Deciduous Shrubs

Deciduous flowering shrubs are among the most versatile of all garden plants.  Whether used to frame architecture, provide privacy or attract birds, deciduous shrubs are an indispensable part of the garden and are the starting point of great landscape design.  In most cases deciduous shrubs are very low maintenance.  In fact, most will thrive for […]

Evergreens For The Garden

Evergreen Shrubs Evergreen are those trees and shrubs which keep their foliage year round. They’re a bit more expensive than deciduous plants but they are worth their cost because of their year-round beauty, hardiness and longevity. Evergreens range from the broadleaved shrubs like rhododendron and laurel to the tall-needled cone-bearing pines and stately spruces. Evergreen […]

Spring Flowering Trees

After a long cold winter, small ornamental flowering trees are among the first garden plants to brighten up the landscape and announce the arrival of spring. The following are a few classic spring flowering trees for the garden. Eastern Redbuds (Cercis canadensis) are treasured for their stunning pink and lavender (though white is available as […]

Garden Trees

There is nothing more beautiful than a flowering shrub in full bloom, except maybe a flowering shrub in full bloom that has been trained to grow as a single stem tree. Imagine having a fragrant Viburnum Tree next to your patio or outside your bedroom window, waking up to such a wonderful aroma. Go to […]

Easy To Grow Perennials

Perennials are treasured for their ability to flower, spread and multiply year after year.  They’re also noted for their form, texture and vibrant colors.  What makes these easy care perennials wonderful is that they are not only beautiful but hardy as well. With very low maintenance, these perennials offer beautiful flowers and long lasting, lush […]

Gardening With Biennials

Biennials are those flowers which complete their life cycle over the course of two growing seasons. They produce foliage, and sometimes stems, during their first year of growth and then flowers during the second. Once this cycle is complete, they die. Biennials include the long time cottage garden favorites; hollyhock, foxglove, and sweet William. Fertilizing […]

Gardening With Perennials

Perennials are any plants which live for more than two seasons and produce flowers which die back to the ground each fall.  They’re at the heart of most flower gardens and offer wide ranging benefits to the landscape gardener.  Their flowers are treasured for their ability to bloom, spread and multiply year after year.  Perennials […]

Introduction to Flower Gardens

Flower gardening is simple, inexpensive, and loads of fun. Before you start a garden determine how much time you’re willing to spend working in the garden. Annuals, those flowers which live for one season, require more upkeep than perennials. Since they only live for one season, they need be replanted each year. They also need […]

Garden Design – Texture

Texture in garden design refers to the visual roughness or smoothness of a plant and can create visual interest. Textural qualities of plants are most important in smaller gardens since a plant’s texture is most noticeable at close range. Texture is generally read as the mass and void of foliage, bark, or flowers and changes […]

Garden Design – Color

Plant color in garden design is immensely important and can be utilized to create focal points in the landscape. Dark-colored plants contrasted with light-colored plants draw one’s attention in a planting composition. For instance, unique, colorful foliage, like the reddish bronze of the smoke bush, stands out among the various greens of garden. In the […]