vertical plants

  • columnar trees
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    8 Great Columnar Trees for the Midwest

    Vertical elements in the landscape become “visual beacons” and act not only as focal points but as elements of accent and contributors of scale. Narrow and columnar deciduous trees can…

  • Ural false spirea, ‘Sum and Substance’ hosta, Hellebore, Variegated petasites and cinnamon fern help you design with green
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    Designing With Green

    This ubiquitous color, when used well, can be just as exciting as vibrant flowers

  • A passageway with vertical shrubs, shade-loving vines, and woodland favorites like ferns.
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    Plants for Shady Passageways

    The frequently used pathway along the west side of my house is shady all day. Wedged between the house and a 5-foot fence, this narrow space was once a homeland…

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    Seating Areas Made Simple

    Your ideal outdoor living space is only three steps away

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    The Best Big Blooming Clematis

    A garden is incomplete without clematis (Clematis spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 4–11). From the moment I grew my first one, I was hooked. The flowers can be in-your-face…