Oak Leaf Hydrangea — A Must Have For Your Garden

Posted by & filed under Bees, Beneficial insects, Butterfly Gardens, Fall color, Mid-summer gardens, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Uncategorized, Winter Landscaping

  By Sandra Nelson   This week’s pick is by Sandy Defoe,  Artistic Director.   Oak Leaf Hydrangea    “In summer, the attractive green leaves show off other plants. The flowers last all summer long and then the dried flower heads stay on through the winter.”   Long a favorite for Midwest gardens (introduced in …

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Who’s Showing Off Today?

Posted by & filed under Birds, Maiden grass, Ornamental grasses, Uncategorized, Winter Landscaping

  Impressive 6 to 8 foot arching stems topped by feathery silver blooms makes Maiden Grass a wintertime favorite.     Easily grown in a wide range of soil types (from sandy soil to heavy clay), this ornamental grass prefers full sun and moderate moisture. It’s clump formation expands slowly by rhizomes, but it can self-seed …

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Extend the Season With Winter Pots

Posted by & filed under Container Gardening, Design, design process, Holiday Decor, Seasonal pots, Uncategorized, Winter Decorations

  As the colors of summer and fall begin to fade, converting your summer pots to winter displays can brighten the landscape and your spirits.      According to the design staff at Embassy Landscape Group, the possibilities for winter themed pots are endless. A huge combination of materials, living, cut and artificial, are available …

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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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Plant A Patch: Switch grass (Panicum virgatum)

Posted by & filed under Clay Soil, Fall gardens, Fall planting, Native Grasses, Native Plants, Naturalizing, Rain Garden Plants, Rain Gardens, Rainscaping, Switch grass, Uncategorized, Winter Landscaping

  Reminiscent of the days of the tallgrass prairie, switch grass, with its upright, columnar shape can be a striking stand alone focal point, a massed anchor for a border, or a backdrop for a rain garden. Reaching up to 6 feet in height when in bloom, switch grass is easily grown in moist, sandy …

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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: 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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