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Steps to a Successful Landscape

tracys houseWe have all driven by those yards that make our head turn to take another look. What does that yard have that makes it stand out?  What are those people doing differently to everyone else?  Steps to a successful landscape is like following a recipe, if you get all the ingredients right, the end result should be rewarding. Here are some steps that will help you along the way to a beautiful yard.

Step 1 – Don’t Landscape Around Previous Mistakes.

We often inherit other people’s mistakes when we purchase a property.  Take the time to rectify mistakes rather than working around them.  For instance many builders will put in too many foundation plants on a property which results in a lot of unnecessary pruning for years to come, not to mention that the plants just look cramped.

Step 2 – Landscape Design Advice

It is a good idea to get some advice if you are not sure what to do.  This will prevent mistakes on plant choices. The Family Tree offers several avenues where you can receive landscape design advice. Our Sales Associates are very knowledgeable on plant material and design ideas; we offer a free “Quick Sketch” which provides a free design for a small area of your yard; and we offer a full landscape design plan service.  Take time to think about the design of the landscape.

Step 3 – General Landscape Design Ideas

Follow this recipe of things to consider when coming up with a design:

  • Feature the front door.  Don’t plant huge plants that will eventually block your entryway.   This is not very welcoming for guests.  Instead, plant annuals or containers near the front porch so that the eye is drawn there.
  • For bed lines, use large “S” curves, not a lot of small curves or angular beds.
  • Think of an evergreen foundation plant that can be repeated throughout the landscape for continuity.
  • The majority of the front foundation plants should be evergreen, so consider what the landscape will look like in the winter.  There are a lot of evergreen shrubs that also flower at different times of the year which is an added bonus.
  • Plant in groups of 3’s or 5’s or odd numbers, this just seems to look better.
  • Vary the texture of the plant material, for instance some shrubs will have small evergreen leaves, and some shrubs may have fine needles or large broad leaves.
  • Vary the height of the plants.  Use taller plants on corners or as focal points.
  • Choose some shrubs that have colorful foliage.  This will give an accent all year round but don’t go too crazy on a lot of colorful shrubs as this can look too busy.

Step 4 – Keep Your Lawn Healthy

The lawn is often the first thing that people see when they look at your front yard.  There are a few things to keep your lawn looking healthy – weed control, water, and fertilizer.  If you are maintaining the lawn yourself, refer to one of our lawn calendars which will show you the proper months for applying preventative weed care and fertilizer.

Happy Gardening!

Tracy Davis
Horticulturist/Designer

If you’re interested in making your yard truly stunning, check out Tracy’s list of the top 10 ‘must-haves’ for your landscape!

#1 Foundation Plants

#2 Trees

#3 Screening

#4 A Welcoming Front Entry

#5 Pops of Color

#6 Focal Points

The Dogwood Story – Why the Dogwood’s Flowers & Trunk Look Funny

Legend has it that there was one forest in Israel that was valued above all others for its many dogwood trees with thick trunks and fine, strong wood. When the Romans came to rule over Jerusalem, their governors used this same timber to build the crosses for executing criminals. One day, Pontius Pilate put out a special order; “The King of the Jews is going to be put to death. Build an extra-large cross made from your best wood.” So the carpenters hurried to the forest and cut down the biggest, best tree they could find. Later that day, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on that very cross.cross

Three days after Jesus’ crucifixion, the carpenters went out to the forest to gather more wood to make new crosses. Imagine their surprise when they discovered that all of their tall, beautiful trees were rotting and useless! No one knew why this was happening and there was nothing they could do to stop it! Because the forest was rotting and useless, the carpenters had to search for new trees to use for their crosses.

Several years later, the chief carpenter heard that many people were going to visit the old forest every spring. Out of curiosity, he decided to go and see what the attraction in a dead forest was. He saw the remains of the forest with its rotting tree stumps, but there was something else. As he drew closer, he could make out thousands of beautiful flowering bushes! With disgust, he wondered how anyone could make something out of the twisted wood of the shrubs. Little did he know that he was viewing a miracle of God!

dogwood flowerOn the cross, Jesus felt the sadness of the wood that it was being used for such a cruel purpose. Out of his infinite kindness, Jesus told the dogwood “Because of your distress, never again shall the Dogwood grow strong enough to be used as a cross. From now on, its wood will be warped and twisted and its purpose shall be for beauty instead of pain.” Its flowers are in the shape of a cross; there are dark discolorations on each petal, as if blood- or rust-stained; and at the center is a crown of thorns to remind us of the suffering Jesus went through on the cross. So now the Dogwood tree serves as a reminder to all who see it of God’s mercy and love toward all living things, as well as a beautiful message of hope, for Jesus was not defeated by the cross, but rose again on the third day!

Though this is just legend, we still view the Dogwood tree each spring around Easter time as a beautiful reminder of Jesus’s sacrifice.  As these trees begin to bloom around Atlanta, The Family Tree staff want to wish everyone a happy, healthy spring!

The 10 “Must-Haves” for your Landscape: #2 Trees

(After) 12 years

(After) 12 years

This is the second in a series of articles on the Ten “Must-Have’s” in your Landscape (view the first article here). Trees are so important in our landscapes not just for aesthetics, but to provide shade and save on energy, filter the air, screen the things we don’t want to see, and provide habitats for wildlife. We also have an emotional connection with trees as they are often used in times of remembrance or to celebrate an important event in our lives. Trees live a long time so we should really think long and hard before removing a tree. It may have been living for hundreds of years!

Before

(Before) Trees just planted

Make an investment in Trees

The earlier we invest in trees, the quicker our landscape will start to look “put together”.  Trees take a long time to grow, so we often don’t see the rewards of our investment for several years.  As you can see in the two photos to the right – 12 years to look grown up!  It is great to see the three tiers of trees in a landscape.  Some of us are lucky to have inherited the “over-story” trees.  These are the ones you find near the woods and include the large hardwood trees like Oaks and Maples and tall pine trees. They add a sense of wonder at their shear magnificence as you know they were there well before you came along.   The second tier of trees are the ones that we plant in our landscapes, a lot of which will be smaller than the huge hardwoods.  Then there is a third tier of trees that are small trees which fit in well with smaller landscapes.  It is great if you can have all three tiers in your landscape, but quite often space does not permit this.

What trees should you plant?

We have a lot of trees to chose from at the Family Tree Garden Center and sometimes it can be overwhelming.  We have a list of trees on our website that we usually carry, so this is a good starting place to see the general form and color of the tree.  We also have a list of Small Trees as we are often asked to recommend trees that can fit into smaller landscapes. When choosing a tree, the first question you should ask yourself is how much sun does your yard get.  If you have a shady yard, a lot of trees will not be suitable, so that makes your choice a little easier.  Most of us will have sunny yards if we are investing in trees because we want some shade!  If you want to plant some hardwoods like Oaks and Maples, make sure you plant them far enough away from your house. The root systems on large trees can be quite extensive. Some people think that tree roots go down into the ground.  While some trees do have a tap-root, most trees have their roots in the top 12 inches of soil and the roots extend beyond the canopy of the tree.  So if a tree is going to be 25 feet wide, it needs to be at least half that distance away from your house foundation or sidewalks, and to be on the safe side, a lot farther.

Over-story Trees

October Glory Red Maple

October Glory Red Maple

Some examples would be Red Maples, Sugar Maples, River Birch, Beech, Gingko, Southern Magnolia, Dawn Redwood, Deodar Cedar, Oaks, Weeping Willow, Bald Cypress and Elms.  These trees all get very large and need to be placed at the rear or sides of your property, or if you have a large front lawn they can be used as specimens. You will see a lot of newer neighborhoods that have a requirement that the front yard contain one or two large trees.  Red Maples are extremely popular because of the wonderful fall color they provide.  Ginkgos also have amazing yellow fall color but if you are planting one of these trees, plant big as they are slow growers and they get huge!

coral-japanese-maple-3

Coral Bark Maple

Second Tier trees

These trees are the ones that we can plant a little closer to the house.  They usually provide some form of interest whether it be flowers, leaf texture, growth habit, or leaf color.  They are not “small” trees.  Some trees in this category would be some of the large Crape Myrtles, Cherries, the smaller evergreen Magnolias, Chinese Fringe Tree (a very underused tree that needs to be used more!), Dogwoods, Redbuds, and some of the larger ornamental Maples like Coral Bark Maple or Bloodgood Maple.  I must admit the Coral Bark Maple is one of my favorites with its red bark and beautiful leaf color.  This tree makes a great specimen!

Small Specimen Trees

Jade Butterfly Gingko

Jade Butterfly Gingko

These trees are definitely your ‘focal points’.  A lot of them are weeping varieties such as Weeping Birch, Weeping Japanese Maples, Weeping Redbuds, Weeping Cherries, Weeping Spruce and so on.  There is even a dwarf Gingko called Jade Butterfly which has glorious leaf color.  A lot of smaller Crape Myrtles have flooded the landscape industry over recent years, so there is a Crape Myrtle for any location!  The Star and Tulip Magnolias also provide that early spring fever with their beautiful blooms.

 

Have fun with some trees and remember to invest in them early!

If you are still not sure where to begin, come in and see us at the Family Tree.  We also offer a free Quick Sketch or a full Landscape Design Service that will help you get started.

Happy Gardening!
Tracy Davis
Horticulturist/Designer

Be sure to check out the rest of Tracy’s list of the top 10 ‘must-haves’ for your landscape!

#1 Foundation Plants
#2 Trees
#3 Screening
#4 A Welcoming Front Entry
#5 Pops of Color
#6 Focal Points
#7 Nooks
#8 Hardscaping
#9 Entertaining Areas
#10 Animal Friends

Live Mosquito Free!

Spring has sprung and mosquito season will soon be upon us! No one likes these pesky bugs and the itchy bites they give, but bug spray can contain toxins and other undesirable ingredients and doesn’t always work. Why not prevent mosquitoes with all natural products that you can grow at home yourself? An easy trick to remember is that bugs hate strong scents, so choose plants that have an intense scent when crushed. Here are several herbs and plants that repel mosquitoes and other unwanted bugs.

Herbs:

Lemon Balm – Lemon Balm contains high levels of the compound citronellal, which is what gives it its Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)lemony scent and the flavor that bugs find so distasteful. To use, you can plant it near any outdoor area where you spend a lot of time or pick a few leaves, crush and rub them onto your skin to repel mosquitoes. This herb is related to mint and has the same fuzzy leaves and spreading habit, so unless you want a yard full of Lemon Balm, it is a good idea to keep it confined in a pot!

Catnip – While cats may love Catnip, mosquitoes don’t! Studies suggest that Catnip may be even more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET, which is the highly toxic active ingredient in most commercial bug sprays. It can be used similarly to Lemon Balm: crush a few leaves and rub them on your skin. If you have cats, don’t be surprised if you find them rolling around and playing with it!

Basil – Basil is one of the few herbs that give off a scent without its leaves being crushed. The strong scent will help repel mosquitoes from your yard, but to fully take advantage of Basil’s repellant properties, you’ll want to crush the leaves and rub the oil onto your skin.

rosemaryRosemary – An herb beloved by Italian cooks, Rosemary has a distinctive odor that permeates the air when its leaves are crushed. This plant can work double duty as a mosquito repellant and an ingredient in your summer recipes! Rosemary can grow to be a fairly large shrub, but can be pruned back without worrying about stunting its growth.

Plants:

Geranium rozanne in full bloom

Citronella Scented Geranium – Many bug repelling candles, lotions, and sprays contain Citronella. This cheerful plant has a strong, distinctive odor and repels mosquitoes by masking the scents that the bugs are naturally attracted to, which makes it difficult for them to locate prey. The oil is primarily what deters bugs, so rubbing a few leaves on your skin will keep you bug free.

Garlic – While it is something most people are more inclined to use in a recipe than as bug spray, Garlic does have mosquito repellant properties. The strong odor of the oil hides any other scents that may attract the pests. To use, you can either sprinkle cut garlic around any outdoor spaces you wish to have mosquito-free or mix it with other aromatic oils to make an all-natural body spray.

marigoldsMarigolds – You may have known that these lovely orange flowers keep slugs away, but did you know they also deter mosquitoes? Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents. Potted marigolds can be positioned near entrances to your home and any common mosquito entry points, such as open windows. The smell may deter mosquitoes from going past this barrier.

Lavender – Have you ever noticed that insects or even rabbits and other animals have never decimated your lavender plant? It is because of their lovely fragrance, which comes from its essential oils that are found on the leaves of the plant. It is even argued that lavender oil hinders a mosquito’s ability to smell!

Stop by The Family Tree to browse our selection of mosquito repelling plants and products today; our expert employees are always happy to help with suggestions and advice for all your pest problems, be it insect, bird, or animal!

Secrets to a Beautiful Perennial Garden

Perennial BorderWhen I think of perennial gardens, English cottage gardens come to mind.  That beautiful mixture of color, texture, and drama that looks completely natural but you know it’s not!  How do you achieve that look in Atlanta? Well, there are numerous perennials that do great here, you just have to put a little more thought into your plant choices so that you have pops of color at different times of the year and the garden doesn’t totally disappear in the winter time.  I tend to mix some colorful shrubs into my perennial gardens to help get them through the winter blues, but there are a few winter flowering perennials to mix in.  Here are some guidelines to help you achieve a beautiful perennial garden. Oh, and if you are confused as to what is an annual and what is a perennial, a perennial plant comes back each year and an annual completes its life cycle in one season.

Sun or Shade?

I am not going to cover shade perennials in this blog as there is a great blog on shade gardening that covers some of the wonderful shade perennials.  This blog will purely be for the sun lovers.  Most of the sun-loving perennials prefer full sun but they can also survive on at least 6 hours of sunlight.

Soil Prep

Definitely add some organic matter to your clay soil.  This can be in the form of compost, or a soil amendment planting mix. We like the Fafard Complete Planting Mix as it contains fertilizer and organic components to improve the soil.  You can till the whole garden, or just amend the planting holes by mixing a 50/50 mixture of organic matter with your clay soil. Remember the planting holes should be 2-3 times the width of the container, but no deeper than the container.  Also, fertilize every six weeks in spring and summer.

Take some Time to Plan

Most perennial plants are herbaceous which means they die to the ground in the winter and then emerge again in the spring. So give some thought as to what will be there in the winter time.  There are some evergreen perennial plants so definitely include some of these in your plan.  Some of the low growing, border type plants are Lamb’s Ear, Hardy Ice Plant, Acorus Grass, Liriope, Dianthus, Phlox, Candytuft, and Creeping Rosemary.  They also flower at different times which is an added bonus.  Some evergreen plants that give you a bit of height include Lavender, Rosemary, Euphorbia, Santolina (Lavender Cotton), Powis Castle Artemesia, and Hellebores.  Hellebores are a shade plant, but they can also take a few hours of sunlight.

Candytuft

Euphorbia

Dianthus

Rosemary

Four Seasons of Color

This is where some more planning will pay off.  Perennial plants usually flower for a short season, so pay attention to when they flower so that you can time different pops of color at different times of the year.  Of course, you could have them all flowering in the summer which would look stunning, but then what about the rest of the year.  I have made a list of the four seasons and included some perennials under each list. This will help a little in spreading the blooming season over the whole year.

SPRING 
Iris (featured), Shasta Daisy, Dianthus,
Foxglove, Daylily, Catmint, Peony, Scabiosa,
Verbena, Candytuft (early), Phlox,
Euphorbia (early), Amaryllis, Red Hot
Poker, Lamb’s Ear
SUMMER
Coneflower (featured), Canna, Coreopsis,
Gaillardia, 
Gaura, Daylily, Lantana, Liriope,
Bee Balm, Elephant Ears (adds drama),
Agapanthus, Russian Sage, Phlox Paniculata,
Black-eyed Susan, Salvia, Santolina, Veronica,
Verbena, Lavender, Yarrow
FALL
Muhly Grass (featured), Miscanthus,
Chrysanthemums, Sedums, Asters,
Joe Pye Weed, Goldenrod
WINTER
Hellebores (featured- part sun), Rosemary,
Candytuft blooms very early spring so
it sometimes flowers late winter

Well winter looks a bit bare!  This is where some of the flowering winter shrubs come in handy such as Camellias, Forsythia, Edgeworthia, Winter Jasmine, and Quince.  Also think about adding some colorful shrubs such as Nandina, Arborvitaes, or Loropetalum to fill in gaps.   You also quite often see roses in perennial gardens.  Roses are shrubs, but their flowers complement a perennial border.  We have a great selection of roses, but you need to be in quick as they sell out fast!

Vary Heights and Textures

Try to use taller perennials to the back of the border, but also they can be mixed in the middle to add some variety. Keep the smaller ones to the front. Add some drama by including perennials that have great texture. These would include Elephant Ears, Canna Lilies, Yucca, Grasses, and Artemesia. Also check out the Herb section. Oregano and Thyme make great border plants for a perennial garden as they stay evergreen.

Bring the Flowers Indoors

Perennial Cut Flowers

Perennial flowers make great cut flowers so you can not only enjoy them in your yard, but make beautiful displays inside as well.  The best time to pick them is early in the morning as they will stay fresher longer.

If you are still not sure where to begin, come in and see us at the Family Tree, we carry a wide selection of perennials. We also offer a free Quick Sketch or a full Landscape Design Service that will help you get started.

Happy Gardening!

Tracy Davis
Horticulturist/Designer

Steps to a Perfect Shade Garden

shade-gardeningOften we see people come into the Family Tree looking defeated because they have a shady yard and can’t seem to get plants to grow.  We get excited as there are so many plant choices for the shade and you can make a stunning shade garden if you just ask us which plants to use.  Shade plants have so many different textures and colors, and although you may not have a garden with an abundance of flowering annuals, you can achieve a shade garden that is just as beautiful.  Here are some tips on how to do it.

As with any garden, start with your foundation plants, the ones that will stay there through thick and thin, summer and winter.  Some of our favorite combinations are:

Yew

Spreading Yew

Florida Sunshine

Sunshine Illicium

autumn-fern-frond

Autumn Fern

Hellebore

Hellebore

Yews:  They provide dark green textured foliage and come in a variety of shapes and sizes
Sunshine Illicium:  Great evergreen focal point with beautiful foliage
Hardy Ferns:  Autumn Fern and Holly Fern stay all year round and offer great texture
Hellebores:  This great plant provides flowers from January through to May in the shade and it is evergreen! The hybrids that have come along recently are just beautiful!
Other plants that can be used also are Aucuba, Pieris, Azaleas, Mahonia, Leucothoe, Sweet Shrub, Fatsia, Rhododendron, Hydrangeas and the list goes on.  Come and see our shade section at the nursery.

Japanese Maple Inaba Shidare 7-10' x 7-10'

Japanese Maple
Inaba Shidare

Once you have your foundation plants chosen, then it is time to start adding some focal points. Japanese Maples, especially the weeping varieties, make great focal points.  Add some boulders next to them, and voila, you have a beautiful focal point.  If you are looking for a larger tree, try a Dogwood either in pink or white flowers.  A bird bath, or bird feeder could also be a great focal point, or even a garden bench.  You need somewhere to sit and enjoy the beautiful garden you are going to create!
So you now have your foundation plants and focal points, it is time to add some seasonal interest. Add some herbaceous perennial plants. These are plants that disappear in winter and pop back up in spring. They provide color and texture interest during the spring, summer, and fall.
Some great ones to use are:

Hosta

Heuchera

Bleeding Heart

Astilbe

Hosta:  So many to choose from.  Large leaves with lots of color variations.  These are a stunning addition to a shade garden.
Heuchera:  Also called Coral Bells.  These also come in lots of different shades including burgundy, orange, pink, and chartreuse.  A definite must have in a shade garden.
Bleeding Heart: The flowers on this perennial are breathtaking and the foliage is very fern-like.
Astilbe:  This perennial provides upright flower spikes for a splash of color.
There are a number of other perennials and groundcovers including Solomon’s Seal, Jacob’s Ladder, Ajuga, Pachysandra, and Vinca.

If a little more texture and color is needed then look to the grassy perennials such as Liriope, Mondo, Acorus Grass, and Japanese Forest Grass.

Acorus Grass

Liriope

Dwarf Mondo

Jap Forest Grass

The icing on the cake is to add a pop of color with some pretty annuals.  There are a few annuals that do great in the shade and they are extremely showy, so don’t forget to add some of these as well.

Caladiums – Lots of color variety

Dragon Wing Begonia

Torenia – Wishbone

New Guinea Impatiens

Caladiums come in lots of different colors, and even though they are not a flower, they are still extremely showy and add beautiful texture to your shade garden.  Dragon Wing Begonias are also amazing.  They are covered in big droopy flowers that can be pink or red.  The flowers last all summer long.  Torenia is a sweet little annual and great for the front of the border for a pop of color.  Lots of color variations here also.  New Guinea Impatiens offer a rainbow of color choices, all of which are very bright and intense.  So you don’t have to go without color in your shade garden.

If you are still not sure about design or plant choices, come and see us, we would be happy to help you on your way to create the shade garden of your dreams.  We offer many design options to help you along the way such as our FREE Quick Sketch service and our full landscape design service.

Happy Gardening!

Tracy Davis
Horticulturist/Designer

The 10 “Must-Have’s” in your Landscape: #1 Foundation Plants

Foundation ShrubsThis is the first in a series of articles on the Ten “Must Have’s” in your Landscape. Have you ever passed by a house that doesn’t have any – not one – foundation shrub? It definitely looks out of place, it looks lonely, and it is just not right! Foundation shrubs serve the purpose of joining the house to the land. They provide symmetry, perspective, softening and beautification. There are several things to consider when you are selecting what shrubs to use for the foundation planting.

What Make’s a Good Foundation Shrub?

It is simply, the right plant in the right place. Firstly, it should be evergreen. Therefore it won’t go away in the winter time and the landscape always looks “put together”. When we are preparing a landscape design, we always think about what is the landscape going to look like in the winter? Secondly, it should be an appropriate size. Often shrubs look awfully cute at the Nursery, but you bring them home and give them some lovin’ for a few years and they turn into a giant! Read labels carefully and select shrubs that are not going to cover your windows or doors.

Is Color important to you?

Some people don’t like a lot of color in their front yards, but instead prefer the landscape to be completely green. This is perfectly o.k. but it you go with only green foliage shrubs, you should change it up a little by selecting shrubs that have some textural differences so that the landscape doesn’t become boring. If you are not afraid of a little color, there are many wonderful foundation shrubs with colorful foliage, or foliage that changes color with the seasons. The secret to adding a little color is to add a “little” color. Don’t go overboard with a lot of different color choices as then the landscape becomes very busy and confusing on our eyes. Instead, pick one or two accent colors and repeat those colors throughout the landscape.

Do you like Meatballs?

Yes please, but not in my landscape. Meatballs (or continually pruning shrubs into balls) results from shrubs that outgrow their space and therefore we have to continually prune them to keep them in bounds. Over the years the plant industry has developed many size appropriate shrubs, so we have a lot more choices these days to select the proper plant. 

Some of our Top Foundation Shrubs

Below is a list of the foundation shrubs that we use over and over again.  These are tried and true, and don’t have many issues, and tend to do well in our climate.  This is just a small selection of the shrubs we offer at the Nursery, so come on in and see the vast array of colors, textures, and shapes that are available.

Soft Touch Holly
Naturally forms a rounded shrub that stays
small, 2′ tall x 3′ wide.  Can take full sun.
Also look at Carissa Holly, Dwarf Yaupon Holly,
and Compact Japanese Holly
Crimson Fire Loropetalum
A fairly new Loropetalum that only reaches
2-3′ tall x 2-3′ wide.  It keeps its burgundy
color year round!  Can take full sun.  If you
need a larger version, look at Purple Diamond
Loropetalum.
Creeping Gardenia Creeping Gardenia
Another low growing shrub reaching 2′ tall
by 2-3′ wide.  It flowers in July with fragrant
white blooms.  Can take partial to full sun.
Another great Gardenia is Frost Proof if you
need a taller shrub.  It gets about 5′ tall.
Georgia Petite Indian Hawthorn
Another small shrub that flowers in the
spring.  It reaches 2.5′ tall x 3.5′ wide.  It
can also take full sun.  It does have one
drawback, the deer seem to like it!
Kaleidoscope Abelia
Great colorful foliage and it only reaches
2.5′ tall by 3.5′ wide.  It can take full sun and
looks great with Loropetalum.  Also look at
Mardi Gras Abelia which is a newer
introduction.
  Winter Gem Boxwood
One of the hardiest Boxwoods.  Makes a great
small hedge and will reach 4-6′ tall by 4-6′
wide.  Winter Green Boxwood is another
one that stays slightly smaller at 2-4′ by 3-5′
wide.
 Vintage Jade Distylium Vintage Jade Distylium
Only reaches 2′ tall but will spread 5′ wide.
Adds great texture to the shrub border and
adds another shade of green.  Can take full
sun also.  Also look at Blue Cascade
Distylium and Coppertone Distylium.
 Flirt Nandina Flirt Nandina
A great low growing groundcover type
Nandina that turns Red in the winter.  Drought
tolerant, loves the sun, and low maintenance.
Also look for Blush Pink Nandina and
Obsession Nandina.
 Sasanqua Camellia Sasanqua Camellia
The dwarf varieties of Sasanqua Camellia
make excellent foundation shrubs when you
need a little bit more height.  They have the
added bonus of flowers in the winter time too!
Check out the October Magic series.

If you are still not sure where to begin, come in and see us at the Family Tree.  We also offer a free Quick Sketch or a full Landscape Design Service that will help you get started.

Happy Gardening!
Tracy Davis
Horticulturist/Designer

Check out the rest of Tracy’s list of the top 10 ‘must-haves’ for your landscape!

#1 Foundation Plants
#2 Trees
#3 Screening
#4 A Welcoming Front Entry
#5 Pops of Color
#6 Focal Points
#7 Nooks
#8 Hardscaping
#9 Entertaining Areas
#10 Animal Friends