The property's terraced gardens were designed by Agnes Clark and feature flowering trees, rich green ivy and beautiful hydrangea bushes. A stone walkway winds through the space so that the owners can soak up the views without disturbing the plants.
Making late additions to the landscape can result in devastating losses next spring, especially in areas where the ground freezes. Perennials are the most susceptible to late planting, as alternating freezing and thawing of soil literally shoves plants out of soil, exposing crowns. Shrubs and trees can go into the ground later, but for best winter survival rates, you should have all plants in place by six weeks before soil typically freezes.
Take time to wrap shrubs and small trees with a winter coat of burlap for protection against cold temps. Plants at risk include those with borderline hardiness and evergreens prone to winter burn. Spray evergreens with an anti-transpirant before wrapping in burlap. Before adding the burlap, protect trunks against chewing rodents by tossing mouse bait that’s enclosed in a protective container near the base of the plant.
If you crave a butterfly bush but lack the elbow room these sprawling shrubs need, this miniature is for you. Plants form a mound 24 to 30 inches tall and wide. This small butterfly bush beckons pollinators, resists deer and won’t self-sow all over your yard. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Botanical name: Buddleia ‘Blue Chip’