Landscape Literacy

Plant of the Week: Nandina ‘Gulf Stream’

Nandina ‘Gulf Stream’ is one of the greatest compact shrubs for year-round foliage. It requires almost no pruning; only dead or broken limbs need to be removed. This Nandina variety can display a mixture of different leaf colors all at once, which will grow more vibrant from fall through winter. The foliage will vary from…

Plant of the Week: Mazus reptans

A fast-spreading, carpet-like groundcover, Mazus reptans is an excellent ground cover choice for landscape design. It will grow quickly in a tight, 1" carpet. Small, bright green leaves are accompanied by blue or white ('Albus') flowers in May and June. This plant is moisture-tolerant, tough, and hardy. Light Needs: Full sun to partial shade Watering…

Plant of the Week: Echinacea ‘PowWow Wild Berry’

One of the more compact varieties of Echinacea, 'PowWow Wild Berry' is not just another purple coneflower. Exceptional blooms adorn this plant from late spring to late summer. The flowers are 3-4" with deep rose-purple ray petals that surround the rose-tinted dark orange cone. This variety retains color longer than its cousins. Light Needs: Full…

Horror Stories with Howie: Where did all the fireflies go?!

Most of us have fond memories growing up of warm summer nights spent chasing fireflies in large, open fields, then showing off our collection of the fascinating bugs. But have you noticed in the last few years that the firefly population (also known as lightning bugs) has decreased? Research has shown the population of fireflies…

Plant of the Week: Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia, more commonly known as the Crape Myrtle, is a favorite among landscapers. It can be grown as either a shrub or a petite tree. Crape Myrtles bloom from late spring until early fall, in varying shades of pink, red, purple, and white. Their petals have a crinkled appearance, similar to crepe paper, which is where…