Category Archives: Trees & shrubs

Winter Trees: Chamaecyparis, Cupressocyparis And Cupressus

Winter Trees: Chamaecyparis, Cupressocyparis And Cupressus

Winter Trees: Chamaecyparis, Cupressocyparis And Cupressus – Chamaecyparis or false cypress is a useful genus, from East Asia and North America, with a huge number of cultivars. They range from giant forest trees to smaller forms that can be used as specimen trees, for hedging and as dwarf plants for the rock or scree garden.

Lawson cypress (syn. Cupressus lawsoniana), a conical tree, native to North America, is too large for many gardens, but it has given rise to many cultivars of widely diverging habits All are hardy. Among the best dwarfs is ‘Aurea Densa’, which is rounded and one of the outstanding golden-leaved cultivars.

Helianthemum

Helianthemum

The helianthemum (also known as Rock rose) is a vastly popular alpine sub-shrub, of which there are many named cultivars. They grow to about 15-30cm/6-l2in high, with a spread of 30-60cm/12-24in. Helianthemum ‘Jubilee’ has a mass of double pale yellow flowers, about 2.5cm/1 in across, held in terminal clusters, in early and midsummer. The leaves are small, elliptical in shape, dark green above and grey-green below.

Cultivation and propagation

Plant helianthemum in early fall or early spring in any well drained soil and in full sun. You will get a second flush of flowers if the plants are trimmed over in midsummer.

Growing Hydrangeas

Growing Hydrangeas

Growing Hydrangeas – Hydrangeas are some of the most beautiful flowering plants seen on lawns and in gardens. They are France’s most popular flower. The blooming bush produces absolutely gorgeous colorful bunches of flowers that last throughout the spring, and through most of the earlier summer months. But knowing how to grow and care for hydrangeas is important if you want to maintain a healthy and attractive plant.

The first step to growing your hydrangea plants is being aware of where to plant them. Most shrubs prefer moderate shade, but make sure it gets at least half a day of sunlight.

Bonsai Trees: Fertilizing Tips

Bonsai Trees: Fertilizing Tips

Bonsai Trees: Fertilizing Tips – Bonsai trees, like all other living things, should have food for survival. Unlike the roots of ordinary trees that grow for further distances seeking nutrition, the roots of bonsai trees are controlled to grow inside the tray and hence they will be able to obtain merely whatever nutrition is present in the soil inside the tray. Therefore, the soil within the tray must be often re-furnished with the apt amount of nutrients.

The procedure of adding nutrients to the soil in which plants grow is termed ‘fertilizing’ and it’s a major section of bonsai tree care.

Flowering Trees For Garden Shade And Beauty

Flowering Trees For Garden Shade And Beauty

Flowering Trees For Garden Shade And Beauty – The most important components in a landscape are probably trees. Their prominent shape and size gives the necessary depth to any garden or lawn. Such a large and tall plant can be impossible to ignore in any scenery and they can add a sense of permanence with their remarkable longevity, making it possible for them to be enjoyed through generations. Additionally, trees attract life as they have the ability to support whole ecosystems being a possible home to birds, bees, butterflies, squirrels, small plants, and other creatures. Moreover, trees can also become aesthetic, flowering trees can add beauty and grace apart from a sense of strength and prominence.

There are many kinds of flowering trees, each being valued for their distinct qualities. Here are some of the popular flowering trees in the landscaping scene:

Magnolias

Magnolias

Magnolias – Sumptuous and stately, magnolias are among the most handsome of garden trees, as well as being among the hardiest. Magnolia trees are native to East Asia and the Himalayas, eastern North America and Central America. Magnolias grow 40 to 80 feet tall with a spread of 30 to 40 feet. Depending upon the species, magnolias may be evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous.

Drawbacks of some of the species are their enormous size, slowness of growth and reluctance to flower until some 20 or more years after planting. Fortunately, most of the modern selections are free from these vices. The deciduous spring-flowerers make excellent features.