Know Your Plants

October 04 2019
know your plants RoyalBurgundy

Royal Burgundy Barberry

The majestic name doesn’t disappoint, as Royal Burgundy Barberry brings deep crimson foliage to your garden. Velvety leaves hold their color through summer, darkening in fall before giving way to shiny berries in winter. This shrub is one of the most versatile plants you will find. Plant it around your home’s foundation, along pathways, in […]

October 04 2019
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Goshiki Osmanthus

The first time you see Goshiki Osmanthus’ leaves, you will be amazed. Yellow, orange, pink, cream, and white swirl into many pointy edges, creating a unique shape, palette, and texture all at once. The leaves eventually turn green while retaining spots of the other colors. Perhaps better known as Goshiki False Holly, this evergreen shrub […]

September 05 2019
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Burning Bush

Burning bush certainly earns its name. Even amongst the bright colors of fall, this fiery shrub is an absolute standout with its deep crimson hue. Despite its controversial image—many consider it to be an invasive plant—burning bush’s aesthetic value is undeniable. It can also grow in just about any conditions (almost to a fault) with […]

September 05 2019
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Sedum Autumn Joy

Light green leaves and pastel pink flowers make sedum Autumn Joy a popular perennial in home gardens everywhere. The flowers bring a unique tint to early fall before fading into the rustic palette. Make no mistake, Autumn Joy holds winter interest, too, even when the buds are spent. Plant Autumn Joy in full sun or […]

August 06 2019
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Fat Albert Blue Spruce

One look at its short, wide stature, and you can begin to visualize how the “Fat Albert” spruce got its name. This Colorado blue spruce has the same shape as the iconic cartoon character, its pyramidal form perhaps making for the perfect Christmas tree. Fat Albert spruce goes by the scientific name, Picea pungens, and […]

August 06 2019
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Japanese Forest Grass

For many, Japanese forest grass gives the effect of a flowing stream of bright, yellow-green leaves. This low-growing perennial provides fantastic ground cover and color. Belonging to the Hakonechloa family, Japanese forest grass thrives more in shade than in sun. As it grows to a mature height of 12-24 inches, its arching leaves gracefully brush the […]

July 01 2019
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Moonbeam Coreopsis

The quintessential summer wildflower blooms all season long in Moonbeam coreopsis. Also commonly referred to as tickseed, Moonbeam is beloved by home gardeners for its plentiful yellow flowers. Plant Moonbeam in full sun and loamy soil. It will grow to about two feet tall at maturity, bearing clusters of daisy-like summer blossoms that return each […]

July 01 2019
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Red Maple

Red maple is every bit as red as you might imagine, from the leaves to the flowers and even the stems. Here’s how it works: Deep red foliage and red fruit in fall Red stems and red-tinged leaves in winter Red flowers in spring Still red in summer (if it’s a summer red maple tree) […]

May 02 2019
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Walker’s Low Catmint

Easygoing and long-blooming, Walker’s Low is one of the most commonly grown catmint varieties in home gardens. By easygoing, we mean that it can grow in just about any soil and sunlight with minimal maintenance. That said, the ideal spot for Walker’s Low is in full sun and dry surroundings. The lovely lavender flowers of […]

May 02 2019
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Daylily

Daylilies might not be true lilies, but they are certainly one of the most popular flowering perennials you’ll find. That’s likely because they come in all sorts of colors and combinations, while being ultra-reliable and easy to maintain. Better yet, some daylilies—such as the Stella D’Oro—bloom at both the beginning and end of summer. Daylilies […]