Archive: December, 2014

Barberry

Posted by shane - December 18, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Berberis cvs. Barberry is a very commonly planted shrub in Prairie landscapes.  A healthy specimen could be a very nice addition to the garden, as there are plenty of great-looking varieties.  The problem with barberry is that is doesn’t over-winter well, and often looks ragged and shabby.  For this reason, we don’t use them in […]

Read More

Apple

Posted by shane - December 18, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruit Trees, Trees

Malus cvs. Apples are among my favourite trees.  Besides being great for fruit, they have a great deal of ornamental value in the landscape.  They are extremely hardy, and can tolerate the worst abuse and neglect and still thrive.  Apples are resilient and adaptable, and can be properly pruned in many ways, from espalier training along […]

Read More

Elderberry

Posted by shane - December 16, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry) Sambusus canadensis ‘Aurea’ (Golden Elder) I grew up with this plant on the north coast of BC, where it grew wild in open areas along roadsides, stream banks, and moist clearings.  I like it best in its native habitat, perfectly placed by nature and without the need for human intervention. It […]

Read More

Apricot

Posted by shane - December 16, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruit Trees, Trees

Siberian apricot (Prunus sibirca) ‘Westcot’, ‘Capilano #1’, ‘M604’ Apricot is very uncommonlly planted on the prairies.  I have seen only a few older specimens, and have only pruned a handful in the past 12 years.  That said, they are an interesting small tree, with stunning pink blossoms in the spring, and rarely, small, sour apricots […]

Read More

Hydrangea

Posted by shane - December 16, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

‘Annabelle’, ‘Little Lamb’, ‘Vanilla Strawberry’, ‘Pinky Winky’, ‘Limelight’ I never paid much attention to hydrangea until the last couple of years.  It isn’t commonly planted and I don’t often see really nice specimens in the yards I work in.  All that changed a few years ago when I saw the most incredible ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas growing […]

Read More

Amur Maple

Posted by shane - December 15, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Acer ginnala This is a very attractive small tree with multiple seasons of interest.  Colourful pinkish to red samaras in summer give way to stunning red fall foliage.  Amur maple is an excellent tree for small spaces and as a specimen in a mixed planting with shrubs and perennials.  We often use these trees in […]

Read More

Alberta Spruce

Posted by shane - December 15, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Picea glauca ‘Conica’ Alberta spruce is a commonly planted conifer in Alberta.  It has an attractive miniature pyramidal form with densely arranged needles.  Routinely subject to “winter burn” or “winter kill,” these plants can often look unsightly following an Alberta winter, with half of more of the plant dead and brown.  While this plant potentially […]

Read More

Why is the Top of My Birch Tree Dead?

Posted by shane - December 15, 2014 - Insect Pests, Insects, Diseases & Other Problems

All over Red Deer and other Alberta towns and cities, the big mature birch trees are dying.  Why? There are a number of factors that contribute to the decline of a weeping or paper birch.  First, the majority of our soils in the Red Deer area are clay-based, alkaline grassland soils, which are not particularly well […]

Read More

American Elm

Posted by shane - December 15, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

American Elm – Ulmus Americana ‘Brandon’ Elm – Ulmus Americana ‘Brandon’ (shorter than U. americana and more broad-headed crown) ‘Patmore’ Elm – Ulmus Americana ‘Patmore’ (tall, upright vase-shape.  Suitable for smaller sites) American elm is my favorite shade tree for my region.  Rated at zone 2, it is the toughest shade tree that will not only survive, […]

Read More