Summer Pruning 08 Aug 0
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Summer Pruning

Every August I like to remove and shape many of my evergreen shrubs. In the images above I simply removed a good bit of new growth that made the shrub taller  than I wanted for the existing space. This is the purpose of summer pruning. Please do this with hand pruners…

These Azaleas Are Blooming Now 26 Jul 0
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Flowering Shrubs

These Azaleas Are Blooming Now

I always enjoy visiting nurseries every chance I get. Just ask my wife. This past Saturday, I was visiting a local small garden center, and imagine my delight to see fresh, Encore azaleas in bloom. Today at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens I noticed the ones at the library entrance in…

Summer Show-Offs 22 Jul 0
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Flowering Shrubs

Summer Show-Offs

You cannot miss a limelight hydrangea when it is in bloom. This mid to late summer blooming hydrangea has huge blooms, and all of the various selection are basically white with a tint of green or pink in some. Its parent, the pee gee hydrangea, is a late summer bloomer…

Small Courtyard – Big Effect 30 Jun 0
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Landscape Design

Small Courtyard – Big Effect

Courtyard homes, garden homes, and some zero-lot line homes have tight spaces. Many times they jam up to the parking space. Such was the case in this rear parking space couryard home. The change resulted from large tree like wax myrtle dying. Once removed, the parking space and courtyard looked…