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Color Beneath Your Feet

Groundcovers are low growing perennials and craw along the
ground, sometimes rooting down and spreading to cover bare soil.  They can become a noxious weed if left
unchecked which is why there are only a select few used in modern landscape
designing.  The ones chosen by designers
are much slower growing, have great benefits, and easy to grow in […]

By |February 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Versatile Evergreen Shrubs for Lively Winter Landscapes

While most plants go dormant in the winter, evergreens stay
strong and survive the winters with unique features not common on other
plants.  Using a sprinkling of evergreens
in a landscape will provide some good color coverage and diversity in an otherwise
bleak season.   This article will discuss
a few different shrubs that can take piles of snow, and provide […]

By |January 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Evergreen Trees – The Frame for the Painting

Dark olive-green color in the snowy cold winter is possible with an evergreen or two in your landscape.  Using a few evergreens to fill a corner or create a screen is common and can be a great addition to an acreage.  But using them in the city is another thing.  Some evergreens stay on the […]

By |January 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

4 Seasons of Color out of only Shrubs?

Shrubs are the core of most landscape beds, they anchor between trees and provide size and color where a tree would be too big, and a perennial too small.  The sweet spot also means they need to pull their weight when it comes to color and characteristics.  I like to use unique shrubs that really […]

By |December 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What about some Winter Interest?

Just because the growing season for plants is finished doesn’t mean they all turn to sticks and crunchy leaves, there are many plants out there that have one last trick up their sleeve.  Evergreens are what people commonly think of for living plants in the winter, but there are many others that can show some […]

By |December 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Modern Prairie Returns

Modern landscaping practices bring more formal designs and
tidiness to homes.  With narrow plantings
in straight lines, and mulch beds cut and shaped in perfect arcs its hard to
imagine wildflowers and native grasses belonging there.  But just because a plant has native
beginnings, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a spot in a formal landscape.  Just like how dogs […]

By |November 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Living Groundcovers – Using Plants instead of Mulch

Besides using mulch and rock, there is an alternative for more protected areas and can be the showiest option with the most versatility.  Plants can be effective groundcovers where other options wouldn’t look good.  Today we will discuss some groundcover plant choices and how they would work in a given landscape. 

Periwinkle, an evergreen […]

By |May 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

May is for Mulching – Benefits of Mulch for your Landscape Beds

Every bed needs something to cover the ground and help
protect the plants “Crown”, the core of most plants where the roots and stems
originate.  When you plant perennials or
shrubs the best thing you can do is apply a nice new layer of mulch to act as a
blanket and keep the plant protected.  Mulch
comes in a variety […]

By |May 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Elemental Heroes! – What are the Elements on my Fertilizer Bag?

Fertilizers are the energy drinks of the plant world!  These granules are an important yearly step
to be sure all of your landscape plants are getting enough nutrients and
essential elements.  All plants need
Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium to survive, just like we need certain elements
to survive too.  I’m sure you’ve seen a
bag of fertilizer with NPK and […]

By |April 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rise and Shine – Early Bloomers and First Plants to Break Dormancy

April is here, the ground is thawing, and the days are
getting longer and longer.  The air
temperatures are maintaining a steading warming trend and rain has returned
instead of snow.  These all trigger perennials
to wake up and get active again.  Plants
break dormancy at different times but in this article, we will talk about the
first ones out of […]

By |April 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments