Powerhouse Plants 510 Top Performers for Multi-Season Beauty by Graham Rice 284 pages Timber Press, 2013 List price: $24.95 After the brutal summer we experienced last year here in the U.S., many gardeners are looking to garden a little differently. … Read Article
Heucheras, commonly referred to as coral bells, are stunning, shade-loving foliage plants with an abundance of different varieties in varying vibrant colors. Although beautiful, these charming evergreen perennials often can become ratty after a harsh winter. However there is a … Read Article
Virtues: We love pagoda dogwood for its elegant form and small size, which makes it a great specimen tree for a small garden space. This ornamental spring-flowering tree attracts birds with its late-summer fruit and it can host the larvae … Read Article
Virtues: We love Oregon grape for the striking foliage with new growth emerging in spring in a radiant shade of bronze-red, changing into a rich green; in mid-spring, bursts of tiny, fragrant, bright yellow flowers bloom, followed by clusters of … Read Article
Virtues: We love American cranberry bush for its rich green foliage and the charming clusters of tiny, white flowers that bloom through late spring, later revealing small, cranberry-red berries in fall.
Virtues: We love Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Nana’ for its leathery, rich, deep green leaves that rest upon gracefully arched stems, transforming into stunning shades of purple, red, bronze and burgundy in fall through winter. Clusters of perfumed white flowers bloom in … Read Article
Virtues: We love sawara falsecypress for its hreadlike foliage in vibrant shades of greens to golden yellows that dangles down in a spectacular weeping effect, gracefully covering the smooth, stunning reddish-brown trunk, which peels away its bark in vertical plates.
Virtues: We love Japanese maples for their bursts of striking foliage color in radiant shades of yellows, oranges, reds and purples. In spring to early summer, small, deep red flowers bloom, hidden under the attractive foliage.
by Kathy Diemer Whether novice or experienced gardeners, we all strive for gardens that look good no matter the season. And that is indeed a challenge. What can we do to maintain some structure and color when the temperatures hover … Read Article
Virtues: We love winter and sambac jasmines for the cheerful splendor their blooms bring during the winter season.
Virtues: We love redvein enkainthus for their clusters of bell-shaped creamy, white flowers marked with radiant red veins that bloom in spring through early summer. Their deep green leaves transform into striking shades of yellow, orange and red in fall.