Smith County Master Gardener
We love it! It starts blooming in early summer and continues until frost. This time of year you can see blooms as well as fruit, both delightful. This shrub is strictly ornamental, unlike the large fruits that you eat; however, if you want color and interest in your garden, this little guy is for you.
Punica granatum var. nana is the one we have. There are several others that either get larger or have different colored flowers. You seldom see any other than nana around this area. In mild winters they are nearly evergreen whereas in cold winters they may freeze to the ground, but are root-hardy here. If you want to keep the shrub smaller, just give it a good whacking back in late winter.
Give your landscape a lift. Plant some Pretoria cannas for their beautiful foliage and orange flowers, some cuphea (firecracker bush), and an ornamental pomegranate. You will have bright orange flowers all summer long along with pretty foliage to balance it out. Pomegranates are not picky as to soil and will take drought very well. They love heat, which we can certainly provide.
Our “Bulbs and More” sale is Saturday We have arranged a great speaker to enlighten you about the bulbs and plants we have for sale after which we have the sale and what a sale it will be!
We have knowledgeable people to help you make choices and enlighten you as needed on any gardening aspect.
Go and have fun!
Dee Bishop is a Smith County Master Gardener. She writes about plants in Tyler Rose Garden