Trees & shrubs

Shade Trees

Shade Trees

Shade trees are definitely among the essential plants that many homeowners prefer to have around their home for varied reasons. Some may want to plant trees of this kind to enhance the appearance of their outdoor area. Others also prefer to have tall trees around their house to complement its appearance and simply to connect with nature. Certainly, there are many types of shade trees for everyone to choose from. Unfortunately, being confronted with a wide variety of choices also gives a bit of confusion. Things will be much easier, if you know the types of trees you want and the places you want to plant them.

It would help a lot to decide first what type of shade trees you want to plant around your house. This way you will be able to choose the right kind of trees either to enhance the outside of your house or to boost your garden’s landscape.

Breynia Plant

Breynia Plant

You will find Breynia plant in a number of garden centers and department stores but in very few textbooks. It is basically a greenhouse plant which was introduced as a house plant in the 1980s. This native of the southern Pacific islands may also be grown as a tender perennial. Under glass it will grow into a shrub; in the living room Breynia is grown as a small bush, with slender branches densely clothed with colorful leaves.


Breynia nivosa (Snowbush, Hawaiian Snow Bush) has green leaves marbled with white. The variety B. roseopicta is the usual choice. The pink, white and green variegated leaves have a flower-like appearance – hence the common name.

Conifers In The Winter Garden

Conifers In The Winter Garden

Conifers in the winter garden are an important point in garden designing, because they create a strong shape and structure. It is easy to pack a garden with summer-flowering plants, but a one-season wonder is no good whatsoever. Carefully selected and sited conifers in the winter garden are essential ingredients of the well-planned garden.

The best conifers add shapes and definitions whether you want a formal or informal scheme. With heights ranging from 1m (3ft) for a dwarf conifer, such as Picea pungens ‘Globosa’, to the 90m (300ft) high Sequoiadendron giganteum (giant redwood), there is a conifer for most situations.

The Lollipop Plant

The Lollipop Plant

The Lollipop Plant or Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys) is a perennial shrub often sold as a potted plant in colder climates. It’s origin from South America. This plant bears cone-shaped flower-heads above the oval leaves. The main appeal is the long flowering season – from late spring until fall if the plant is liberally watered and fed regularly. The lollipop plant is an easy care plant that will do fine in semi-shade or full sun with routine rainfall or watering. Don’t hesitate to prune it when it gets leggy.

Pachystachys lutea grows about 1½ ft high, with flower-heads made up of golden bracts and white blooms peeping through. The leaves are prominently veined.

Hebe – Beautiful Summer Shrub

Hebe – Beautiful Summer Shrub

Hebes are mostly native to New Zealand though frequently grown in the British Isles, parts of western Europe and the west coast of North America. This shrub can be seen in flower in some supermarkets and garden centers in July or August – a plant for the conservatory although it can be kept in a large room for a few years. The problem is that it flowers from summer to early fall and this is the time it should spend outdoors.

The floral spikes are made up of tiny flowers which fade to white with age. Hebes are easily recognized by their bottle-brush flower spikes usually produced in large numbers. Hebes leaves are noted for their beautiful appearance throughout the year and usually come in numerous colors including silver, green, grey and red, which serve as a great attraction to butterflies, bees and other insects.

Jacaranda Tree

Jacaranda Tree

Jacaranda is a kind of flowering plants and native to subtropical regions of South and Central America. In many parts of the world, the blooming of this tree is welcomed as a sign of spring.

Jacaranda’s size varies from 2 to 30 m tall. The leaves are bipinnate in most species, pinnate or simple in a few species. The flowers are produced in conspicuous large panicles, each flower with a five-lobed blue to purple-blue corolla. The fruit is an oblong to oval flattened capsule containing numerous slender seeds. Several species are widely grown as ornamental plants throughout the subtropical regions of the world, valued for their intense flower displays. The most often seen is the Blue Jacaranda. Some are also commercially important. For example the Jacaranda copaia is important for its timber because of its exceptionally long bole.