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Rhus trilobata: A Winner by Any Name

All summer, the shrub sat in the back corner of our yard, quietly filling the space between the fence and a dry creek bed. The olive-green leaves were a bit drab, but provided a nice, neutral backdrop for an adjacent … Continue reading

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Applauding Leadplant

Sometimes I think of leadplant (Amorpha canescens) as the ugly duckling of xeric shrubs. It’s just not appreciated. Consider this quote from the Missouri Botanic Gardens (MBG) webpage: A somewhat ordinary looking, small shrub with an attractive bloom but otherwise … Continue reading

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Fabulous Fernbush

From a distance, a blooming fernbush (Chamaebatiaria millefolium)  resembles a lovely white lilac bush, but no lilac would be in bloom at this time of year. Growing to seven feet high and wide, these shapely shrubs are covered in upright … Continue reading

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Planting a Tree

How do you plant a new tree? Most people know to dig a hole “twice as wide and deep as the root ball” (according to the label I found hanging from the branches), then stick in the tree, making sure … Continue reading

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Pretty, Pretty Coralberry

Lots of plants have pretty flowers or showy berries, are drought tolerant, handle clay soil, take full sun or part shade, or tolerate deer browsing on them. But how many plants have all these qualities? Coralberries are clear winners when … Continue reading

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Sweet, Sweet Honeysuckles

I sat me down to watch upon a bank With ivy canopied and interwove With flaunting honeysuckle. (John Milton) Mention honeysuckle, and we think of green hedgerows, sultry summer days, and childhoods spent picking the flowers and putting them in … Continue reading

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No Junipers for Me

I really don’t like junipers, but it’s not their fault. Rather, I blame the landscapers. Think of the countless homeowners who plant Pfitzer junipers (Juniperus chinensis ‘Pfitzeraiana’) in front of their living room windows, then shear them to a fraction … Continue reading

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