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Trends in plants come and go, but if there's one that seems to have settled into the modern gardening mainstream, it's shrubs with purple foliage. I, for one, am glad. There was a time...
Trends in plants come and go, but if there's one that seems to have settled into the modern gardening mainstream, it's shrubs with purple foliage. I, for one, am glad. There was a time...
Great Design Plant: Juniperus Squamata ‘Blue Star’
Certain garden plants earn their designation as go-to plants, and usually for good reasons. Consider Blue Star juniper (Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’). It has a compact size and offers evergreen foliage with seasonal interest, versatility,...
Great Design Plant: Valentine Bush for Heartfelt Winter Color
The deep red flowers of ‘Valentine’ start appearing in winter, when most plants have closed up shop, adding much-needed color to landscapes throughout the Southwest. Flowers begin to appear around Christmas, and blooming peaks around Valentine’s...
Great Design Plant: Corylus Americana Awakens the Woodland Garden
American hazelnut (Corylus americana) is one of the first native shrubs to flower in spring. Before the leaves emerge, the separate male and female flowers begin to develop on the bare branches. The male flowers, in particular,...
Great Design Plant: Comptonia Peregrina
Sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina) is an apt name for this little shrub that’s native to northeastern North America. The arching form and deeply lobed foliage give it the appearance of a fern, but it is a woody shrub. It gives off a wonderful fresh...
Great Design Plant: Chamaecyparis Pisifera ‘Curly Tops’
Most gardeners have, deeply buried somewhere in their minds, a list of attributes that their imaginary perfect plant would possess. For me it would be a plant that is versatile and easily grown to a manageable size; has blue foliage, incredible texture,...
Great Design Plant: Pinus Thunbergii ‘Thunderhead’
Pines, like red wine, can be an acquired taste. Many of us played in pine forests as children, never giving a thought as to what makes these trees special. But there are certain pines that can do for your garden what no other plant can do: They can provide...
8 Native Shrubs for Year-Round Bird Feeding
Tell me if you’ve ever had this problem in your garden: One day, perhaps in winter, you’re enjoying a cup of coffee, looking out at your landscape. You’re admiring the grasses and perennials, sedges and trees, when suddenly it hits you like a freight...
Great Design Plant: Picea Abies ‘Nidiformis’
The winter garden can be a lonely place, as the frills and thrills of summer annuals and flowering perennials have disappeared from the solemn landscape. It’s at this time of year when garden structure, along with plant texture and shape, become more...
Great Design Plant: Winterberry Rouses Frosty Gardens
Most people have never heard of the deciduous holly called winterberry — evergreen hollies are much better known and more commonly found in residential landscapes. But for gardeners in cold climates, winterberry offers a lot. It's easy to love this...
Great Design Plant: Simmondsia Chinensis
This Southwestern native shrub is a great choice for those who want a low-maintenance desert plant that looks good growing next to cacti or flowering perennials and can even function as an informal hedge. Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) is known...
These Hedges Can Add Interest to Your Winter Garden
A wide range of trees and shrubs extend garden interest beyond springtime blooms, but many of them do not provide year-round appeal. When the colors of autumn fade and our garden’s bare bones become stark in winter’s clear light,...
Great Design Plant: Staphylea Trifolia Shines in the Shade
The delicate branches of American bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia) are covered with clusters of nodding white flowers in spring. This underutilized, shade-tolerant, native shrub (small tree) is ideal...
These Aren’t Your Grandparents’ Junipers
Let’s take a journey back to our favorite childhood memories. For many of us, those memories include playing hide-and-seek or kick the can with the neighborhood kids on sultry summer or crisp autumn nights. Inevitably we hid beneath trees and shrubs,...
Great Design Plant: Chionanthus Virginicus
White fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) is a large shrub or small tree with a native range across the southeastern United States, but it can tolerate temperatures in colder zones. Fringe-like flowers cover the tree for two weeks in late spring,...
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