Plant a bonsai on a mountain side in a shallow dish

A friend gave my wife a beautiful small bonsai dish and then a few weeks later, the same friend presented me with a carefully-chosen small evergreen that was well shaped and only needed a touch up to become an excellent bonsai starter. The plant is chamaecyparis obtusa nana lutea The dish was rather shallow and […]

Shaping Plants of All Sizes. Part one of a series

Shaping plants in containers as well as in the landscape is a soothing and rewarding project. Here are some ideas. Click and read on

What Happened to My Pretty Christmas Plant?

For the past few years, at Christmas time, The Home Depot here in Rome, Georgia (and I assume elsewhere) has been stocking some impressive Christmas plants. These come in the form of well-grown and healthy rosemary and “Stone pine” plants. Here’s a picture of the display To my way of thinking, these plants are a […]

Pruning for Betty. Japanese Maples, Topiaries and Bonsai

I got a text message the other day saying that the Japanese maples needed pruning. I had been expecting this so I shifted my schedule around, sharpened my Felco pruning shears, grabbed my camera and headed out. Betty has been a special friend and client for a number of years. She has also been a […]

Pruning a Japanese maple

Japanese maples are special and as such they require special treatment. They are such cute little trees when we plant them but after a while they get much larger. It is a matter of personal preference as to whether the tree looks better in its natural state or whether it is more desirable to prune it. I am generally of the latter opinion.

Plant in the wrong place? Make a topiary

Mabel and I were talking about improvements that needed to be made in her beautiful back yard garden. She stopped and pointed, “John, that pretty cedar tree is in exactly the wrong place next to the walkway. I hate to say it, but I guess we need to take it out.” I agreed that it […]

Tree forming-Landscaping from the inside out.

Using Bonsai techniques to prune and shape overgrown shrubs and trees in the landscape

I have always thought that a good landscape design should provide pleasing views from the inside out as well as just from the outside.

How to prune and reshape an overgrown bonsai tree

How to prune and reshape an overgrown bonsai tree  I started a bonsai for Micky about twelve years ago by cutting up a dwarf procumbens juniper and potting it in a clay saucer. I think the last time I pruned it was about five years ago. It was one of those things I kept meaning […]