Trees for Dads

Trees for Dads

What is it that you think about when you consider your dad? I think about trees and hammocks. My dad was a woodworker and loved woods of all kinds, but especially ash. It was his favorite species to work with. In his later years, one of his favorite pastimes was to sleep in his hammock […]

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Western Soapberry

Western Soapberry

The western soapberry tree (Sapindus drummondii) is a great medium sized tree for dry areas. Native to the southern U.S., mainly Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, as well as Mexico, this tree produces berries that can be used for soap.  The soapberry tree has small, round fruit which contain the a poisonous chemical called saponin, which […]

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5 Shrubs for Shade

5 Shrubs for Shade

  My shade garden keeps developing, year to year. Since we bought our house in the woods, my wife and I have relished those large shade trees-but they make life interesting for a landscape designer. I have begun trialing plants in my garden to make recommendations for what we sell at work. These plants have […]

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Groundcovers for the Garden

Groundcovers for the Garden

Groundcovers are one of the most important plants groups in the garden. They play a crucial role in retaining soil on slopes, they can fill large areas of shady ground where grass will not grow, and they can provide an unbroken expanse of color that helps tie garden areas together.  There are two main types […]

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