Positioning Trees in Your Garden

Positioning Trees in Your Garden

Where should I plant a new tree? This can be a difficult decision to make, and why it is a great help to have some form of plan. Trees are one of the most important elements of your landscape. They have a long time frame of growth, as well as an impact on both space...
Sweet Gum Trees

Sweet Gum Trees

O land and soil, red soil and sweet-gum tree, So scant of grass, so profligate of pines, ~Jean Toomer, Song of the Son The Sweet Gum tree is a truly beautiful tree for your landscape, although not everyone is a fan. The Latin name is Liquidambar styraciflua , while...
Amelanchier, The Service Tree

Amelanchier, The Service Tree

I wondered why this tree was called the “Service Tree” or the “Serviceberry”. One story tells it that its bloom signaled when the graves could be dug in the spring in Appalachia. These types of trees are also called “Juneberry” and...
Ten Winter Features

Ten Winter Features

Everyone has their opinion of what makes something a joy to the eye. In winter everything is finely edited by our cold weather and killing frosts and further focused when snowfall covers the landscape, but that only means we have a showcase for some plants that make...