Landscape Literacy

Plant of the Week: Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum, more commonly known as a Sugar Maple, is a native tree with a dense, rounded crown of green leaves. It is famous for its spectacular fall color of bright yellow to burnt orange in autumn. The Sugar Maple is a very common tree in the eastern region of the United States. As its…

Plant of the Week: Holly ‘Nellie R. Stevens’

Ilex, more commonly known as a Holly, comes in many varieties, but 'Nellie R. Stevens' is perhaps one of the most attractive. This large evergreen shrub grows quickly and more densely than its relatives. Large, bright orange-red berries adorn rich green leaves from late fall into winter. Light Needs: Partial to full sun Watering Needs: Moderate…

Plant of the Week: Pachysandra

Pachysandra is an evergreen ground cover that grows well in shaded areas. It spreads quickly and will form a dense, rich green carpet about 8-12" high. This low maintenance plant is drought tolerant and provides seasonal interest when tiny white flowers appear in early spring. Light Needs: Partial to full shade Watering Needs: Moderate watering as…

Plant of the Week: Pennisetum ‘Little Bunny’

Fountain grasses are a great perennial for almost any landscape and about as versatile as any ornamental grass. One of our favorite varieties, 'Little Bunny', grows in a smaller, compact form compared to a straight Pennisetum alopecuroides, only reaching 11" at full height. Graceful, rich-green leaf blades are accompanied by rosy tassels that eventually turn…

Plant of the Week: Mum

Mums are one of the most recognizable fall flowers. Available in sizes from 4.5" to 12",  mums are a popular choice for fall decorating. They bloom late summer through fall with small to medium blooms. Mums come in a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, red, pink, and white. Light Needs: Full sun to partial…