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’
When she first visited the site of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, landscape architect Katharine Webster noted blank, rectangular spaces in the entry leading to the home's front door. With voices of her Harvard professors in her head saying, "don't make corners for squirrels to die in," Webster filled the blank spaces with artwork and drought-tolerant shrubs.
With its bistro lights, hydrangea bushes and views of the balcony above, this patio becomes a romantic retreat right in the owners' backyard. Here, a traditional wood table and set of chairs encourage dining al fresco, while the formal sitting area waits at the ready for drinks.