You may have noticed #OAKtober floating around out there on the internet lately. In 2015, October was officially declared oak awareness month in Illinois, but why? Check out this blog post to learn about the ecological importance of oak trees and why we need to plant more oaks.
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Great might be an understatement. I must confess, I have always been partial to gingko trees. Their leaves are unlike any other tree in the landscape, but the more I learn about ginkgo trees, the more I realize how truly fascinating this tree really is.
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.
Fall Blooming Tree-Heptacodium, Seven Sons Flower
Fall is typically the season where everyone is enjoying the changing foliage colors on trees and shrubs in the landscape and there's not much to look at in the way of flowers with the exception of the usual the fall mums and asters and a few other perennials. But not every plant follows the typical blooming schedule of spring or summer. Heptacodium miconioides is a distincitive small tree that not only blooms in the fall, but has several other exciting features as well.
Best Fruit Trees for the Midwest
Back in the old days my brothers and I played in and around the 20 or so odd fruit trees Dad planted in our large back yard. Come spring, however, it was "watch-the-fruit time." There was no playing around Dad's trees, especially when the fruit was ripening.
What Are The Best Magnolias For Zone 6-(Reviews)
When I hear the name Magnolia I typically think of large Southern Magnolias lining the drive of a southern plantation. The large glossy leaves. The huge white fragrant flowers. Ahhh I can picture it and smell the lemony scent of them now. What most people don’t know is that it is not the only type of Magnolia, and they aren’t just for the deep south.
Aronia Arbutifolia Brilliantissima/Red Chokeberry (Review)
This deciduous shurb has it all. Fruit for birds, nectar for insects, cover for wildlife and multi-season beauty. Clusters of spring blooming white to pinkish flowers provide loads of nectar for pollinators. Dense clusters of glossy red fruit follow the flowers. The fruit ripens in late summer and persists through winter. the glossy foilage turns brilliant red in autumn, making it terrific altermative to the non-native, burning bush (Euonymus alatus).
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.