Category: A-Z Plant Maintenance

Saskatoon

Posted by shane - January 11, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruiting Shrubs, Shrubs

Amelanchier alnifolia & cvs. Saskatoon is one of my favourite plants.  I have fond childhood memories of berry-picking with my mom, in the northern BC woods.  Besides bearing tasty fruit, saskatoon is a great ornamental plant, with beautiful white flowers in spring, and excellent fall colour.  The many available cultivars allow you to choose the […]

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Russian Olive

Posted by shane - January 11, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Eleagnus angustifolia Russian olive is not a common shade tree in my area.  It prefers poor soils and does well in waste places and less-than-ideal growing sites.  It has nice silvery-gray-green foliage, which makes an interesting accent in a mixed ornamental planting, or as a specimen in areas where other things won’t grow.  There is […]

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Russian Almond

Posted by shane - January 9, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Prunus tenella Russian almond is uncommon in the Prairie landscape and is often mistaken for double-flowering plum.  Actually, it’s sometimes mis-labeled as a plum in the garden centres.  So I’ve had an occasional argument with people who want me to look at their plum, and when I tell them its an almond, they so, no it’s […]

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Rose

Posted by shane - January 9, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Rose – Rosa cvs. and hybrids Wild Rose – Rosa acicularis Rose cultivation and maintenance is branch of horticulture unto itself, and I do not claim to be a rose expert, especially of the plethora of cultivars that are grown on the Prairies.  That said, basic rose maintenance is pretty straightforward.  For those of you […]

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Oystershell Scale-Resistant Hedging Alternatives

Posted by shane - January 3, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Hedges, Insect Pests

Oystershell scale continues to devastate Calgary hedges, and we treated a record number of them in 2016.  This trend is likely to continue.  It is getting to the point that keeping a cotoneaster healthy in Calgary might not be worth the money or effort for many people.  I’ve been telling my customers that I would […]

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Wolf Willow

Posted by shane - February 1, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs, Uncategorized

Eleagnus commutata Native to Alberta, wolf willow is a common site in natural areas such as streambanks, dry slopes, and open fields.  It is aggressive and often invasive, and I would not recommend planting this shrub in an ornamental setting.  It looks best in its native environment, on acreages, and in large, park-like settings.  It […]

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Powderface Willow

Posted by shane - January 26, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Salix commutata ‘Powderface’ Powderface willow is an attractive shrub, native to Alberta.  It features dense, upright stems with silvery-grey foliage.  I was impressed with this plant becuase it thrived in the harshest, dustiest spot in my yard.  My only complaint was that it lacks appeal in the fall, as they leaves just turn brown.  Like other […]

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Poplar

Posted by shane - January 26, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Populus x ‘Northwest’  Northwest Poplar Populus deltoides x Populus x petrowskyana  Griffin Poplar Populus balsamifera  ssp. balsamifera  Balsam Poplar, Black Poplar, bam tree Populus balsamifera Paskapoo  Paskapoo Poplar Poplar are very common species in Alberta, due to their high success rate and relatively quick growth.  They make excellent shade trees in large yards, acreages, and parks, […]

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Ponderosa Pine

Posted by shane - January 26, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Pinus ponderosa This is one of my favourite pines.  I was first introduced to this species when I used to walk in the hills on the west side of Okanagan lake between Vernon and Kelowna, BC.  It is a supremely drought-tolerant tree, with the ability to thrive and grow to massive heights and diameter in […]

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Plum

Posted by shane - January 25, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruit Trees, Trees

Prunus spp. We can grow several varieties of fruiting plums on the Prairies.  That said, they aren’t commonly planted, and our pruning experience with these trees is wildly variable, from newly planted stock to overgrown and old neglected varieties.  I haven’t pruned enough of any one variety in 14 years to make many generalizations for […]

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