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RE: re: Apologies- now ideas and links for a few spots

What about a tree that has bright fall color.  What about Oxydendrum
arboreum or Sassafras albidum or Cotinus obovatus with a shrub such as Itea
virginica or Callicarpa americana or Lindera benzoin to add contrasting
color?   Another thought is a Washington hawthorn.  Its density of small
limbs is great protection for song birds and it has lovely red berries in
the late fall when most everything else is gone.  It can be pruned to keep
most of the foliage high so whatever you put under has a nice show.

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

> [Original Message]
> From: <MyTGoldens@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 08/04/2003 4:08:31 AM
> Subject: RE: re: [CHAT] Apologies-  now ideas and links for a few spots 
> Well Donna, there certainly are others on this list far more expert than
> but I'll toss in my 2 cents. You mentioned multi-season interest, which
> exclude most flowering trees which are spectacular for a few weeks in the 
> Spring but otherwise are just "trees". Still, I wouldn't rule out some of
the crab 
> apples, many of which stay small and have interesting fruit. I like the 
> weeping form of my Red Jade.
> Since your island is not very big, you'll want a tree that that doesn't
> out of bounds. And since you'll get some afternoon shade, perhaps a
> Maple cultivar might work. There are hundreds to choose from, ranging in
> and form from tiny drooping miniatures to ones that grow up to 30 ft.
> Wayside Gardens has a nice selection, and although pricey, they will
> replace/refund any plant that doesn't survive, no questions asked. <A
> HREF="
> Gardens: Welcome to Wayside Gardens Online!</A> 
> Mountain Maples is a specialty nursery with a huge inventory, although
> never ordered from them- just gawked at their catalog. <A HREF="
> Maples Home</A>
> Another tree with multi-season interest would be a Beech. There are
> gorgeous weeping forms, one with deep purple leaves, another called
> with leaves of white, rose pink and green. They grow extremely slowly, so
> don't think they would outgrow their spot in our lifetime! I think
> Maples sells them too, but you could probably find them available
locally, since 
> they are commonly used in professional landscape plantings. 
> Then there are a number of beautiful birches, with graceful branches,
> with finely cut leaves, some with deep purple leaves, and all with
> shades of peeling bark. Some cultivars are short lived due to birch
borers, but 
> others, such as the snow-white paper birch and Heritage river birch are 
> resistant. The Paper-bark maple has similar peeling bark and can get
pretty big, but it 
> grows very slowly.
> One of my favorite catalogs is Forest Farm. I get no commissions, but I
> do put in a lot of plugs for them! Their catalog must be close to 2
> thick, and no pictures! I have ordered from them for several seasons, and
> been very pleased with their stock. Most things are sold in tiny "tubes",
but if 
> I pay attention to their zone ratings, things do very well. I have a
> of shrubs that were "chopstick" size 3 years ago that now tower over my
> Oh, I have (from them) a cultivar of smoke bush, called "Velvet cloak",
that is 
> the most luscious shade of deep purple, with the "smoke" flowers a rich 
> purplish pink. It stays this color all season, and the tree can be pruned
to a 
> single or multi-trunk shape. It looks gorgeous early in the morning, all
> pink from the morning dew. <A
HREF="http://www.forestfarm.com/";>Forestfarm plant nursery: Buy plants for
your garden 
> online</A> 
> You might also consider something of interest that won't grow, such as a 
> large interesting boulder (yes, you'd have to buy it and have it
delivered) a 
> piece of statuary or sculpture, a birdbath, an arbor and/or bench, or a
> or small pool. How about a tiny naturalistic waterfall with a small
> Maple behind it?
> BTW, I am getting some garden photos developed which will be on AOL's
> Got Pictures. (I don't have a scanner at the moment) How would I post
them to 
> the list if anyone wanted to see them?
> Hope that helps! My Carpal Tunnel is acting up, so I have to get off this
> for now.
> Maddy Mason
> Hudson Valley, NY  zone 5/6
> In a message dated 8/3/03 10:19:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time,"Donna " <
> justme@prairieinet.net>  writes:
> > Well now that you asked Maddy:)
> > 
> > Looking for things to grow in zone 5. Have most of the common things I
> > care to have, but need some new ideas for a few spots :)
> > 
> > Since there is no more room in the backyard, I have started an island in
> > the front yard. So far it is not completed as the picture shows, need
> > more soil, and a finishing cutting on a few blocks. (how can the bottom
> > row fit fine and the top row doesn't!) You are looking at a dogwood,
> > specifically, cornus kousa chinensis 'Galilean'. I plan on putting
> > another tree at the far end, but haven't decided which one yet. So...
> > thoughts folks? Might need this link to figure out what I am taking
> > about--
> > 
> > http://illianagardenpond.org/islandfront.jpg
> > 
> > http://illianagardenpond.org/islandfront2.jpg
> > 
> > 
> > Oh- It is in full sun, but on the east side of my house so the afternoon
> > will be blocked somewhat. Of course, as the first link shows, the
> > southern breezes can be brutal since none of my neighbors do anything.
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