer. It likes the sun and rich soil, but it can thrive in less than ideal conditions.

Escallonia is a shrub of small leaves and small pink flowers that bloom in summer and fall. It will do well in most soils except high alkaline. It likes water but will grow fine without regular water. Prune it back one-third to shape and to allow the sun to reach inner branches.

The oleander (Nerium oleander) is another fast-grower that can thrive without regular water and in any soil. Note that all parts of the oleander are toxic: keep leaves, flowers, stems and any prunings away from children, pets and livestock.

Dense and compact rhaphiolepis loves the sun and blooms white to almost red frilly flowers from late fall into late spring. The rhaphiolepsis looks particularly stunning with yellow marguerite (Argyranthemum frutescens) that blooms at the same time.

Caroline Jessamine (Gelsemium) is a cascading vine of long branches which blooms bright yellow trumpet flowers. Prune to keep in shape as this will put out runners and get out of control easily.

Ceanothus loves full sun and little to no water. It blooms blue to violet flowers. Prune after the blooms have faded. Be aware during planning that the life span of the ceanothus is only 5 to 10 years.

Camellia can also be used to create a shelter but make sure it is planted in well-drained organically rich soil. Give it acid fertilizer and carefully follow the directions. Prune camellia after flowering or during summer and fall.

Barberry (Berberis) is a dense spiny-stemmed shrub that can tolerate most garden conditions. Prune to shape or all the way to the ground to rejuvenate it. Spring flowers and berries grow on pervious years branches.

Bottlebrush (Callistemon) has bristle-like stamens in the shape of a baby bottle brush. Bottlebrush and evergreen Euonymus are both fast growing shrubs that can take any kind of soil and sunny heat and are easy to train.

The euonymus has glossy leathery yellow leaves with green leaf margins. Group euonymus and bottlebrush together for privacy, but make sure they have enough air circulation to lessen the chance of powdery mildew.

The potato vine (Solanum laxum) can rapidly twine to 30 feet. Cut it back severely to prevent tangling and for new growth. The potato vine has small star-shaped, five-petal blue or white flowers and decorative fruit all year long.

Now, enjoy your beautiful garden retreat.

The public is invited to attend this Saturday’s free Master Gardener Saturday class on Perennials. Perennial plants come back year after year to beautify your garden; they add texture, color and flowers to your landscape.

Learn all about the many perennials that thrive in El Dorado County from Master Gardeners Debbie Hillel and Kathy Pearson. The Sept. 14 class is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

The annual Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale is on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot. Cool season veggies and ornamental plants raised by Master Gardeners will be available for purchase. There will be informational displays and more.

Master Gardeners are available to answer home gardening questions Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon by calling 530-621-5512. Walk-ins are welcome. The office is located at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville.

For more information about the public education classes and activities go to the Master Gardener Website at cecentralsierra.ucanr.org/Master_Gardeners/ and facebook.com/pages/El-Dorado-County-Master-Gardeners/164653119129.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

.

News

Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1, 2 Comments

 
Past due state taxes bring arrest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

 
Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Woman, dog back from Oso

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 7 Comments | Gallery

 
 
 
DA candidate to remain on ballot

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A9

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

By Matthew Margolis | From Page: A10

 
CPCSD seat unfilled

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

Lew Uhler backs Ranalli

By News Release | From Page: A14, 5 Comments

 
.

Letters

District 4 candidate

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 8 Comments

 
Open meetings

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 5 Comments

Volunteers and homeless camps

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 22 Comments

 
Bicycle events and traffic control

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 5 Comments

Evacuation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 3 Comments

 
.

Sports

Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
King of the West roars into Placerville

By Gary Thomas | From Page: A11

First and goal: Bunt etiquette

By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

 
Oak Ridge suffers tough 2-1 setback

By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

Jennings wins national title

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A11, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Roundup: April 17, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

.

Prospecting

Plantastic sale this Saturday

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Spring art brightens government center

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Things to do: April 18, 2014

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

 
Time out: A grand time at Grand China

By Earle Camembert | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Temple Kol Shalom hosts Passover Seder

By News Release | From Page: B3

 
Student art featured for Third Saturday

By News Release | From Page: B3

Promenade in high style

By Historic Old Sacramento | From Page: B4

 
Sac State Presents ‘Gypsy’

By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B4

Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

By Fine Arts | From Page: B5

 
Hats On For the Kids raises money for children

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B6

See what is inside the vault

By Center For Sacramento History | From Page: B6

 
Eggstravaganza

By Fairytale Town | From Page: B6

Gallery tips a hat to Dr. Seuss

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B7

 
Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B7

Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

 
Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

By California Stage | From Page: B8

 
Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

KVIE calls for artists

By Kvie | From Page: B9

 
A Couple of Blaguards tell tales

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B9

America’s ClayFest II celebrates a rich history

By Blue Line Arts | From Page: B14

 
Fine Arts Museums feature two shows

By Fine Arts | From Page: B15

See wildflowers on train ride

By Railtown | From Page: B15

 
Easter at Northstar is family friendly

By Northstar California | From Page: B15

.

Essentials

Crime Log: March 28-30

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Arthur W. Cornell

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Frank “Bud” Kraus Jr.

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Roy Cluness Chaix

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Frederick Wilbur Heymann

By Contributor | From Page: A2

.

Real Estate

Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

 
Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

 
Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

 
Fraud workshop scheduled

Press Release | From Page: HS21

HCD launches assistance program

Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

 
EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments

.

Comics

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A14

Horoscope, Sunday, April 20, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A14

 
Horoscope, Saturday, April 19, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A14

Horoscope, Friday, April 18, 2104

By Contributor | From Page: A14

 
.

Home Source

Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

Fraud workshop scheduled

Press Release | From Page: HS21

HCD launches assistance program

Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments