Look Ahead to Fall Day 3

Dwarf Burning Bush is GardenWise

This week, GardenWise is looking forward with our five favorite  Garden Delights, in no particular order, for Fall 2012.  Yesterday we marveled at the Toad Lily, and Monday we fell in love all over again with Pink Muhly Grass.  Today is day  three of our series, and we’re showing off the Dwarf Burning Bush

Don’t call the fire department because that’s not a fireball in your garden!  The Dwarf Burning Bush  (Euonymus alata “Compactus”) is a low-care, beautiful shrub.  With its upright, bushy and vase-shaped habit, it’s a Fall garden’s best friend with its brilliant and intense fiery scarlet Red foilage.  Your guests will do a “double take” when they see your Burning Bush as it really is that visually appealing.  It is such an incredible garden wonder, it can serve as your Fall focal point. 

The Burning Bush ranges from 6-10 feet high, and 6-10 feet wide, and it’s insect, disease, drought, heat, AND deer resistant, and tolerant of shade (but for the most intense fall color, plant it in full sun. )  It’s also versatile enough to use as a hedge screen en masse.  

Look Ahead to Fall Day 1

Pink Muhly Grass

For the next week,   GardenWise is looking forward with our five favorite Garden Delights,     in no particular order, for Fall 2011. 

Today it’s all about one of my favorite Fall show stoppers — Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaries.)  It reaches about four feet high and three feet wide, with a nicely cascading, fountainous habit of cloud-like foliage.  It also has   billowy and profuse blooms.  Pink Muhly is a North American native, and looks great en masse in a sunny garden border with hot-pink Knock Out Roses, or as a companion to fall blooming Sedum ‘Autumn Joy.’   Pink Muhly Grass is drought tolerant, so planting this beauty is a nice green garden step, and it’s a real “problem solver” for any landscape architect/designer.  

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May’s Favorite Outside Landscaper is J. Mark White, ASLA, of the metro Washington DC Landscape Architecture firm Garden Wise.  One look at Mark’s website, located at http://www.GardenWiseInc.com ,will show you why he’s our new  favorite.  Mark’s work is bold, current, beautiful and functional.  He can be seen each month on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” as  a landscape expert, and he’s also very active in the world of social media, reachable to everyone on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/gardenwiseinc .

Here is a profile of Mark from Better Homes & Gardens, which we were given permission to run on our blog. To quote from one person from the homes and gardens comment section in reference to the below Garden Wise garden, “The picture shows a path to a sweet dreamy spot that would be the ideal place to relax and read the Sunday New York Times.” 

Indeed, this is one dreamy and cozy getaway to spend a warm Sunday afternoon.

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