Early blooming magnolias are so pretty – until Mother Nature turns a cold shoulder, leaving them a mucky droopy disappointment.
Our native White Fringe tree has just been awarded a 2014 Gold Medal by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society which means it will thrive despite our winters.
Native plants tend to shrug off snow and ice because they already know how to live around here so they’re not bothered by our weather extremes.
There are few enough trees that flower in late summer, so when a tree is still blooming this far into fall, it’s worth mentioning. My Franklinia tree has been blooming since August.
This is a good time of year to think about what I call ‘Patriotic Plants,’ those that are native to America and our area, like Oxydendrum arboreum, or Sourwood tree.
Native plants are such a smart choice, particularly if you’re a lazy gardener like me, because natives already know how to grow around here so they really are carefree.
There’s a plant sale coming up on Saturday May 4th at the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University and, if you’ve got any gardening books you no longer use…
The native Franklinia tree hangs on to its fruit year round and, if you like plants, it’s also pretty interesting. Because Franklinia fruits develop slowly, you can see several stages at the same time.
Peeling bark can be very pretty. I have friends who don’t get the appeal, so to speak, and think any tree or shrub with exfoliating bark looks diseased or messy. But at this time of year, some peeling can be quite interesting.
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One of the simplest things you can do to increase your property value while reducing flooding, pollution, and your electric bill (by cutting cooling costs) is to plant shade trees. Learn more about that this weekend.
Magnolia grandiflora is native to the southeastern US, from about Virginia on south, but these days there are lots of cultivars that do great in our zones;
At a property edge or woodland, the Tulip Poplar can provide great shade while attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Plant sales are where you’ll find those specimen trees and shrubs that become garden centerpieces and perennials in unusual colors and native plants. Here’s a guide to plant sales this Spring.
The Fringe tree is a nice little native tree that blooms a bit later – usually in May – but this year, who’s to say?