Layering and opening up a small maple

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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

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This is a perennial that grows on and on!

YCGTseptbYCGTPersicaria ‘Firetail’ is a shade-tolerant perennial that I adore! Wispy spikes of dark pink, especially in a large clump such as this, are remarkable for many reasons. But especially because this beauty has been blooming for six weeks and is still fresh-looking. Plant it up close where you can see through it. Seems to last longer when planted in mostly shade and when it is kept well-watered. Enjoy. Because You Can Grow That!YCGTsept

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Gardeners take chances–and I took a chance on this beauty.

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?0703140906YCGT

One chance at a time!  Happy Fourth of July!!




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You Can Grow That–beauty even in the rain

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!!


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Artistic, structural screening—You Can Grow That

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!Green Spire







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Wow–You can Grow That–learning about neat stuff!

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.

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This charming sedum is a keeper!

Sedum 'Cape Blanco'This charming sedum was planted last year—and not only survived our last winter but is flourishing.  I managed to find the tag: Sedum ‘Cape Blanco’.

You can see the lovely bluish-grey tints but there’s some rosy pink highlights.  Now that it has “made the grade” I will install more along the walkway.  It is 2-4 inches high with a spacing of 24 inches. ( I’m not going tell you where to buy it until after I’ve gone & purchased mine!!)



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