WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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in full sun, it develops a multistemmed round shape with an average height and spread of six to ten feet. Also, for you nature lovers, the beautiful swallowtail butterfly uses this plant for its successive life stages, so it's very important in our ecosystem. Another native to welcome in the spring landscape is the shad- bush or serviceberry, Amelanchier, with clouds of delicately scented, sparkling white blossoms that appear before its leaves. The flowers are ephemeral, lasting only about a week, but stunning in the spring landscape. They are the earliest white flowering shrubs to bloom. In the wild, these plants appear as understory shrubs or trees. Cultural require- ments are simple, either full sun or shade, and the habit is either multistemmed or tree form. We had a narrow space in our woodsy corner where we planted A. canadensis 'Glenn Form' RAIN- BOW PILLAR, a shrub with a narrower upright habit, and a lovely follow on after the spicebush. If yellows and whites are too tame for your taste, then emblazon your garden with a stand of decidu- ous azaleas that can be found in a range of colors I never fail to be overjoyed when strolling past one particular corner of our garden in early spring and seeing branches studded with small, yellowy flowers. "Hooray," I say, spring has sprung, and the native spice- bush, Lindera benzoin, is in bloom. It's a true harbinger of spring with a profusion of flowers blooming well before the bright green leaves unfold. These flowers are not the startling yellow of forsythia; they are more delicate—but abundant creating an ethereal haze. The scent is spicy lemony, and all parts of the plant are scented when bruised. Best I N G A L I N / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M G M C 3 1 0 1 / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M "emblazon your garden" the green scene W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 24

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