BROMELIADS IN FLORIDA LANDSCAPES

Bromeliads

by Maria Muhlhahn, ArtisTree Purchasing Manager Q: I’d like to start a tropical bromeliad section in my landscape, but I have no idea if they’ll work in my Southwest Florida garden.  What’s your experience with bromeliads? A: First, there’s nothing better than bromeliads to give a landscape a tropical look, so you’re going in the right direction.  In general bromeliads are inexpensive (unless you purchase very mature specimens), easy to grow, require very little care, and reward the Continue Reading

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.

Rangoon Creeper

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

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

petunia

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