Trees

Picea pungens   Other Name Colorado spruce   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Grown mostly for its Christmas tree like shape and blue-green needles   Mature Height x Spread 30 to 50 feet x 10 to 20 feet. There are also dwarf and weeping forms that are shorter.   Added Benefits Native, deer resistant   This classic evergreen tree is a standard for Christmas trees, but also makes an excellent large specimen in the yard and a great informal hedge. There are also dwarf, weeping […]

Listen to this podcast on how to grow Cornelian Cherry Trees for food and beauty   I just finished pruning my cherry trees. While I love the taste of the sweet and tart cherries we grow, there are a few other cherries to consider for your yard. The Cornelian cherry or Cornus mas is actually in the dogwood family. It flowers very early, with brilliant yellow blooms this time of year. It’s a great early season pollen source for bees. Soon after, the red fruits are produced. Cornelian cherry has […]

Learn about growing crabapples, including how to plant, fertilize and grow them. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Crabapple Malus spp and hybrids   Other Name Flowering crabapple   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring in flower colors such as white, pink, and rose with yellow fall foliage color   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 25 feet x 6 to 20 feet   Added Benefits fall color, attracts beneficials, edible   Crabapples are probably one of the most popular flowering landscape and […]

Sun Requirements Full sun Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Blooms summer until fall Mature Height x Spread 25 to 30 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is considered the lilac of the South. This large shrub or small tree is unusual for its long bloom period. Depending on the selection, it blooms from summer until fall, brightening the landscape long after most other trees have finished flowering. Crape myrtle are hardy to USDA zone 6 to 10. Although in zone 6 they may dieback to […]

Metasequoia glyptostroboides   Sun Requirements Full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Grown mostly for its large stature, fall yellow needle color and interesting colored bark   Mature Height x Spread 70 to 90 feet x 15 to 25 feet   Added Benefits tolerates clay soil, wet soil air pollution, deer resistant   This magnificent tree dates back to the dinosaur age and was thought to be extinct until discovered in China in the 1940s. Like the tamarack, it’s a conifer, but drops its needles in fall. Mature trees […]

Learn all about selecting the hardiest dogwood trees and shrubs for the North. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript   How to Grow: Shrub Dogwoods Cornus spp   Other Name shrub dogwoods   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring with white or yellow flowers with colorful summer berries and attractive fall foliage and bark color   Mature Height x Spread 3 to 10 feet x 3 to 6 feet   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials, fall color, deer resistant   Shrub dogwoods […]

Learn about growing morning glories including information on varieties. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Cercis canadensis   Other Name redbud   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Early spring in colors including red, purplish-pink, and white with yellow fall foliage color   Mature Height x Spread 20 to 30 feet x 25 to 35 feet, with some dwarf versions   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials, fall color   This small, native, deciduous tree is mostly grown for its jaw-dropping spring flower show. In early […]

Pinus strobus   Other Name Northern White Pine   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Grow for its evergreen, soft needles   Mature Height x Spread 50 to 80 feet x 30 to 50 feet, with dwarf versions   Added Benefits Native, deer resistant   This large, evergreen tree is a common site in many New England forests. The long, soft evergreen needles give a velvety appearance to the tree as they wave in the breeze. This fast growing evergreen produces 6 to 8 inch long […]

Island plantings are becoming more popular in yards as homeowners try to reduce the amount of lawn to mow, create a more visually interesting yard and foster more habitat for wildlife and birds. Island beds are designed for viewing from all sides and usually are surrounded by lawn. Sometimes these island plantings consist of native trees and shrubs that were left over from the house construction. They might also surround a large boulder or ledge that had to be left when the house was being built. If these trees and […]

One of the popular ways to have color all season in your foodscape yard is to grow plants that flower in each season. This common concept is used to make cottage flower gardens look so great from spring to fall. You can use it in the foodscape, too. You don’t have to exclusively use just foodscape plants, but they can help provide color, especially ones that will continue to bloom all summer. These might include eggplant, citrus and roses. Some foodscape plants, such as daylilies and bee balm, may flower […]

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