Shrubs and trees are a common feature in your own garden. Both the front and the back garden get a special touch if you skillfully use large, beautiful plants there. Because in this way you can easily bring a dynamic into the garden design. And that in turn makes spending time in the outdoor area a real pleasure. Today we would like to introduce you to an unusual plant: the evergreen magnolia. With this plant you can set beautiful accents not only outdoors, but also on the terrace. Let’s see what kind of care she needs.
The evergreen magnolia is a real work of art
The evergreen magnolia at a glance
The scientific name of the evergreen magnolia is Magnolia grandiflora, but it is also known as the large-leaved magnolia. The plant grows into a really tall shrub and can reach 3 to 8 meters in height. The plant has a pyramidal habit and is a shallow root: the roots of the plant conquer the ground over a large area. Therefore, other plants are often planted nearby, which protect the root area. The gum tree-like leaves are bicolored, that is, the upper surface is dark green and glossy and the underside is reddish brown and felty. What the plant is proud of is the imposing, wonderfully fragrant flower. It is simple and tulip-like and opens from April to June. It should be noted, however, that it takes a few years for the first flower buds to form. The Magnolia grandiflora convinces with several varieties, so that every hobby gardener can find something.
The flowers are characterized by a silky, shimmering beauty
Care tips for the evergreen magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora can grow both outdoors and in a container. The terrace or the conservatory are also enriched by them. The unusual plant is a great eye-catcher because of its attractive beauty. It therefore needs the right care to keep your eyes happy for longer.
location and soil
You should place your evergreen magnolia in a sunny and wind-protected place. The soil must be moist, nutritious and loamy. The plant is sensitive to cold and therefore only needs to be planted in spring. It is recommended that the young plants get a stump. To keep the soil moist and cool in summer, garden plants could be watered often and given a layer of mulch, and for potted plants, a shady spot on the pot could help a lot. The mulch layer is also very useful to protect the evergreen magnolia from the cold. The numerous varieties of the evergreen magnolia are in fact much more frost hardy than Magnolia grandiflora itself. So if you value it, you should be careful and be careful when shopping.
A tip from us: After the long winter, the leaves of the evergreen magnolia are very delicate. You should therefore let them get used to the light slowly when you bring the plant back outside.
The two sides of the plant create a beautiful contrast
Due to the fact that Magnolia grandiflora is very thirsty and hungry, it needs to be fertilized three times a year: the first fertilization is carried out in March, the second in May, and the third – in July. If there is a lack of fertilizer, leaf fall begins without end.
by the way: Even in winter you have to water the plant. The supply of the roots with water is crucial for the wood.
If you want to cut the evergreen magnolia, you should think twice about it, because the plant forms its flower buds on the annual shoots. So if the wood is cut too often, the flowers will also be reduced. However, a cut around the end of March is not a problem for the plant. The characteristic growth of the plant develops best without shaping and pruning.
The imposing garden plant is actually very sensitive to frost
The alternate leaves fascinate with their colors
The crown of the evergreen magnolia resembles a broad pyramid
The flowers can reach a diameter of 25 cm
The combination of two-tone leaves and huge flowers makes the large-leaved magnolia a real eye-catcher
An acidic, humus-rich and well-drained soil is ideal for the plant
Magnolia grandiflora is resistant to diseases and pests
The white flowers and the two-tone leaves create a beautiful color contrast
Place the potted plants in a sheltered spot when it is cold