Trees

Flowers of the Northeastern United States

Despite the harsh winters throughout the northeastern region of the country, there are an abundance of plantings that are robust in color, of all shapes and sizes, that thrive despite their location.   They range from towering trees, bushes, and ground covers to blooming and flowering plants. And, unlike more  tender garden flowers, Northeast natives are very cold […]

Make a Summer Splash – with Windowboxes

A colorful, beautiful garden on a miniature scale – essentially, that’s what you are creating when you hang and fill a windowbox. Windowboxes come in many sizes and styles – shop your local garden center for one that matches your home or ask  your gardening professional to choose one for you. There are wood and […]

Gardening with Lines and Shapes

Especially in winter, and even in summer, we expect our garden to be colorful. Color, of  course, is simply one part of the garden equation. Shapes and forms can make your garden and lawn more dynamic…from very large, towering trees, to smaller and more compact broad pyramids, to slender upright clustering branches that taper toward […]

Adding Color to the Winter Landscape

During the winter months, the landscape can get pretty bleak. Your yard and your neighbors’ yards don’t look as colorful. But it is interesting to consider the various plants that do stay green all winter long. Planting this spring or summer will give you splashes of color around your home when the snows come this […]

Winter Gardening

The art of winter gardening dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries when European nobility would construct large conservatories to house tropical and subtropical plants.  The conservatory would act as an extension of their living space. Many would be attached to the main homes (usually palaces). Early versions would have been constructed of masonry […]

September 10 2012
pruning

Pruning Your Shrubs and Plants

If you look out your window and see a jungle rather than a landscaped garden, it’s probably time to think about pruning. Regular pruning helps establish shapely shrubs and trees with vigorous, balanced growth. Trimmed shrubs also create structure. By pruning your garden regularly, you can keep the jungle at bay and create a template […]

August 10 2012
arctic blue willow

Planning for this Fall – Six Recommended Shrubs

Although the spring season is over, there are plenty of shrubs that blossom for the fall. Warm, beautiful autumn colors can create a welcoming lawn or garden without the need of pastels. The following are recommended shrubs that will still look great in the autumn and keep your lawn looking vibrant. Virginia Sweetspire By the […]

May 23 2012
Citrus lemon

Less Leaves – Choosing Trees For Your Yard

Trees are beautiful… and let’s face it—we need them on our planet. We appreciate their beauty and shade but when you see someone’s yard with no trees in it, most likely that’s because they did not want to bother with cleaning up leaves. However, there are trees and shrubs that do not shed their leaves […]