Find out about all the easy-care native trees and the best shrubs that welcome an amazing array of birds and butterflies.
Plant a native dogwood and, along with spring flowers, summer shade and fall foliage, the tree continues to bear gifts well into winter.
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.
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.
By Phran Novelli PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Big trees with littler leaves are the best of both worlds – they shade your home in the summer to keep you cooler, and then make clean up easier […]