Using Mountain Laurel

Dense, compact mountain laurel shrubs have many uses. On larger properties they are stunning massed (but not overcrowded) in groups of 3 or 5 shrubs. They are beautiful naturalized in wooded or other undeveloped areas of the yard. Single specimens are attractive in smaller yards, planted as foundation shrubs near the house or out in the lawn.

Cutting Blossoms For Display: It is hard to resist cutting some mountain laurel blossoms for indoor display. Cut branches bearing recently opened flowers in the early morning with sharp pruners. Remove the leaves from the lower 4 to 6 inches of the branches. Slit the bottom 2 inches of each woody stem with a knife, then plunge the boughs into very warm water for several hours, even overnight. Then arrange the boughs in a container for display. For more information see the file on Keeping Cut Flowers and Cut Flower Supplies

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