Hostas are one of my favorite plants. A plain, common hosta can look stunning when it is planted among the right plants and an expensive, showy hosta can look disappointing when it clashes with its neighbors. The key to getting the most from your hostas is using the concepts of balance and accent as you weave them into your garden design. Balancing the colors and sizes of your hostas will help them work with the rest of your design. Accenting them with the appropriate companion plants will help them get the attention they deserve.
Those Lilacs, Weigela and Virburnmum and other spring flowering shrubs looked “great” this spring with their spectacular blooms and aromas. But now that they have bloomed, what do you do? Proper pruning can promote new growth, maintain the plant’s shape, encourage flowering and also aids in pest and insect control as well as disease problems.
This cost effective patio design and build by almost PERFECT Landscaping of Bergen County shows how to “save” a bundle and gain an outdoor living area at the same time. Utilizing this proven technique, the savings versus flagstone or cobblestone patios is substantial.
One look at this plant and it’s easy to see where the old-fashioned Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis) got its name. The pillow-like flower is heart shaped with a single dangling pendulous drop. Bleeding Hearts are shade loving woodland plants that bloom in the cool of spring. Although they stay in bloom for several weeks, the plants may disappear for the rest of the summer, if planted in too much sun or heat.
I know a bleeding-heart plant that has thrived for sixty years if not more, and has never missed a spring without rising and spreading itself into a glossy bush, with many small red hearts dangling. Don’t you think that deserves a little thought? The woman who planted it has been gone for a long time, and everyone who saw it in that time has also died or moved away and so, like so many stories, this one can’t get finished properly. Most things that are important
Bergen County in the springtime – Bulbs of every color are blooming all over. If only they would last longer, these “heralds of the growing season”. The main requirement for bulb flowers after they have bloomed is to keep their leaves so that the plant can put its energy back into its bulb for next spring’s blooming. The leaves give an energy charge to the bulb through photosynthesis and for this they need to keep their leaves! This energy or food is stored in the white fleshy part of the bulb for use next spring.
Often after suburban development, unsightly woodland tracts adjoin two properties, leaving basically an unsightly and un-landscaped area between two manicured lawns, about a 30 ft wide area of left behind trees from development, unsightly roots, little soil and potential for gypsy moths to breed in. So what can you do?
If you’re an active Bergen County, NJ plant enthusiast, then you likely already know that colder weather doesn’t have to mean the end to your gardening efforts. In fact, a large number of plant species thrive just as well indoors as they do outdoors. These indoor plant types include begonias, fuchsia, geraniums, boxwood and myrtle, caladium, and coleus, among many others
now it’s time for the landscape maintenance that is necessary after the brutal winter season we experienced. There is the wind damage to shrubs and trees to tend to, soil needs replenished from becoming saturated with salt and chemicals over the winter and the usual debris from two blocks away that blew in one brisk and breezy wintry night.
Think pollinators. Butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, worms, starfish, mussels, and crabs are but a few of the millions of invertebrates at the heart of a healthy environment. Invertebrates build the stunning coral reefs of our oceans; they are essential to the reproduction of most flowering plants, including many fruits, vegetables, and nuts; and they are food for birds, fish, and other animals.