ARTISTREE TIP: FOR OUTDOOR ELEGANCE, CONSIDER A WEEPING BOTTLEBRUSH TREE.

by Kirk Brummett, ArtisTree Landscape Architect Q: I’m looking for a smaller tree that will add privacy and a bit of romance to my Southwest Florida yard. What do you recommend? A:  One of my all-time favorites is the weeping bottlebrush tree. This brilliant showstopper expertly placed can make outdoor evening dining feel like you’ve been whisked away to Paris. It pleases during the day, too, exuding a lush elegant feel. Known for its small stature and romantic weeping form, the weeping Continue Reading

RANGOON CREEPER: A VINE TO SWOON OVER.

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by Maria Muhlhahn, ArtisTree Purchasing Manager Q:   My wife wants to cover our fence with some kind of flowering evergreen vine that’ll grow quickly. However, she prefers something that no one else has, and she’s really into pinks and reds. Other than that, she’s not too picky. Any ideas? A:  I think I have the perfect choice for you. It’s called Rangoon Creeper (Chinese honeysuckle) and it meets all your wife’s requirements. But first, the way this specimen blooms is a story in itself. Continue Reading

RIPRAP DOESN’T DESERVE A BAD WRAP.

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by Clinton Lak, ArtisTree Landscape Designer, BSLA Q: I think it’s a bunch of rubbish (or should I say rubble) that our landscape architect is recommending riprap for our seawall. To me, riprap looks like a bunch of dirty rocks, and I can hardly believe I’m expected to pay for this stuff. Seriously?   A: It’s easy to rip riprap. After all, the broken stone pieces are rough and angular -- nothing like polished Mexican Beach Pebble or Indian Creek Rock. But when it comes to limiting Continue Reading

TIBOUCHINA LEPIDOTA?

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by Joe Mantkowski, ArtisTree Landscape Designer, LICHP, LEED GA Q: Can you tell me more about a plant called the glory bush? I remember my parents having one when I grew up, and I’d love to know how hardy they are. We live in Southwest Florida. A: The royal purple flowers of the Tibouchina lepidota, or glory bush, continually bloom from summer to fall, and may bloom all year-round in very warm climates. This particular variety, one of more than 350, does well as a low, compact shrub or Continue Reading

ARTISTREE’S TAKE ON MEXICAN PETUNIA: LOVELY BUT DON’T IGNORE IT.

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by Shawn Gulbrandsen, ArtisTree Landscape Designer & ISA Certified Arborist Q: I’m being dead serious when I say I could even kill a silk flower. I can’t get anything to grow. I’m looking for a non-fussy plant that could grow in a contained area (along my stone wall) and provide some bright color. Does Mother Nature make anything in purple that won’t wilt as soon as I look at it? A: Sure, she does, and it’s called Mexican Petunia. But we have to warn you, it grows REALLY well and can Continue Reading

FOXTAIL FERN HAS OWNER CONCERNED.

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by Kirk Brummett, ArtisTree Landscape Architect Q: I believe I can outfox you with a question about my foxtail fern. Why is one of the stems bright yellow? Makes for a pretty photo, but I’m worried that my whole plant will turn yellow. A: You’re right: It does make for a pretty photo (makes us of think of a husked ear of corn in a field of green). But first, a bit about your foxtail fern. Known also as asparagus fern, it’s one of ArtisTree’s favorite “go to” plants for texture, hardiness Continue Reading

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT LANDSCAPES & FLORIDA WILDFIRES COULD BURN YOU.

by Jeremy Lepper, ArtisTree Account Executive Q: With the recent wildfires consuming land and homes in Arizona, Colorado and California, how do I reduce the risk of fire hazards in my Florida landscape? A: Florida's frequent lightning strikes and human carelessness guarantee that wildfire will continue to be a factor in rural and suburban areas. Two risk factors are involved: the land use in your area and the vegetation around your home. If you see bare ground, large or mostly leafy Continue Reading

Q&ARTISTREE: AVOIDING A FLORIDA-FROST FRENZY

by Shawn Gulbrandsen, ArtisTree Landscape Designer & ISA Certified Arborist Q: Holy cryonics! My nephew told me if I watered my plants before a Florida freeze, they’d be as hard as a frozen theropod. If that’s the case, how do I protect my landscape investment from Mother Nature’s moods? A: Your nephew’s been watching way too many dinosaur movies. Well-watered plants have a more established root system and will survive low temps better than those that are drought-stressed. Plus, Continue Reading

HERE’S AN IDEA TO THROW IN THE HOPPER: PLAN A LANDSCAPE THAT RABBITS HATE.

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by Brant Prine, ArtisTree Account Executive Q: I’ve spent so much time and effort on my landscaping and now it’s being devoured by rabbits. How do I keep these rascally rabbits out of my yard? A: There’s nothing cuter than a soft cottontail rabbit, but if you see one hopping across your landscape, you can count on damage being done somewhere. They have a voracious appetite for plants at any time of the year. The best way to rabbit-proof your landscape is in the design and planning phase. Continue Reading

WITCHES’ BROOM WILL GET YOUR PRETTY SHRUBS AND TREES IF YOU DON’T WATCH FOR FUNGUS.

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by Brant Prine, ArtisTree Account Executive Q: I have an issue that’s been haunting me all summer long. We have these things that look like elongated air plants on our bottlebrush tree, but my neighbor says they’re called Witches’ Brooms and that I don’t stand a ghost of a chance getting rid of them. She’s kidding, right? A: No, she’s not, but don’t let that frighten you. Knowledge is power! Witches’ Broom is a nickname for Sphaeropsis gall, which is a fungal ailment affecting numerous Continue Reading