TAG: Livescapes

Firebird Crabapple

July 16, 2012By

The Firebird Crabapple (Malus sargentii ‘Select A’ [PP 12621]) has been named Woody Ornamental Plant of the Year by the Wisconsin Nursery Association. It can be used as a specimen, in a container or a foundation, in a mixed border, espaliered, or as a topiary. In the spring, the Firebird Crabapple is covered with red flower buds that blossom into fragrant... read more

Centaurea montana ‘Black Sprite’

July 15, 2012By

Commonly known as Cornflower, this hybrid has distinct purplish black flowers that bloom in the summer on plants that reach up to 14 in. tall and spreads 24 in. Black Sprite can be used as a backdrop in landscapes. It is popular as a cut flower. It performs best in well-drained soils in full sun and is hardy in zones... read more

Asian White Birch

June 21, 2012By

Asian white birches (Betula platyphylla) are native to Japan, but perform well in U.S. landscapes. The fast-growing trees reach 50-ft. tall. Known for their white bark, Asian white birch bark does not peel like other birch varieties. They need moist soil and perform best in full sun, but do not do well in excessive summer heat. While bronze birch borer is... read more

‘Christmas Carol’ Aloe

June 21, 2012By

This small aloe from Monrovia has Christmas holiday-like colors of bright red trim on deep-green leaves with dark red spots down the center and along the leaf margin. It produces orange and pink flowers in the fall. Landscape uses include small-scale groundcover, placements in rock gardens or containers. As a succulent, aloe only needs occasional irrigation. It should be divided every two... read more

Encore Azalea

June 21, 2012By

Village Nurseries, a specialty wholesale grower for landscape professionals, will be carrying Encore Azalea as part of its licensing agreement with Loxley, AL-based Plant Development Services, Inc. Encore Azalea, introduced in 1996, includes 25 varieties that bloom in spring, summer and fall. They are the result of a 15-year hybridization and selection process by Encore Azalea inventor Robert E. “Buddy” Lee.... read more

10 steps to better beds and borders

May 16, 2012By

Many landscape clients want high-performing, easy to care for beds and borders. Typically, they combine tough, flowering perennials with hardy shrubs, bulbs, grasses and other foliage plants, with a twist on the look emerging each season. To help accomplish those goals, Anthony Tesselaar Plants has compiled this list of 10 things to keep in mind when installing plants in beds and borders.... read more