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Green Giant Arborvita

Green Giant Arborvita

Arborvitaes are a slow growing plant variety (generally less than 12 inches per year of new growth) .The Arborvitaes are hybrids so they are propagated by cuttings as they will not come back true from seed. One of the Arborvitae, the Green Giant, the Western Redcedar Tree, or botanically, the Thuja Plicata, is the favorite. Here is why:

The hardiness zone the Green Giant Arborvita tolerates is from zone 5 to zone 8. That’s where extreme cold temperatures get down to a temperate level of about 15 or 20 degrees in the winter (Zone 8), but also as low as a frigid level of 15 or 20 degrees below zero (zone 5).

Outdoor Living Trends 2016

Outdoor Living Trends 2016

Outdoor Living Trends 2016 – With 2016 halfway done, some outdoor living trends are emerging that aim to increase the enjoyment of your pool and patio area with some of the hottest outdoor living trends this year, from xeriscaping to outdoor rooms.

1. Xeriscaping. With water conservation on the brain, the concept of xeriscaping is to include fewer grassy areas (that don’t need watering), strategic plant placement (using shade to cut down on the need for watering) and the use of native plants like alpine violet and black-eyed Susan rather than non-natives. You can also achieve xeriscaping through the use of grading and soil contouring to bring all available moisture to where you need it most, such as a rain garden.

Bamboos

Bamboos

Bamboos belong to the grass family (Gramineae). They are evergreen with woody hollow stems called culms and narrow, handsome foliage. Bamboos make excellent architectural plants; even when used as screens or hedges, they make a dramatic statement in any garden.

They will grow in any dry, sheltered, shady spot and can create a lush tropical effect together with other evergreen shrubs. The tall vertical culms make interesting contrasts with the fronded foliage of ferns. Japanese anemones can be grown nearby, especially white ones such as Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Joubert’.

Choosing Grasses For Your Garden

Choosing Grasses For Your Garden

Choosing Grasses For Your Garden – It is important to choose the right grasses for a particular effect. Clump-forming upright growers, such as varieties of Calamagrostis, will preside over lower-growing plants but lose all impact if crowded by plants of equal height. More open grasses, such as Paricum virgatum with loose flower and seed heads, can be used with taller perennials because of their almost transparent quality.

Color is important, too. If you grow the luminous green Milium effusum ‘Aureum’ in front of a bed next to the lawn, it will simply look like another bit of green grass. Choose the blue grass Festuca glauca instead, ant it will contrast will contrast with the lawn grass very effectively.