Landscape and Garden Design

  1. 9 Plants for Early Spring Color

    87-12739443078Swj   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.

    Eastern RedbudEastern Redbud  

    Redbud - Cercis canadensis

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  2. Broadleaf Evergreens are All the Rage

    BoxwoodsHomeowners looking to create a restorative, Japanese style Zen retreat should consider easy care broadleaved evergreens. Here are some of the best: Boxwood is such an interesting plant because their shiny green leaves stay on the plant year-round even in areas that have snow and cold. There are different forms both spreading and upright. Boxwood in the colder climates may need some protection from the drying winter winds (on the west and north exposures) in some areas. Some of these newer selections are outstanding for areas into hardiness zones 5 and some even into

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  3. 9 Tough Plants for Hellstrips That Look Beautiful

    Those small strips between sidewalks and streets are often the most challenging to plant - plants there seem to scorch, fry and die - especially in the heat of summer. These strips of land are often lovingly referred to as hellstrips. Read on for nine perennials that are well suited and prepared to take on these hot environments.Hellstrip Next To Street

    Yarrow - Achillea millefolium

    Strawberry Seduction Yarrow

    Strawberry Seduction Yarrow

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  4. 9 Great Plants for Feeding Wildlife in the Winter

    In the dead of winter, when the landscapes are barren, it can be difficult for wildlife to find food to survive, especially in urban areas. Instead of having critters getting into your trash can looking for a meal, why not consider providing them a buffet in your backyard? Read on for nine plants that can provide for wildlife during the winter.

    1.  American Persimmon - Diospyros virginiana (pictured below)

    Persimmon In The Winter

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  5. Deterring Home Invasions - With Plants!

    Deterring home invasions are one of the many features that landscapes can provide when being designed. Using plants that have thorns or cause irritation can help deter would-be-intruders.


    Washington Hawthorne

    Washington Hawthorne

    Washington Hawthorne Having a shade tree is ideal for homeowners, but having a thorny shade tree that prevents entrance into second stories is even better.  Washington Hawthorne is a tree that meets that requirement. Don't let the thorny nature of this tree deter you though, its brilliant white flowers in the sp

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  6. 5 Plants With Silver Leaves

    Sometimes, you just need something different in your yard. Many of your plants may be colorful, with green foliage and bright flowers. But sometimes, you need something that adds a subtle color to your garden - especially in shadier areas where it can get dark with only green plants. Enter silver foliage plants. These five plants will add that bit of light to the rest of your garden with their silver leaves.  

    Silver Edge Lavender - Lavandula x intermedia 'Walvera' Silver Edge Lavender Overview- silver leaves

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  7. 5 Plants for Poolside Planting


    Hydrangea by the Pool Pictured here is a hydrangea blooming by the pool.


    Everyone loves diving into a pool in the middle of summer, but having plants around makes it that much more enjoyable. Whether you choose to put these poolside plants in pots or set them directly into the landscape, you should consider these plants. The chemicals of your pool are less of an issue than you would expect - the occasional splashing of water won't affect them. The larger concern is the high level of light. Because the surface of the pool and the decking reflect lots of light, you need plants that are ready to take on that challenge.

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  8. 3 Design Ideas for Perennial Planters in Your Landscape

    Having containers at the front of your house allows you to expand your landscape and explore other opportunities for plants. Many people use annuals, but using perennials in your landscape enable you to compliment your existing landscape while not having to re-plant annually. Many plants will thrive in containers, and there are many ways to combine them to create a stunning display of color, texture, and shape. There are three main components to an effective planter: a thriller - the most upright plant, a spiller - something that drapes down and spills over the sides, and filler - the plant that fills the space between the thriller and the spiller. Using at least one of each of these components creates a combination that is attractive and unique.

     

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  9. Our Favorite Trees For the Front Yard and Backyard

    Japanese Maple Tree

    Best Trees For the Front Yard!

    Your front yard is the place where your guests and neighbors make their first impression about your house, so having a tree in the front yard that makes a statement is essential. Having a tree with large leaves and little to no fruit or seeds dropping makes yard clean-ups much easier, but there's no need to sacrifice the beauty of trees for something utilitarian. Consider some of these trees for that perfect front-yard pop that is sure to make a statement all year round.

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  10. A Pre-Planned Perennial Garden For Full Sun Areas

    With so many options to choose from when it comes to planning a perennial bed, it can be crazy to try to decide where to start. Enter this perfect perennial recipe! Each of these plants will look fantastic with each other, with different bloom times, flower colors, and foliage shapes. All of them will be fantastic in full sun in any soil type, but will do best in loamy or sandy soil. For best results, this recipe works best in zones 4 - 8, but some of the plants can extend beyond that range. 

     Origami Red & White Columbine

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