Beautyberry Callicarpa Americana - almost PERFECT Landscaping

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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Autumn Bulbs for Spring Beauty

Spring flowering bulbs planted in Autumn produce a stunning display of color, growth habits and a panorama of nature’s beauty welcoming us to another gardening season. We stop dead in our tracks and marvel at these palettes of plants; and admit it, all of us want a piece of it to make the neighbor’s envious. Well Fall, Autumn, is the ideal time and ONLY time for planting these spring time displays. In our growing zone, early October through November is the time to get them in. This year almost PERFECT Landscaping has partnered with Spring Displays to offer a very diverse and wide selection of spring flowering bulbs for you to choose from.

An almost PERFECT iris

An Iris Primer

Irises, those tall and elegant garden standards are among the easiest to grow of all our flowers in the garden beds. One of the benefits of growing bearded iris (Iris spp.) is the ability to share them with friends or add them to other garden areas when you dig and divide them every few years. This keeps the iris performing and blooming at its peak. If left undivided, flowering decreases and the rhizome is subject to pests and damage from soft rot and borers. Large, showy flowers appear from early spring into summer, depending on the cultivar, in all colors and color combinations, giving iris the name of rainbow flower. Bearded iris grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 10.