Category Archives: Trees and Shrubs

Find Holiday Decor in Your Garden

An image of a porch pot decorated with holiday greens

Cut evergreen stems form a foundation for winter decorations that can be accented with dried flowers, festive berries and ornaments. By Abby Lapides (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Winter 2019 issue) Cut evergreen stems form a foundation for winter decorations that can be accented with dried flowers, festive berries and ornaments. Many of the common trees

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Garden Worthy Willows

Heart leaved willow fall color

There is perhaps no native plant more ubiquitous than willow, especially black willow (Salix nigra). It comes up in house gutters, garden beds, low farmers’ fields, roadside ditches, pond margins and every creek-side gravel bar in the eastern half of the United States. By Scott Woodbury [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2020 issue.] “Between the

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Shrunken Treasures

A photo of Columbine 'Little Lanterns'

Our Missouri natives provide beautiful blooms on tough plants. Some of these spectacular beauties can grow upwards of 6’ or ever more, causing them to be too large for some of our smaller gardens. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener July/August 2018.] Our Missouri natives provide beautiful blooms on tough plants. Some of these

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Pool and Patio Palms

A photo of a fan palm

By Ellen Barredo ]An abbreviated version of this article appeared in The Gateway Gardener June 2014 issue.] There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by boldly textured palms! Here are a few suggestions for success with palms. Purchase your palms at a local garden center as they usually acquire their palms from reputable growers that have techniques set up to ‘Light

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Hellebores and ‘Hazels

a photo of Helleborus Brandywine Mix

As winter loosens it’s grip on Mother Nature and days are brighter and longer, I look forward to my Christmas Rose, or hellebores. By Steffie Littlefield [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Magazine, January/February 2012] As winter loosens it’s grip on Mother Nature and days are brighter and longer, I look forward to my Christmas Rose, or

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Plant Green to See Red

(This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener September 2011 issue) By Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & Sons If your urge to “go green” by planting shade trees includes a desire to “see red” when autumn rolls around, you are in luck. Red Sunset® Maple, October Glory® Maple, and Autumn Blaze® Maple are all tried and true, successful

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Nut Trees for Home Landscapes

(This article was originally published in The Gateway Gardener October 2007 issue.) When many people think of nut trees in the home landscape, they cringe at the thought of a messy black walnut dropping tennis-ball-sized bombs all over the lawn and staining their patio with the black-as-ink residue that coats the inner lining of the outer ovary wall.  But, according

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