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Landscape Articles

Red, White & Blue Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are one of the easiest shrubs to identify throughout Eastern Massachusetts. They are superb garden plants with an enormous diversity from evergreen climbers, to small deciduous trees with splendid masses of flowers, to lovely alpine shrubs covered with flowers with fall color. In general, hydrangeas are summer bloomers, easy to grown and maintain, and suitable for all kinds of soils. They come in a wide range of shapes and colors and have long lasting bloom times.

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  • Arbor Garden Design with Ramona Clematis

    Beautiful purple Ramona Clematis flowers are starting to cover fences and arbors throughout Eastern Massachuetts, and it is a sure sign summer has begun!

    The climbing flower vines, are most commmonly used for fence and arbor garden designs, but can also be used for a groundcover.

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  • What Are Invasive Plants in Massachusetts?

    Humans have continuously increased the rate of plant movements and introduced new plant species to Massachusetts for many years. Most introduced plants do not threaten our native plant and animal communities, but some non-native plants spread rapidly in our natural areas, thrive in a variety of habitats, and are difficult to remove or control. With the exception of direct habitat destruction, these invasive specifics pose the greatest threat to the native biodiversity of Massachusetts.

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  • Outdoor Living Designs- Outdoor Kitchens in Massachusetts

    Thank you to Dianne Aucello for contributing this article to our blog! If you live in the Boston area check out Edesia Kitchen & Bath Studio at: http://www.edesiakbs.com/

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  • Simple Garden Design Ideas

    If you are looking to create a simple front yard garden, our two favorite suggestions are contrast and focal points.

    1-CONTRAST- Properly planned and planted plants with color and texture contrast next to each other in a garden bed can add a lot of character to a front yard design. When selecting plants with contrasting colors, you must make sure they have similar soil and light conditions.

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  • Don't Be Fooled- It's Still Winter

    Despite the warm weather this March, be aware that the ground is still frozen. Here in the Northeast, it is normal to have frosts throughout April and May, which delays the planting season as well.

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  • Foreman's Favorite- Dwarf Hinoki Cypress

    One of my favorite aspects of living in New England is being able to watch the seasons change and plants adapt with seasonal interest. Most plants have one or two seasons of which they bloom or have bright foliage, very few are considered all season interest plants. Evergreen shrubs are one of the few plants put into this category of having all season interest.

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  • The Importance of Wrapping Plants for Winter

    Winter sun, wind, and cold temperatures can damage bark, injure or kill branches, flower buds, and roots. Snow and ice can break branches and ruin entire trees. Winter food shortages force some rodents and deer to feed on bark, twigs, flower buds, and foliage, injuring and potentially killing trees and shrubs. All is not bleak, however, as landscape plants can be protected to minimize some of this injury.

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  • Fall in the Garden of a Professional Landscape Designer

    It is officially fall in the garden- foliage, final blooms, exotic colors and exfoliating bark!

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  • Planting Garlic Seed

    "Reading is good but the garden is the best teacher."
    -Chistine Allison

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