IT’S NOT FAIR TO TIE YOUR LANDSCAPER’S HANDS.

Plant choices aren’t always easy. If you select the wrong shrub, it may require more trimming than you thought or never achieve the desired size. That’s why your selections should be based on sound horticultural principles and preferably at the recommendation of your landscape provider. Sounds straightforward enough, doesn’t it? But here’s a true story: The landscape chair of a local HOA community (“Bob”) asked his landscape-maintenance company to replace plants in the common area next to Continue Reading

VERSATILE COCOPLUM IS A PEACH OF A CHOICE

Cocoplum

Red-tipped cocoplum, a South Florida native, is a standout texture plant (and shouldn’t be confused with Natal plum which is covered with prominent thorns). Not only does its natural look work in any home landscape, but you can also use its edible fruit to make tasty jams or jellies. Interestingly, the leaves and bark have been used for centuries to cure a variety of ailments. In some regions, the nut inside the fruit (technically a drupe) has been used in candles, soaps, axle grease or as an Continue Reading

SCHEFFLERA ARBORICOLA: SHOWY AND VERSATILE

Trinette

Schefflera arboricola Trinette may be the best-behaved plant in your Southwest Florida landscape and for good reason. It looks good anywhere and requires minimal care. Because of this, you’ll see it used a lot. But paired with the right plant selections, you can create a look that’s distinctly yours. Arboricola looks best in part sun or part shade, although it will grow in full sun/shade. (Its bright yellow and green foliage is a showstopper either way.) Plant it in mass to be the star of Continue Reading

YELLOW TABS IN YOUR LANDSCAPE: WHERE DID ALL THE BLOOMS GO?

yellow tabebuia bloom

Maria Muhlhahn, ArtisTree Purchasing Manager, FCHP, ISA Certified Arborist First, the brakes lights -- then a head turn. Yellow tabs have a way of slowing down traffic on the busiest streets in Florida. But there’s also a downside that admirers tend to forget: the Yellow Tabebuia is a spring bloomer, which means you’re going to absolutely adore it March and April and then just kind of forget about it after that. And that’s too bad, because the yellow tab should be hailed for several other Continue Reading