Information About Jacaranda
Potted Jacaranda Trees – How To Grow Jacaranda In A Pot
By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer
Jacaranda has become a popular ornamental tree in tropical or semi-tropical regions. In cooler zones, potted jacaranda trees can adorn porches or patios when taken indoors through the winter. Click this article to learn more about growing jacaranda in a container.
Jacaranda Pruning: Tips For Pruning A Jacaranda Tree
By Jackie Carroll
Proper pruning is vital for the healthy development of all trees, but it is especially important for jacarandas because of their rapid growth rate. This article tells you how to encourage strong, healthy growth through good pruning techniques.
When considering a jacaranda tree to plant, only purchase saplings with one main central trunk. Avoid specimens with lots of narrow forks and tightly spaced branches. These trees will require a good deal of pruning to improve their strength and long-term integrity, especially in a wind-prone region. A single-trunked jacaranda will develop a stronger habit, especially if poorly positioned branches are removed when it's young. Even with proper pruning and annual maintenance, expect a jacaranda tree to sustain damage in strong tropical storms.
- Focus pruning maintenance on a jacaranda to remove dead or diseased wood, or to improve its structural integrity.
- A single-trunked jacaranda will develop a stronger habit, especially if poorly positioned branches are removed when it's young.
How to Grow a Jacaranda Tree
Jacaranda trees are fast growing trees that thrive on fertile, well drained sunny locations that don’t like heavy wet soils. It is best to have a lot of sun for these trees. It grows well in areas with less rainfall. However, it is not well suited for a windy place. Thus, a coastal climate that is frost free is an ideal place for growing these trees.
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They also are shallow rooted trees. They are ideal as ornamental trees for landscaping . Though they are often planted in small backyard gardens, it should be prevented. Most people forget that it is a fast growing tree and rapidly outgrows any small plot. They are perfect for street and park plantings or gardens that require light summer shade. They create the perfect summer experience by erupting in a blaze of brilliant colors when most spring flower trees have long shed their leaves.
The jacaranda sheds its foliage at the end of the growing season, making it deciduous.They respond well to pruning, however, it may lead to tall vertical shoots which may take away from its natural ornate shape. It does not shed all its leaves in winter unless the temperatures go down drastically. Since it is a native of South America, it can handle frosty temperatures of up to 20 – 25 ºF ,once it is a full-grown tree. However while it is still growing, it may not be able to handle the cold temperature, as young plants require protection from frost in their first year.
Also remember, that it is not a good idea to grow the jacaranda near the parking area, since the flowers which are quite sticky and cause a mess, shed heavily. Also, the seeds of the flower can form large seed capsules and so this tree will require some clean up and maintenance. It’s best to choose a place where its stunning purple flowers can be seen easily and where the falling flowers will not be a problem.
This tree requires a lot of maintenance. Regular pruning is crucial, especially in the first few years after planting. The branches of the tree have a tendency to grow at narrow angles to the trunk. Thus there is need to remove them immediately before they become troublesome. One very important point is that branches must never be shortened as this will lead to a group of new stems to sprout out from the place where it is cut. Instead the limbs should be carefully pruned at the base of the trunk or from the branch to which they are attached.
These were some of the facts to keep in mind if you decide to plant one in your garden. Jacaranda is probably the most beautiful tree you can have in your garden. It puts on a breathtaking floral display and the best part of the tree are the feathery leaves that make it an asset to the landscape of your garden throughout the year.
Cottage Garden Ideas and Tips
The appeal of a cottage garden is apparent: an abundance of flowers and fragrance welcomes you home and greets you every time you open your door. If you'd like to surround your home with a cottage feel, you can start simply by putting a small bed on either side of the path or drive to your house and continue to expand it over the years. From there you can add additional paths and seating areas and other personal touches.
Although the whole point of a cottage garden is that there are no rules or guidelines, these tips can help as you get started:
- Start small. An expansive cottage garden can look like an untended garden you can always add more later if you decide to. Keep a bit of lawn to break things up and avoid straight lines in planning your garden plot.
- Use a good mix of plants, including a variety of fragrant flowers, and start by planting large clumps so it's not just a jumble. If you live in a hot, dry climate, don't be afraid to substitute Mediterranean plants or succulents.
- Repeat both plants and colors to create a sense of flow and harmony. Don't forget to add tall plants for visual interest. You don't need to worry about putting them in the back, as you might in a border, but you do want the eye to move up and around, rather than viewing one flat plane.
- Add some paths for access and weeding. Choose path material to complement your garden and home. Traditional materials include brick, stone, gravel, or dirt. Let plants spill over each other and onto the walkways.
- Add some structure with small trees, shrubs or obelisks covered in vines. Strong feature plants, like shrub roses, flowering trees, and shrubs will prevent the look from becoming blurred and gauzy. Evergreens give any garden a sense of structure.
- As a finishing touch, give the garden a backdrop and add decorative touches. Hedges, rustic fences or even a wall, will serve as a background that brings the garden into focus. Because of the informality of a cottage garden you can decorate with all kinds of found objects and garden accents, including trellising, vine-covered arbors, antiques, rockers, and birdbaths.
Finally, don't expect your cottage garden to look the same year after year. Allow the plants to be active partners in the creation of your garden.