Landscape Literacy

Plant of the Week: Hornbeam ‘Fastigiata’

Carpinus betulus, more commonly referred to as a Hornbeam, is a moderately-sized tree. The Fastigiata, or 'upright', variety grows in a narrow shape, which can be pruned for growing in a hedge as seen above. The hornbeam has no major insect or disease problems, and its dark green leaves turn yellow-orange in the fall. Light…

Plant of the Week: American Boxwood

The American Boxwood is a popular evergreen shrub with rich colored winter foliage. Left to its natural habit, they can grow significantly, but they are easily pruned and maintained to any desirable shape and size. American Boxwoods are very long-lived and moderately deer and leaf miner resistant. Light Needs: Full sun to full shade Watering…

Plant of the Week: Viola

Violas are a popular and hearty annual that blooms throughout Fall and into Winter. They come in a variety of solid colors from cheery yellows and bright oranges, to deep purples, and even black. Violas also come in Blotch versions, which feature an accent color in the center of the flower. Light Needs: Full sun…

Plant of the Week: Pansy

One popular fall annual that packs a big punch of color is the Pansy. While its name suggests images of weakness, Pansies are actually quite the opposite. This hearty flower blooms from late summer to early winter, bringing color throughout the Fall, right up until harsher temperatures hit. Pansies have even been known to bloom…

Plant of the Week: Butterfly Bush

Buddleia, more commonly referred to as the Butterfly Bush, is named for its ability to attract not only butterflies, but also hummingbirds and other beneficial pollinators. This large green shrub is adorned with majestic flowers that reach 6-8" in length and bloom throughout the summer months. Flowers bloom in varying shades of pink, orange, red,…