There are times when you need to look for alternative planting options because living plants aren’t really the best choice. But artificial plants? What the heck could possibly make you think of using fake plants…
One of the best ways to get privacy from your neighbors, or to screen unwanted views is to plant a hedge. But which shrubs make the best screens? If you have a small garden, I’d like to steer you in a direction that cuts down your overwhelm:
One of the best plants for summer flowers is the hydrangea. This plant has about 23 species of shrubs, climbers and small trees, and are largely natives of East Asia and both North and South America. In this post I’m going to be talking specifically about ‘the shrub Hydrangea with mop-headed flowers…
With the right conditions you can grow lemons in containers, or you can grow them in the ground. If you give a lemon plenty of sun – protection from the wind – protection from winter frost, then there’s a variety for you!
Albizia julibrissin, the mimosa tree is a memory maker in the right location. It’s not for all locations and I’ll touch on that in a bit. But, if you want to party in the summer like it’s 1999, this tree could hold memories of your debauchery and summertime fun outdoors.
The scale of this tree is perfect for a small garden and here it is growing as a street tree, facing south, receiving the full sun it loves! Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ is a round headed deciduous tree.
April showers bring May flowers and also flowering cherry trees. The impact of this flowering tree is strong, and so is the association – just think of all the cherry blossom festivals around the world – and in Japan, tracking the timing (when the cherry tree blooms) goes back 1,200 years!
SPRING is showtime for the blooming flowering cherries. These trees have a powerful impact on people when they’re in bloom, more so than I’ve seen with any other flowering tree! Last week I had to wait my turn to get some “one on one time” (and photos) with the cherries, swarms of people were doing the same!
Magnolias and flowering plums steel the show in February and March. These early blooming trees can easily be the envy of your neighbors. What are we looking at exactly? Some of the show stoppers featured in this post are flowering plums, saucer and star magnolias.
Where garden space is limited but appetite is not, one clever idea is to consider a space saving techniques like espalier. What does it mean to espalier you ask?
Definition: (verb) To train a tree or shrub to grow flat against a wall.
Believe it or not you can buy many kinds of fruit trees (apples yes!) already trained as espaliers and ready to plant in the ground or in a container.