Every Dogwood Has Its Day June 10, 2011
The flowering dogwood is considered a treasure in the landscape. Native to the eastern half of the U.S., this Virginia state tree can soften the vertical lines of a home or provide background for other plants like azaleas by providing striking horizontal structure.
Dogwoods are a standard tree in many gardens where they are used to shade patios, add spring or fall color or provide lovely floral accents with their pink, white or red blooms.
Dogwoods also attract wildlife; because they produce fruit, they are favorites of birds.Read More
Winter Wonderland December 21, 2010
One of my favorite things to do in the winter is sit by my back windows and watch the bright blue birds eat the brilliant fruit off of my crabapple tree.
It's one of those trees that, despite losing its leaves and becoming a seemingly uninteresting skeleton, transforms into a gathering place for the birds, tweeting and twittering as they munch on the abundant red spheres on the branches. And the arrival of cold weather often adorns the tree in striking frost. The crabapple is truly a tree with incredible winter appeal that brings enjoyment to my whole family.
And what is a landscape if not a canvas for providing yourself with endless enjoyment in every season, regardless of what Mother Nature may bring in the form of harsh winds, sleet, snow and ice.Read More
"Fall" ing for Red Maples October 28, 2010
Golden branches bursting in front of deep, dense evergreen spikes as if circled in sun-kissed halos.
Lacy masses of celadon shining amidst dark grayish-brown trunks.
Leaves in the freshest shades of carrot and deepest shades of pumpkin turning heads as much for their ginger sparkle as their soft rustling in the wind.Read More
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