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A Tough Beauty

There are many plants that capture our imagination and make us want to plant large swaths throughout our landscape. Sometimes these treasured plants look amazing but don’t fare well over time. This plant, the invincible Oakleaf Hydrangea is another story! Oakleaf Hydrangeas have a totally different look to them than the traditional mophead or lacecap hydrangeas.… Read more »

What loves shade, blooms in the winter, and is evergreen?

And the answer is….camellias!  These wonderful, versatile plants have been thrilling homeowners for years.  Right now, Camellia japonicas are blooming.  The japonicas have larger leaves that Camellia sasanqua, and in general have larger, more dramatic blooms.  They look kind of like winter roses but even better since they are evergreen. If you are considering a… Read more »

So, what are your feelings about weeds?

Specifically in lawns?  Most people don’t enjoy them at all!  So here are some tips on how to avoid them altogether: The secret is pre-emergent applications, and not just twice a year.  For maximum effectiveness, apply every 60-90 days whether you see weeds or not.  Weeds are either coming up from roots already established  in… Read more »

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile…

This has been a tough year so landscape adjustments may be necessary!  Don’t get overwhelmed, just consider these next few steps: Looking out your windows…. What do you see?  Think critically and realistically about the space that surrounds you.  Do you have large enough areas for fall color to make an impactful statement?  Do you… Read more »

Zelkova

When is the best time to plant a tree?

Well, the best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago but the second best time is today! That is an old saying, I think, and really I wouldn’t plant anything today but I would plan today.  Take a look at your hot spots; places you would like to shield from the sun, either… Read more »

Rudbeckia

Summer Gardening Tip #2

Prune and fertilize your annuals and perennials to encourage blooming.