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December 16, 2014 1 Comment

This week I got an email from someone interested in hiring me to do a planting plan. One of the things she said that stood out to me was "some of the other

November 18, 2014 0 Comments

When you think of magnolias, what first comes to mind? The cloud of white dinner plate-sized flowers, shiny evergreen leaves, and hundred foot plus heights of the iconic Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)? Or

September 15, 2014 3 Comments

Today’s plant is Stachys byzantina, more commonly known as Lamb’s Ear, Rabbit’s Ear, or Donkey’s Ear (i.e. pretty much any long-eared furry mammal). For anyone who has never heard of Lamb’s Ear, it

September 10, 2014 2 Comments

There’s a dramatic new look for elderberries, and its name is Black Beauty. No, not the novel by Anna Sewell, or the fictional horse. No horses are involved here, black or otherwise. Black

September 8, 2014 0 Comments

Shining, shimmering, splendid… are the gold and white spotted leaves of the variegated Aucuba (Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ and similar cultivars), also known as the variegated Japanese Laurel due to its look-alike waxy foliage.

September 3, 2014 1 Comment

Tree… tree… tree… Green… green… green… Wait, does that tree have pink edges on its leaves? Why yes, I do believe it does! Characterized by strikingly variegated leaves in shades of green, white,

September 1, 2014 0 Comments

Hmmm…. What kind of plant can we put in that deep, dark corner of the yard over there? A question many of us ask ourselves time and time again when designing outdoor spaces,

August 27, 2014 0 Comments

Although not used as commonly as its shrubbier cousins, the climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala spp. petiolaris) is definitely one of the more impressive members of the Hydrangea family. Stretching to over 75 feet

August 25, 2014 0 Comments

Greenspire Linden (Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’), a cultivar of Little Leaf Linden, is basically the renaissance tree of city living. Although constrained somewhat by its sizeable proportions (it can reach up to 50 feet

August 18, 2014 0 Comments

Although Otto Luyken laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’) are well-liked and extremely popular with landscape professionals (they make great evergreen foundation shrubs and hedges), these background beauties are less familiar to the general