Know Your Plants

November 19 2018
dragon lady holly

Dragon Lady Holly

Dragon Lady holly could very well be the best-named plant around. Evergreen, elegant and easy to care for, this shrub can be used in virtually any landscape. Growing to approximately 15 feet tall by 6 feet wide, Dragon Lady holly is one of the slimmer trees you’ll find. When planted in full sun to partial […]

November 19 2018
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Oak Leaf Holly

From the prized Red Holly series sprouts Oak Leaf holly, the most upright of its hybrid relatives. This evergreen shrub grows in a pyramidal shape, with bright red berries in winter and bronze to burgundy leaf growth in spring. Oak Leaf holly brings year-round interest and privacy. Plant it in partial to full sun and […]

October 09 2018
norway spruce

Norway Spruce

Its scientific name is Picea abies, but most people see it simply as the Christmas tree. Growing up to 60 feet tall at a rapid rate of approximately two feet per year, the Norway spruce makes for an impressive—and, in December, convenient—addition to a sprawling backyard landscape. This towering tree is native to Europe and […]

October 09 2018
serbian spruce

Serbian Spruce

While many spruce trees are wide and full, the Serbian spruce is unique for its slender frame. Make no mistake, however, this spruce is still hardy enough to withstand New Jersey’s cold winters and hot summers. Growing as tall as 60 feet with a 20-25-foot spread, Serbian spruce is an ideal addition to a landscape […]

October 01 2018
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Sango Kaku

Standing out among the fall foliage and subsequent winter drab is the Coral Bark Japanese Maple, known for its nearly-neon red bark color. Bright green leaves in spring and summer turn an equally brilliant yellow in fall, making for an extremely aesthetic contrast. Coral Park Japanese Maple is also known as Sango Kaku. We’ll tell […]

October 01 2018
paperbark maple

Paperbark Maple

The paperbark maple is one of the most graceful trees you will find. As it ages, its bark peels like paper—thus the name—to reveal fresh new bark. It’s as if the tree is forever young. Classified scientifically as Acer griseum, this medium-sized maple is native to China and began to gain popularity in North America […]

September 01 2018
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Pansy

At the top of any fall flower list, pansies are delicate in appearance yet sturdy in their ability to withstand winter. In fact, they actually prefer cold weather over the heat and humidity of summer. Pansies belong to the Viola genus and are sometimes referred to as violas themselves. Their flowers are characterized by bright […]

September 01 2018
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Aster

Approximately 180 species of bright, beautiful, flowering plants make up the Aster genus, which once included nearly 600 species before the North American species were split into a separate genus. Derived from the Greek word meaning “star,” this star-shaped flower is one of the most popular in gardens across the U.S., thanks to its combination […]

July 19 2018
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Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grass makes a lovely, year-round addition to any home garden. There are many different types of ornamental grass, including feather, fountain, forest and reed grass. Most ornamental grasses are relatively easy to care for and will change in appearance with the seasons. They typically bloom in spring, maintain their aesthetic appeal through late fall […]

July 19 2018
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Russian Sage

Looking to add a soft pop of lavender to your garden? Look no further than Russian sage, the flowering perennial known for its distinctive, pastel-purple bloom from summer into fall. Russian sage is one of the easiest plants to grow, requiring very little water and capable of withstanding the harshest elements of every season up […]