My Favorite

Trusted Landscape Architects Discuss Their Favorite…



Bald CypressJesse Forrester, RLA
Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc.
Wayne, PA
(610) 341-9925
Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) This tree is beautiful any time of year. It has light feathery foliage, which turns a rusty orange in the fall and can really glow when the sun shines through it. In the winter you notice the fibrous texture of the bark, the buttressed trunk and the nice form; horizontal branching creates a conical silhouette. It matures at fifty to sixty feet tall, so it works really well as a focal point on a large property, especially next to a pond. bald cypress is generally a healthy tree that thrives in wet soils but is adaptable to moderate or slightly dry soils.


Oakleaf Hydrangea Susie Nacco, Principal, Landscape Architect, Arborist
Sirius Landscapes
Boston, MA
(781) 648-2547
Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) As far as versatility, and beauty this shrub ranks among the highest. Although it is readily available, it seems to be under utilized in the garden. Its overall habit is mound shaped, with large lobed leaves, and giant flowers that open in summer and last about 4 weeks. It will live in a sunny location, but does quite well in the shade. Pruning will keep it tighter and smaller, but left to mature it will reach a height of about 7-8 feet, and about 12 feet wide. The leaves turn a rich burgundy in the fall, and persist into December. this plant will enhance any garden.


Woodland Stonecrop Jon Rudey, General Manager, Senior Design Associate
Greenwise, LLC
Evanston, IL
(847) 866-1930
Woodland Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) Sedum ternatum, commonly known as Woodland stonecrop is a wonderful groundcover that is adaptable to both shade and sun conditions. The sedums are well known as tough, drought tolerant plants well suited to green roof applications. Sedum ternatum allows for the same texture and rich color in a shaded location. I use Sedum ternatum in bed areas under mature canopies. Planting in clumps of 5-9 plants allows the grouping to spread above ground and find its way throughout the planting. Sedum ternatum is a great, native groundcover well suited to the Midwestern climate.

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