Crabapple trees in flower are a sight to behold. They are the showstopper trees of spring, and are compact enough to fit in nearly any size, shape or style of landscape. But how will you pick the variety that is best for you?
The unrivaled spring beauty of these trees can take your breath away, as they frequently bud in one color but the flowers open in another, which can create a glorious variegated effect. To add to their appeal, they perform again in the late summer or fall with a fabulous display of hanging, showy fruit that wildlife loves.
Crabapples are available in a range of flower petal colors that include white, pink, red and all shades in between. Flower forms may be single or semi-double with some varieties being fragrant. Selections may be made for fall fruit size and color, including shades of green, yellow, orange, bronze, red and purple. Crabapple trees are also available in a variety of leaf color, size and growth habit to accommodate a landscape of any style and size.
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More water is always good for plants, right? Wrong! When water stands in the soil, air is displaced, which in turn smothers the plant roots. Once the roots are damaged many symptoms appear on leaves and shoots including wilting, marginal and inter-veinal browning of leaves (scorch), poor color and stunted growth. But the excess water isn’t always coming from overwatering, it may be the result of poor draining soil.
Poor drainage is often produced in disturbed sites when heavy clay soil is compacted by construction machinery or other excessive use, such as yards where several children are often playing. Areas cultivated for plantings, such as flowerbed or borders, then collect water running off the compacted ground – this is called the teacup effect. Wet areas may also be the result of swales, drain spout runoff and low areas even when soil percolation is adequate in most of the site but when general moisture levels are routinely high.
To check for a potential drainage problem, dig a hole at least 2 feet deep, fill it with water and note how long the water remains. If it doesn’t drain completely away within 24 hours a severe drainage problem exists.
Fortunately, you can correct drainage problems in different ways. Easy options include…
Divert water past plantings using drainage pipes, splash blocks or rain chains.
Plant in mounds or raised beds so water will run off and away from the plants.
Install drain tiles in saturated areas or use French drains to contain excess water.
Amend the soil with organic matter such as compost to improve its structure.
An even easier solution is to simply select plants that tolerate wet sites. The following trees and shrubs tolerate wet sites and flooding better than most. Few tolerate standing water for long periods (those that grow in truly swampy conditions are marked *), but all will do better in wet areas.
*Acer rubrum/Red Maple
*Betula nigra/River Birch
Liquidambar styraciflua/Sweet Gum
Alyssa sylvatica/Sour Gum
Quercus phellos/Willow Oak
*Taxodium distichum/Bald Cypress
Magnolia virginiana/Sweetbay Magnolia
Calocedrus decurrens/Incense Cedar
Ilex opaca/American Holly
Thuja occidentalis/Pyramidal Arborvitae
*Cornus spp./Twig Dogwoods
*ltea virginica/Virginia Sweetspire
*Rhododendron viscosum/Swamp Azalea
*Salix spp./Pussy Willow
*Andromeda polifolia/Bog Rosemary
*Chamaecyparis thyoides/White Atlantic Cedar
Kalmia atifolia/Mountain Laurel
*Arundo donax/Giant Reed Grass
Helenium autumnale/Helen’s Flower
Hibiscus moscheutos/Hardy Hisbiscus
*Iris kaempferi/Japanese Iris
Iris siberica/Siberian Iris
*Lobelia cardinalis/Cardinal Flower
Lobelia syphilitca/Blue Lobelia
Monarda didyma/Bee Balm
Tiarella cordifolia/Foam Flower
Trollius europaeus/Globe Flowers
Gallium odoratum/Sweet Woodruff
Parthenocissus quinquifolia/Virginia Creeper
Cleome hosslerana/Spider Flower
Torenia fournien/Wishbone Flower
Not sure which water-loving plants to choose? We’d be happy to help you evaluate your landscape moisture and other conditions to help you choose the very best plants for your yard!
Many gardeners think of the fourth season as a time for rest, but winter can be interesting and fun to plan for a bold, appealing landscape. While most of us plan our landscapes for bloom times in spring and summer, there are many plants offering color and texture appeal for the cold season landscape.
Winter Beauty in Your Landscape
Winter is a time of special beauty and interest. Berries sparkle on shrubs under a layer of frost and ice, while other shrubs have shades of bronze leaves that cling and rattle in winter breezes. The leafless branches of larger trees cast dramatic shadows across the freshly fallen snow. Bark hidden by the leaves of summer stands out gorgeously in the winter. Barks of silvery gray, white, green, yellow, purple or red hues add a burst of color when the landscape is covered in white. Even barks that are deeply fissured, sleek as satin, peeling in thin layers or curiously pocked by a pitted surface give interest to a wonderful winter landscape. Dried grasses stand out in bright contrast against the backdrop of dark evergreens, shaking snow off their delicate heads. There is even the surprising yellow ribbon-like blooms of witch-hazel which flower in mid-winter or the delicate lavenders and blues of tiny species of crocuses under the snow. Pansies are also a gr
eat addition for late-season winter color in your flowerbeds. Everywhere you look, there can be beauty in the winter landscape.
Top Plants for Winter Interest
Many different plants offer interesting features that reach their full potential in the winter landscape. Popular options include…
Paperbark Maple (Acer grisium)
Threadleaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum dissectum)
Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifalia)
Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)
Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’)
Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’)
Winter Dephne (Daphne odora)
Common Snow Drops (Galanthus nivalis)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Christmas Rose (Heleboris niger)
Chinese witch-hazel (Hamamelis mollis)
Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) Need female and male plant for berries
Christmas fern (Polystichun acrostichoides)
Common Camellia (Camellia japonica)
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Every year our Nursery Manager searches far and wide for a great selection of trees and shrubs, from the tried and true must-haves, to the unique and hard-to-find items that plant collectors seek. We asked our Nursery Manager, Vic, to give us his top picks to keep an eye out for this season. Follow the links to learn more about each plant.