Archive for shrubs

Alternatives to Boxwoods and Traditional Dwarf Hollies

Here are some of our favorite landscape plant selections that can be planted instead of the standard boxwoods and non-fruiting dwarf hollies: Ligustrum ‘Sunshine’ This 3’-4’ tall and wide evergreen shrub is a wonderful alternative to boxwoods. Easily trimmed as a hedge, its new yellow foliage is present nearly year round. This plant is reliably evergreen. […]

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Taking Care Of Fall Business

Believe it or not, you can still plant veggies for winter or spring harvest.  Many crops are generally pretty cold hardy in our area, and if they require protection, it’s usually as simple as heavy mulch, or protecting the leaves from ice by wrapping the plant or installing row covers if you have a lot […]

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The Art Of The Judicious Prune

The three most significant principles of judicious pruning appear to be:  1) knowing what to prune, 2) when to prune it, and 3) how to prune it.  Mess up on one of these, and your victims of inappropriate pruning display those bad haircuts publicly for at least a season.  Imagine doing that to your teenage […]

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Staying Alive (Try to get that tune out of your head now.)

So I walked into my favorite plant nursery (you know the one) in early spring, and saw this strapping, young Stewartia pseudocamellia, just popping with flower buds.  Stewartia trees are generally not easy to find, and worth their weight in gold to those of us who love its form, bark, and blossoms.  Of course I […]

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