Now that it is a known fact that gardening is beneficial for your overall health, why not tackle a new project? By new project, we mean planting a wisteria shrub in your yard.
Just think of how their blooms will look and smell as part of your landscape. Home Depot is supplying fresh Chinese wisteria bulbs for $23, making you the ultimate plant parent. What a perfect way to celebrate the beauty of Earth Day and spring!
Home Depot is selling a root kit and describes wisteria as a spring perennial that attracts wildlife favorites like butterflies and hummingbirds. This species blossoms with purple flowers and can grow 10 feet high:
“Wisteria provides the drapery, vining slipcover look to camouflage a view or provide shade over a porch or pergola. It can live a long, healthy life with no pruning at all (depending on the look you seek), happily twining, climbing, and sprawling over everything and anything in its path.”
Sound good? One of Home Depot’s other selling points is that the plant is ideal for those with a green thumb or those who are not so gifted with greenery. Once you get it going, it’s hard to kill it.
These shrubs are ideal for zones 7, 8, and 9. After you soak its roots and plant it, it can take about three to four years to fully bloom.
If you decide to add one to your yard, there are a few tips to keep in mind for planting. One: if you are growing more than one, space them at least one foot apart and use a stake to prop them up. They should be placed where they’ll get lots of sunlight and should be watered regularly until the roots take hold.
Since wisteria is considered a vine, some people have concerns about it growing out of control. It can climb up walls and fences, and whether you prefer that look or not, the vines can be tamed with regular pruning.
It is advised to prune wisteria twice a year, and that may include tying some parts of the stems up along with cutting off excessive growth. You’ll have to manage how far out you want the buds to grow, but you can keep it under control.
If you’re game to add this beautiful, enchanting plant to your garden, you’ll have to order it from Home Depot online, because it is not available in stores. Fortunately, you can also download care instructions from the store’s website. You may want to move fast, because sometimes they run out of stock.
Because wisteria is a spring-blooming plant, you don’t want to put it where it can crowd out your other spring blossoms. Choose a good spot where it will have its own space to shine. Remember to prune it in the late winter and early summer and you’ll be good to go. You decide its size and shape!
Do you already have wisteria growing in your yard? How do you like it? Will you be buying one of these from Home Depot?