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10 Ways to Keep Cats Out of Your Yard
I'm often asked how to keep cats away from yards. The answer lies in cat repellents, whether by wire, water, or just plain understanding how feline pests think.
How to Build Great Rock Gardens for Small Spaces
This tutorial illustrates how to build rock gardens. They're enhanced if attention is paid to color choices (both for the stones and for the plants).
Pictures of Poison Ivy
View pictures of poison ivy and similar vines for identification. See what poison ivy looks like at different stages of development in the course of the year.
10 Shrubs That Thrive in the Shade
Shrubs that grow in shade are a boon to folks who toil to find bushes to fill shady voids in the landscape. This top 10 list is designed with variety in mind.
Poison Sumac Pictures
Consult these poison sumac pictures for identification purposes. My photos include closeups showing what the leaves, etc. of these plants look like.
How to Keep Voles Out of Your Yard
Identification is a first step in vole control (they're distinct from moles). Then you can work on getting rid of these field mice or meadow mice.
Pictures of Landscaping for Front Door Entrances
View my pictures of landscaping showing examples for front door entrances. Using symmetry is popular, but there are many possible styles for entryway plantings.
How to Determine When to Plant Your New Trees
I am often asked when to plant trees. To answer the question, we first have to know if we're talking about the best time for deciduous or evergreen types.
Montauk Daisy: Beacon of Floral Color
Montauk daisies are late-bloomers (offering fall flowers) with shiny foliage. They tolerate deer, drought and salt. Learn how to grow this exceptional plant.
How to Keep Dogs Out of Your Yard
A problem with dog repellents sprinkled on the soil is the need to reapply after rain. On the upside, 2 products in this class lie right on the kitchen shelf.
How to Store Dahlias for Winter
Learn how to store dahlia tubers for winter. Being summer bulbs, these tubers have to be dug up for storing in the North, where they are not hardy.
Everything You Need to Know about the Rose of...
Rose of sharon bush is a deciduous flowering shrub, sometimes thought of as a small tree. Learn about pruning it and other growing tips here.
What Does Poison Ivy Look Like?
What does poison ivy look like? Pictures do the best job of answering the question, thus this photo gallery. Use it for positive identification. Page 5.
You'd Have to Be Nuts to Grow Any of These Plants
What are the 10 worst plants to grow in a yard? It varies depending on your region, health, tastes and whether you have kids or pets, but this list is a start.
Pictures of Poison Ivy -- Ripened Berries
My image shows the white berries of poison ivy, their color when they ripen. As this picture shows, the berries come in bunches. Page 8.
What Does Ragweed Look Like?
My pictures of ragweed (both major types, common and giant) can help you identify this menace and remove it from your yard. I provide leaf and flower closeups.
Poison Ivy Flowers
As this picture shows, poison ivy flowers are rather unremarkable. But knowing what they look like will help you identify this weed. Page 7.
Pictures of Poison Ivy -- Picture of Fall Foliage
Picture of poison ivy with its fall foliage. The leaves turn orange, yellow or red in fall. Page 10.
Picture of Poison Ivy Leaf
View my picture of a poison ivy leaf to see how the plant looks in summer. In this example, it's a vine growing on a stone wall. Page 9.
Mum's the Word: the Secrets of Selecting and...
The chrysanthemums covered here are hardy mums, a good choice for fall flowers in the North. Learn about their care: dividing, pinching, etc.
What Shrubs Make the Best Hedges?
Hedge plants serve the practical function of giving a property security and are also decorative. Here I discuss some of the best shrubs to use for hedges.
Your 11-Step Guide to Transplanting Trees and...
I present 5 easy steps to take to transplant trees and shrubs. Learn how to dig holes and move the plants; also learn about care after installation.
Weed Pictures
My weed pictures include photos of plants you probably know, but not by name. Here's some help in identifying common types of weeds.
Pictures of Poison Ivy -- Leaves of Three, Let...
Heard the well-known rhyme about poison ivy, 'Leaves of three, let it be?' This picture provides visual verification, showing the plant with its 3 leaflets. Page 14.
How to Get Rid of Crabgrass for Good
What's the best way of killing crabgrass? Using preemergent herbicide is one way to get rid of this weed, but proper ID must come first, so I provide pictures.
How Not to Landscape Your Yard
The 10 mistakes I present in my article will help beginners learn how not to landscape a yard. Avoiding these errors means you won't mess things up.
What's a French Drain, and How Can You Install...
Installing French drains is an option for providing yard drainage on land where there is excess water. Learn how to make one in this piece geared to DIYers.
How to Build Beautiful (and Cheap!) Waterfalls...
A simple, cheap way to build outdoor waterfalls is to erect cascading stone spillways that hang right over your pond. I show you how in this tutorial.
Pictures of Poison Ivy Look-Alikes
Poison ivy weeds have many look-alikes. This picture of Virginia creeper will help distinguish the two and help you with identification. Page 15.
Pictures of Poison Ivy - Autumn Foliage
My picture reveals the autumn foliage of poison ivy plants. Their leaves' color ranges from orange to yellow to red. Page 11.
Pictures of the Flower Buds
This picture is of poison ivy flower buds. Yes, even such troublesome, rash-inducing menaces as this can bloom (not all that blossoms is beautiful). Page 6.
Don't Let Your Lawn Fall Out of Shape in Autumn
A fall lawn care regimen, including mowing, will depend on whether you're caring for warm or cool season grasses. Read these tips to get it right.
Pictures of Poison Ivy - the Aerial Roots
Have you wondered what those hairy vines are climbing up trees? That's poison ivy, the 'hairs' being the vines' aerial roots. Page 12.
12 Interesting Landscape Designs to Inspire...
Before you contemplate specific backyard landscaping designs, you have to ask yourself some basic questions.
What the Young Leaves of Poison Ivy Look Like
See my picture of poison ivy leaves to learn what they look like when young. Their appearance in spring is different from what it is in summer or fall.
Are Any of These 12 Poisonous Plants in Your...
Pictures of poisonous plants can help you to identify and avoid them. My list includes more than just toxic leaves, berries that you shouldn't eat.
What Is the Difference Between a Mole and a Vole?
Garden pests include the mole and the vole, those subterranean, mouse-like garden pests. But what's the difference between a mole and a vole?
Young Leaflet Picture
Poison ivy leaflets are sometimes notched, a feature that may be especially prominent in young leaves. Variations increase the difficulty in identification. Page 2.
Pictures of Poison Ivy -- "Beware of Vine!"
My picture displays poison ivy climbing a clapboard-sided building. The vine's aerial roots allow it to climb structures. Page 13.
Vine Plants Similar to Poison Ivy: Virginia...
Virginia creeper is among the vine plants similar to poison ivy. Other vines mistaken for it include bittersweet. Page 16.
Easy and Cost-Effective Ways to Remove a Tree...
Removing tree stumps is possible without the aid of stump grinders. You can do it manually with mattocks or by applying nitrogen and waiting, which is cheaper.
Set Your Fall Yard Ablaze With Autumn Blaze Maple
Autumn Blaze maple trees reach 50 feet tall with a rounded crown. Fast-growing specimens, maturity comes quickly for this red fall-foliage favorite.
Plan Your Garden With This Climate Zone Guide
The definition of planting zones refers to USDA hardiness maps, to which I link. I tell you how to use them but explain why you needn't follow them slavishly.
Incorporating Red Twig Dogwood Shrubs in Your...
Red twig dogwood shrubs are so named for the color of their bark in winter. But these stunning bushes offer much more than just colorful winter bark.
10 Ways to Landscape Your Property Lines
In landscaping your property line, are you hoping to minimize maintenance, maximize privacy or enhance the beauty of your yard? I help you with all 3 here.
All About Butterfly-Friendly Milkweed Plants
Learn facts about common milkweed plant (picture), including its uses and growing requirements. Learn what these host plants for Monarch butterflies look like.
Learn About the Different Types of Maple Trees
Read my intro, with pictures, to discover the best maple trees for fall color (e.g., red ones). Besides these good varieties, I warn about invasives.
Pictures of Vines Mistaken for Poison Ivy
My picture shows the flower buds of Virginia creeper. Many people mistake this vine for poison ivy. Page 17.
Plants That Your Skin Will Hate
Itchy rash plants are the weed equivalents to yellow jackets in the bug world. For example, like stinging insects, stinging nettles can also burn you.
Pictures of Poison Ivy - Color Changes
My picture of an orangy poison ivy leaf captures the weed's look in spring. The color can morph from red to orange to green. Page 4.
16 Flowers that Bloom All Summer Long
Long-blooming perennials give continuous garden color with just a little deadheading or dividing from you. Learn about flowers that bloom all summer.
Finish Off Flower Beds in Style With Landscape...
Landscape timber edging installation is simple and looks spiffy. Using photos, I relate how to install it to build an attractive edging with minimal effort.
5 Good Shade Vines and 5 Shady Characters
Learn about perennial vines for shade, including that rarity, a cold-hardy, flowering one that grows in shady areas. I also warn about invasive vines.
Leaves of Young Poison Ivy Plants
Young poison ivy plants start out with reddish leaves, as my picture shows. Don't be fooled by this spring look: they lose that color later. Page 3.
Landscaping Ideas for the Botanically Challenged
Front-yard landscaping ideas suited to suburbia may not work in rural areas, and vice-versa. But these basic design ideas will point you in the right direction.
Beginner's Guide to Landscaping
Need some simple landscaping ideas? From designing front, back and side yards to how to start a garden, read my tips to help with your yard makeover.
Fill in a Bare Landscape Fast with these...
Fast growing shrubs are great for homeowners needing quick privacy hedges. I list several bushes for those who need privacy in a hurry, linking to plant info.
10 Shrubs You Really Need to Grow
Consult this list of shrubs before you shop at the nursery. This list describes popular and more unique kinds of bushes for the yard.
Common Ragweed, Hay-Fever Culprit: Weed...
Common ragweed and its giant cousin are often the cause of fall hay fever. Are you a sufferer? Use my pictures to identify the plants, then get rid of them.
Pictures Illustrating the Concepts Used by...
If you need some ideas for the yard, study these landscape design pictures showing some basic principles and learn about the concepts the pros use.
Everything You Need to Know About Using...
'Emerald Green' arborvitae trees are evergreens. Technically shrubs, their foliage is like Leyland cypress'; they're used as live privacy screens.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Planting Boxwood...
This step-by-step tutorial walks you through the steps in planting hedges. Through pictures I show you how to plant boxwood shrubs in a straight row.
Cultivate a Healthy Lawn by Following This...
Tips are provided in this resource for fertilizing lawns. I also give you a care schedule you can follow for spring, summer and fall.
All About Mountain Laurel Shrubs and Bay Laurel...
My description of mountain laurel shrubs is supplemented by pictures. I distinguish between these shrubs and the bay laurel trees made famous by the Greeks.
How to Plant the Perfect Flower Beds
Practice layering when planting flower beds, plus preventative weed control. These are just 2 tips I offer here, as we go from back to front row of a sample bed.
Learn How to Seal a Deck
Thompson's Water Seal is one of the deck sealers used to protect against rot. Learn how to use this sealant to guard against damage to your decking.
Poison Sumac Pictures -- Pinnately Compound...
"Pinnately compound" is part of botanical lingo for identifying plants by their leaf shapes. "Pinnate"
How to Control Moles in Your Lawn and Garden
Mole control is an one element of lawn care and garden pest control. But before you can get rid of them, first learn the difference between moles and voles.
Build a Stone Retaining Wall in 15 Steps
This tutorial deals with building stone retaining walls 3 feet in height or less. When you build without mortar you have limitations but also some benefits.
Poison Sumac Pictures -- The Stems
Its red stems help identify poison sumac. View this and my other pictures in this photo gallery for help with identification of this menace. Page 10.
Photo of a Harmless Relative
This picture shows the seedtuft of non-poison sumac. You can easily tell toxic types apart from non-toxic kinds by looking at this plant part. Page 7.
Fence Pictures
These fence pictures illustrate some of the different materials and styles available. Among these landscaping photos are examples of fence plantings.
Try This Project to Increase Landscape Drainage...
Learn how to build dry creek beds for landscape drainage. It's an easy landscaping project if the soil you'll be excavating isn't strewn with roots and rocks.
Don't Know Much About Landscaping? Start Here!
If you're wondering how to get started landscaping your yard, I offer every type of resource available under the sun. See which one is right for you.
Poison Sumac Pictures -- The Spring Berry
Need a picture of poison sumac berries? This photo shows what they look like and helps you tell this plant apart from non-toxic types. Page 4.
Care Tips for Healthy, Lush Privet Hedges
Privet hedges (Ligustrum shrubs) are traditional favorites, being amenable to pruning. But these bushes are invasive plants in North America.
How to Use Vinegar as a Natural Weed Killer
The organic gardener sometimes uses vinegar as a natural weed killer. It's non-selective, so be careful not to spray or pour it on your good plants.
Sumacs: They're Not All Poisonous
Distinguish poison sumac trees from their harmless namesakes and consider the latter to create colorful fall foliage. Tiger Eyes is a tamer cultivar.
Keep Your Asphalt Driveway in Tip-Top Shape
Much of the work in sealing asphalt driveways is in preparing. I walk beginners through all the steps, from preparation to applying sealant to drying time.
10 Shrubs and Vines for Putting Fall Color into...
By planting shrubs for fall color, you diversify, rather than relying on trees for fall foliage. Bring some of that color down to earth with these shrubs and vines that set the autumn landscape ablaze with their leaves.
Poison Sumac Pictures -- Fall Foliage
See fall foliage pics of poison sumac here. Among these photos is a shot of the plant with yellowish and pinkish-colored autumn leaves. Page 11.
7 Shrubs That Are Compact but Colorful
I discuss 7 types of small evergreen shrubs perfect for owners of tiny yards who crave big-time color. Consult my list of compact bushes before you shop.
Poison Sumac Pictures -- Swamp Shrub
This photo of a poison sumac plant shows the entire bush growing in a swamp. Its leaves are their summer green, stems red, berries light green.
All About Japanese and English Yew Bushes
English yew bushes are widely used for foundation plants or in hedges, while a number of cultivars of Japanese yews exist and can serve similar functions.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Roses
What do black roses mean? My answer is 1 of 11 facts about roses I give here, ranging from which are easiest to grow to what they have to do with the rosary.
Native Lilies: 5 Beauties Northeasterners Need...
These five native lilies grace the woods and meadows of the Northeastern U.S. Native plant lovers can grow them in that suitable shady or sunny spot.
What's the Difference Between Annual Plants and...
What is an annual? In distinguishing between annual plants and perennials, it's all a matter of the life cycle; I explain the difference here.
Learn the Correct Way to Prune Your Shrubs
Familiarize yourself with the basics of pruning shrubs in this introduction, including the proper cutting angle to use when cutting. It's easy once you learn how.
The Right Way to Care for Your Lantana Plants
Lantana plants are a tropical shrub and a symbol of Florida landscaping, their salt-tolerance making them a favorite flower in seashore communities.
Will You Be Pulling Out Bittersweet This Fall...
Are American bittersweet plants benign? How do you remove the invasive Oriental vines? Learn all about these bearers of beautiful berries here.
Tulip Trees: Tiptoe Through the Fall Foliage
Tulip trees are referred to as yellow poplars, although they are related to magnolias, not poplars. These tall specimens provide yellow fall foliage.
Poison Sumac Pictures -- Old Bark
If the rash it causes can be considered its "bite," then in the case of this dog, it is not true that
Poison Sumac Pictures -- The Berries
See my closeup photo of poison sumac berries for help with identification. You'll notice they're oddly shaped. Page 5.
Top 10 Trees and Plants That Love the Shade
My list of the 10 plants that do best in the shade includes flowering dogwood trees and one each from all major categories of landscaping plants.
This Locust Tree Won't Plague You With Messy Pods
Learn about Sunburst honey locust trees which, like Shademaster, are classified as thornless, podless and non-messy. This makes them good street trees.
Growing Tips for the Popular Hinoki Cypress Tree
Slender Hinoki cypress trees are semi-dwarfs, being more compact than the species trees but not as short as 'Nana Gracilis,' the true dwarf.
What Are Landscape Fabrics and How Can I Use...
Learn how to install landscape fabrics, a high-tech solution for weed control. Weed barriers suppress plant pests without suffocating everything under them.
How to Incorporate English Ivy in Your...
I discuss growing English ivy plants (picture) as a groundcover here. But my tips come with a warning: they have fallen out of favor due to their invasiveness.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Creeper?
Learn about killing Virginia creeper here if you don't want it on your land. Also discover the pros and cons of the vine here, including whether it's poisonous.
Pictures of Flowering Shrubs
Pictures of flowering shrubs can give you ideas for your own landscaping. Browse my shrub pictures to view photos of some of the finest blooming bushes of spring and summer.
Are You Tolerant or Violent Toward Violets?
Learn how to get rid of the wild violets in your lawn. These weeds are violas, making them relatives of such flowers as pansies and johnny-jump-ups.
Poison Sumac Pictures -- Autumn Foliage
Among my pics is this one showing a yellow stage in the fall foliage display of poison sumac. Use my photo gallery to identify this plant and avoid the rash. Page 13.
Leaves of 3, Leave It Be!
Need some tips for treating poison ivy rash? Treatment focuses on relief rather than a cure (vaccine), and a home remedy growing in the backyard is one option. Page 2.
Poison Sumac Pictures -- The Fall Berry
This photo of the white berries of poison sumach shows what they look like in fall, having changed color over the course of the seasons. Page 6.
How to Care for Shade-Loving Climbing Hydrangea...
Climbing hydrangeas solve a problem for people with shady areas to plant, being shade-tolerant vines. But they'll flower better if they receive some sunlight.
Choose the Best Flowers for Your Landscape with...
The lists of flowers (with pictures) here are organized by color. Browse these galleries to gain ideas for creating colorful landscape designs.
Go Purple This Fall With Beautyberry
Purple beautyberry shrubs bear beautiful fruit, as their name suggests and my photo shows! The berries of this bush are a striking lilac or light purple.
What's the Difference Between Rhododendrons and...
Read this intro to learn how to care for azalea and rhododendron plants. I give tips on planting these popular flowering shrubs, including pruning azaleas. Page 3.
Landscape Design Photo Gallery
Check my landscape design photo gallery for front-yard design ideas. Let these landscaping pictures inspire you in your DIY projects.
Build Your Own Floating Deck in 10 Easy Steps
It's easy for DIYers to build floating decks, because they are not attached to a building. This tutorial (includes pictures of the small structure constructed) shows you how it's done.
Deer-Resistant Shrubs
Deer-resistant shrubs aren't Bambi's favorite foods, although he'll eat anything if hungry enough. Consult this list of bushes if you're not anxious to draw Bambi to your landscape.
Beware of These Noxious Weeds! 11 Plants to...
The classification is subjective; my pictures of noxious weeds are meant to explore the topic from various perspectives. Some will find them harmful plants.
Poison Sumac Pictures -- the New Bark
My picture shows poison sumac shrub's bark. It's on young shrubs in this example, and you can tell it's new because it's smooth. Page 9.
Deck Pictures
Browse these deck pictures for design ideas. The images are supplemented with links to information discussing their designs.
How to Care for Your English Boxwood Shrubs
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Should You Grow Ornamental Grass?
Description of the types of ornamental grasses (short, medium and tall), and why they are the best examples of low-maintenance plants.
Grow Ginkgo for a Different Fall Foliage Tree
Ginkgo biloba trees are great for fall foliage, especially if you're tired of the usual maples, etc. Just be sure to avoid the females; here's why.
Pictures of Landscaping: Framing a Front Entry
A planting doesn't have to be located smack up against a front entry to have an impact on it. The planting in this image frames the door but is not located near it. Page 13.
Poison Sumac Pictures -- The Leaflets
The photo above is a closeup of poison sumac's leaflet; its edge (or "margin") is considered "entire"
Step-by-Step Instructions for How to Lay Your...
Laying flagstone patios in sand is not difficult, although the stone itself can be heavy. This DIY project is like building a puzzle; I show you how here.
Pictures of Deck Railings
These pictures of deck railings illustrate a few of the types available to homeowners. Use these photos to help you decide on a style that's right for you.
9 Common Lawn Weeds and How to Handle Them
Need some help with the identification of common lawn weeds? You'll get that here through pictures, plus tips on how to control some of the worst offenders.
10 Components of a Beautiful Yard
Home landscaping pictures give numerous ideas for creating your own beautiful yard. My photos illustrate components found in the best landscapes.
Symmetry for Front Doors
This front entry picture shows a symmetrical landscape design. Symmetry draws attention to front doors. Page 11.
Could Your Yard Use a Rug?
Blue Rug juniper plants are sturdy groundcovers for sunny slopes. This article contains growing tips and information on their use as groundcovers.
Philadelphus: the Shrub That Mocks the Orange
Mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius) is a deciduous flowering shrub. My article discusses growing both P. coronarius and Minnesota Snowflake plants.
When to Stop Watering Lawns in Fall
When can you stop watering lawns in fall? Northerners may anticipate a lot of precipitation in winter, but is this enough? Find out the facts here.
How to Protect Your Lawn from Moss
How do you get rid of moss in a lawn? The real question is what causes it to grow there in the first place.
Flowers to Keep Your Yard Looking Great in Fall
I address planting fall flowers that will look great in the landscape here. Annuals supplement autumn leaf color and give you an inexpensive option.
The Landscape Design Principles Do-It-Yourselfe...
The basic landscape design ideas (color, form, line, scale, texture) are introduced with pictures to illustrate how they play out in designing a garden.
Planting Urns on Porch
This picture of a front entry shows the use of wrought iron fence and symmetrically arranged pots. The overall effect is of a landscape filled with grace and charm. Page 12.
Don't Make These 10 Home Landscape Design...
Success in home landscape design is surely possible, as what DIYers lack in skills they make up for in persistence. But here are 10 common mistakes to avoid.
Why Dwarf Trees are the Ideal Choice for...
Dwarf trees (evergreen and deciduous) are popular in small yard design. You can plant them with the knowledge that they won't quickly spike out of control.
The Top 10 Weeping Trees for Your Home's...
Of the weeping trees, some Japanese cherry trees are among the most spectacular. Such specimens give your landscaping a drooping habit and lovely blossoms.
Did the Groundhog See His Shadow This Year?
Learn about pest control for groundhog or woodchuck pests in gardens. Woodchucks (or ground hogs) are pests that emerge from a burrow to eat vegetables. Page 2.
Successfully Seed Your Lawn with This...
Using seed for starting new lawns is cheaper than using sod. Learn the steps required for properly seeding lawns.
Maiden Grass: Tall, Tassled, Terrific
As a tall plant, maiden grass miscanthus can be used in the back rows of flower beds to serve as a light-colored backdrop for black flowers.
Ideas for Making Scarecrows
Need ideas for making scarecrows this fall? Browse my pictures for inspiration, including ideas for faces, heads, torsos, hats, clothing and support.
Does Your August Yard Serve Up Dinner-Plate...
Hardy hibiscus plants bear large flowers that give Northerners an option for a tropical feel. The blooms are much bigger than on rose of sharon.
How to Bring Your Canna Bulbs Indoors for Winter
Do you wonder how to store canna bulbs? You can use the tips given here for storing cannas and other tropical plants with rhizomes through winter.
How to Clean Cement Spills Safely with Muriatic...
Cement products get all over the masonry structures your building with them, and cleaning with muriatic acid is one way to deal with the problem.
A Pencil-Thin Shrub That's Popular in...
Sky Pencil holly presents an option for small spaces. These narrow, columnar shrubs lend themselves to usage near house foundations, especially at the corners.
Die Crabgrass, Die!
What are the best crabgrass killers? I discuss 3, with a focus on post-emergent herbicides; the other 2 consist less of killing than of prevention.
Bloodgood Maple: Beauty Runs in the Bloodline
Bloodgood Japanese maple trees grace many a yard as a focal point, thriving as specimens for small spaces. Learn how to grow this colorful Acer variety here.
Healthy Grass Is Grass Cut at the Correct Height
How high should grass be cut in fall? For the height of the grass in your lawn during the fall season, use the general rule of thumb cited here.
Think You Know About Living Privacy Fences?...
Options for privacy fences are divided into building hardscape structures vs. using shrubs in hedges as living screens. I list the pros and cons of each here.
Tips for Overseeding a Lawn With Cool-Season...
When cool-season grasses take a beating from the summer's heat, overseeding lawns is the answer to rejuvenate them. This job is best done in September.
How Much Slope is Needed Near a House?
Will you be doing any land grading near a foundation to correct drainage issues? To grade properly, you must first know how much slope you need.
Can You Grow Your Own Chinese Lantern? You Bet!
Chinese lantern plants are subject to many diseases and insect pests. Spray your plants with Neem oil when you spot insects.
The Hydrangea Bush That Aspires to Tree Status
PeeGee hydrangeas can be trained into tree form or kept as shrubs. I find many P G bushes in cemeteries, because they're low-care.

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