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Fall 2015

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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46 FALL 2015 SUGGESTED DECIDUOUS SHRUBS Amur Maple Acer ginnala Summersweet Clethra alnifolia Red twig dogwood Cornus sericea Large fothergilla Fothergilla major Viburnum species SUGGESTED EVERGREEN SHRUBS Mugo pine Pinus mugo Rosebay rhododendron Rhododendron maximum Yew Taxus species Leatherleaf viburnum Viburnum rhytidophyllum SUGGESTED SPECIMEN TREES Eastern redbud 'Forest Pansy' Cercis canadensis Japanese stewartia Stewartia pseudocamellia Japanese snowbell Styrax japonicus Sourwood Oxydendrum arboreum Paperbark maple Acer griseum in groups of threes and fives. Cutting biomorphic border beds in which to stagger plants will break up the monotony of row plantings and, most likely, bear a healthier planting, as air circulation is improved when plants are offset. (This design also makes pruning easier, as the entire plant is accessible. When planted in rows, there is a tendency for die-off where plants abut one another. Lack of sunlight, together with poor air circulation, is a com- mon reason for the "browning out" often seen in hedges.) A small courtyard or tightly situated urban setting would do well with vine-covered trellises, planter boxes, and/or espaliered fruit trees. More formal designs, with strong vertical elements—as seen in Italian-style gar- dens—are especially effective in this context. Structural components in the form of climbing frameworks add another layer of interest and further definition. No matter the space, the general principles for effec- tive, attractive, and natural-looking screening are the same: diversify and stagger. Fortress walls belong to the Middle Ages. SUGGESTED DECIDUOUS TREES Hedge maple Acer campestre European hornbeam Carpinus betulus English oak Quercus robur Hawthorn Crataegus species SUGGESTED EVERGREEN TREES Japanese Cedar Cryptomeria japonica Douglas fir Pseudotsuga menziesii Eastern arborvitae Thuja occidentalis Giant arborvitae Thuja plicata Leyland cypress Cupressocyparis leylandii Canadian hemlock Tsuga Canadensis Chinese juniper Juniperus chinensis Counterclockwise from top, Climbers on a trellis make for an effective screen. Japanese snowbell is an excellent specimen tree for use in mixed plantings on larger properties. Red twig dogwood does well when planted en masse . NOTE The North Shore is in the 6a hardiness zone, so plants that fall somewhere between 5 and 7 are ideal, though site factors can either stretch or narrow the field of suitable plants. cultivate

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