Trees / Shrubs
They provide essential structure, beauty and colour from foliage and flowers, texture and a great variety of shape and form in the planting palette. Shrubs are tipped to be the big thing this year in garden design – particularly the use of fragrant shrubs. Garden Designs without shrubs tend to look strangely immature and lacking.
Foliage is the foundation of good planting and shrubs deliver leafy colour in both deciduous and evergreen form. Let Almost Perfect show you how to use shrubs to create simple but effective planting combinations for designer impact in any garden. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone classification ranges from 6 in the bergen county area of the state.
There are many interesting shrubs that can be safely utilized in our growing area and we are showcasing the ones we recommend and utilize within our designs here for your information. APLNJ offers specimen tree transplanting services for large balled trees.
IF shrubs and trees provide the backbone of a garden, then herbaceous perennials must be the flesh that fills it out.They’re the plants that “come back every year”, as my mam says, but die down and become dormant in winter to survive the cold and damp.
There’s nothing so splendid as seeing a well-planned border blooming from June to October (if you’re lucky), wih an ever-changing relationships of blooms, leaves and colour. Unfortunately, there’s also nothing so sad as seeing a single rudbeckia struggling to make an impact on its own. These plants are mostly social beings – plant them in odd numbers – a minimum of three in a small garden.
A well-designed perennial garden can provide many years of beauty and enjoyment. Careful selection of plant materials and thoughtful planning can result in a full season of color.
Every garden and yard should include shrubs. Some dazzle with flowers, colorful leaves, or berries; others fill summer evenings with a heavenly scent. The only real trick to growing shrubs is picking the right ones from among the many hundreds available.
Trees give the garden structure and form the backbone of the landscape, yet we often overlook them. The planning part for this structural element of garden design takes a lot more visualisation than does the planting of perennials or annuals. With those, you can easily have an idea of what they’re going to look like in a few years.
However, when determining where to put a tree or large shrub, you need to envisage what it is going to look like in 10+ years time. You also need to consider what effect you want to achieve and whether it is the right tree for the place.
Perennials are often considered the heart of the garden due to how rewarding they are, year after year, as well as the fact that they offer an enormous variety of colors, sizes, habits, fragrances, and bloomtimes. They provide interest throughout any season of the year, for many, including winter. Most perennials have a deep, extensive root system, allowing them to tolerate dry spells and guard against erosion.
Not only are the plants we utilize of the highest quality, but we also find rare and unique varieties that we also incorporate into our designs. We’ve chosen many of them because they’ve shown superior disease or pest resistance and excellent performance in drought, heat, cold, or other stresses. Some have also been selected because of exciting new bloom colors and forms or new sizes and habits that make them perfect for any garden.
All however are suitable for our climatic zone area of 5b thru 6b in Northern Bergen County. We plant our perennials according to their soil and water requirements, their habitat and uses.