Monthly Archives: November 2013

It sounds crazy but there actually are some plants that look better when their leaves are off! Corylus contora ‘Avellana’ (Contorted Filbert) is one that comes to mind. And I believe that the red stems of the shrub dogwood (Cornus sericea and other species) are dazzling through the winter compared to the rest of the […]

Without a doubt the most beautiful trees in the winter landscape are the white-barked birches. Backlit by the late afternoon sun, standing sentinel-like against the cold, birch will grab your attention like no other tree for the next few months. Sadly we are losing birch here in the Okanagan Valley, mainly because of the ravages […]

There is a shade tree that is rather conspicuous right now during this month of falling leaves, due to the fact that it has lost very little of its foliage. The London Plane Tree, Platanus x acerifolia ‘Bloodgood’ forms a magnificient shade tree wherever it’s planted and it’s planted in locations all over the world. […]

I like roses, I really do. It’s just that I’m not a huge fan of the traditional rose garden model. A plot of land devoted to hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribundas is not for me but I can see the attraction for others. Roses in my garden have to blend in with other plants, they […]