Plant of the Week: Hydrangea macrophylla

Perhaps the most common species of hydrangea, macrophylla is a very rewarding shrub, suitable for any landscape design in the DC area. Large green foliage is complimented with globe-shaped ("mopheads") or flattened ("lacecap") flowers, pending the cultivar. The beautiful blooms are available in many shades of pink, … Read More

Plant of the Week: River Birch

Betula nigra, commonly referred to as River Birch, are known for their peeling bark characteristic. The exfoliating habit exposes different shades of the tree bark, adding interest to any landscape. The leaf canopy is a lustrous green in spring and summer, changing to yellow in fall. Light Needs: … Read More

Plant of the Week: Japanese Maple

The upright (non-dissected) Japanese Maple is referred to as Acer Palmatum var Atropurpureum. This specimen tree is has attractive foliage that ranges in color from green to burgundy, depending on the variety and planting location. The variety pictured above is planted in a relatively shaded area. The … Read More

Plant of the Week: Paeonia ‘Karl Rosenfield’

Peonies are a popular landscaping design idea because of their large, beautiful blooms. While peonies are available in many colors, 'Karl Rosenfield' is one of our favorites. Deep pink to red double flowers adorn this lovely perennial that blooms in May and June. Light Needs: Full sun Watering Needs: … Read More

Plant of the Week: Caladium

Caladium is a unique accent plant for summer annuals or as tubers planted within a garden. Large, heart-shaped leaves are available in color combinations of red, pink, rose, white, chartreuse, and green. The foliage is almost translucent, which makes them light up a shaded garden area. Light Needs: … Read More

Plant of the Week: Tropical Hibiscus

You may think that in our area, the Tropical Hibiscus is not an ideal plant for installing in a landscape. But it makes a great potted summer annual and can be housed indoors during colder months. The beautiful blooms are typically 6" in diameter and will last … Read More