lawn care

Japanese Boxwood

Best Places for Boxwoods

Boxwoods aren’t just for hedges anymore. The compact, bushy shape and pretty little leaves of the Japanese boxwood make a handsome, fine textured evergreen shrub that can be used effectively in many parts of the home landscape.     A Japanese boxwood pruned by the thinning method (as opposed to formal shearing – see Perfect […]

landscaping around trees

Landscaping Around Trees

While we may be accustomed to seeing trees standing all by themselves in yards across neighborhoods, it’s actually better tree care to grow other plants and flowers around trees. But how many of us actually consider how to landscape trees when we create our yard design? Not many at all! Most people don’t even know […]

Plant Hardiness Zones USDA planting zone

Plant Hardiness Zones

About Those USDA Climate Zones   The familiar United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zone Map is based on the average annual minimum temperature for each zone. Needless to say, some years a zone will get a minimum temperature lower or higher than the average. Nevertheless, the average minimum temperature is a fairly good indicator […]

pruning and plant care guide

Basic Pruning for Shrubs and Trees

We prune our young trees and shrubs to control their size, shape and scale within our landscape. Proper pruning also stimulates flowering and fruit bearing and helps to keep shrubs and trees healthy and vigorous, thus reducing the likelihood of future problems. Plants that produce fruit such as growing bananas need pruning to encourage growth […]

roses

Color Me Roses

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of wedding bells – Wedding bells everywhere. That’s right, we are entering the wedding season, so don’t be surprised if you see a distraught bride crying on the steps of a chapel every so often. In honor of this wonderful season of love, we will be taking the next […]

Crape Murder She Wrote…How to Properly Prune Your Crape Myrtle Tree

How and Why to Stop Butchering Your Crape Myrtles in a process called Crape Murder. For one of the toughest plants out there, people seem to have no problem, what can only be described as, murdering these beautiful blooms. Crape Myrtles are one of the most adaptable, pest-free, low maintenance and aesthetically pleasing shrubs that […]

Have landscape questions? We have answers.

So you know that you want to do something different, or even start from scratch, in regards to that green space surrounding your home, but that’s about as far as you’ve gotten when it comes to understanding and planning the whole “landscape” idea. Perfect Plants is here to help (and help out your not-so-green thumb). […]

Home Gardening for Hipsters (or beginners)

Home Gardening for Hipsters (or beginners) With the beautiful and bright season of spring upon us, it is not uncommon to get an itch to dig (dirt). And gardening seems to be more and more of a “trendy” pastime for the Gen-Xers, who more than likely did not grow up learning the lay of the […]

Why Compost?

What’s so great about composting? Composting is a landscape term that not many people know, but that everyone should. Compost is decomposed organic matter that is used as fertilizer, and is an essential aspect of organic farming. But even if organic farming isn’t on your to-do list, composting can still be vital to a healthy […]

Top 5 Favorite Flowers for Spring

Want to spruce up your garden this spring, but find the myriad of colored flowers at your local nursery overwhelming? Here is a list of our top five spring flowers that are guaranteed to brighten up your landscape with bursts of bright color and character this spring! Azalea Shrubs—The red, pink and white blossoms of […]