Category: Shrubs

Wayfaring Tree

Posted by shane - January 13, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Viburnum lantana Viburnum lantana ‘Mohican’ – Mohican Sun Wayfaring Tree I didn’t pay much attention to this plant for the first decade as an arborist.  It’s a nice shrub, but not spectacular, and it can easily go unseen for most of the year in the back of a large shrub bed.  A few years ago, […]

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Tatarian Honeysuckle

Posted by shane - January 12, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Lonicera tatarica This is a common shrub in older neighbourhoods and boulevards.  It has pretty pale, pink, or reddish flowers, nice leaf shape and grows to about 10′.  It tends to get leggy with age, but despite that can look nice as an accent, surrounded by various perennials in a garden bed.  The flowers are […]

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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 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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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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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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Posted by shane - January 24, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Rhododendron is a beautiful and common shrub of the BC Coast where I grew up.  It is much less common in Alberta, and there are few varieties that will grow here.  I’ve only seen a few successful specimens: a very nice one in Calgary that was about 3′ high and 2′ wide, and a few […]

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Mountain Pine

Posted by shane - January 22, 2016 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Pinus mugo uncinata Mountain pine is essentially a large mugo pine.  It is under-utilized, and when it is used, most often neglected such that it develops a scraggly, undesirable appearance.  Properly and creatively trained, it has huge potential as a specimen tree, especially in smaller spaces. Exposure Full sun to partial shade.  I often encounter this […]

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Top 5 Formal Hedges for Alberta

Posted by shane - March 11, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Hedges, Pruning Techniques, Shrubs

Hedges are an important part of the urban landscape, softening the hard lines of existing structures, and providing a sense of enclosure or privacy.  They mark our territory, provide a screen to funnel or block a view, and help to control dust and noise.  They can also prevent the mailman from cutting across our yard […]

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