Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Multi-Purpose Southern Magnolias: Summer Blossoms and Evergreen Leaves

After the deciduous trees drop their leaves, I become all the more appreciative of the evergreens in my garden. One of my favorite additions to the garden this year is the Southern Magnolia.
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This summer, I planted a row of Southern Magnolias along my property line to provide some year-round privacy from my neighbor and beauty to my garden. In addition to their large and fragrant summer blooms, their leathery, bi-color leaves--dark green on top and rich brown on the bottom--provide year-round beauty and can also be used in Christmas decorations.
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This picture was taken early on Saturday morning when heavy, wet snow was falling. The temperature quickly rose above freezing and the snow turned into a cold rain.

2 comments:

Meems @HoeandShovel said...

Your title caught my attention over at Blotanical. My magnolia tree is about 40 feet tall... will the row you planted get that tall? It's good to know the magnolia is evergreen in your climate.

I do love the magnolia for the reasons you mentioned. My post for today includes a project using magnolia leaves for Christmas decoration.

Meems

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Good Morning,oooh it looks very cold. I think you have colder then we do. All my snow is gone :-( unfortunatly.

Tyra

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