End of Spring

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Little Gem Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

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Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus)

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Varigated Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet)

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Bishop’s Flower (Ammi majus)

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Hardy Gloxinia (Sinningia sellovi)

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The Automatic Garden strives to have something in bloom all year around.  Here are a few of the End of Spring bloomers.  A big bee is heading for a treat in the Little Gem Magnolia.  This tree is fabulous for the typical urban yard.  It is quite compact and yet the wonderful scent of the blooms can still be enjoyed.  Agapanthus is considered a “landscaper” plant here on the Gulf Coast. The reason being that it grows so well, that every house has one.  Agapanthus makes it through every winter and is a reliable bloomer. The Shell Ginger can also fall in that same “landscaper” category.  It is totally care free, except for  removing dead stems.  Bishop’s Flower is an annual that adds an airy feel to the garden.  It can grow up to 4 feet tall if not crowded and reminds one of a giant Queen Anne’s Lace.  Hardy Gloxinia is such a simple, but pretty plant.  It gracefully sends out stems with little pink flowers.  The leaves have a bumpy texture that is fun to pet.  It will start easily from cuttings and grows well in a pot or  a garden bed.

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