THE CLASSY JAPANESE BOXWOOD: AN ARTISTREE FAVORITE

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Q: I’m searching for a small, evergreen shrub that can complement my more colorful plants. I hate to say the word “plain,” but I’m really wanting something that doesn’t flower and is just one shade of green. What do you suggest? I live in Southwest Florida. A: We recommend the classy Buxus microphylla, more commonly known as Japanese boxwood. It’s an ideal low-maintenance shrub that can be manicured or trimmed occasionally for a more natural look. What we really like about this specimen is Continue Reading

BLACK MAGIC TI PLANT ADDS DRAMA TO GARDENS.

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Q: On my last visit to Sarasota, I remember seeing a beautiful, upright plant with leaves the color of eggplant (they were almost black). We’re moving here and I’d like to plant a few. A friend said it was a tie-something but I can’t find it anywhere on the Internet. Help! A: Ah, spelling can sometimes get in the way, can’t it? Your friend is talking about the Black Magic Ti plant, a striking specimen known for its tall, dark foliage. It doesn’t flower, but its dark purple color makes up for Continue Reading

ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF YOUR PALMS WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED.

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Q: I’m no tree expert, but I just had two palms installed, and the twine around the fronds was removed right away. Shouldn’t it be left on until the palms are established? A:  You may be confusing twine-wrapping for wood braces that are positioned against the trunks to stabilize palms. Wood braces typically stay on for several months until a palm is established. The twine around the leaves of a palm should stay on while the tree’s being transported, then removed immediately after Continue Reading