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Fertilizing Landscape Trees and Shrubs (HG23)

INTRODUCTION Trees and shrubs in the landscape are fertilized to promote growth and maintain vigor. Most Maryland soils that are not disturbed by construction have adequate nutrients to maintain healthy plants. The most limiting factor causing problems to trees and shrubs is not nutritional but one...
With the pressure on to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving meal, simple food safety measures often get left on the backburner. However, serving up a side dish of prevention could go a long way toward...

American Beautyberry

Ellen Nibali
Callicarpa americana “Purple ping-pong balls” describes the berry clusters on this flashy native shrub. Violet to magenta berries totally encircle the stem, gaining size as the plant matures. Reaching 3 to 8 feet, the deciduous American beautyberry makes a loose, graceful shrub that works well in a...

Spirea ‘Pink Parasols’

Spirea fritschiana ‘Pink Parasols’ This improved spirea has much to offer beyond its extra-large pink “umbrellas” of flowers in early summer. At only 2-3’ in height and a generous 4-5’ wide, it can be grouped to create a tall groundcover or used singly as a specimen plant. Plus its neat blue-green...

Featured Plants - Blue False Indigo

Blue False Indigo - Photo by Debbie Ricigliano
Baptisia australis Baptisa australis was 2010 Perennial of the Year, a well-deserved distinction for a native plant that provides interest for multiple seasons throughout the year. This deer-resistant beauty is drought tolerant, adaptable to soil conditions, and low maintenance once established. It...

Featured Plants - Swamp Azalea 'Delaware Blue'

Swamp Azalea 'Delaware Blue' - Photo by Ellen Nibali
Rhododendron viscosum ‘Delaware Blue’ When typical azaleas and rhododendrons finish blooming, our native azaleas begin. There are several species of these deciduous azaleas, and they come into flower at a time when shrub bloom is scarce. One of their best qualities is rich fragrance. Swamp azalea,...

Featured Plants - Camellia

Camellia Japonica ‘Lady Clare’ Flowers in the snow? Yes! Camellias add an element of surprise to the winter garden with colorful blossoms in hues ranging from light pink to crimson and white. These large, attractive shrubs have lustrous, dark, evergreen leaves and a pyramid shape. Camellias are...

Featured Plants - Skimmia

Skimmia
Skimmia japonica This shade-loving evergreen shrub gives year-round delight beginning with deliciously fragrant white flowers in spring, then bright red berries that appear in fall and last through the winter. Leaves have a shiny, rich green color year round. Because most skimmia plants are...

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