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Tuesday
Mar182008

::2008 Top 3 Tree Picks::

Cornus kousa var. chinensis.  Chinese Pagoda Dogwood

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Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula' Weeping Nootka False Cypress

 

Last but not least:

Rhus typhina Staghorn Sumac (very showy in the fall and has a spreading tendancy)

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These are my choices for 2008. They are specimen trees and have special needs. If you have any questions about these trees email me.

Thursday
Mar062008

::Informal Design Lesson::Plant in Groups of Three::

Think about planting in threes and in creating natural shapes. One plant by itself looks lonely, unless it's a specimen plant. More than three is okay if you want a "drift" look in a large space. But for the average space, groups of three work best. Think about texture, color, how the plants might complement each other. Tall plants go at the back of the border, working down to smaller plants in front. When deciding on an area to plant, think of curved edges rather than thinking in straight lines. Generally, only formal gardens utilize straight lines well. A natural curve always adds warmth and appeal to a garden.

Friday
Feb292008

:::Prune Japanese Maples:::

Prune Japanese maples in winter, while they are dormant, removing any dead or damaged branches. They adapt well to pruning and are easily thinned and sculpted to accentuate their graceful shape. You may prune further to control the size, or create the shape which suits your landscape needs.

Fertilize in spring with 10-10-10 (slow release) around the dripline of the tree ( the dripline is usually the canopy of the tree measured down to the ground) Make sure you water thoroughly after fertilizing!

Monday
Nov192007

:::Wanna know a Design Secret?:::

Colorwheel1 Take a look at this colour wheel.  Find your house colour.  What colour is opposite your house colour?  That's the flower colour you should plant to compliment your house!

Wednesday
Nov072007

::Winter is imminent :(


No shade, no shine, no butterflies,
no bees
No fruit, no flowers, no leaves,
no birds! -- No-vember!


Thomas Hood (1799-1845)