Archive: December, 2014

Coyote Willow

Posted by shane - December 23, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs, Trees

Salix exigua This is one of the most interesting plants I’ve started using in the past few years.  I remember a cluster of these growing on the college grounds where I went to school.  They were aggressively penned off by concrete walls and walks all around, and I didn’t think much of that then.  A […]

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Repairing Snow-Damaged Cedars

Posted by shane - December 23, 2014 - Environmental Disorders, Pruning Techniques

After a winter of heavy snowfall, cedars can be unsightly in the spring.  Don’t despair, they can be repaired. The example in the picture is in south Edmonton.  The snow loaded down the branches on this shrub so much that the owners had a hard time getting in and out of their front door. The […]

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Clematis

Posted by shane - December 23, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Vines & Climbers

Clematis  x cvs. I love clematis but I am far from an expert on them. From my experience they are easy to grow and there are many varieties, with a diverse range of flower shapes and colours, from purples to pinks to white with pink bands .  I once planted a Jackman clematis to climb […]

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Cedar

Posted by shane - December 23, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Thuja occidentalis cultivars Cedars are very useful shrubs and columnar trees on the Prairies.  The provide year-round colour and add accent to buildings and shrub bed plantings.  They are available in a variety of forms and sizes. Thirty to fourty years ago, it was the style to plant tall cedars in front of the house.  Unfortunately, […]

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Oak

Posted by shane - December 23, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Quercus macrocarpa (Bur oak) Quercus ellipsoidalis ‘Bailskies’ (Northern Pin Oak) Quercus rubra borealis (Northern Red Oak) We do not commonly see oak trees in the landscape, which is too bad, because they are very beautiful shade trees.  I have only worked on a handful of bur oaks in residential yards.  They are generally thought to […]

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Double-Flowering Plum

Posted by shane - December 22, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Prunus triloba ‘Multiplex’ This is an excellent ornamental shrub with showy pink blossoms in late Spring.  It is very common throughout Alberta, and looks great as a specimen in a shrub bed complimented by a variety of perennials.  We encounter this shrub frequently, but unfortunately, it is seldom in good shape.  The majority of specimens […]

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Boxwood

Posted by shane - December 22, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Buxus ‘Calgary’ Boxwood is a zone 4 plant and should not be expected to thrive in Alberta.  I do not recommend using this plant, as growth is very slow at best, and the shrub usually looks chlorotic and sick. At my last residence, my neighbour had three boxwood plants growing between our houses. They didn’t […]

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Blueberry

Posted by shane - December 22, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruiting Shrubs, Shrubs

Vaccinium cultivars such as ‘Chippewa’, ‘Northcountry’, and ‘Northblue’ I love blueberries because I grew up with them in the woods of British Columbia.  But as a gardener and horticulturist, I have very little experience with these plants, mainly because they are not commonly planted, and likely do not survive long after planting due to finicky […]

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Juniper

Posted by shane - December 22, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Juniperus chinensis cvs. (‘Gold Coast’, ‘Mint Julep’, etc.) Juniperus horizontalis cvs. (Horizontal juniper and cultivars) Juniperus communis cvs. (Common juniper and cultivars) Juniperus scopulorum cvs. (Rocky Mountain juniper and cultivars) Juniperus sabina (Savin juniper and cultivars) These is arguably the most ubiquitous landscape shrubs in Alberta.  I’m not a fan of juniper.  I think the only reason we […]

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Mockorange

Posted by shane - December 21, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Philadelphus lewisii (common mockorange) Philadelphus lewisii ‘Blizzard’ Mockorange is a common native shrub in Alberta gardens.  It is extremely tough and has an excellent fragrant floral display in late June to early July.  We rarely use the common mockorange because it is a big, messy-looking shrub that doesn’t fit most small yards, and it best suited […]

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