FrenchflairTraditional Landscape, Vancouver

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Kelly wrote:Jul 24, 2012
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  • D D
    I want it!
tracey04 wrote:Sep 17, 2013
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    Drbenoit wellness

    do you know if they would grow well in Tennessee, we had some in canada growing up. i love those, they were gigantic . /beautiful yard btw

  • Michelle

    you for your interest and your nice comment,

    Vancouver, BC, where I live, the climate is moderate and oceanic, zone 8 for
    vegetation. I don't know what kind of weather you have in Tennessee, so I
    can't really help, especially since according to what I read on the Internet, in
    this State, zones could range from 5a to 8a, depending on the location.

Katie Bryant wrote:Jan 26, 2012
  • Michelle
    They are rhododendrons. Here is a close-up of the flowers
  • Michelle
    From even closer
raku2day wrote:Apr 4, 2014
  • raku2day
    Thanks Michelle, We are trying to decide on either a cryptomeria nana or the weeping hemlock
  • Michelle
    I was not familiar with the cryptomeria nana, but it looks rather nice. According to what I read about it, it seems that it won't grow as big as the weeping hemlock. So, it all depends on how high you want it to be. Mine are more than 10 feet high now.
Uju Ekwulu wrote:Nov 16, 2013
  • Millie Stires
    You can do a screen capture of the image on your computer. As long as you are just using the pic for your personal reference I wouldn't think it would be a problem.
  • carotx
    You can email the photo to yourself and print it from there most likely.
Meghan Carrigan wrote:Dec 27, 2013
  • Michelle
    Hi Meghan,

    The shrubs with the red and pink flowers are rhododendrons. They generally bloom in May, In Vancouver, BC, and their flowers last for about three to four weeks. They thrive in an acid soil and in a mild climate (zone 8). They don't loose their leaves in winter, which is a big plus. Next year's buds appear at the end of the blooming season, and lie patiently dormant on the plant throughout the winter, waiting for next spring. They can become very tall and bushy if properly trimmed.
    I also replaced some junipers with rhododendrons in my garden, and I'm very pleased that I did it. When they are in bloom, they are magnificent! Here are some close-ups of the darker red bush.
  • Meghan Carrigan
    Wonderful! I am so excited to rip out the unruly junipers that the previous owners let take over the yard for 20+ years. Uffdah, it will be a winter/spring job. Thank you for replying so quickly!
quynhchip wrote:Jan 4, 2013
  • Michelle
    Yes it is.. About 45 Kms south of Vancouver. BC...
  • Joanna Milliken
    two questions - what is the bush to the left of the rhododendrons? and how long did it take for the rhodo to grow to that size?
mycats2 wrote:Oct 17, 2013
  • Michelle
    Nice compliment! Thank you!
sarah0101 wrote:Aug 22, 2012
  • Michelle
    The green bushes in the foreground are hydrangeas, with their leaves out, but before they start blooming.

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Jay Sifford Garden Design added this to Great Design Plant: Chamaecyparis NootkatensisNov 16, 2014

Botanical name: Chamaecyparis nootkatensisCommon names: Alaska cedar, Nootka false cypress, yellow cedarOrigin: The Pacific Northwest and north to AlaskaWhere it will grow: Hardy to -30 degrees Fahrenheit (USDA zones 4 to 8; find your zone)Water requirement: Average to somewhat dry soil; 1 inch of water per week until establishedLight requirement: Full sun to partial shadeMature size: Up to 60 feet tall and 30 feet wide, although many commonly available cultivars rarely grow taller than 30 feetBenefits and tolerances: Resistant to deer, rabbits, insects and most diseases; adapts well to poor and thin soils; resistant to drought once established

Falon Land Studio LLC added this to Have Acidic Soil in Your Yard? Learn to Love Gardening AnywayAug 21, 2014

Designing a Garden With Acidic SoilFor a more formal garden, large clusters of rhododendron, an ericaceous plant, can be planted under skyrocketing conifers. This is a popular plant combination for a thickened border at a lawn edge or a formal, parterre-style garden.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers added this to Warm Up Your Home With an Evergreen WindbreakJan 27, 2014

Use evergreen trees at least twice the height of your home and plant them perpendicular to the prevailing winter winds. Tall, dense trees will guide the wind upward and over the downwind area for a distance of up to 10 times the height of the windbreak.

Jay Sifford Garden Design added this to Energy Now: Designing a Garden That Gets You GoingOct 27, 2013

Evaluate Plant ShapesLarge trees such as these conifers can add a sense of grandeur to almost any garden. Trees with weeping or pendulous forms tend to help us feel relaxed.

Billy Goodnick Garden Design added this to How to Pick a Nice Wall for Your Garden RoomAug 12, 2013

Cultivate calm. A gentle breeze on a warm day is a welcome thing, but strong winds can turn reading the Sunday comics at the patio table into a Three Stooges comedy routine. It helps to understand the dynamics of airflow before you erect a windbreak, whether built or planted. When wind hits a solid vertical surface, it compresses and spills over the wall, causing turbulence. This means that except for a short distance immediately against the lee side of a fence, your efforts might not be very effective. A better strategy, if space allows, is gradually lifting the wind by creating a build-up of elements. On the windward side of your garden, plant knee-high plants to start lifting the wind, backed by shoulder-high, then head-high plants and finally, a taller wall or fence, if needed. This will create a laminar flow and achieve a larger quiet zone for you to enjoy in your garden. If there isn't adequate space, a diagonal board along the top of the fence, acting as an aerodynamic foil, can increase the windbreak's effectiveness. Another strategy is to filter, rather than block, the wind by planting shrubs or vines that allow some air to pass through them.

Jay Sifford Garden Design added this to Unwind in Your Own Private Garden EscapeJun 19, 2013

Add a weeping or pendulous tree. This may sound simplistic, but weeping and pendulous plants do help us feel relaxed, while upright spiky plants incite energy and activity. Picture yourself performing the relaxation technique of slowly breathing in and breathing out. Notice two things: the position of your body after you exhale and the accompanying feeling.Weeping and pendulous trees imitate this form. Notice the wonderful pendulous Alaskan Cedar trees (chamaecyparis nootkatensis, zones 4 to 8) in the photo. Don't they lend a sense of calm to this garden space?

Debra Prinzing added this to 10 Ideas for an Exuberantly Abundant LandscapeDec 21, 2012

While not all of us can have a decades-old garden, those who do are quite fortunate. Because planting trees first is, of course, the ultimate abundant design strategy. If you don't have a timeless garden, you can emulate this style by encouraging a naturalistic approach. Appreciate the architecture of your trees; encourage mossy rocks and ground covers to blanket the earth. Allow plants to grow to their full and inherent forms. Then give yourself a place where you can walk, contemplate and appreciate what you have. Here, the small section of green lawn is a soothing place of rest amidst the large conifers and broadleaf evergreens at its edge. Stunning!

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22sunny added this to Cindy Newsom backyardMar 9, 2019

Large evergreen trees in background along back yard fence

djdicosimo added this to DiCosimo Landscaping 2019Feb 15, 2019

Area 3: Along the southwestern property line, there are a few shrubs that don’t achieve full visual privacy. Maybe dotting in some azaleas or rhododendrons would be good. Full sun.

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