Category Archives: Trees and Shrubs

Pool and Patio Palms

A photo of a fan palm

By Ellen Barredo ]An abbreviated version of this article appeared in The Gateway Gardener June 2014 issue.] There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by boldly textured palms! Here are a few suggestions for success with palms. Purchase your palms at a local garden center as they usually acquire their palms from reputable growers that have techniques set up to ‘Light

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Hellebores and ‘Hazels

a photo of Helleborus Brandywine Mix

As winter loosens it’s grip on Mother Nature and days are brighter and longer, I look forward to my Christmas Rose, or hellebores. By Steffie Littlefield [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Magazine, January/February 2012] As winter loosens it’s grip on Mother Nature and days are brighter and longer, I look forward to my Christmas Rose, or

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Plant Green to See Red

(This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener September 2011 issue) By Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & Sons If your urge to “go green” by planting shade trees includes a desire to “see red” when autumn rolls around, you are in luck. Red Sunset® Maple, October Glory® Maple, and Autumn Blaze® Maple are all tried and true, successful

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Nut Trees for Home Landscapes

(This article was originally published in The Gateway Gardener October 2007 issue.) When many people think of nut trees in the home landscape, they cringe at the thought of a messy black walnut dropping tennis-ball-sized bombs all over the lawn and staining their patio with the black-as-ink residue that coats the inner lining of the outer ovary wall.  But, according

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What’s Wrong with My Sycamore?

By Robert Weaver If the lawn beneath your sycamore tree looks like this this spring, you might be understandably concerned about the sycamore tree towering above it. Leaves shriveling and dropping by the basketful can certainly be disturbing, but in this case, it’s nothing to get too concerned about. In cool, wet springs, sycamores are susceptible to a fungus disease

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Cornus Mas – Corneliancherry ‘Golden Glory’

an image of corneliancherry dogwood in bloom

By MaryAnn Fink (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2007 issue) Early spring is a transitional time.  Winter loosens her chilling grip, worn landscapes recover with spring’s healing touch and anxious but optimistic gardeners slip into an amnesic state.  Marking the start of this recovery period, the Corneliancherry reveals her yellow-colored blossoms.  Blossoming shortly after the

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Flowering Trees

a photo of a Kousa dogwood in bloom

By Barbara Perry Lawton (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener March 2006 issue) Invest in your future enjoyment by planting trees wisely. For an extra added bonus, choose trees that bloom. We are familiar with the many well-known fruit trees of the rose family—apples, cherries, plums, peaches and crabapples. But don’t limit your horizons to these handsome flowering

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