Staghorn Sumac Shines Best in Fall

Staghorn Sumac PhotoThere is so much wonderful foliage right now I can hardly stand it, but one thing I keep seeing around my neighborhood is the Staghorn Sumac. Ranging from deep red to orange and bright yellowy-green, the pinnately compound leaves just jump out against the landscape. I always notice this up and down I-95 in the fall, with the fruits especially showy in winter when the leaves have dropped. Sumac can become the size of a small tree over time. Love this plant!


Victoria Plum Fruit Tree

Photo of Victoria Plum fruits
Victoria Plum, private garden of Stan & Gwen Brown, Zone 7

Talk about an embarrassment of riches! My parents have a plum tree with thousands of plums on it right now. Fruit trees take time and effort, but imagine having this in your garden!

Fall Planting is Best


This is the best time to get new plants in the ground. Imagine how wonderful your winter garden would look if you put in some winterberries!

Redbuds in the Summer Landscape

Redbud photo
Redbuds (Cercis canadensis) add so much to the summer landscape after their spectacular spring bloom. This variety, ‘Forest Pansy’, has gorgeous purple leaves that create a wonderful contrast to other foliage. They’re easy to find and easy to grow, too.