Plant Savvy

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November 14, 2014
 
Contents
Branching Out
Share the Bounty
Easy Care Color: Conifers
Berries are for the Birds!
Giving Thanks
Behind the Scenes at our Nurseries Our Plant Protection Team regularly releases beneficial insects to control pests. Mindy is observing aphids that have had parasitic wasps lay eggs in their backs. They’ll soon die as the wasp’s larvae feed on the aphids.

Savvy Secrets Laying down a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch will suppress weed growth and protect plants’ root systems from cold and dry weather throughout the fall and winter.

Did You Know? It’s not cold weather that causes leaves to change color and fall from the tree – it is shorter days and less intense daylight. Learn more.

Think a Season Ahead Plan to fill those bare spots in the garden with spring flowering beauties…like the dwarf Hino-Crimson Azalea.  Its plentiful red blooms will burst forth in spring.  Order online now for spring delivery.

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.     ~Native American Saying

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Vibrant Shades of Autumn
 
Red Lace Leaf Maple Tree in Autumn at Portland Japanese Garden For a kaleidoscope of color, Japanese Maples are a sure bet. Top choices for stunning color? Shishigashira, Crimson Queen and Tamukeyama. Our dwarf Shaina is ideal for smaller spots in the garden.
 
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Branching Out
 
Even after the colorful leaves drop, many beautiful trees will continue to provide interest with color, artistically twisting branches and exfoliating bark.  The coral-colored branches of Coral Bark Japanese Maple intensifies as winter nears; and Red Twig Dogwood will turn heads in the fall and winter with colorful red stems.  Paperbark Maple sheds papery sheets of old bark peel to expose cinnamon-brown new bark. The brightly colored foliage of Variegated Japanese Sedge adds a fine finishing touch.

 
Share the Bounty
 
Do you have a bountiful harvest of fall goodies – like apples, pears and pomegranates?  Transform them into delicious homemade food gifts.  The recipients will be especially impressed when they find out that those gingered pear preserves, the praline apple bread or scrumptious pomegranate liqueur started out your garden!  And any foodie would love a potted Rosemary, Thyme or Bay to harvest fresh herbs all year.  Is there a spot in your garden for another fruit tree?

 
Easy Care Color: Conifers
 
Like a jewel in the landscape, Golden Duchess™ Eastern Hemlock sparkles with golden-yellow foliage on graceful, arching branches. Our new Ember Waves™ Western Arborvitae has chartreuse foliage that turns deep gold with brilliant orange-red tips as the weather cools. The lacy, golden-yellow Sea of Gold® Juniper is loved by gardeners, but not by deer!

 
Berries are for the Birds!
 
Berries brighten up the fall and winter garden, add color and texture to cut floral arrangements, and they provide food for the birds. Of course Holly is a fall and winter favorite…our new Scallywag™ has shiny deep green foliage that gets a pretty purple tinge in the fall.  Winterberry is a species of Holly native to the Northeastern US and Canada.  Red Sprite is loaded with bright red berries, and Winter Gold has lovely pinkish-gold fruit.

 
Giving Thanks
 
For a warm holiday tabletop idea, we love the idea of gathering leaves and trimmings from the garden, fresh flowers from friends, and squashes and pomegranates from the market to create a modern cornucopia. Just use color and texture as your guide, as you would in the garden. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Monrovia.

 
   
 
 
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