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Slough Sedge - Carex Obnupta 

The Slough Sedge is a robust sedge species that has a remarkably long blooming cycle that lasts for many months and continues to grow so you can enjoy the color and unique form they bring to your garden year-round. Their leaves never turn brown, even in the driest of spells making this tolerant plant stand true to the saying amongst the Hesaquiat First Nations tribe, which translates to "You are just like the citapt (Slough Sedge), you never change."


 It can grow between 12 to 18 inches tall within ten years and forms attractive 4 to 8 long milky white flower spikes that can reach an extensive range of 2 to almost 5 inches. When ripe, the fruit it produces is plump and coated in a complex, dry, shiny pterygium, usually in a yellow-green or brown, dark color. 

 The plant rapidly grows in dense tufts from long, creeping rhizomes and has coarse, w-shaped luscious green leaves that give it a glass-like appearance with the margins rolled over.

 They grow easily and can survive various types of garden soil as long as there is a sufficient amount of moisture available but usually thrive in more wet saline climates that provide a moist environment. 

 It is generally recommended that Slough Sedge be planted from bare root stock or by using seedlings from container stalk even though they can also be seeded directly into the soil. That is because the seeds have a chance of scattering or washing away, and what plants that do grow from the seeds tend to stay unusually small for over a year giving you a considerable amount of time where the plant's leaves are stunted and brittle.

 Planting bare rootstock is the most successful and is best planted in the fall when the rains begin, so they are allowed time over the dormant season to develop a healthy root system to sustain them through the dry season.


 These plants also attract all types of wildlife, such as beautiful singing birds, turtles, muskrats, and even amphibians, so that you can enjoy the feel of nature.



Magnolia Tree 

If you search for the perfect tree to enhance your home's landscaping, look toward the Southern Magnolia. It is a lush evergreen that does well in planting zones 7-9. This tree can be planted from seeds and is a rapid grower. Reaching an average height of 40-80 feet, the Southern Magnolia is drought-resistant, tolerating full sun to partial shade. It requires a larger yard of acidic, well-drained, rich soil for height between 40-80 feet and a width of 30-40 feet.


 The Southern Magnolia tree's appearance is unique. The wide-spread branches form a cone shape, densely covered with large, broad leaves glossy and thick. The underside of the 5-8 inch long leaves appears velvety with a bronze tone. The 8-12 inch wide magnolia blossoms are sweet-smelling, similar to spice-infused lemon, creamy white, and quite dramatic appearing with their broad petals. These trees bloom from spring through summer. Come autumn, the fruit appears as redwood-colored cones, about 2-4 inches long, with kidney bean-shaped, bright red seeds. 


 In terms of landscaping uses, these trees can be used for street side, framing, windbreak or shade.


 For limited space, you can still enjoy the charms of the magnolia using a cultivar named the "Little Gem." Slower growing, it shares the same glossy, deep green leaves and fragrant, creamy white blooms as the Southern Magnolia. Topping at 15-20 feet, with a width of 8-10 feet and a narrower shape, it serves well as an espalier, growing flat against a fence or wall, blooming for six months.


 Whether the Southern magnolia or the "Little Gem," this tree provides shade and enjoying the coolness achieved by the multitude of broad leaves and, best of all, the heady, intoxicating, lemon spice scent of the magnificent blossoms is to appreciate this Southern native truly.



Flame Leaf Sumac 

It is easy to see where the Flame Leaf Sumac gets its name since its dark, shiny, green leaves turn a brilliant, burgundy red every fall along with orange and purple mixed in with crimson fruit ripens. The plant is a flashy one and is described both as a shrub and an ornamental tree. This appealing deciduous plant sports a variety of names, including Prairie Flame Leaf Sumac, Texas Sumac, Tree Sumac, Prairie Shining Sumac, Prairie Sumac, Lance-leaved Sumac, Limestone Sumac, Mountain Sumac, and Black Sumac, along with its more formal name of Rhus lanceolate.

 Flame Leaf Sumac, native to Texas, grows best if it can be left alone in open areas to naturalize and often forms thickets that provide an excellent cover for birds to nest and small animals use for cover and food. Flame Leaf Sumac only grows to about five feet tall when left in places such as along roadsides, but if it is placed in an area with ideal soil and regular watering, it can grow to many trees and reach up to 20 feet.

 Shrub-like varieties of Flame Leaf Sumac that are pruned during the winter months can form a lovely tree and can even be cut to the ground regularly. If kept as a shrub, it is more accommodating to plants surrounding it because it will not produce dense shade, allowing them to have more sunlight.

 Flame Leaf Sumac grows the most between April and May, but only the female plants produce berries and flowers. The fruit will ripen around September in dense clusters, which can hang on throughout the winter months. Migratory birds, songbirds, quails, and even wild turkeys will feed on the berries over the winter along with raccoons, possums, and rabbits that feast on the bark and twigs of the tree.

 The Flame Leaf Sumac will dramatically sprout after an ironic fire, given its name. The seeds, bark, leaves, and fruit contain a large amount of tannin used for tanning leather hides.

 Flame Leaf Sumac can grow in many locations with minimal watering. It can be placed on rocky slopes, woodlands, fence rows, and hillsides but not on shrub borders. It is fast-growing, normally pest and disease-free, and can withstand a drought.




Benefits of garden moss 

There are several benefits of having garden moss. The first benefit is that it is highly adsorbent. That means that it will be able to retain a lot more water when compared to the other types of soil. Moss is one of the reasons it is great to include inside of the garden soil. The second benefit is the acidic PH features. It is excellent for plants that like acids like blueberries and camellias. In other words, these plants are going to need acid to grow. If your garden soil does not have any acid, it is essential to add garden moss.


 The third benefit of garden moss is it is a sterile medium. That means that it is excellent for growing and planting all types of plants. It does not have any harmful chemicals in it to be suitable for your plants. It will be especially true for the plants that are more vulnerable and tender to take care of. That means that they will need a lot more maintenance than some of the other plants. A starting mix is an excellent way for the garden moss to be added to the soil.


 The fourth benefit of garden moss is compaction prevention. It is an organic material that can help to prevent soil compaction. When the soil is going to become less beneficial for the plants, the soil will not absorb the water either, so it will provide a happy medium for the plants to grow correctly. The garden moss can be rehydrated and used for many years to come. 


 These are the top four benefits of garden moss in the soil where you will plant things.