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Plant of The Month – Clematis

Clematis, which belongs to the buttercup family ‘Ranunculaceae’ is one of the popular garden hybrids amongst gardeners. The term ‘Clematis’ was derived from an Ancient Greek word ‘Clematis’ meaning ‘climbing or trailing plants’. There are plenty of trailing and climbing plants growing in our planet. Out of which ‘Clematis’ is only one of the few agile climbers that fall under the category of vertical plants. This plant offers a decent protection and coverage by adorning your wall or pergola. There are wide varieties of Clematis, which contains seed fluff after sprouting.

Clematis is indigenous to European continents. It usually propels with the help of twisting leaf stems, which are very long. They would scout around for support when they begin to lose their strength. Clematis can be planted in soil as well as containers. In order to prevent it from falling off the ground, it might require a ‘helping aid’ or tie them to a wooden stake or a pergola. You may even consider fasten on to walls, trees and fences. The flowers of Clematis are a delight to watch especially due to its diverse range of colors and various shapes. They usually appear in colors like pink, purple, blue and even white. The size of the flower could range from two to twenty-four centimeters. One of the ideal months to plant ‘Clematis’ is during the month of April.

Clematis is also native to one of the cities in Canada named ‘Calgary’. You would come across plenty of clematis being planted at outdoor landscape while traveling through Calgary. Most of the people residing in Calgary prefer to plant Clematis since it blends with outdoor landscape.

How to protect and conserve ‘Clematis’?

  • You need to make sure that the plant is not exposed to direct sunlight instead it should be kept in a cool and dry place. Clematis goes well with perennial plants, therefore it is recommended to ensure whether the fallen leaves have adequate humus.
  • Do not forget to water the plant on a regular basis to prevent it from being dried. An extra care should be taken especially if it is placed in either a pot or a container.
  • In order to enhance the structure of the soil, feed the plant with a granulated dried cow manure. It is very essential during its germination in the months of March and May.
  • The plant does not require feeding during the stages of flowering. However, ensure that ‘Clematis’ is growing in the proper direction.

Some of the pruning tips for clematis

  • The Clematis, which is placed at landscape, should be pruned to avoid tangle of branches.
  • To keep it fresh and safe, regular pruning is suggested.

Always remember to keep the plant away from direct sunlight since it adaptable only to moist conditions. Frequent watering of the plant is suggested when they are placed at the garden

Extreme care should be given to Clematis while planting them outdoors.

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Hail The Plant Of The Month- Ornamental Grass

Hail the Plant of the month!

Every autumn in Calgary, ornamental grasses appear in all its glory. The first bloom among tall grasses is the Feather Reed Grass, scientific name Calamagrostis acutiflora by ‘Karl Foerster’. This magnificent ornamental grass is the first to receive the Perennial Plant of the Year Award™ (2001), due to its handsome appearance, long-lasting plumes and easy growing requirements. Feather Reed Grass of Karl Foerster has also been recently awarded the title as Plant of the Month.

Know more about Feather Reed Grass 

As vertical masterpiece, this majestic reed grass provides wonderful contrast among low shrubs and perennials. An early bloomer, ‘Karl Foerster’ is one of the earliest grasses to sprout in spring. It is surely a definite asset in areas whose growing season is short. It accommodates wide range conditions starting zones 3 up to 9 and is happiest under a full sun, in moist to wet fertile soil. Foliage is green; medium blade width; 90-120 cm (36-48″) tall. Plants would not self-seed as it is sterile. The slightest breeze sways the tree gracefully adding beauty to the neat row of Karl in the landscape of Calgary on a windy day!

Flowers for my lady from Feather Reed

Flowers bloom in June throughout July; they are usually150-200 cm (60-80″) tall; and often stands erect even with heavy snowfall. Through the season, color of blossoms changes but stays on the plant until brought down by winter snow. It starts blooming around June or July, but its rich golden color is reached in September. Select flowers from different development periods and assemble a colorful and interesting combination. Place in a vase, rose stems combined with rosehips and display outside your front door. Florists prefer flowers from ‘Karl Foerster’ as it is an excellent cut flower providing vertical structure to bloom displays just like its looks in the garden.

Landscaping with Karl Foerster

Karl Foerster’ ornamental grass goes a long way in landscaping. Although they thrive well on irrigation, regular rain or moist soil but the plant also tolerates clay heavy soils and drier sites. They are usually free of serious disease or insect problems although in particular wet summers and in situations with poor air foliar rust disease may appear. The plant needs little maintenance except to cut back the stems to about 6 inches during late winter or early spring. In milder winter areas, the foliage and shrubs may remain evergreen. This tall and upright grass is ‘Karl Foerster’ a good choice for the back of the border or against a fence

Why plant reed grass?

Reed grass is so easy to maintain. Just dig a hole in the ground around February prior to new growth and give it a light feeding in the spring. When clumps are big, you divide using a shovel in the early spring. You can plant feather reed in spring or fall to take advantage of fall and winter rains.  Karl Foerster plant is planted anywhere as it is versatile in any landscape.

Have you ever expected that a grass wins the title as Perennial Plant of the Year? But ‘Karl Foerster’ in 2001 got the honor!

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Plant of the month – Swedish Columnar Aspen Tree

Plant of the month – Swedish Columnar Aspen Tree

Do you know what is the most popular tree used in urban landscape? It is none other than that narrow columnar tree known as Swedish Columnar aspen. It has been chosen by the Gift Club as plant of the month for all its worth. Many companies and people involved with landscaping, especially in Calgary, use this tree among the plants of their choice. You, too, would want have this tree in your landscaping.

Get to know more about the plant of the month

Tall, slender and hardy are good descriptions of the Swedish Columnar Aspen. It has tiny rounded and serrated leaves that turn reddish-green in spring, matures to green and finally into nice red and yellow color during fall. They tremble with the faintest whisper of wind, creating pleasant rustling sounds. This type of aspen thrives well on milder climate growing to a height of 40 feet and spreading about 10 feet. Its stately height and appearance make it deserving to be chosen as the plant of the month.

Service as privacy tree

Privacy trees are attractive ads-on to your yard. They provide the curves needed in your garden and privacy from neighbors as well as blocking out noise. During extreme weather, you can depend on the protection of these trees and at the same time, improve the air quality of your yard color during fall. Used as privacy tree, they screen the area. When used for privacy, trees are spaced at least 1.5-1.8 meters or 5-6 feet center to center to help prevent land issues.

Keep your aspen trees happy and healthy

Your Swedish aspen tree will stay healthy and happy if the soil and all the zones of the root are thoroughly moistened once at least bi-weekly to supplement the need for rainfall. In the spring, feed aspen with slow-released balanced granular tree fertilizer every year. To remove diseased and damaged limb as well as thin the branches, you prune aspen trees in the winter. In case of the infestation of poplar borers, an injection of an insecticide to the trunk’s bored holes will keep them away. To get rid of caterpillars that make big webs around the tree, spray your aspen trees in winter or early spring with horticultural oil. Deal with fungal disease leaf spot by raking away and destroying all fallen leaves and spraying plant using fungicide in the early part of spring. Use spray from high-pressure hose then apply insecticidal soap to control aphids.

Swedish Columnar trees in Calgary

The booming oil and energy economy of Calgary made this place a thriving young city with a population of over a million with a well educated and affluent workforce. Admire new types of lifestyle offerings. There are newly-opened restaurants, art galleries, theaters offering new shows, boutiques with new stocks, grand hotels, and sophisticated spas flavored with high-end lifestyle and slick operators. Houses in the residential areas are surrounded by wonderful landscaping that make the city truly green. Despite the thickening population in the neighborhood, the privacy tree kept peoples’ lives private. It is not surprising that the Swedish Columnar aspen tree has become the favorite choice of the Calgarians and voted as the plant of the month!

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Plant of the Month: Calgary Carpet Juniper

Plant of the Month – Calgary Carpet Juniper 

If you have been looking for a fast growing ground cover for your garden, it is time you try Calgary Carpet Juniper. One of the most popular of Juniper’s it is widely used to cover any bare soil in the garden beds or on the sloped banks.  The small shrub-like plant has tiny ground-hugging branches and looks good all the year. The plant is easy to grow in almost all weather conditions and is ideal for planting on slopes as well as banks.

The History and Uses of Calgary Carpet Juniper

Calgary Carpet Juniper also goes by the name of Savin Juniper, and Juniperus Sabina. The short shrub is known to be the native of Eastern Europe and can also be found in various countries of Asia and Siberia. Though the plant was known even during the 18th century not many started cultivating it till the 20th century due to the fright of the Juniper Blight disease.  Not all the species of Juniper were ideal for cultivation and out of many only 3 species of Juniper were known to be resistant to blight and one of it is the Calgary Carpet Juniper.

The leaves of the plant of Carpet Juniper are known to be toxic but were put to use in a number of homemade ointments during the olden days. The oils that are extracted from this plant are also used to make a number of insecticides.

Carpet Juniper – The Design Ideas

The shrub of Carpet Juniper is used by a number of Calgary landscaping companies as a part of their commercial and residential landscaping. As these shrubs have a rich green color, they are considered to be ideal for erosion control and are used on slopes where water and soil runoff can cause a problem. This plant can also be used as a nestling for various landscape boulders or over the edge of any masonry wall.

Carpet Juniper is also the hot favorite of many homemakers as a winter plant and looks magical when used with other shrubs as a border. This plant can be used as a part of winter garden as most of the gardens look barren during the months of snowfall. The plant is also used to create some of the best forms of Japanese bonsai.

Care and Maintenance 

Carpet Juniper is easy to grow a plant that can be planted in almost any season. It grows the best in well-drained soils but one need to avoid planting them over wet soil. The plant needs a deep and regular watering during the very first season so that it can establish a good root system. The frequency can later be reduced.

The plants can be spaced at a distance of about 8 feet or even closer if you are looking for faster ground coverage. Gardeners also need to control the growth of weeds by using mulch as plants tend to grow slowly if the weeds are more.

If you are looking for one carefree and an evergreen groundcover for your garden, Calgary Carpet Juniper is the one to choose.

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