Paul Cappiello

  • Japanese maple

    Potential Sources of Trouble for Your Japanese Maple

    Although Japanese maples are generally easy-care plants, it is worth the effort to site them properly, monitor them regularly, and provide the best possible soil conditions. These precautions can help…

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    An Easy Approach to Pruning Japanese Maples

    The first trees appeared on earth about 400 million years ago, and they did just fine for many millennia before humans arrived on the scene. So before we get all…

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    The Best Dogwoods for Your Garden

    The fastest way to start a horticultural food fight is to lock eight plant geeks in a room and ask a simple question: “What’s the best dogwood out there?” Even…

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    Dealing with Dogwood Diseases

    Like many woody plants, dogwoods can be afflicted by disease. Fortunately, when correctly identified, most diseases can be treated with little fuss. See The Best Dogwoods for Your Garden. Powdery…

  • Design

    A Closer Look at Root Washing

    Earlier this year we published a piece on root washing (“Healthy Garden,” January/February 2020), the practice of removing all the soil from a containerized or balled-and-burlapped (B&B) plant prior to…

  • Design

    Think of This Beauty as the Perennial Cousin of Daphne

    Name: Himalayan stellera (Stellera chamaejasme) Zones: 4–8 Size: 15 to 18 inches tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Native range: Northern China and Tibet This is a bona…

  • Design

    Show-Stopping Shrubs

    Show-stopping shrubs—you know the kind. You’re leading a group of friends around the garden, and they’re politely following you with gin and tonic in hand, oooing and aaahing in slightly…

  • Design

    How to Tell if a Shrub Is a Show-Stopper

    To some gardeners, in order for a plant to reach show-stopper status it has to do everything—continuously—for 12 months of the year. Think spring blooms of a Himalayan magnolia (Magnolia…

  • How-To

    The Science of Pruning

    Pruning is a pretty darned big, and sometimes complicated, topic. Even narrowing it down to the science part and leaving out the artsy stuff still leaves a lot to learn.…

  • How-To

    How to Prune the Tricky Shrubs

    Even seasoned gardeners scratch their head when it comes to cutting back these tricky shrubs