Top Ornamental Crabapples for Wisconsin

Laura Jull, UW-Horticulture Revised:  8/13/2012 Item number:  XHT1012 Why grow crabapples? Ornamental crabapples are very popular, small to medium-sized ornamental trees suitable for urban environments. There are more than 650 different cultivars of crabapples with a variety of leaf, flower, and fruit colors, fruit sizes, and growth forms. Crabapples are tolerant to a wide range […]

Plants Not Favored by Deer

If deer visit your property, you’ve likely already experienced the frustration of having landscape plants destroyed overnight. Before planting (or replanting), check out this list of trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs, and grasses that deer tend to avoid.

Summer Flowering Trees, Shrubs and Vines

Laura Jull, UW-Madison Horticulture Revised:  8/13/2012 Item number:  XHT1016 May Showers Bring Summer Flowers: Most gardeners think that spring is the time of year when woody plants flower.  However, many trees and shrubs flower from late spring to late summer.  Wisconsin homeowners can choose from a variety of plants listed below to insure continual bloom […]

Planning and Designing Your Home Landscape

Dan A. Wilson, Thomas J. Wilson, Wayne G. Tlusty Revised:  5/10/2010 Item number:  G1923 This publication explores landscape planning: putting the plan on paper; selecting, placing, and planting trees and shrubs; and maintaining the home grounds. Download Article

Hardiness Maps

Some plants can survive colder winter temperatures than others. Zone of cold hardiness refers to the plant’s ability to survive the winter. It plays a key factor in selecting landscape plants for the region. USDA has classified the entire United States into 13 plant hardiness zones based on their average, annual minimum temperature during 30 […]

Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis

Need a small tree with spring flowers and interesting structure? Unless you live way up north eastern redbud may fit the bill. With selected strains and cultivars hardy to zone 4, this North American native offers showy pink flowers in early spring before most other trees are even leafing out. To learn more about Cercis canadensis, read this article…

Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata

If you want a small tree or large shrub with large, showy white or pink flowers in early spring, star magnolia is a great choice. There are several cultivars of this deciduous ornamental with bold, glossy foliage and interesting winter architecture, making it a good specimen plant at any time of the year. Read more about Magnolia stellata in this article…

River Birch, Betula nigra

Betula nigra is a tall native tree that makes a great ornamental for large spaces because of its graceful form and attractive bark. It is one of the most culturally adaptable and heat tolerant of the birches, thriving in moist soil, but is somewhat drought tolerant once established. To learn more about river birch, read this article…

Daphne xburkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’

If you want a medium-sized shrub with fragrant flowers in spring and attractive, variegated foliage the rest of the growing season, consider ‘Carol Mackie’ daphne. This mound-shaped shrub is covered in intoxicatingly scented flowers in late spring. To learn more about this  low-maintenance plant, read this article…

Three Flowered Maple, Acer triflorum

Are you looking for a small tree with great fall color and winter interest? The Asian maple Acer triflorum fits the bill. Learn more about this attractive species in this article…

'Tiger Eyes' Staghorn Sumac, Rhus typhina

Looking for a striking foliage plant? Tiger Eyes™, introduced in 2004, offers a long season of interest with deeply-cut, almost lacy leaves that start yellow and turn orange in fall. This medium-sized, slow-spreading shrub is a big departure from the typical staghorn sumac. Learn more about Tiger Eyes™ sumac in this article…

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