Pruning crapemyrtles can confound gardeners because there are plenty of bad examples lining the streets of the South (and beyond, with the introduction of hardier crape myrtle varieties). Here are the best strategies for pruning crapemyrtles to encourage better bloom, … Read Article
Virtues: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is honoring Natchez crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica ‘Natchez’) as a Gold Medal Plant this year. Its resistance to powdery mildew, its clean white, heavy flowers and its exfoliating bark set it apart from other crapemyrtles.
Virtues: White spruce, named Evergreen of the Year by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s GreatPlants for the Great Plains program, is a valuable tree in winter. It is useful as a windbreak, hedge, screen or even as a cut or living … Read Article
Bonsai can make a wonderful houseplant (and a lovely gift) but only if some consideration goes into choosing a type. Here are guidelines for choosing and caring for a bonsai tree that will live its life indoors.
Even in the late fall and winter, plants, especially broadleaf trees and shrubs, still exhale, or release moisture. Meanwhile the seasonal winds wick that moisture away. Later, when the ground freezes, plants are not able to take up water to … Read Article
Until now, the golden hemlock was relegated to the shade. Thankfully, Monrovia has introduced a new variety, Golden Duke, that is at home in the sun or shade. A sport from Golden Duchess, this superb new conifer glows with golden-yellow … Read Article
We love this native tree that offers up an abundance of color as well as fascinating bark. Ideally suited for the woodland understory, the tree is at home in the part shade to full shade. In the spring, leaves emerge … Read Article
We love the architectural quality of Pacific Brilliance pin oak. Unlike other pin oaks that have branches that droop and cause issues when we’re walking, gardening or mowing around the tree, Pacific Brilliance stands upright with no pendulous branches. The … Read Article
Virtues: The dwarf crabapple tree named Guinevere is the solution for gardeners who have limited growing space but want the year-round presence of a woody plant and an ornamental tree’s special effects in certain seasons. This tiny crabapple provides gorgeous … Read Article
Virtues: We love black oak (Quercus velutina) for its yellow spring catkins, red new leaves and colorful fall foliage. This native tree tolerates poor, dry soil and supports wildlife. This tree is being honored in 2015 by Nebraska’s GreatPlants program … Read Article
Virtues: We love red pine (Pinus resinosa) for its extreme cold hardiness and its tolerance of poor garden sites, an advantage over white pine. This native evergreen develops reddish bark with age. Red pine is the state tree of Minnesota … Read Article