What’s In Bloom Today?

Posted by & filed under Foundation plant, Landscaping, Native Shrubs, Naturalizing, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Uncategorized

Oak Leaf Hydrangeas are show stoppers right now!     These easy to grow, long-blooming deciduous shrubs are the perfect choice for a hedge, a garden focal point, a foundation planting or to naturalize in a mass at the edge of the property. Reaching up to 8 feet tall, they prefer full sun, but will …

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What’s In Bloom Today?

Posted by & filed under Butterfly Gardens, Native Shrubs, Ninebark, Uncategorized, Winter Landscaping

Physocarpus opulifolius, commonly known as  Ninebark  is currently in full bloom here in Kansas City.     Ninebark is an easy to grow deciduous shrub that adds interest to the landscape all year long . It thrives in average, but well-drained soil in the full sun or partial shade, but will also tolerate dry periods …

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Plant A Patch: Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Posted by & filed under Beneficial insects, Benefits of Nature, Bird Friendly Shrub, Fall Blooming Plants, Native Plants, Native Shrubs, Naturalizing, Uncategorized, Winter Landscaping, With-hazel

        Whether used as a divining rod to find water, a cure a broken heart or to ward off evil,  the native shrub witch hazel has held a noteworthy spot in American folklore for centuries. Better known today for its offering rare “golden blooms in the dead of winter,” witch hazel deserves a …

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“Bee-Friending” Insect Populations

Posted by & filed under Bees, Beneficial insects, Insects, landscape management, Native Grasses, Native Groundcover, Native Plants, Native Shrubs, Native Trees, Naturalizing, Nectar Plants, Predatory Insects, Sustainability, Sustainable Landscaping, Uncategorized, Urban Landscaping

  Insect populations around the world are rapidly declining. Within the next 20 years, 40% of the earth’s insect species may be extinct and within 100 years insects could disappear completely.   Insects are the foundation of the planet’s ecosystems. When just one type of insect disappears, dozens of other species, including humans, are directly …

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Plant A Grove: American highbush-cranberry (Viburnum trilobum)

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          Spectacular as a stand alone shrub or massed as a backdrop to a border, the American highbush-cranberry gives four seasons of interest to the garden. This large deciduous shrub (8+ feet) prefers full sun, but will also thrive in partial shade as long as it is planted in evenly moist, …

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Plant A Grove: Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

Posted by & filed under Native Plants, Native Shrubs, Naturalizing, Rain Garden Plants, Rain Gardens, Rainscaping, Shade-loving plants, Shrubs & Trees, Silky Dogwood, Uncategorized, Winter Landscaping

  If you are looking for a medium-sized, hardy shrub with winter interest for the back of the rain garden, Silky Dogwood could be your answer. This native is definitely a four season star with creamy blooms in the spring, berries in the summer, reddish-purple fall foliage and red/brown stems in winter. It forms a …

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Plant A Patch: Possum-haw holly (Ilex decidua)

Posted by & filed under Birds, deer, Native Plants, Native Shrubs, Naturalizing, Possum haw Holly, Uncategorized, Winter Landscaping

  A relation to last week’s selection, Possum-haw holly is a native, deciduous shrub especially known for its bright red berries throughout the fall and winter seasons. Like its evergreen relative, Possum haw holly prefers a full sun location, but will tolerate partial shade. It does well in moist but well drained locations so can …

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Plant A Grove: Eastern red-cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

Posted by & filed under Bird Friendly Trees, Drought tolerant plants, Eastern red-cedar, Evergreens, Native Shrubs, Native Trees, Street tree, Trees, Uncategorized, Winter Landscaping

    A highly desirable native evergreen. Eastern red-cedar is a mainstay for the winter landscape. Tolerant to drought and hot, dry winds, Eastern red-cedar loves the full sun and thrives in a variety of soil types, including shallow, rocky soils. Since they stand up well to both salt spray and ground salt, they are …

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Plant A Grove: Leatherwood (Dorca palustris)

Posted by & filed under Leatherwood, Native Plants, Native Shrubs, Naturalizing, Rain Garden Plants, Rain Gardens, Rainscaping, Shade-loving plants, Shrubs & Trees, Uncategorized

    One of a very few shrubs that not only tolerates but enjoys heavy shade and marsh-like conditions, leatherwood is an attractive garden addition spring through fall. It typically reaches 4- 6 feet in both height and spread so it works well as an understory plant. Bell-shaped yellow flowers appear in March and April …

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Plant A Grove: Wahoo ( Euonymus atropurpureus )

Posted by & filed under Bird Friendly Trees, Fall planting, Native Shrubs, Native Trees, Naturalizing, Rain Garden Plants, Rain Gardens, Rainscaping, Shrubs & Trees, Uncategorized, Wahoo, Winter Landscaping

  Adaptable to sun or shade, rich or poor soil, this native shrub is a standout in the fall. Featuring beautiful red foliage and scarlet red berries hanging from green stems, wahoo is a favorite of winter birds. Wahoo is an excellent understory  plant, having an interestingly shaped, irregular crown and spreading growth habit. It …

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