After a long, dreary winter, everyone is ready to start seeing flowers begin blooming in the spring. Enjoy these nine plants that will bring you fantastic spring color early in the season. Continue reading
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Why is it that Ash trees became so popular to plant anyway? Green, Black and White Ash are native over a large portion of the US and Canada. Many nurseries have some incredible selections from the native species that are seedless, have great fall color, and beautiful upright and rounded forms. Municipalities, homeowners, and Landscape Architects began noticing the beautiful seedless selections that were coming on the market. They began being used on most all the projects not only because of their varied forms and fall color, but because of their adaptability of different soil types, and hardiness. If you have ever seen an Autumn Purple Ash in fall color, you know just how unbelievably and intensely gorgeous they can be. Continue reading
At first glance, rhododendrons and azaleas seem to be nearly the same plant. Classified into the same genus, Rhododendron, and with very similar flowering and growing habits, it’s easy to say that it was some sort of confusion between common name and scientific name when discussing the same plant.
Winter is the ever-returning friend and foe of gardeners. You may rue the arrival of Jack Frost every year, driving you inside and sapping all the color from your garden. But did you know that there are a number of plants that can keep your garden pretty all through the cold season?
Looking to liven up your white-washed winter landscape? Dust the dreariness with one of these winter interest plants:
During the summer, Arctic Fire Dogwood is your everyday deciduous shrub. Round and green and merry, it is a cute little puffball.
When winter comes, its leaves fall away, exposing its fiery red-orange branches. They spray upward from the snow like fire, boldly defying the cold.
Hydrangeas! Everybody loves them. They are at home in almost any garden, and gardeners know it. Their lush greenery and long-lived flowers make them a favorite among landscapers and amateur gardeners alike. Hydrangeas bloom year after year, stay in bloom from early spring to late autumn, and some of them have the ability to change floral color like magic. Because hydrangeas are such a favorite, they tend to be a big seller.
Retailers offer a range of different types of hydrangeas. It’s important to know what you are getting, because there’s a lot of variety. Some are different species, some are merely different cultivars. Cultivars are different looking plants of the same species (think: dog breeds.)
Gets a little confusing, right? Well, here’s a quick guide to the most common types of hydrangeas you can buy for your garden.
Macrophylla is by far the most widely distributed kind of hydrangea, with many cultivars available. It has triangular leaves and bursts of floral color arranged in either “mopheads,” which are groups of flowers shaped like pompoms, or “lacecap hydrangeas,” which are flat-topped groups of flowers. Continue reading
How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup:
Learn how to use a "Spile" to tap into your maple tree to harvest syrup from the tree and make your very own delicious home made syrup.
1. Get a syrup spile, drill, and the correct size of drill bit.
2. Drill at an upward angle into the tree, deep enough for the spile.
3. Hammer in the spile and attach the bucket.
4. Cover the bucket to protect from the elements.
5. It is best to do this early winter when daytimes are above freezing, and nighttime is freezing.
"How do I choose shrubs for the landscape?" This is a great question that we get asked all the time here at Nature Hills. People want to have a beautiful yard and want to make sure that they're spending their money on the right thing. We get it. In the end, the plants you pick are a personal choice of course. Some people love roses and their yard wouldn't be complete without them. Other people hate the upkeep and scent. Some people want one of everything they see in the garden center. Some people only want three types of plants in their whole landscape for a 'clean' look. To each his own.
Here are a few suggestions, though, to get you pointed in the right direction:
1) For year-round interest or an ornamental and creative attraction, combine deciduous and evergreen species, shrubs that bloom at different seasons, or add flowering perennial shrubs to a typically green border.
Sweet Pomegranate Tree is suitable for a large container and is somewhat smaller than other varieties. It grows to about 12 feet and has orange-red flowers in late spring, producing beautiful pink fruits in the fall. The Sweet Pomegranate tree is a large fruit with light pink flesh, and the taste is sweet and juicy.
This ornamental tree has glossy, leathery leaves that are narrow and lance-shaped. The “Sweet” Pomegranate is self-pollinated, as well as cross-pollinated by insects. Cross-pollination with another pomegranate will increase the fruit set. It will produce fruit in 3-5 years.
Pomegranates should be placed in the sunniest, warmest part of the yard or orchard for the best fruit, although they will grow and flower in part shade on a deck or patio area. It does best in well-drained ordinary soil, but also thrives on calcareous or acidic loam. The attractive foliage, flowers and fruits of this pomegranate, as well as its smallish size, make it an excellent container or landscaping plant.
Ferns, unlike some other plants, do not flower in order to propagate. Instead, they reproduce sexually from spores. The life cycle of a fern is very different from the life cycle of many other plants.
While many plants grow a mature adult form straight out of the seed, ferns have an intermediate stage, called a gametophyte, which then grows into a mature fern. There are two distinct stages in the life cycle of ferns. Continue reading