The right regional plants shine when combinations feature contrasting leaf textures. These plantings feature yellow twig dogwood shrubs in the center, surrounded by thin-leaved plants, including daylily, variegated sedge and lavender. Blue junipers interject a pretty evergreen hue.
Most descriptions of dwarf Alberta spruce list the mature height as 5 feet, but it can reach substantial size when it's left untrimmed for decades. These dwarf Albertas were tucked into the landscape over 40 years ago and are now as tall as a one-story home. When planting dwarf Alberta spruce, always leave at least 3 feet between them and structures or plants. They grow best with good air circulation, and proper spacing is important if you intend to let them remain in place for many years.
Camellia sinensis is the plant you want for growing traditional tea leaves. Dried mature leaves produce black tea; young leaves yield a less acidic brew known as white tea. Allow plants to reach 3 to 5 feet before picking leaves, which you can do twice a year. Prune plants when they’re young to cause branching, which gives you more stems to harvest. Plants are winter hardy in Zones 8-10. Grow them in pots in other zones. Feed tea plants lightly—only in spring.
Climbing vines and mature palm trees reaching up two stories high give this incredible atrium the feel of a desert oasis. The mood is enhanced via detailed mosaic tile designs, a wading pool and ornately carved urns and columns.
This serene spring fed pond is circled with large stones, mature trees and filled with lily pads. Located on 160 acres of majestic rolling Ontario hillside, this property offers spaces throughout that are beautifully maintained and professional landscaping.
Privacy plants are an attractive solution for over-exposed decks and patios, but it can take a long time for them to mature. Design firm Eco Minded Solutions recommends planting fast-growing trees like the Emerald Green Thuja, which can grow up to five feet per year.
Trouble-free and beautiful, Japanese toad lily (Tricyrtis hirta) opens exquisite orchid-like blooms in late summer through early fall. Flowers measure 1 inch across and feature a white or lavender background with deep purple dots. On mature plants, stems are literally covered with blossoms. Toad lily spreads easily to form a colony. Site it in a shady spot (part to full shade) with moist soil. Plants grow 24 to 36 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
What a quaint place to sip coffee or read a book -- or maybe both! Mature trees flank a low stone bench and are surrounded by low clusters of plants. The innovative, white-plank fencing brings privacy but still lets the light shine through.
When it comes to violets, opinions are divided. To some, it’s a weed of the vilest kind; to others, it’s a dainty wildflower. No matter which camp you support, it’s vital to know that while violets have a literary reputation of being shy, in the landscape, they are anything but that. This perennial bloomer boasts a prolific personality, spreading easily by underground stems and seeds. In the lawn, it adapts quickly to lowered mower heights, growing shorter as needed to dodge the blade. Violets thrive in moist, shady sites, but mature plants are drought tolerant. The solution to eliminating violets? Vigilant hand-weeding (be sure to remove all the rhizome) and targeted herbicide use.
Canada thistle brings a thorny problem to any landscape where it appears. This prickly beast grows from seed that can blow into your yard, or it can sprout from root pieces, which sneak in with bulk topsoil or mulch loads. Size varies, with many mature plants reaching 5 to 8 feet tall. In a single season, one plant can produce a 20-foot-long root system, and it only takes one piece of root to produce a plant. Control through weeding, but dig carefully and deeply to get the horizontal root. After digging, if another sprout appears, pull it, too. Or use an herbicide. The best time to spray is as soon as leaves break ground. Spray repeatedly through the growing season, and you will eventually kill it.
An intense and intoxicating perfume wafts from the flowers of night-blooming jasmine each evening. Plants blossom intermittently year-round and grow rapidly. Prune as needed to retain shape. Just make sure not to prune too often, since flowers form on mature stems. Give this plant a sunny southern window for best flowering. Botanical name: Cestrum nocturnum
A mix of ornamental grasses, succulents and foliage plants create a colorful entry to this home. A gravel walkway cuts through the garden, with the low-growing plants, including a mature aloe vera, closest to the edge.