The Loropetalum Chinensis or commonly called Loropetalum is another beauty to incorporate in Greensboro Landscape Designs. This unique shrub is evergreen and the foliage comes in either burgundy or dark green for year round interest in your gardens.
Loropetalum will grow in either sun or part shade and rarely bothered by pests. This is a fast growing shrub and can be pruned or left in natural form. The leaves are rounded and small combining nicely with coarse textured plants.
The flowers on a Loropetalum are very unique. When in bloom the flowers are spectacular! Early spring this plant is covered with strap-like blossoms in fusha or white, making it a show stopper. Loropetalum with fusha colored flowers and burgundy foliage below
Loropetalums with green foliage bear the white flowers
The Loropetalum shrub comes in a variety of sizes too. “Carolina Moonlight Loropetalum” is more compact in size reaching 4 feet inheight and 4 feet in spread bearing white flowers. “Plum Leaf Loropetalum” is also compact bearing pink/fusha flowers and burgundy foliage. “Darmua Loropetalum” is an even smaller plant only reaching 3 feet in height and 3 feet in spread.
These plants work well in a foundation planting as in the first photograph. I love to install Loropetalums directly at the base of a home’s foundation so that it leans on the house. This softens the home and leaves plenty of room for more foundation plants to be installed. Loropetalums could be included in sunny natural areas for winter interest.
You may want to set aside a day to stroll through our local plant nurseries to find the perfect Loropetalum for your landscapes and gardens. This plant is very easy for those having black thumbs.
Diana Gardner-Williams www.greensborogardens.wordpress.com
Landscape Design and Installation