Peace, Love and Japanese Maples July 30, 2010
One of my favorite trees is the Japanese maple.
I have a 'Bloodgood' Japanese maple in my landscape. Its new foliage is bright red in spring and darkens to a beautiful reddish-purple in summer. In my partially shaded side yard it maintains this color, but in full sun it would show greener leaves. Its fine, delicate leaves are seven-palmed, and the fall color is an extraordinary crimson.
Among gray and beige stone steps, green shrubbery and turf and white blossoms, the burgundy Japanese maple leaves bring extraordinary texture, color and contrast. A Japanese maple typically has a height and spread of 15 to 25 feet, a muscular trunk and branches and a symmetrical canopy. It's a strong addition to a garden without being overpowering.Read More
Trees That Give Back April 5, 2010
You give and give to your trees. You treat them well and give them lots of attention, particularly during the growing season.
So they should give back to you, right? And they can … all year long.
Most landscape trees offer an abundance of color and beauty for short, intense flowering periods in spring and early summer and then again during the fall. But why couldn't you plant trees to capture attention all year long - even during the dead of winter … or just before the birth of spring buds when you're overeager for summer to arrive? A little interest here, a bit of color there. Some green here, some texture there.Read More