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Choosing a Small Ornamental Tree, by Susanne Talbert

Sometimes trees are planted for shade, sometimes they are planted to serve as a windbreak, and other times yet they are planted for fruit or nut production. But when a small specimen tree is planted for its sheer and petite beauty within the landscape, it can add special interest to a landscape. Following are some suggestions for small specimen tree planting, whether it is for aesthetic or sentimental interest.

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Garden Visitor: The House Wren, by Gwen Bruno

Its nondescript appearance belies the house wren's special talent -- each spring, this tiny brown bird delivers serenades worthy of an opera star.

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PlantFiles: Coleus 'Kong Rose' (Solenostemon scutellarioides)

Coleus 'Kong Rose'

(Solenostemon scutellarioides)

I tried two in a part-sun, part-shade exposure... both wilted and died within weeks. I have no idea why....
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New Life Nursery & Garden

Review by Bec_No_Va:

Ordered 5 plants from them via eBay, knew they were bare root, but the packaging was excellent & arrived very quickly - I...
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BirdFiles: Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Kingbird

(Tyrannus tyrannus)

A gorgeous little bird in the flycatcher family. They have a little red patch on their heads that is rarely seen and came...
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BugFiles: Red-Banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

Red-Banded Hairstreak

(Calycopis cecrops)

Add Stonecrop style Sedum to the nectaring list....
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Enchanted Gardens

5 stars
Enchanted Gardens is my favorite plant place in all of the Houston area. Family owned and operated, I find only the highest...
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Gardening Book: Landscaping D-Mystified

Landscaping D-Mystified

Review by aggie80:

There was no need for me to hire a landscape designer because this book showed me how to design a beautiful garden myself....
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Since 2000, we've grown to be a comprehensive gardening community with discussion forums for every hobby, home and garden topic you can imagine. Our members are knowledgeable about soil, weather, watering, and just about every kind of plant and insect. On behalf of all our members, we are glad you came to visit, and we hope you will stop by again soon!


CLOSED: a berry shrub

This is just breaking dormancy along the side of a building that receives full sun for half a day in WY. It has blueberry sized fruit, dark in color, shrivelled but still clinging on.

Its about 4 feet tall.
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  Today in history: April 22  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Leave your worries at the garden gate and enjoy a day of planting and weeding.

1839: August W. Eichler, German botanist, German botanist, was born at Neunkirchen, Hesse. He would become Professor of Botany at Kiel, and Director of the Herbarium at the University of Berlin.

1888: Carl Downey LaRue, American botanist was born in Illinois. He would become botanist at the Hollandsch-Amerikanische Plantage Maatschappij in Sumatra in 1917. He developed a method for commercial breeding of para rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) and was in charge of the South American rubber expedition for the USDA in 1923.

1970: The First Earth Day was celebrated in the U.S. Read more here.

2000: Clark Gardens Botanical Park in Weatherford Texas opened its gates to the public. Once the private gardens of Max and Billie Clark, the 35-acre garden showcases native, drought tolerant plants.

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