Archive for April 2015

Container Gardening Tips: Choosing Your Container

While it’s true that a single container can be captivating in its own right, as you begin your container project consider, as you select the right size, style and material of the vessel itself, how it will be part of a larger picture.

Identifying the appropriate scale to suit your space will help you plan the composition of your design as well as how much growing medium you’ll need to keep your plants happy and healthy. photo credit: R. Robert

Is your canvas a front stoop or an acre lot? A mature garden or a blank slate? Identifying the appropriate …

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Plants of the Week: April 20

Pieris japonica JTB [1]

Pieris japonica

 By far, one of my favorite fragrances in the spring is in April when the delicate, pendulous, clusters of bell-like flowers of Pieris japonica bloom. They have a strong, sweet scent that isn’t overpowering, but similar to hyacinth. The leaves emerge bronze-colored and are evergreen while the bark is interestingly striped and shallowly furrowed. As a member of the family Ericaceae it is related to Rhododendron. Pieris is commonly called the Japanese andromeda as a remnant from a previous taxonomic classification in the genus Andromeda. Though native to Eastern Asia, it has become a common garden plant …

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Carpinus caroliniana

Carpinus carolinianaIn celebration of Arbor Day, let discuss the amazing native American Hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana.

This native tree has seeds, buds, and catkins that are eaten by songbirds, ruffed grouse, ring-necked pheasants, bobwhites, turkeys, foxes, and gray squirrels. Cottontails, beavers, and white-tailed deer enjoy the leaves, twigs, and larger stems.

Just as early Americans used this solid hardwood to fashion their homes and agricultural tools, beavers love this hardwood to build their habitats.

The American hornbeam is a medium-sized, slow-growing, deciduous tree and can be found in wild near ravine bottoms and on rocky slopes along streams. These sites generally have …

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