Always Blooming Camellias

For those gardeners who are regularly on the lookout for evergreen shrubs or shrubs which bloom late into fall and early in the spring, look no further than the Camellia family.  These fabulous plants offer both of these benefits as they have gorgeous waxy, broad green leaves and provide varietals which produce showy blooms during cooler weather. read more

Cool Days Mean Planting Time for Trees

Your landscape may be full of trees but if it’s not and you would like to add a tree or three this is the perfect time of year to accomplish that task.  Fall brings cooler temperatures which means working in the garden is easier, and trees become dormant which is the best time for them to be planted.  In addition, the soil is still warm which is why trees and shrubs are happy to settle in during cooler days and nights.  read more

Making a Good Tree Choice

When you have a home surrounded by trees you have a more valuable property than those who have no trees.  But trees can always be planted and they are a wonderful way to increase your property value.  It would be great if you get to see them grow but if you want to purchase something with some size to begin with that is an optimal choice. read more

Ground Covers for Lawn Alternatives

Sometime during the really hot part of the summer those gardeners with big lawns to mow, water and feed start wondering if there is a better way.  If you still have kids and big dogs or like to set up volleyball nets for your parties you may not want to part with your lawn.  However there are some who may be thinking of reducing the green monster who demands lots of your time and money. read more

Ferns Bring Style

Most people who are learning to garden go nuts for anything that blooms, and they fill their garden beds with blooming plants. This is fine for a time but soon one learns that having something blooming all the time is a goal that takes time to accomplish, and may not really be what is most desirable. As a gardener learns their craft they begin to realize there is virtue in almost every plant whether they bloom or not because texture and architecture in a garden are also very important elements. read more

Add Summer Color with Lantana

All of us need plants which will continue to provide us lovely color and flowers even when it is miserably hot. So if you are trying to find a summer annual with lots of color and toughness, look no further than the lantana. They are part of the verbena family and provide numerous beautiful small flowers which start blooming once it gets warm and continue through the fall until first frost. read more

Boxwood Reigns Supreme

For anyone who has any amount of land, be it small or large, there is a place for boxwood. It has a royal lineage throughout plant history, it’s been planted for centuries in large estates and kingdoms with castles. There are about seventy species in the family but here in the Americas we generally have used only a handful of varietals. read more

Fall in Love with Hydrangeas

Every garden deserves to have the big, happy blooms of a hydrangea, they are the celebratory shrub of early summer. They are blooms we have known all our lives, welcoming warm weather and good memories. What you will be happy to know is that hydrangeas are pretty easy to grow which means anyone can enjoy the fluffy flowers. read more