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.
almost PERFECT Landscaping is proud to announce our EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE AWARD WINNING year at Angies List of the “super service award” for delivering and maintaining quality products and services. This is a reflection of the caliber of employees and workmanship that APLNJ has instilled into its business.
Once the holidays are here and gone, go for a walk through any neighborhood and you’ll see Christmas tree after Christmas tree, with strands of tinsel blowing in the wind, dumped by the road awaiting garbage collection. This strikes me as somewhat befuddling when we can take a custom that symbolized life and the promise of rebirth in the spring and turn it into another aspect of our “throw-away society”
Now that autumn is here and we are planting beds with mums, cabbages, kales and other seasonal color plants, we often get asked “what can we use for winter color”?
I have to admit I see a lot of landscapes in my travels through Bergen County and every once in a while – BAM! I see something that stops me dead in my tracks and makes my eyes POP, and this is an example of such.
It all started when a tree company removed a few trees and some overhanging branches from my client’s yard. The shade from the trees made the area so dark that it became very difficult to grow any kind of grass.
You can take the kid out of work however you cannot take the work out of a Kid. Well what does that mean? In a nutshell, sixty-five hours a week is not unusual for this business owner to put in and maintain throughout the growing seasons. Even when I’m not working I really am.
Do you like the color blue? Well this client who lives in Ridgewood NJ wanted nothing but blue in the front of his house. He loved the color blue so much he decided he wanted Colorado Blue Spruces planted.
These are landscapes specifically designed for “winter color”. One example of a plant that provides winter interest is the Firethorn, Pyracantha, which is an evergreen plant that is easy to grow and provides seasonal interest and berries.
Fall is a great time for planting. There are numerous advantages that you don’t have in the spring. Not only is the weather cooler and easier on the plants, but planting in the autumn with rain on the horizon has its advantages too. Plant’s leaves aren’t stressed by scorching sun and with cooler temps there is less demand for water from the roots.