Archive: January, 2015

Japanese Tree Lilac

Posted by shane - January 7, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Syringa reticulata cvs. Tree lilac is a useful specimen tree for small spaces as it only grows to be about 15′ tall by 10′ wide after many years.  It is tough, disease and insect resistant, and can tolerate drought. That being said, it prefers a moist, well-drained soil.   The fragrant, white blossoms are a […]

Read More

Larch

Posted by shane - January 6, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Larix sibirica (Siberian Larch) Larix laricina (Tamarack) I first encountered larch in Southeastern BC, where I noticed sporadic trees left standing amidst a giant clear-cut logging operation.  I found out later that they were larch, protected in that area as a species-at-risk.  Later I became familiar with the brilliant fall colour of tamarack in Northeastern […]

Read More

Tatarian Maple

Posted by shane - January 6, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Acer tataricum Acer tataricum ‘Gar Ann’ PP15023 (Hot Wings Tatarian Maple) I like this tree for many reasons.  It fits well in a small to medium-sized yard.  It has nice reddish samaras in summer and excellent red fall colour.  It is hardy, insect and disease resistant, and if properly planted in decent soil, grows vigorously. […]

Read More

Thornless Honeylocust

Posted by shane - January 6, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Harve’ Honeylocust was a familiar tree for me when I lived in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.  It is widely planted on boulevards, parking lot planters, and other less-than-desirable locations.  It is a disease-resistant tree, and tolerates drought and salt.  We are trialing this tree on a farm at Mirror, AB., […]

Read More

Hawthorn-juniper Rust

Posted by shane - January 6, 2015 - Diseases

This is a very common disease of hawthorns and juniper shrubs.  The disease requires two hosts to complete its life cycle, and the symptoms look very different on the two host species.  In the spring, the hawthorn leaves emerge and appear healthy.  Soon after flowering, the rust spots start appearing on the leaves and the […]

Read More

Hawthorn

Posted by shane - January 6, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Crataegus spp. Hawthorn is planted for its amazing floral display in spring, and makes a great specimen tree in a small to medium-sized yard.  Unfortunately, hawthorn-juniper rust infects almost every tree and by mid-summer, the once beautiful, glossy green leaves turn an unsightly rust colour, with fungal fruiting bodies appearing on the underside of the […]

Read More

Haskap (Honeyberry)

Posted by shane - January 5, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruiting Shrubs, Shrubs

Lonicera caerulea kam. cultivars We try to include a haskap into most of our designs.  They aren’t particularly ornamental, but everybody tends to enjoy the tangy blue fruits as they wander around their garden in June. Haskap are edible honeysuckles, with a flavour similar to blue huckleberry on the BC coast.  They come in several […]

Read More

Globe Spruce

Posted by shane - January 5, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Picea pungens glauca ‘Globosa’ Globe spruce is a nice accent plant if properly placed in the shrub bed.  The nursery says it will grow to 4′ x 4′ but my experience is that it can get larger than this. Allow enough space in the garden so you can avoid over-pruning this shrub. Exposure Full sun […]

Read More

Forsythia

Posted by shane - January 5, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Forsythia ‘Northern Gold’ Forsythia x intermedia ‘Flojor’ Forsythia was named after William Forsyth (d. 1804), the Scottish botanist and horticulturist.  I don’t commonly encounter this plant, but it is easy to spot because it’s the first flowering shrub in Spring. The yellow flowers are definitely a nice sight after 6 months of winter, and I […]

Read More

False Spirea

Posted by shane - January 5, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Sorbaria sorbifolia I beg you not to use this plant in your garden unless you like a lot of work.  It is highly invasive and will take over everything in your shrub bed given enough time.  False spirea is a pretty plant, with attractive compound foliage and large plumes of white flowers.  It also thrives […]

Read More