Plant A Grove: Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

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  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: American holly (Ilex opaca)

Posted by & filed under American holly, Broadleaf evergreen, Holiday Decor, Native Trees, Shrubs & Trees, Uncategorized, Winter Decorations, Winter Landscaping

    The perfect plant for adding dramatic color to the winter landscape, American holly is a classic choice! This slow growing, broadleaf evergreen with glossy green leaves and clusters of bright red berries throughout the winter is the epitome of the traditional Christmas decoration. More than just a decoration, American Holly can serve as …

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Add A Grove: Washington Hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum)

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  Providing a striking contrast to evergreens, the Washington hawthorn is a must for the winter landscape. Attractive in all seasons, this small, rounded native tree features white blooms in spring, glossy green leaves in summer, gorgeous fall foliage ranging from orange to reddish-purple and bright red fruit called haws that appear in fall and …

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Plant A Grove: Leatherwood (Dorca palustris)

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    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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Plant A Grove — Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)

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      If you’ve taken a drive in the countryside lately, you’ve probably seen a striking shrub flaunting yellow, orange and red foliage all on the same bush. Staghorn sumac, named for the velvety appearance of its stunning young branchlets, has a strong, open, spreading growth habit, reaching 15 to 25 feet. It naturalizes …

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Plant This Not That — Part 2: Bare Root, Container or B & B?

Posted by & filed under Balled in Burlap Trees, Bare Root Trees, Container Trees, Fall planting, Root systems of trees, Shrubs & Trees, Trees, Uncategorized

As I hit publish last week, it occurred to me that I had missed an entire topic related to trees — an explanation of bare root trees, container grown trees and  balled in burlap or b&b trees. Since fall is a popular tree planting season, this seems like a good time to look at the …

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Plant This Not That

Posted by & filed under Evergreens, Fall planting, fall planting hazards, Landscaping, Root systems of trees, Shrubs & Trees, Uncategorized

We’ve decided to add on to our deck this fall. At our house, that means countless trips to the big box hardware store to pick up a different tool, another bracket or more wood. Since I can only look at 2 x 12s so long, I usually find myself wandering off to the garden center …

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A Dry Fall Threatens the Landscape

Posted by & filed under Conifers, Evergreens, Grounds Maintenance, Shrubs & Trees, Trees, Uncategorized, Water Management

Kansas City and the surrounding areas are currently experiencing what the state climatologist is calling “abnormally dry conditions.” Entering into the month of December, the area has consistently seen warmer than usual temperatures combined with rainfall amounts averaging 4.5 inches below normal. These near-drought conditions can cause stress to turf, trees and broadleaf evergreens. In …

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It’s Time For A”Long Winter’s Nap”– For Your Yard

Posted by & filed under Evergreens, Fertilizer, Gardens, Landscaping, Shrubs & Trees, Trees, Turf, Uncategorized, Water Management

With the temperatures staying so warm this fall — 70 degrees on December 2nd here — I’ve postponed some of my usual end of season yard tasks.With the weather so consistently warm,  I was afraid that I would do more harm than good by following my usual routine. To be on the safe side, I’ve checked …

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