Landscape Literacy

Which Type of Christmas Tree Should You Buy?

Pine trees are immediately what come to mind when most people think of Christmas trees. But a visit to a local tree farm will prove there are several varieties that grow in our area, and each one has its own unique features. Not sure which one to buy? We've put together some information on the…

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…