But the most amazing feature of Gaultheria procumbens is the bright scarlet fruits. These 1 1/2-inch fruits arise in midsummer and continue into the following spring, creating the most unusual sight of both flowers and fruit together! And the foliage is wonderfully aromatic when crushed -- still used in wintergreen tea, it was once also made into an oil.
After spending its first year establishing itself in the garden, this 6-inch plant spreads to make a most attractive groundcover or naturalized woody plant. Native to the eastern U.S., it likes an acidic, moist, organic soil and light shade in the North, medium to heavy shade further south. The more sun it gets, the darker are its leaves. Zones 3-cooler portions of 8.
|Item Form||3 1/2-inch Pot|
|Zone||3 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Late Spring - Late Summer|
|Plant Height||6 in|
|Plant Width||3 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Fragrance, Flower, Berries, Bird Lovers, Easy Care Plants|
|Bloom Color||Pink, White|
|Foliage Color||Burgundy, Dark Green|
|Light Requirements||Part Shade, Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained, Wet|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
As the deer population has boomed and
food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will
strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there
are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these
Use physical barriers
A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.
Plant Deer-resistant VarietiesHerbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.
Having a dog In the FamilyOwning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.
For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.
Creeping Wintergreen / Checkerberry
Set 1 to 2 feet apart, in partial shade, in moist, acid soil. We recommend a sandy, welldrained soil enriched with generous amounts of compost, leaf-mold or peat moss.
Water regularly and deeply – Gaultheria needs moisture above all else, especially during periods of drought. A year-round organic mulch of compost or leaf mold is recommended to preserve moisture and help provide a cool root-run. Once established, plants resent transplanting.
Zones 3 (cooler portions)-7
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