Imported from Asia, tree peonies, seen here, are shrubs with strong woody branches that keep their big blooms upright, but there’s a native alternative as well.
It looks lovely and it smells sweet – this past week has been high time to have a Fringetree – or three – in your yard. And the true beauty is its low maintenance.
Here’s such a nice little tree you can plant in almost any sized spot; plus it gives you berries to eat (if you get to them before the birds) and pretty fall color from the leaves.
Plant sales and floral celebrations are a sure sign of spring.
Do you have to go around cleaning the snow off your shrubs? No. Do I? Well, for some shrubs…I do.
The fact that, for a few weeks now, my garden has been color-coordinated is partly coincidence, and partly the result of choosing plants that Nature decorates so nicely.
This shrub is so pretty, why doesn’t everybody have one?
Flowers in winter gardens are few and far between, but witchhazels are one large shrub that blooms when everything else looks drab or dead.
I don’t know whether talking to plants works – but it’s worked for me.
Unfortunately, most bright red shrubs you see right now are an invasive alien shrub called ‘burning bush,’ also known as ‘winged euonymus,’ that’s escaping into our woodlands and replacing plants our birds and butterflies need to survive. There’s a much better alternative which is equally as attractive.
A perennial that looks like a shrub all summer, then dies back to the ground for winter, our native Baptisia australis, or ‘False Indigo’ may become one of your favorite plants.
Fothergilla is an easy-going shrub that’s adaptable to different sites and soils, and has few problems with pests.
Here’s an easy-to-grow native shrub with multiple seasons of interest from spring flowers to show-stopping fall color. Itea virginica, also known as Virginia Sweetspire.
Blueberries bushes aren’t only great native plants, they display all-American colors too – white spring flowers, blue summer berries and red fall foliage.