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  • Tall Cupressina Norway Spruce Specimen
    PLANT OF THE MONTH SERIES NOVEMBER 2014
    NOVEMBER: CUPRESSINA NORWAY SPRUCEWell, here we are in November and have been blessed by a warm, relatively dry October here along the Front Range of Colorado. This has meant great fall colors and an extended fall growing and planting season for...
  • Pine cone holiday wreath
    Pine cone holiday wreath
    A holiday tradition in Wilmington and throughout the Brandywine Valley is to create natural or fresh evergreen decorations. With the recession, many of the ancestral or traditional decorating has made a big come back. Many of these holiday...
  • Evergreen, everlasting pet bed
    An everlasting, evergreen, bed for your pet
    According to the KYW Garden report with Phran Novelli, the needles from your Christmas wreaths can make a great pet bed.Instead of hoping sanitation takes your wreaths at curbside in a timely manner, recycle the needles by using them to fluff up...
  • evergreens
    How to keep your evergreens from being stolen this holiday season
    Every year in Michigan around Christmas time some rural property owners find that evergreens on their property have been damaged or even stolen by people illegally harvesting Christmas greens. And its not just people in the country who have...
  • Junipers in the Winter Garden
    Using Junipers in the landscape
    Junipers have fallen out of fashion in recent years. Driving around the old Chicago neighborhoods and collar suburbs, one soon discovers why. There they are, fronting house after house, cut perfectly (or maybe not) to fit the allotted space, which...
  • Evergreens
    Evergreen everything
    Since Washington is known as ‘the evergreen state’, I wanted to set the record straight concerning evergreens.First of all, evergreen plants and trees are green throughout the year. This allows them to photosynthesize all year long....
  • chamaecyparis
    Dwarf conifers fit into refined gardens better than their forest friends.
    Most of the familiar conifers, or 'cone-bearing' plants, are large trees like pines, spruces, cedars and cypresses. They are practical trees only with sufficient space, and where their debris and constant evergreen shade will not interfere...
  • chamaecyparis
    Dwarf conifers fit into Los Angeles gardens better than their forest friends.
    Most of the familiar conifers, or 'cone-bearing' plants, are large trees like pines, sprucescedars and cypresses. They are practical trees only where their constant shade and debries will not interfere with lawns or other plants below. The...
  • Sawara false cypress
    False cypress fit into small gardens better than real cypress do.
    Just like other types of false cypress, the Sawara false cypress, Chamaecyparis pisifera, naturally gets much larger than its many cultivars that are sometime grown in gardens for their colorful and interestingly textured foliage. Although not...
  • Sawara false cypress
    False cypress fit into urban Los Angeles gardens better than real cypress do.
    Just like other types of false cypress, the Sawara false cypress, Chamaecyparis pisifera, naturally gets much larger than its many cultivars that are sometime grown in Los Angelesgardens for their colorful and interestingly textured foliage....
  • Port Orford cedar
    Dwarf Port Orford Cedars are a bit of the northern forests for the garden.
    Fifty foot tall Port Orford cedar trees, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, like those that get harvested for timber from their native range on the south coast of Oregon and the northwest corner of California are almost never found in refined gardens....
  • Port Orford Cedar
    Dwarf Port Orford Cedars are a bit of the northern forests for Los Angeles.
    Fifty foot tall Port Orford cedar trees, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, like those that get harvested for timber from their native range on the south coast of Oregon and the northwest corner of California are almost never found in refined...
  • cotoneaster
    Try some less traditional cut foliage for Christmas.
    At about this time of year,peopleget creative with the foliage that they can find in their gardens for Christmas wreaths and decoration.Fir foliage and cones, and toyon berries are favorites for Christmas wreaths and garlands. Bay laurel and...
  • cotoneaster
    Los Angeles gardens can provide evergreen foliage for Christmas decoration too.
    At about this time of year, some of my friends who have much more diversity in their gardens than I do, ask me for foliage, stems and berries from my relatively simple and unrefined garden. Douglas fir foliage and cones, and toyon berries are...
  • pink, red and white poinsettias
    Poinsettias and evergreens
    You can choose poinsettias to be the Christmas tree’s focal ‘point’ (pun intended!).These lovely plants boost the scent and beauty of any Christmas or winter scene.Did you know that poinsettias come in more colors than just ruby...