Virtues: L.A. Dreamin’ bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla L.A. Dreamin’ or ‘Lindsey Ann’) delivers big, colorful flowers even after a frigid winter or a pruning mishap.
GreatPlants, a joint program of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and the Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association, focuses on plants for year-round interest. And isn’t that what many gardeners struggle with—achieving year-round interest in the garden? That is why we love … Read Article
Don’t panic when you hear the word “honeysuckle,” because we are not talking about the wildly invasive shrub. We are talking about the mouth-watering, easy-to-grow haskap berry. The new variety ‘Dolce Vita’ is not too particular about soil and it … Read Article
We love Pink Icing™ blueberry for its foliage that is gorgeous from spring to fall. Its berries are pretty tasty, too! The foliage starts out pink and bright green in the spring and summer then transitions to iridescent blue … Read Article
There is much to love about ‘Diamond Ball’ clematis. It is a compact vine ideally suited for container gardening and smaller garden spaces. The double-petaled white blooms have a tinge of blue or lavender that lends a hint of delicate … Read Article
Virtues: Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), is a United States–native shrub with so much to offer. This four-season shrub adapts easily to various soil types and provides essential food to bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. Its year-round interest, low maintenance requirements … Read Article
If you store any potted perennials or shrubs that aren’t hardy in your region in a cold but sheltered place for the winter, you may wonder when exactly it is safe to move them back outdoors in spring.
The majority of shrubs will survive and even thrive in the garden without supplemental feeding, as long as you’ve chosen types with needs that match the general conditions of your growing location (soil type, water supply, light levels, etc.). That … Read Article
For most kinds of shrubs, fall is the ideal planting season. Early spring comes in a close second, however, and miles ahead of late spring, at which point new shrubs face potential stress from heat, humidity and drought as summer … Read Article
Virtues: Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) tolerates dry conditions, poor soil and air pollution. Native to the eastern United States, it provides year-round interest in a garden while supporting wild birds with its berries.
Fall is optimum tree- and shrub-planting time. Planting instructions usually end with the advice to water the new tree or shrub well and then apply an even layer of mulch to conserve soil moisture and regulate soil temperatures. This is … Read Article