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August 13, 2014 0 Comments

When the Thunderhead Pine (Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead') grows, it can look a bit like the creature from the black lagoon crawling out of the pond to eat you. But in a good way!

August 11, 2014 0 Comments

A tough competitor for the ever-popular golden drama queen Forsythia, in terms of bright yellow color, Winter Jasmine (Jasminium nudiflorum) is a slender deciduous shrub with arching evergreen shoots and dark green leaves

August 4, 2014 0 Comments

It’s bold, has great crimson fall color, and it’s beautiful. And did I mention BOLD? Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is not a shrub for the timid or faint of heart. With eight-inch long

June 26, 2014 0 Comments

Sassafras trees smell like Fruit Loops. No, SERIOUSLY, they do. Scratch their bark or rub a leaf between your fingers, and a sugary, sweet smell that evokes memories of Kellogg’s cereal and brightly

April 28, 2014 0 Comments

Ferry Farm, the birthplace of George Washington, has what I consider to be “old fashioned” lilacs. They’re huge, sprawling, rangy things that look absolutely amazing on bigger properties where they have room to

February 7, 2012 2 Comments

Every once in a while I'll look over a drawing from another designer and see sweetgum trees in the plant legend. If they're near the house or in a commercial setting, I usually

December 5, 2011 2 Comments

Winter and I have a challenging relationship. I don't love the way business slows down for a few months, I'm not a fan of the fact that it causes my construction jobs to

August 24, 2011 0 Comments

Right plant, right place. I know I harp on that a lot. Sorry about that. The fact of the matter is that a lot of people have these teeny-tiny little areas for which

July 29, 2011 0 Comments

When I design a landscape for a brand new home in a subdivision that was until recently a hay field, I rarely get to use shade plants. Then there are loads of established

November 24, 2010 0 Comments

I'm officially a HUGE fan of beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma).  This is the time of year when plants are putting on the grand finale. Blaze orange, deep scarlet, brilliant yellow, and a multitude of