January 4, 2021
With the spread of Spruce diseases decimating our beloved Colorado Blue Spruce growers have been encouraging landscapers and consumers alike to avoid the use of Colorado Spruce and other closely related Spruce species. So what do we use when looking for a large evergreen or group of evergreens to add to our landscapes? Consider the Balsam Fir. Yes, the Christmas tree! Balsam Fir are native to the far northern parts of the United States, do well in a variety of growing conditions, and have minimal disease and insect problems. This tree has attractive dark green needles and a strong pyramidal shape along with purple cones that stand upright on the branches when young.
Windbreaks, specimen trees, privacy plantings
We have had hydrangea fever for some time now! What is not to love about these vigorous growing, heavy blooming garden plants?
Chicagoland green boxwood was introduced in 1994. Chicagoland grows as a hardy, dense growing hybrid of boxwood. A broadleaf evergreen with foliage typical of most deciduous plants, boxwood retains its leaves year-round, which are dark green, small and curved.
A female cultivar of the red maple, the October glory maple is a medium sized deciduous tree with glossy green leaves containing three main triangular lobes.