Trees & Shrubs
About.com Flowering Trees [offsite link]
Information for homeowners regarding the selection, planting and care of flowering trees for the yard.
Alders for the Landscape
The alders aren't as common as some landscape plants. These deserve consideration.
Everyone welcomes the warm tones of the autumn foliage. However, some plants with gorgeous fall color are nondescript the rest of the year. Happily, that isn´t so for the Amur maple.
Award Winning Plants for 2006
Each year, the best trees, shrubs, and woody vines are singled out for special honors. Here are details on some of these 2006 winners.
Beliefs About Bay or Laurel
Over the years many properties have been attributed to bay.
Camellias are one of my favorite flowers. When I first moved to North Carolina, I couldn´t get over the fact that they frequently bloom during the cold months.
Shrubs are amaong the most useful and colorful group of landscape plants. Choosing shrubs isn´t always easy.
Of all the plants in the landscape, trees are the most endearing.
Choosing Trees for the Home Landscape
Of all the plants in the landscape, trees are the most enduring. Select ones that are well adapted and a proper size for the landscape.
Disease Resistant Crab Apples
Gardeners can't go wrong with disease resistant crab apples. These are care free plants.
Easy Care Crabs
When looking for easy care trees, keep the disease resistant crabs in mind. These plants require a minimum of attention.
Fedco [offsite link]
Fedco offers untreated seeds and organic plants and roots as well as organic gardening supplies. Among their offerings are trees as well as bulbs and tubers.
The brilliant yellow fall foliage of the ginkgo or maidenhair tree is reason enough to love this handsome shade tree. It is a living relic.
Growing Palms in Cold Climates
Whether they're growing in containers or planted in the ground, palms make a bold statement in the landscape. A number are reasonably hardy to zone seven.
Growing the London Plane Tree
The London plane tree is an adaptable, tough, sturdy plant that is easy to grow.
History of Bay or Laurel
Bay was a sacred plant among the ancients.
Introduction to the Beautyberries
The very fruitful beautyberries are best known for the luminous purp0le to amethyst berries. The genus name refers to the beautiful fruits.
More Disease Resistant Crabs
There are many disease resistant crabs from which gardeners can choose. The following are particularly outstanding.
New World Mulberry History
There were numerous attempts to produce silkworms and mulberries in the New World. This happened in both the Spanish and English controlled areas.
Old World Mulberry History
Mulberries were grown during ancient times, especially in Asia. The ancient Greeks as well as the Romans cultivated the plants.
Olive History in the New World
Olive trees are comparatively new to the New World in sharp contrast to that in the Old World..
Olive Tree in the Middle Ages
The olive tree played a role in human history under the eastern Roman Empire and among Christians
Olive Use in Ancient Rome
Olive oil and olives were staples in the diet of the ancient Romans.
Olive Uses in Ancient Greece
Both olive oil and olives played important roles in the lives of the ancient Greeks.
Origins of the London Plane Tree
The remarkable London plane tree has been around for three hundred years or so. It is a great addition to the landscape.
Reverence for Trees
Reverence for trees has long been a part of human history. The ancients revered trees and planted sacred groves.
Role of the Ancient Groves
The ancient Greeks planted sacred groves, which included olive trees. The groves filled various roles.
Shrubby and Tree-like Plants for Warm Climates
Gardeners in warmer areas can choose from a number of shrubby and tree-like plants, such as rosemary.
Small Trees for the Small Landscape
When choosing trees for small landscapes, here are some things to consider.
Snowberries and Coralberries
At first glance, you might think the ghostly white snowberries and the coralberries have nothing in common. In fact, these are related species. They´re in the same group known as Symphoricapos. These versatile shrubs can be used in various ways throughout the landscape.
Some Beautiful Disease Resistant Crabs
The crabs are among the loveliest of the flowering trees. Here are some disease resistant crabs that are perfect for landscapes.
Some Disease Resistant Crabs
When choosing a flowering crab, it is a good idea to keep disease resistance in mind. The following disease resistant crabs are highly recommended.
Some Hawthorns for the Landscape
Hawthorns are lovely flowering trees. Blooming in the spring, these are great additions to the landscape.
Some Recommended Beautyberry Species
Less than ten or so species of beautyberries are in cultivation. The following are recommended for American gardens.
Some Serviceberries for the Landscape
The serviceberries are outstanding trees for the landscape. They're spectacular in the spring when they're in full bloom.
Some Wonderful Flowering Crabs
When choosing flowering trees, it is hard to beat the flowering crabs. Herre are some recommended disease resistant crab apples for the landscape.
Spring Meadow Nursery [offsite link]
This is a wholesale site, but the plants are available at local nurseries and garden centers under the Proven Winner brand. At this site you can see the many new varieties of flowering shrubs. The site includes pages for home gardeners.
The American Beautyberry
The American beautyberry is a native shrub found over much of the South. This is quite suitable for warm climates, such as Florida and Hawaii.
Though they aren't hardy in all areas of the U.S., the bayberries are a wonderful group of evergreens for the landscape.
The Eastern Redbud
All of the redbuds are excellent small trees for the landscape. Eastern redbud is the most popular.
The Honey Locust
The native honey locust is an excellent tree for small yards.
The Kousa Dogwood
The dazzling Kousa dogwood provides beauty in every season. This is especially true during the winter months when we need it the most. For landscape use, it is hard to find a woody plant that is more attractive than the Kousa.
The Olive Tree in Ancient Egypt
Olive trees were grown from ancient Egypt to Crete. The Egyptian goddess Isis was credited with bringing knowledge of the plant to Egypt.
The Olive Tree in Biblical History
Olive trees played a role in people's lives in the Holy Land during Biblical times.
The Versatile Fuchsias
For landscapes during the spring and fall months, the fuchsia is unmatched. This Victorial favorite came into cultivation in Europe in the late 1700´s.
Tree of Heaven
Tree of heaven is a short lived, weak wooded, invasive tree that adapts well to urban areas.
Tripple Brook Farm [offsite link]
This site offers 450 plant varieties, including many fine under-used natives and cold hardy exotics. Many of these are suitable for edible landscapes and bird gardens.
Winter Blooming Heaths
Winter gardens need not be boring. By choosing carefully, we can often find plants that bloom during the colder months. That is the case with the winter-blooming heaths. Among these are Cornish heath and winter heath.
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