Perfect Sense

a garden / landscape blog by Almost Perfect

Thermal Bluestone

Pennsylvania Bluestone is dense, strong, fine-grained sandstone quarried only in the northeastern tier of Pennsylvania, parts of northern New Jersey and the southern tier of New York. It is an excellent material for decks and patios as it resists cracking and won’t discolor. It easily can be separated into slabs of varying sizes, making it suitable for other architectural details such as steps, walls, entrance walkways, building facades, interior floors, and fireplaces.

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Don’t Prune that Beautyberry

Within the past few decades, a native American shrub has been slowly making the transition from it woodland and forest habitat to backyards throughout New Jersey. What’s puzzling about it is just how long it took homeowners to realize that Callicarpa American (Beautyberry) is both an attractive addition to any landscape as well as a valuable source of food for many types of wildlife. Most of the time though, you’ll look at it and wonder why it’s name alludes to beauty? Then bam, fall arrives and this plant gets busy.

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