Bushes and Trees

Bushes and Trees

Welcome to the Bushes and Trees Gallery.  This is where you’ll find photos of everything in my garden that I consider to be a foundation plant.  Bushes and trees – foundation plants – serve as a garden’s “anchors,” and provide it with not only texture and dimension, but also a vertical visual component that draws attention from ground level to eye level and beyond, upward toward the sky.  I always think of a given foundation plant, especially a tall one, as a tether between the terrestrial and the heavenly.  Sound like a bunch of melodramatic crap?  Trust me.  It’s not.  Bushes and trees give an ornamental garden a major visual boost.  (And while we’re on the subject of visual boosts…  rhododendron, azalea, and pieris are three key types of bush in my garden.  These bushes can be funny.  If you’ve got them growing in your own garden, and they don’t get all the stuff they like to eat, they can turn yellow on you.  If you’re looking to keep them green and healthy, or to get them back to green and healthy if they’re already looking on the yellow side, click here to read my article of [May, 2022] about fixing rhodies, azaleas, and pieris that are going yellow around the gills, and keeping them good and green.)  As always, all of the pics you’ll find here are of my garden and its plants.  And, as with all of the other image galleries in The Renaissance Garden Guy Photo Gallery, I’ll be adding pics right here on an ongoing basis.  Feel free to check in often to see what’s new.  In the meantime, have a look at these shots.  I hope you’ll like ’em.  Cheers, and Happy Gardening! 

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There's nothing quite like the sight and scent of a lilac in spring. 05-11-24.
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My awesome Black Tower elderberry (Sambucus nigra 'EIFFEL 1' on 05-04-24.
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My Azalea 'Karen' on 04-29-24. This bush is happy in partial shade, where its lovely blooms nod and glow.
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My 'Double Take Scarlet' flowering quince on 04-24-24. This little bush is near and dear to my heart - it makes me think of my grandmother and the flowering quince bush she grew in her own garden. My mom remembered it from the time she was a little girl.
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My 'Juliet' dwarf cherry tree survived being chewed to the ground by deer the summer it was planted. Four years later, it's nearly five feet tall and remains protected from predation by a combination of very potent repellent products. 04-24-24. Unfortunately, the very repellents that protect it also render its fruit inedible.
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Whether it's called a contorted filbert, twisted witch hazel, or Harold Lauder's walking stick, this awesomely cool bush has a definite Hansel and Gretel vibe going for it. 04-24-24.
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The first, fully open bloom of 2024 for my 'Karen' azalea. 04-20-24.
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My beautiful little 'Double Take Scarlet' flowering quince on 04-18-24. Memories of my grandmother.
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My Azalea 'Karen' is preparing to bloom on 04-18-24. When these flowers open, they literally glow in the partial shade under my arbor.
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'Double Take Scarlet' flowering quince makes another 04-18-24 appearance. I love the clusters of vivid red blooms that this little bush produces.

Espoma Organic Flower-tone.  This fabulous offering from Espoma’s family of organic plant foods is an absolutely perfect product for intensely flowering plants that like a slightly higher percentage of potassium and phosphorous in their food with respect to its nitrogen content, like my tropical mandevilla vines, and my extremely hardy flowering quince bush.  Espoma Organic Flower-tone fits the bill perfectly with its N-P-K ratio of 3-4-5 and the sizeable colonies of beneficial microbes included in its Bio-Tone component.  It does work wonders on my mandevillas and my flowering quince, but you can use this amazing stuff successfully on all sorts of flowering plants, bushes, and trees.  To learn more about Espoma Organic Flower-tone, or to order it right here, directly from Amazon, please click the #advertisement link.

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One of my own big bags of Espoma Organic Flower-tone. Bushes like my hardy flowering quince, and tropical plants like my mandevilla vines, plus many many more, benefit from this excellent food and produce amazing blooms and rich, green foliage as a result of its application.
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My bushy 'Yeti' Japanese spirea on April 17, 2024. I love when it covers itself in bright little white flowers. It's one of the foundation plantings in my "Blue and White Hill" planting feature.
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Like Mr. Poe's gallant knight, my Double Take® Scarlet Quince is bedight in sunshine and in shadow... with radiant scarlet double blooms!
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Double Take® Scarlet Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa). This little deciduous flowering bush will grow to about 5' high and 5' wide. It flowers profusely in early spring and gleams with rich, shiny green foliage all spring and summer. My grandmother grew a beautiful flowering quince in her garden. It was a sight I've never forgotten. I'm excited to continue the tradition by tending this little beauty in my own garden.
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My dwarf cherry tree 'Juliet' on 04-03-24. This little tree is four years old and is self-fertile, so it doesn't need a 'Romeo' around in order to produce cherries.
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The corkscrew witch hazel bush is perfect for October. Very Halloween-ish, I think. Photographed 10-07-23.
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Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, aka contorted filbert, aka corkscrew witch hazel, in my rainy garden on 10-05-23.

Espoma Organic Tree-tone.  This is an excellent organic food for so many ornamental and fruit and nut-producing trees and shrubs.  It’s got an N-P-K ratio of 6-3-2, and it features Bio-Tone, which is Espoma’s proprietary population of beneficial microbe colonies.  I apply this product to my contorted filbert and sweet pepperbush, and my ‘Juliet dwarf cheery tree, and they’ve thrived beautifully as a result.  To learn more about this excellent organic product, or to order it right here, directly from Amazon, please click the #advertisement link.

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One of my own 18-lb bags (I love the built-in "handle") of Espoma Organic Tree-tone. My cherry and filbert trees, and my sweet pepperbush all love this excellent food.
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09-27-26. Clockwise from left: elderberry, holly, and Rose of Sharon.
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This image, and the next one, are from 09-10-23 and 09-09-23, respectively.
This image, and the next one, are dated August 28, 2023.
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Hibiscus syriacus, Rose of Sharon bushes, Pink (l) and Blue Chiffon Series, have large, semi-double blooms and continue to flower mightily into late summer. Here, they're still going strong in mid-August.
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I photographed my sweet pepperbush on August 6, 2023.
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This image, and the next 24: Summer 2023
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05-29-23.

Espoma Organic Holly-tone is an unparalleled food for acid-loving plants and evergreens.  It’s an organic formulation with an N-P-K of 4-3-4, a multitude of beneficial microbes, and a respectable amount of sulfur (5%, in elemental sulfur form) on tap for performing its own bit of soil acidifying.  As a stand-alone product, I can’t think of a better fertilizer for rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris, hollies, and other acid-loving evergreen bushes.  Click the #advertisement link to learn more, or to order it here, directly from Amazon.

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One of my own bags of Espoma Organic Holly-tone. Take a good long look at the best stuff you can feed to your rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris, hollies, and other acid-loving bushes.

Ohrstrom’s Maxicrop Liquid Seaweed Plus Iron.  Ohrstrom’s Maxicrop Liquid Seaweed Plus Iron is a remarkable source of iron for acid loving plants.  When used in conjunction with Espoma Soil Acidifier and Espoma Holly-tone, it literally works miracles.  It’s got an N-P-K of 0-0-1 and it contains 2% iron.  It’s sourced from Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed harvested from the waters along Norway’s coastline.  The beneficial effects of this product are noticeable almost immediately after its application.  Click the #advertisement link to learn more and to order it here, from Amazon.

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One of my own jugs of Ohrstrom's Maxicrop Liquid Seaweed Plus Iron. An application of this product as a foliar and root drench yields almost immediate greening results. An amazing product.
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Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla,' 05-23-23.
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This photo of my 'Yeti' Japanese spirea, and the next, of my 'Karen' azalea were taken 05-10-23. The azalea's flowers are luminous in the shade.
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Azalea 'Karen.' This photo, and the next nine, were taken between 05-04-23 and 05-07-23.
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My Valley Rose Japanese pieris (Pieris japonica 'Valley Rose'), photographed on 04-02-23. The next eleven photo images were taken on 04-15-23. The bushes and trees in these eleven shots look a bit sparse. But it's early. Immediately past the next eleven shots are eighteen more pics taken (mostly) in 2022 and (a few) in 2021. Keep scrolling to check them out. My guys look pretty damn good in those shots.
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My Nova Zembla rhododendron (Rhododendron x 'Nova Zembla'). This photo, and most of the next seventeen, were taken in 2022. (A few of the next seventeen were taken in 2021.)
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The strange and awesome Black Tower elderberry (Sambucus nigra 'Eiffel 1').
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A shot of my dwarf fig tree (Ficus carica) once it woke up from dormancy.
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I'm a sucker for fruit trees. This dwarf fig tree is a dormant baby that will spend its summers outdoors.
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My baby Meyer lemon tree is also a dwarf. It will spend summers outdoors in the company of its more hardy ornamental brethren.

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