Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cornus Kousa 'Wolf Eyes'

Cornus Kousa 'Wolf Eyes'

Zone 5
Grow in partial shade.
Grows from 8 to 20 ft tall and wide.
(Mature size depends greatly on placement.)

Blooms in May for four to six weeks, and the variegated foliage lights up any shade space all summer long. Don't plant this specimen in full sun or risk crisping the leaves!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cornus kousa 'Satomi' - Satomi Dogwood

Cornus kousa 'Satomi' - Satomi Dogwood

Zone 4
Grown in partial shade.
Grows 15 to 20 ft tall and wide.

Star-shaped pink blooms stay on the tree as the color fades to green.

The red fall berries of the Japanese Dogwood persist into winter and are a favorite of birds.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Acer palmatumdissectum 'Virdis' Green Cutleaf Japanese Maple

Acer palmatumdissectum 'Virdis'
Green Cutleaf Japanese Maple

Zone 5
Grow in full sun to partial shade.
Grows 6 to 10 ft tall and wide.

'Viridis' Japanese Maple is a dwarf, mounded, small tree with a cascading and weeping habit. Also called a Green Threadleaf maple, the leaves are bright green and finely dissected (ribbon-like), turning yellow, orange and red in fall. Well-drained soil is a must - planting in a raised bed with good drainage (and even slightly sandy soil) is recommended. 

This tree is particularly stunning when it cascades over the edge of a garden pond.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

If you missed the May 6th Garden Tour - Final Stop - Seymour's Hillside Garden

Seymour's hillside garden was the third stop in Jeff's creek-side neighborhood. Open to the street on a steep hill, Seymour uses railroad ties to creates a symmetrical garden edge. 

All three gardens were along a walkable loop with the creek providing a soundtrack for the tour. Thank you Seymour, Angelic and Jeff for welcoming us into your gardens!

All photographs by Jeff Stultz.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

If you missed the May 6th Garden Tour - Angelic's Cottage Garden

The second garden in Jeff's creek-side neighborhood is Angelic's cottage garden. Enclosed and protected from the deer, Angelic's garden is a haven for birds with plenty of relaxed seating for bird watching.

Join us tomorrow for the final stop on our May 6th private garden tour (the virtual version).

All photographs by Jeff Stultz.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

If you missed the May 6th Garden Tour - Jeff's Garden Part 3

Jeff, like all of us, battles/hates/curses the deer that mow down his precious plants. This fence is a new addition and opens up exciting new possibilities for plants that were previously on the can't-plant-because-they're-deer-salad list. Yeah deer fence! 

Jeff built a much larger deck/dock to access the creek, but Hurricane Irene and her flood waters swept it away.

All photographs provided by Jeff Stultz.

Check back tomorrow for our continuing virtual tour. The next garden is a cottage garden designed by Victoria Gardens' Deb Gray.

All photographs by Jeff Stultz.