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Annual plant sale offers varieties

The Cobb County 4-H Club is having its annual plant sale. This year’s assortment includes blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, figs, muscadines, Admiral Semmes azalea, crape myrtles, edgeworthia, heuchera, forsythia, viburnum and loropetalum. Prepaid orders will be accepted until Friday, March 8.

The order form is available at cobbextension.com or by calling 770-528-4076. Plants may be picked up at Jim Miller Park on Saturday, March 16 (one day only) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. These brief guidelines can help you make a selection.

Blackberries: Blackberries require plenty of sunlight, neutral soil and adequate water. Do not plant them in low areas where water stands after a heavy rain. The standard spacing is 2 feet between plants and 12 feet between rows. Fifteen plants, properly cared for, can supply berries for the average family.alt

Blueberries: Blueberries prefer sun, acid soil and adequate water. The standard spacing is 4-5 feet between bushes and 10-12 feet between rows. Blueberries require cross pollination so plant more than one variety.

Raspberries: Raspberries produce fruit in early summer. Plant bushes 3 feet apart in rows 6 feet apart. Raspberries require full sun to light shade, well drained soil. It is a shallow rooted bush, requiring 1 to 1 ½ inches of water per week.

Figs: Celeste figs, a self pollinating, medium size, sweet fruit ripening in July, require at least eight hours of sunshine each day. Figs have a wide-ranging root system and will mature at 15 feet wide and high.

Muscadines: (Cowart) New this year. This native, self-pollinating fruit requires full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Grapes require 20 feet of trellis per plant.

Crape Myrtles: Crape myrtle, admired for the beautiful blooms, exfoliating bark and fall leaf color, may be grown as a bush or shaped to a tree type. Our powdery mildew resistant varieties do best in full sun, and once established, withstand drought.

Edgeworthia: Commonly known as Paper Bush, this winter flowering shrub (6 feet by 6 feet) does well in light shade. Its 3-4 inch long, narrow dark blue-green leaves are clustered at branch tips. Lightly fragrant, pale yellow blossoms appear in late winter. Edgeworthia is pest-free. It prefers most, well-drained soil containing plenty of organic matter. Pliable, bare stems produced freely from the base impart a tropical look. Use as a woodland plant or specimen.

Forsythia: New this year. Its golden yellow blossoms appear in late winter before the leaves. Forsythia is a long lived, fast growing, deciduous shrub, 8-10 feet high and 10-12 feet wide. Plant in well-drained soil and in full sun. Use this easy to care for shrub as a hedge or specimen plant. It has no serious problems, requires fertilizer in mid-February and mid-May, and pruning after flowering.

Heuchera: This 12-20 inch high herbaceous perennial, also known as coral bells, is an attractive border plant. It does well in light shade in moist well drained, humus rich soil. Caramel has apricot /caramel foliage with pink blossoms. Plum Pudding has plum-purple leaves with dark purple veining and white flowers.

Azalea: Admiral Semmes is a heat tolerant and mildew resistant hybrid azalea reaching 4-5 feet in height and width at maturity. Fragrant yellow blossoms appear in early spring. Azaleas like high overhead shade, and organic, acid, well-drained soil

Loropetalum: Also known as the Chinese fringe flower, it is a compact (4-6 feet tall) rounded evergreen shrub. Young leaves are shiny, ruby red. Hot pink fringe flowers appear in spring with sporadic blooms during the year.

Plant in sun or dappled shade ­- in well drained humus rich, slightly acidic soil that is moist but not wet. Keep young plants well watered. This is a low maintenance border or woodland garden shrub.

Spring Bouquet Viburnum: A beautiful evergreen shrub, 5-6 feet high and wide, for a foundation planting, hedge, screen or specimen plant. Its leathery, dark green leaves set off the white to pink clusters of flowers appearing from late fall to early spring. Spring Bouquet prefers full sun, moist, well-drained soil. This viburnum is somewhat susceptible to mildew, leaf spots, aphids and mites.

A free seminar on growing and caring for blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and muscadines will be presented 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at the Cobb County Water Lab, 662 South Cobb Dr., Marietta. For more information, check cobbextension.com or call 770-528-4070.