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Florida Anise, An Uncommon Evergreen Shrub
If your soil is either extremely sandy or clayey, adding organic matter to the entire area where the shrubs are to be planted will be beneficial. However, there are some less-commonly chosen evergreen shrubs that will add charm and distinction to your...
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The Mighty Oak: Our National Tree
In addition, there are many hybrids and some introduced from other countries. Let's all vow to treasure and protect our native oaks in natural areas and on individual properties, for they are truly national treasures.Salt River Ford Oak -used by Abraham...
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The Lesser-Known Hardy Ericaceous Shrubs, Part 2: Ledum to Zenobia
Part 2 of this two-part series will introduce you to more of the lesser-known ericaceous shrubs, from Ledum to Zenobia. So as you can see, in zone 6 and colder, there are a host of ericaceous, acid-loving shrubs that can be incorporated with your rhododendrons,...
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Dwarf Shrubs: Perfect Choices for Many Reasons
But the smaller shrubs are the workhorses of the garden, tying together or dividing different planting areas to present a pleasing picture.Small shrubs are defined as those reaching 5 feet or less at maturity.
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Winterberry Hollies: \'Rhett Butler\' Meets \'Scarlett O\'Hara\' and the Results are Explosive
For those of us living in most of Eastern North America; our native winterberry holly can be the preferred choice. At this time of year we're often under whelmed by the lack of colour out our windows.
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Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo)
‘Rubra', a form that seems less vigorous and hardy than the species, bears deep pink flowers and is very hard to find in commerce. Arbutus unedo (ar-BYOO-tus YOO-nee-doe), sometimes called strawberry tree or cane apple, is a slow-growing broadleaf evergreen...
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Introduction to the Coral Trees (Erythrina species)
Coral trees include well over 100 species of some of the most beautiful flowering trees originating from all around the globe. The following is an introduction to some of the most commonly grown species.
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Perfect Potentilla
A touch up, if desired, in the fall to maintain a nice shape. It is a wonderful addition to any Northern garden. They will need shelter from direct sunlight for the first month or so.
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Shrubby Hydrangea for Northern Gardeners
Most selections have flowers that are affected by soil pH but plant breeders have selected some forms that retain their pink, purple or blue colour regardless of soil pH. In the south they bloom nearly all summer and well into the autumn.
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Loropetalum, Saucy Cousin of Witchhazel
Gardens in the southern United States are awash with the magenta colors of Chinese fringe flower (Loropetalum chinense var. Seemingly a bit of a floozy in the springtime, it calms down for the rest of the year and blends into the landscape like a respectable...
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The Beauty of Weigela
Finally there is a new French cultivar called(aka ‘Courtalour') which grows to 1.5 m with tri-coloured flowers of white, pink and red!Among the plain green selections are 'Bristol Ruby', 'Pink Princess', 'Red Prince', 'White Knight', 'Minuet' and 'Carnival'The...
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Those seed balls are about an inch across and hang singly or in multiples, again showing variation among the species. The leaves of the several Sycamore species differ in the depth, spacing, and number of the "fingers," or lobes and points on the leaf.
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Spotlight on the Paperbark Maple
The Hillier Manual (Great Britain) describes it as "one of the most beautiful of all small trees". As a mature tree, generally, it will have a rounded head but as a teenager, it tends to have lanky and uneven growth, but with that bark, it can be forgiven...
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Reblooming Hydrangeas
While the big, blowsy flowers have always stolen the show in May and June, gardeners intent on having hydrangeas in their gardens can now select types that bloom throughout the summer.
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Trees and Their Veneration in the Western World
And Sparrow had healed over the cold time and flew to greet their return.‘Pine, you, who had the least of all the trees, and gave so much, have touched my Spirit. More like needles...
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Northern Lights Azaleas
There has been much talk about the Northern Lights Azaleas in recent years. Compact in size, vibrant colored, mostly fragrant and excellent fall color; sounds like the perfect shrub!
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The Spectacular Flowering Dogwoods
I will describe these in more detail shortly. If you are fortunate to live in an area where you can grow these spectacular dogwoods, I highly recommend you try them as few flowering trees have as long a blooming season along with the added bonus of spectacular...
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Viburnums, Dependable Landscape Shrubs
Do your best to get viburnums that have some genetic variations and are not clones (vegetatively propagated plants from the same parent), as these result in the best flowering and fruit production.: About 115 species and interspecific hybrids are recognized...
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Instead, they encourage the development of roots that inevitably circle around the sides and base of the pot. However, I urge you to be of an inquiring nature because the final pot the plant was grown in may have pruned the roots, but the liner or smaller...
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Pruning, trimming, lopping and aerial wood-cutting.
Never ever engage into this kind of work alone--a second person on the ground is essential. As we will be using sharp tools and we do not want to provoke an haemorrhage while suspended high up on a rope, protective clothes are a prerequisite.
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Miscellaneous Dogwoods for the Garden
Not for the Dogs: The History and Culture of the Dogwood''Adding Some Year-round Interest in the Garden with Red Twig Dogwood'As can be seen from the various articles devoted to dogwoods, this genus exhibits wonderful variation and allows some species...
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Think Green: Foliage as an Alternative to Flowers
Think also about interesting woody ornamentals such asgreen against which to display your blooming specimens will give you a longer season of garden beauty.Next time you think about enhancing the natural environment around you, look to your own piece...
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Cotinus: Smokin\' Hot!
It's gorgeous!" "That," I replied, "is a purple smoketree." "'Smoke'?" she repeated, looking perplexed. The round purple leaves are extremely attractive and, once mature, the plant will cover itself with deep fuchsia fluffy blooms generally in late spring...
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Woody Plants for Acidic Soils
The shrub should be at the same depth as it was in its container.It is beneficial to place a 3-5 cm layer of leaf mould or old compost around the base of a newly planted or established shrub.
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Choice evergreens add spark to home landscapes
The persistent winter foliage reminds us of eventual spring, and shelters songbirds on frosty nights. Your home will thank you! Explore some evergreen options beyond the ubiquitous yew and pruned privet of run-of-the-mill landscaper's specials.
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How to Plant a Tree: Getting It Out of the Nursery Pot and Into Your Yard
Don't leave the ropes around the tree, or they'll cut into the tree as it grows.Take a little extra time to plan the placement of your tree, to dig it a nice hole, and to stake and mulch it after planting.
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The 50 Cent Bald Cypress Seedling
It could have been about twenty years ago that I got a wild notion to plant a tree on the east end of my house. Maybe that's a good thing, because if they formed, it would mean the spring uphill from my house has sprung to flood proportions.This article...
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Japanese Maples 101
More recently, new cultivars are being released from Europe (in particular The Netherlands), United States, Australia and New Zealand. Unless very young (under 4 years old), they should never be moved in a bare-root state.
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Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides
The tree has been widely planted. At least seventeen named cultivars exist.Dawn redwood is not a tree for any and every situation but where conditions are right, you can grow your own living fossil.
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