Perennials – Practically Perfect Plants to Liven Up Your Landscape

Perennials – Practically Perfect Plants to Liven Up Your Landscape

If you are looking for a way to dress up your landscape that doesn't cost a fortune, doesn't require a whole new design, and isn't super high maintenance - perennials are just the thing.  Perennials are durable and diverse plants that can provide four seasons of color to any landscape - new or mature. What Makes Perennials a Powerful Addition to the Landscape? Perennials work in so many different situations and they just go and go and go.  They are like the Energizer Bunny of the landscape.  Shade or blistering sun...drought tolerant or soggy soil…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #12: Healthy Annuals for Your Commercial Property

Green Peace of Mind Tip #12: Healthy Annuals for Your Commercial Property

Healthy Annuals for Your Commercial Property Annuals are hardy and easy to care for if maintained properly.  They will provide you a lush colorful display all season long.  Here are some helpful tips to ensure your annual display lives up to its potential. Watering is key – thirsty flowers can’t sustain their luster for long.  Most annuals require watering daily, especially if they are planted in full sun.  Annuals are most susceptible to drying out in the first few weeks after planting. Deep infrequent watering is preferred over frequent light watering so make…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #13: Fertilizing Annual Plantings

Green Peace of Mind Tip #13: Fertilizing Annual Plantings

Feed Those Hungry Annuals Planting annual flowers at your commercial property is a quick and easy way to add color and interest to your landscape.  Unlike perennials, annuals don’t get a second chance to strut their stuff so proper fertilization is important and has a huge impact on the quality and quantity of flowers.  Annuals grow rapidly and require plenty of fuel to thrive so once your annuals start blooming - feed 'em. What's for Lunch? Fertilizer has 3 basic components - each bringing their own benefit to the party. N = Nitrogen…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #17: Annuals for Your Commercial Property

Green Peace of Mind Tip #17: Annuals for Your Commercial Property

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The landscape that surrounds your property will likely be the first thing people see and form opinion on. Whether it’s an apartment community, HOA, office complex, retail or industrial establishment; it’s important to realize the landscape's role in defining the property’s image. Annual flower plantings give perhaps the biggest instantaneous pop to the landscape and if done well, help create a positive tone and first impression. Annuals vs Perennials So what are annuals anyway and how are they different from perennials? Basically,…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #22: Showy Winter Plants for the Landscape

Green Peace of Mind Tip #22: Showy Winter Plants for the Landscape

The idea of "showy winter plants" sounds like an oxymoron. After all, this time of year, grass is dormant, the trees are bare, and it's usually dark when we go to work and when we come home. Are there really plants that bring life and color to an otherwise dull winter landscape? Of course there are! Vibrant berries, exotic bark, and unique foliage color are the stars of a winter landscape, and we have the list to prove it. Trees Betula nigra 'Heritage' - River Birch Acer griseum - Paperbark Maple Hammamelis virginiana…continue reading →
Green Peace of Mind Tip #55: The Difference Between Pansies and Violas

Green Peace of Mind Tip #55: The Difference Between Pansies and Violas

All Pansies are Violas but not all Violas are Pansies.  The two words have become virtually interchangeable, but even though these plants share common origin, there are some differences that could determine which would make the most impact in your property's landscaping. Fun Fact: If the flower has four petals pointing upward and only one pointing downward – you’re looking at a Pansy. If the flower has two petals pointing upward and three petals pointing downward – you’ve got a Viola. Violas – Viola tricolor These little beauties were imported from Europe in the 18th century.  Viola…continue reading →