eastern redbud also has the ability to show out in
the fall with golden yellow leaves.
cluster of three Purple Diamond loropetalums are
creating a stunning "wow factor" at our garden
and they can do the same in your landscape. What is even
more impressive is that they are doing this in a garden
with 900 plus camellias and dozens of azaleas. In other
words, they are among the showiest plants in a garden
chock full of dazzling beauty.
speaking they are known as Loropetalum chinensis with a
lot of gardeners knowing them as Chinese fringe flower.
Purple Diamond is different: Its compact, reaching
about 5 feet tall and is slightly spreading versus the
15 foot skyscraper that I have at my home and maybe at
first loropetalums around were white flowered selections
but it is the red and burgundy varieties that have
captured the hearts of gardeners everywhere since the
early 1990s. Unfortunately back then gardeners
thought they were dainty little shrubs and planted them
too close to the house, sidewalk and even other shrubs.
It is not uncommon now to see them as crowded trees in
recent years there have been great strides made in
varieties from the truly super dwarf and spreading to
the compact. The evergreen or, in this case, the
ever-purple foliage gives year round interest and are
mesmerizing in bloom.
you need a selection even shorter, then Purple Pixie is
the choice for you. To be honest if it never bloomed I
would still love it for its habit and texture. It is
remarkable in a large container where its dark purple
foliage tumbles over the edge. It reaches about 2 feet
in height with a spread of 4 feet. So while in a
container you may want to do a little tip pruning, in
the landscape it is a superb groundcover.
Purple Pixie Purple Diamond has dark purple foliage and
flowers that are reddish purple and seem to glow almost
iridescently and are incredibly visual from a great
distance. They are both cold hardy to around zero and
recommended for zones 7-10.
matter what loropetalum you choose they perform best in
full sun, but can tolerate partial shade as along our
Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail. Plant them in
well-drained, organic-rich beds that are slightly
acidic. I like to emphasize the part about planting in
beds. When planting loropetalums, or any other shrub,
put them in a well-prepared bed instead of sticking them
in a patch of turf.
Loropetalum is an environmentally friendly plant, as it
is not known to have any serious pests. The idea of
putting a $5 plant in a $10 planting hole has merit when
planting your loropetalum. Dig your hole two to three
times as wide as the root ball and plant at the same
depth that it is growing in its container or even an
inch higher. Backfill with the soil dug from the hole
and add a good layer of mulch.
the landscape, consider planting Purple Diamond with
white blooming trees like ornamental pears, Yoshino
cherries, and dogwoods with informal drifts of
daffodils. Purple Pixie would be great in front of white
azaleas, along a dry stream bed or a rock garden with
pockets of yellow daffodils. With these loropetalums the
certainty is that you will be creating a garden worthy
of a painting.