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Crapemyrtle vs. Knock Out® Roses (comparison)

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Two Great Flowering Shrubs- Crapemyrtle vs. Knock Out® Roses

Two of my favorite flowering shrubs are Knock Out® roses and crape myrtle [lagerstroemia]. It's hard to beat the all season blooms and variety of colors both shrubs provide.

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

Where Should Junipers Be Planted?

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Juniperus Virginiana "Canaertii"

 

      "The Right Plant For The Right Space"

How important is it to select the right plant for the right place? Just ask my neighbor Fred. Recently he asked, "Hey Paul, why are my hostas always crispy brown and my roses rarely bloom?" Well Fred, I'm glad you asked.....I think.

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Tags: Plants, General, Evergreens, Trees, Shrubs

Lilacs: Popular Plants For The Landscape

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Lilacs:  Popular Plants For The Landscape

Lilacs are one of the most popular plants for the landscape. The fragrance and flower color are unmistakable in the spring. The fragrance always reminds me that spring is here. Lilac flowers range in color from a lavender pink to a deep purple and are very fragrant.  There are many varieties of lilacs, but some of my favorites for the landscape are the Josee Reblooming Lilac, the Bloomerang Lilac, Miss Kim Lilac, and the dwarf Korean Lilac.  The Josee and Bloomerang have the additional benefit of re-blooming throughout the summer.  

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

Corylus Avellana “contorta” Harry lauder’s walking stick (Review)

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Corylus Avellana “contorta” Harry lauder’s walking stick-Review

An interesting plant in the garden with it’s cork screw or contorted habit. Makes a great plant for winter interest. The leaves have a rough texture and appear somewhat wrinkled. Every time I see this plant during the season I think it needs to be watered due to the appearance of the leaves.

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Tags: Plants, Shrubs

River Birch (Betula Nigra)-Review

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Description of River Birch- Betula Nigra 

A favorite and widely used landscape ornamental grown as a single or multi stem tree.

The exfoliating brown bark is the most attractive feature of this plant.  It is very interesting in all seasons especially in winter contrasted off of snow. Darker brown branches are highlighted off of the lighter cream to light brown color trunk.

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Tags: Plants, Trees