Great Plants For a Quick and Easy Landscape

Posted by Tammy Sons on 8th Jul 2018

Water Oak Tree

The water oak tree is a fast growing tree and can reproduce quickly. The tree can reproduce through wind pollination and the disbursement of its acorns. The water oak is mostly used to restore, and it does not compete well. The reason it is used to restore bottomland is that it can tolerate man soils as long as they are moist. It must have full sunlight to grow and adapt in any of its environments. The water oak blooms in early spring and then has green leaves all summer long. Later in the fall, the leaves change into many different colors like orange, red and yellow. In the winter time, it will lose its leaves until spring. The water oak also produces acorns. This tree is most popular in southern states where it is hot because these trees can provide a lot of shade for one area. The tree can withstand strong storms the endure wind. This tree provides food for squirrels, turkeys, and even white-tailed deer. For an oak tree, the wood is not as much wanted because it is not as sturdy and durable as other oak trees.

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Zones: 6-9

Mature Height: 50’-80’

Width: 30’-40’

Shape: Rounded

Growth: Fast

Sunlight: Full

Soil: Moist soils

Botanical name: Quercus nigra

Tupelo Trees

The ideal backyard and lawn tree, the Tupelo Tree is a beautiful species of plant that oozes beauty and color. Vibrant and full of life, these trees are well-known for their blush colored flowers and dense foliage; thus making them the archetypal idea of loveliness. During the fall, these trees have a manifestation of colors from the deepest reds to the most intense mustards. In contrast, during the spring and summer months, the leaves of this tree have light peach flowers that add a sense of elegance and splendor to the entire tree. And because of their absolute beauty and showy foliage, Tupelo Trees appeal to several species of bird; therefore, they tend to build their nests on the branches. Effortless maintenance is one of the benefits that you get for planting the Tupelo Tree in your home. To grow and prosper, this tree requires adequate amounts of sun and the proper soil. Making sure that your tree is planted in an area that receives full or partial sunlight and that the earth is moderately moist are the best ways to make sure that your tree will flourish. Every year, the Tupelo Tree’s foliage grows 3 feet in height, and they usually reside in USDA Zones 2 to 10.

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Beauty, practicality, and ease of care are some factors that make this tree one of the most sought-after plants.

Plant height: 49 feet maximum height

Sunlight: full and partial

soil: well-drained

Cherry Bark Oak

Cherry bark oak is also known as Queries Pagoda. The best time to plant it is in the summer and even better in humid weather. A humid climate will create a loud bark. It is a tree that is known for withstanding any environment. Nevertheless, cherry bark oak is a stunning tree that grows tall that and can live up to 350 years. In the summer it provides shade due to size. Once matured, this fantastic tree can reach up to 130 feet tall. It does not create much debris. Its leaves are divided in 5 to 11 pointed lobes. They are regularly green throughout the year and then transform into the red. Once the leaves are shabby and brown, they don’t fall. They will remain on the tree even throughout the winter.

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The acorns that this gorgeous tree makes provide food for animals such as birds and squirrels. The acorns are about half an inch long. Its twigs are orange and reddish mostly nine months out of the year. It is also known for its V-shaped crown cover.

Zones: South

Mature: Height

With: 36-60 in from the base.

Shape: Straight long topped with a V- Shape

Growth: Semi- fast

Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil: Moist and humid

Hawthorne Tree

The Hawthorne tree is a member of the rose family, and its name means ‘thorny hedge.’ At one point in history, this fast-growing tree was used exclusively as impenetrable, living hedgerows, but cultivated for its beauty, medicinal and culinary attributes. The Hawthorne tree produces fragrant flowers in white, pink or red, depending on the variety, and all produce berries which used in recipes and herbal remedies. Most all varieties have thorns, except for some new hybrid varieties. Hawthorne trees are coveted for their use as living hedgerows in home landscapes because of their low growing heights, ease of pruning and low maintenance. Hawthorne trees and shallow and narrow roots systems which won’t deplete the soil of nutrients. The tree can live for centuries and produce flowers twice a year under the right growing conditions. The shape or the red berries resemble small red apples and lends itself to the tree sometimes referred to as ‘thorn-apple’ trees. The seeds ripen in the fall and are used for jams, jellies, and tea.

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Zones: Worldwide

Mature Height: 18'-30'ft

Width: 8'-20'ft

Shape: Indeterminate Shape

Growth: Fast growing

Sunlight: Full Sun or partial shade

Soil: Grows in any soil

Botanical name: Crataegus

Silver Maple Tree

The silver maple is the most common of all maple tree varieties. It’s fast-growing nature, and thick foliage makes it a prime choice for residential landscape shade. Broad, textured leaves of green tops and silver bottoms, combined with the tree’s brilliant fall foliage display also make it a popular choice for planting in home landscapes. The deciduous nature of the giant tree blocks hot summer when while allowing the warm rays of winter sun to permeate the home landscape, both of which helps to lower home energy usage and costs. This fast-growing maple tree grows well in soggy soil, nutrient depleted soil and in other conditions in which most other trees refuse to grow. Silver maples are easily adaptable, thrive when transplanted and can live well over 100 years. Silver maples produce tiny greenish-yellow flowers in the early spring, which are quickly eclipsed by newly sprouting leaves. The fall foliage color keeps in line with its spring floral display and turns a brilliant yellow in autumn. Silver maples produce strong, thick limbs which lend themselves well for children’s swings and tree houses.

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Zones: 3-9

Mature Height: 50'-70'ft

Width: 40'-60'ft

Shape: Oval to round shape

Growth: Fast growing

Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil: Does best in moist, well-drained soil but will adapt to poor soil

Botanical name: Acer saccharinum

Red Twigged Dogwood

The Red Twigged Dogwood is a member of the dogwood tree family that grows primarily in the northern parts of North America but can also be found in parts of the central United States. It becomes best when it is in damp soil. While the bark of the tree is a red shade, the flowers are white and small in size which makes a lovely contrast in color.

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The Red Twigged Dogwood is a tree that is often used to prevent bank erosion because of how well it holds soil in place. It can also be used as a decorative or ornamental tree. This tree is a hardy tree that is not expensive to purchase which makes it an excellent choice for those trying to have a beautiful lawn on a budget.

Zones: 3-8

Mature Height: 4 meters

Mature Width: 5 meters

Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade

Botanical Name: Cornus Sericea

Red Weigelia

Red Weigela --- Belonging to the weigelia family this variety is a hardy shrub with beautiful red flowers reaching a mature height of 6 feet. A hardy, deciduous shrub that develops into a mound about 6 feet in width. Plant red weigelia in full to part sun and supply a well drained moist soil for the best results, while providing the ever-increasing roots plenty of room to spread. The vibrant red blossoms will attract hummingbirds to your garden, blooming both early summer as well as later in the season. Red Weigelia makes a perfect specimen to plant alone or in groups for a natural hedge, adding privacy to any landscape.

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Red Weigelia Plant Specs:

Growth Zones-- 4 to 8

Mature Plant Height-- From 4 to 6 feet at full maturity.

Mature Plant Width-- From 4 to 6 feet wide at full maturity.

Sunlight-- Full to partial sunlight.

Growth Rate-- Moderate to fast growth.

Soil conditions-- Well drained moist soil.

Botanical family name--Weigela Vaniceki

How to Grow Huge Tomatoes

Plant Choice

When it comes to growing giant tomatoes the first step is to choose the type you are going to become. There are over (29) Beefsteak varieties and endless heirloom tomatoes that can reach epic size. Anyone of these if appropriately grown can weigh in between two and seven pounds when fully mature.

Soil

Tomatoes do like well-drained soil with a pH balance of 6.2-6.8. You can get a test kit at your local Pet and Garden Center or Home Improvement Center. If the balance is too low to add lime to your soil, then buy one of the kits from your local store. If the balance is too high to add sulfur to your ground.

Planting and Pruning

Plant your tomato plants firmly in the ground, don't worry about burying a few leaves. As the plant grows to be sure to clip off any discolored leaves and try to remove any suckers on the plant. Suckers are found where a branch splits from the main line in the "V" shape of most branches a sucker will form. Simply pinch it off. Keep all branches supported upward as your plant grows as high as ten feet.

Feeding and Watering

After initially planting give your tomatoes a good soaking with compost tea. Compost tea is made by mixing compost with water stirring in the air allowing to ferment in the sun for about three days. Spread some Epsom salt to add magnesium to the base of the plant to help reduce end-blossom rot. Rotate the compost tea and Epsom salt every two weeks.

Pollination

You can aid in the pollination by shaking the stalk or taking a Q-tip and rubbing the stamens of the flowers.

Insects

Watch for horn-worms. These caterpillar-like bugs will destroy your plants. If the leaves appear eaten find and remove the worm. Lastly, dish soap and peppermint solution sprayed on weekly will boost the plant's immune system and deter insects like ants and aphid

Moss Can Improve Your gardens beauty

When spring is in the air gardens come out everywhere. Flower gardens, rose gardens, food gardens, herb gardens, all kinds of gardening. And right after that, the air starts to fill with the fragrance that makes you glad you have a smaller. But for those people who don't, they are just as beautiful to look at too. And it makes you understand why gardeners keep expanding their borders and adding another garden or two every year.

As with all things, gardens reach a point when your annuals and perennials are thriving. And the size and shape of the yards have reached their borders; still you want or need something else. What? Moss that's what.

Adding green, green moss to your gardens is adding the depth and dimension to your plants that make them stand out more. Like adding a backdrop to your portraits. It makes looking at them more natural.

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Moss is organic; it grows on itself. You can use it on your edging. You can build a rock garden with all kinds of moss. Go ahead put a waterfall in it. The moss will make it look more natural and look like it belongs there. Use it as a ground covering in flower beds too.

There are different kinds of mosses too. They include various shades of green. And you can grow some on rocks that you can move around till you find just the right place where the moss will be it's most enhancing, bringing out all the different colors in the flower petals. And even adding dimension to your greeneries you have throughout your beds.