Creating Romance in Your Garden

By | 2018-02-15T08:11:19+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Design Ideas, Fire Features, Garden Planning, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor settings, Plants|

The word romance primarily means "the feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love". In this article, we speak of romance in its secondary meaning: "a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement and remoteness from everyday life." With Valentine's Day upon us, we offer some ideas for creating romance in your garden. Create a destination Have a [...]

Plants with Winter Interest

By | 2018-02-13T20:46:29+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Landscaping, Plants, Seasonal Color, Winter|

The freezing temperatures over the holidays have kept many indoors, but as the temperatures rise a bit, we encourage you to step outside and spot some plants with winter interest. If your garden could use some, consider the following selections with plenty to offer. ORNAMENTAL TREES Renaissance Reflection Paper Birch. Image credit: Rotary Botanic [...]

New Plants & Products for Outdoor Living

By | 2018-02-13T20:46:31+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Back Yard, Easy-Care Plants, Fire Features, Landscape Accessories, Maintenance, New Plants, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping, Plants|

Here are some of the noteworthy plants and products for outdoor living that we discovered last month during iLandscape, our annual industry trade show. New Plants: Fiber Optics Buttonbush is a variety of the native shrub with showy globe-shaped flowers. Bears fruit and nectar that supports wildlife. Prefers wet locations. 5-6’ h. Full sun. Summer Ruffle Hibiscus is [...]

Ornamental Grasses: Easy to Care For, Hard to Resist

By | 2018-02-13T20:46:38+00:00 August 19th, 2014|Easy-Care Plants, Plants, Seasonal Color|

Ornamental grasses have gained popularity in recent years due to their low maintenance and potential for year-round interest in the garden. These plants also respond beautifully to the wind and create sound with their rustling leaves. True grasses are in the Grass family (Poaceae) but horticulturists consider Sedges (Carex spp.) within the group of ornamental [...]

Parkway Plantings: Less Lawn, More Appeal

By | 2018-02-13T20:46:38+00:00 July 21st, 2014|Curb Appeal, Drought-Tolerant Plants, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Landscaping, Plants, Seasonal Color, Shade gardens|

Sometimes we are really tested as landscape designers and horticulturists. One common challenge that we encounter is getting plants to grow in parkways, especially in urban neighborhoods. Large, mature street trees, often with shallow roots and a dense canopy such as Norway Maples, rob a site of sun, moisture and nutrients. Even with these less [...]

Clear The Way! De-Icing with Care

By | 2018-02-13T20:46:39+00:00 February 4th, 2014|Lawn Care, Paving and Hardscaping, Plants|

A few more weeks of ice and snow are in the forecast, as we slowly head towards spring. We share a modified re-post from December 2010 on clearing icy surfaces outside your home. We are often asked what products we recommend to melt ice or improve traction on stoops, steps, walkways and drives. Many of the items [...]