Globe Caragana Makes A Great Hedge

Relocating two years ago gave us the chance to leave past landscape mistakes behind. But we also had the chance to repeat successes from 30 years of trying. One plant type we wouldn’t leave behind was Globe Caragana. We carefully dug, cut back, and moved a section of hedge made of the interesting shrub. Globe…
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Amber Jubilee Ninebark For Northern Landscapes

‘New’ in the plant world is a relative term, loosely describing anything developed in the last decade, as opposed to varieties that have been around for hundreds of years. It’s exciting when ‘new’ shrubs come on the market that are well-adapted for northern climates. Amber Jubilee Ninebark is a pretty shrub, that’s destined to become…
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New Lilacs Are Repeat Performers

Old-fashioned lilacs will never be replaced by new, young upstarts. Old-fashioned lilacs are like comfortable old grandmothers. We like them just the way they are. Old-fashioned lilacs and their unmistakable fragrance bring back memories of plucking little bouquets to take home to mother on the walk home from school. We’d mix a few dandelions in…
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New Dogwood’s Bright Red Beauty Is A Winter Winner.

Choosing trees and shrubs that are pretty in winter makes good sense. Certain types have extra-special beauty after leaves have fallen, which is nice because we have a fair number of months with bare branches. Redtwig dogwoods are shrubs with great winter color. But cultivars (named varieties) of dogwoods vary greatly in the intensity of…
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New Hardy Smoketree Is A Well-Kept Secret

Have you grown a smoketree or smokebush? When they’re blooming, they always turn the heads of passersby. The flowers look like billows of smoke floating around the tree or shrub. Members of the botanical genus Cotinus (usually pronounced koh-TIE-nus or koh-TEE-nus), the two common species with their named cultivars can grow into large shrubs or…
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