This Heather’s bright color was just the right splash for this dullish area. Calluna vulgaris. There were only two available for sale so I couldn’t plant a “group”. But these will get to be 28 inches tall and wide at maturity so it is a substantial plant on its own.
I will plant the other in the next bed nearby, so they’ll be somewhat symmetrical. But see the difference this makes? And this is only a $5 investment!! So Plant a splash of color today, because ” You Can Grow That”!!!!
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In approaching pruning this small maple, after listening to my client, my approach is careful. Starting from the back I begin removing stubby branches, dead wood and crossed branches. I do it this way because I know that to begin from … Continue reading
While shopping, if I happen upon something quite striking or unusual for the garden, I often buy it. I may not know where it will end up being planted. But I know that good plants don’t go unnoticed, so buy them when you can, right?
So I scooped up the entire group, maybe 2 dozen plants, which costs quite a bit. But I then used them, mostly, in one client’s gardens–both at their home and at their place of business.
And kept a few to try for myself. The ones in the ground didn’t look like they were performing that well. And being petunias, these were not labeled as “self-cleaning” and were looking pretty unsightly. But lo and behold, after settling in and given a chance, they were worth the chance. And even more attractive used in a pot.
This is a Ball Flora Plant: Cha-ching Cherry. As I was moving around with this plant in hand—another customer said she had seen this newcomer in a floral magazine article. So–what do you think? Wasn’t this worth the chance?
One chance at a time! Happy Fourth of July!!
Even while getting caught in a downpour, there is beauty. Raindrops on lovely Lady’s Mantle, coupled with a nepeta. And you can grow that, too!!
I knew I would need to remove–eventually–a large evergreen that would clearly become too large in my front yard. It had been a useful screening plant for many years. Once it was down, I had to decide what to put in its’ place—–
It’s not easy to make these decisions. For me one of the hardest elements is envisioning what the plants will become. ( Most of us don’t buy fully mature trees and shrubs; cost and availability are factors.)
I thought and thought. I had been intrigued by one plant at a nursery. And it surely was not going to be large quickly. Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Spire’. It had such structure and very dark green leaves. I then happened upon an entire hedge of them, left natural, not sheared, and I was even more impressed.
So–I decided. I planted a grouping of three plants, one taller holly with two of my new pals on its side. They only stand 4 feet tall, but they are so impressive that though they do not–yet—perform quite as a screen—they catch my eye. And that is almost as useful. And in my mind’s eye, I see them mature, at six feet or so.
You Can Grow That—–artistic landscaping with structural plants. And having an eye for the future!
While working in a new client’s garden today, I came across a very unusual plant. I believe it is from a bulb. The prior owner of this property was a plant enthusiast. The new owners appreciate their gardens—but–well—you know–it is just not their “thing”. (For this, I am thankful!! I get a lot of work that way!)
Grey foliage with nodding bells—almost dark maroon—-about 18 inches tall..
Here’s the point. They might not care too much. But I get a thrill when I run across plants like this. Then I go home and look things up and read and research—and it is all such neat stuff. I haven’t even figured out what this is yet! But I’ll tell you—You Can Grow That!–neat stuff. Try something new if only to entertain me.