Trees and shrubs - page 4

Majestic towering trees compete with emblematic shrubs to decorate gardens throughout the year. Here’s all you can expect from your shrubs and trees.

Ash tree, a soft-hearted hardwood

Apart from its very hard wood and its elegant ornamental appeal, the ash tree has long been used for its health benefits and therapeutic properties.
Ash tree leaves outlined against the sky

Persian ironwood, strong wood and even stronger colors!

Persian ironwood is an impressive short tree: colorful as a bonfire in autumn, and very useful hard wood whenever it needs to be chopped down. Persian Ironwood facts Name – Parrotia persica Family – Hamamelidaceae Type – shrub Height – 20 to 25 feet (6 to 8 m) Exposure – full sun to shade Soil – rather acidic Foliage – deciduous Flowering – January to March Planting Persian ironwood […]
Parrotia persica, the persian ironwood tree

Berberis thunbergii, Thunberg barberry

Berberis thunbergii is a beautiful berberis shrub, especially because of its blooming and its scarlet red berries that make birds tweet with joy in winter.
Ripe berberis thunbergii fruit berries.

Very ornamental berry shrubs

Winter isn’t the season where our gardens bear the most flowers, but it still has every chance of boasting very nice colors with berry shrubs.
arbuste à baies

Pruning boxwood, know it all

Running contrary to popular belief, the pruning of boxwood is actually very easy, and doesn’t endanger your shrub in the least. Pruning boxwood is a practice that
Boxwood pruning

Caramel tree, delicious eye candy for the garden

Visitors often overlook the caramel tree because its blooming is discrete and fragrance-less. The tree’s silhouette isn’t particularly remarkable, but there is one thing that will make you remember it for ever: the smell of its leaves!
Yellow leaves of the caramel tree

Soap bush, variations in blue

Having blue flowers in the garden is rather uncommon. One of the advantages of the Ceanothus soap bush is that it comes in a range of blue hues from pastel blue to deep indigo.
Blue-colored soap bush flowers

Choisya ternata, superb blooming

Choisya ternata is a marvelous flower shrub at the beginning of spring with its magnificent small, white and fragrant flowers.
Choisya ternata bush in full bloom against a deep blue spring sky

Magical holly!

Not only do elves and fairies hide in its branches. Birds do, too! They build their nest in it to protect their offspring
Holly leaves with a cluster of berries

Cypress tree, a superb conifer

The cypress is certainly one of the kings of the conifers to establish elegant hedges, but it is also remarkable as a standalone specimen.
Cypress alleyway

Brugmansia, gigantic flowers!

Brugmansia, also called “Angel’s Trumpets” for the magnificent flowers shaped like trumpets, is a very interesting and ornamental shrub.
Dangling brugmansia flower opening up to reveal peach-colored blooms.

Castorbean

Core Castorbean facts Name – Ricinus communis Family – Euphorbiaceae Type – annual shrub Height – 6 to 13 feet (2 to 4 meters) Exposure – full sun Climate – warm Soil – rich enough Foliage – deciduous Fruit formation – summer Planting castorbean In spring in soil preferably amended with soil mix, and if possible, organic soil conditioner like manure or […]
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Growing an evergreen hedge

Choosing evergreen shrubs to grow as a hedge is often a great solution to cut off curious onlookers or simply to mark the limits of a garden.
Duck on an evergreen hedge
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