Consider this information from Decoding Garden Advice by Jeff Gillman and Meleah Maynard to determine if you should remove twine, burlap and wire from a balled-and-burlapped tree or shrub before planting.
Virtues: We love ‘Yoshino’ Japanese cedar for its open, pyramidal shape and fragrant, blue-green needles. ‘Yoshino’ tolerates cold, grows quickly and does not require pruning.
We love ‘Fat Albert’ spruce (Picea pungens ‘Fat Albert’) for its short, wide stature and its blue needles. Read Article
We love dwarf sweetbox (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis) for its very fragrant late winter flowers and its evergreen foliage. Read Article
We love spider agave (Agave bracteosa) for its drought tolerance and striking architecture. A great choice for hot, dry climates and a fine container specimen elsewhere. Read Article
Here’s an easy way to give birds some shelter while they eat at bird feeders. Read Article
We love lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana) because it is an evergreen pine tree with beautiful exfoliating bark, and because it is a deer resistant plant. Read Article
Watch a video about growing succulents as houseplants or outdoors. Read Article
Read how to thin boxwood in early winter to keep it healthy. Read Article
What trees and shrubs should I try to protect from winter injury, and how? Read Article
If you know someone who is homebound over the holidays, this is an idea that will bring a smile to their face. I belong to a garden club and each year at our December meeting we put together little tray … Read Article