Landscape Literacy

Plant of the Week: Nandina domestica

Nandina domestica, also known as Heavenly Bamboo, is a popular low maintenance evergreen shrub. It is very tolerant of drought, a variety of soil compositions, and full shade, but grows best in moist soil with morning sun. Nandina domestica is a unique option for a hedge plant, and thrives when grown in groups, producing clusters…

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…