"We are pleased to offer these unique and attractive tea plants. Grown from seed gathered in tea plantations in Sochi, Russia, they are considered as producing the most northern tea grown in the world. Tea we have tried from these plants is very aromatic and flavorful."
Sochi tea Camellia sinensis grows 8 to 10 feet in height and width and is hardy to about zero degrees (Zone 7). It blooms from September through November.
Owen suggests planting a border of lettuce, chives, green onions, pansies and parsley along the edges of raised beds. Grow tall plants like dill, fennel, peas, corn and beans in the back of beds or in the centers of containers. Consider shapes, too. Globe artichokes, garlic and sunflowers have showy tops.
I bought a great little tree at Valley Gardens to put into my raised planter on the back patio. It's a hydrangea pruned into a tree form, a Paniculata hydrangea that will grow and bloom in a wide variety of climates (hardy to Zone 3!). Unlike mopheads, they need several hours of sun to do well. If your weather is too cold to grow the pink and blue hydrangeas or if your landscape doesn't have much shade, consider growing one of the many types of paniculata.
These little beauties can be pruned at any time except when they begin forming bloom heads in the summer. The paniculata is the only hydrangea that can be pruned into a tree form.
The panicle-shaped blooms (cone-shaped instead of ball-shaped) are lovely, and the tree can grow up to 10 feet tall if allowed.
One of the most popular is 'Limelight,' which can be grown in most of the United States, except those areas that receive no freezing weather.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.