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A Balanced Landscape for your Warsaw, IN Landscaping

Phlox is a great perennial for your landscape in Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse.

One of the comments I hear most as I meet with clients in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, and Winona Lake is “I would really like to have a balanced landscape and plantings.” Balance means alot of different things to different people throughout the greater Warsaw, In area. In this post, I would like to provide some explanation of what I consider to be a balanced landscape.

Me idea of a balanced landscape in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN includes proper scale, flowing design, easy maintenance, evergreen and deciduous shrubs and trees, perennial and annual flowers, water, sunlight, shade and good air movement. In Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse there is no shortage of water as most properties are either on the water or near it.

Proper Scale

A landscape should reflect the the size and scale of your home or lake house. This means that in time, mature plantings should appear that they belong. Wise choices avoid the pitfalls of designs that incorporate planting that are too large, too small, and too many or too few. All of us have seen foundation plantings that cover windows and crowd out walkways or hedges so think that plants are diseased and sickly. A landscape in Warsaw or Syracuse should express the uniqueness of the homeowner while enhancing the architecture. There is no right or wrong but a casual passerby should see the home and the landscape as one beautifully framed picture.

Flowing Design

A design integrates the needs of the homeowner with the use of the outdoor spaces created. I like an easy traffic pattern that moves one from the front of the home to the rear or lakeside with color and interest, while positioning service areas for air conditioners, pool equipment, trash cans, and storage sheds for quick accessibility but not necessarily in the line of vision. For those of you that live or have cottages on one of our many lakes in Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse, North Webster, Leesburg or Culver, getting all that lake gear from the garage to the lake can be a problem. Traffic patterns become critical.

Next week I will continue with this blog post by providing more details on maintenance, planting suggestions, and water requirements.

How Will Cold Temps Effect Your Landscape Plants in Warsaw, IN?

Winter will have an effect on your landscape plants in Warsaw, IN.

Winter has arrived in full force in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN this late January and the temperatures have dropped to near zero in the past few days. The weather in Warsaw, IN so far this winter has been pretty mild and we haven’t had alot of snow in the area, but that has changed in the past few days.

The forecast is predicting some of the coldest temperatures in recent memory for the Warsaw, IN area and we don’t have much, if any, snow cover to help insulate the ground and our landscaping plants.

What is winter dormancy and how does it affect my landscape plants in Warsaw, IN? Winter dormancy is a way of the landscape plantings coping with conditions too cold for growth. With the onset of cold temperatures and shorter nights, plants begin to do dormant. Deciduous trees will drop their leaves and evergreens may drop some needles but not all of them. Perennials will die back to the ground and survive under ground until warmer temperatures show back up in Warsaw, IN.

With winter in Warsaw, IN, dormancy has two stages. The first is a period when a dormant plant is incapable of growth even in temperatures warm up. With this stage of dormancy, a plant waits for a particular signal that says its OK to begin growing.

Usually this signal is triggered by a cold period of varying length, depending on where you live. The purpose is to prevent the plant from starting growth during an unseasonable period only to be killed when temperatures suddenly drop back to normal. Once the cold period requirement is satisfied, the plant is likely out of danger from a serious refreeze and becomes ecto-dormant.

These extremely cold temperatures that we are experiencing now and in the near forecast will have an effect on the health of your landscape plantings because of the lack of snow cover. Don’t be surprised if some of your more delicate plants struggle in the upcoming season or even don’t make it to the spring flush of growth. The extremely cold temperatures and lack of insulating snow will be the cause.

Why Plants in Warsaw, IN Go Dormant in Winter

Whether we realize it or not, most of us in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN have an impression of what it means when landscaping plants do dormant. The beautiful autumn leaves are part of the process of trees shutting down. And , the buds and greens of spring are the end of the process. The bare branches in between, during the winter, illustrates dormancy.

Q: Why do leaves turn color on trees in the fall?
A: The leaves change colors in Warsaw, IN because sugars and chlorophyll are laving them to conserve and store energy when it’s at a premium: winter. Then the leaves fall from the trees for the winter in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN landscapes.

This dormancy is a state of metabolic inactivity for the landscaping plants and trees in the Warsaw area. That’s why we don’t say that annual plants go dormant, they simply just die and don’t grow back next year.  Perennial Plants in Warsaw, IN do not actually die in the winter months.  They more or less hibernate for the winter, living on the sugar reserves they compile during the rest of the year.

While most of us in Warsaw, IN think of winter as being cold, there is another characteristic that is very relevant.  The further away from the equator you are, the shorter the days become in the winter.  Shorter days mean less sunlight and photosynthesis and less plant food.

Even if trees in your landscaping in Warsaw, IN were active in the winter, the water moving through the tree would freeze due to our severe winter temperatures.

Growing Landscape Plants: Climate Zones for Warsaw, IN

Planning a garden in Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN has numerous variables – location, sun, and water to name a few.  However, the most important question may be, “What plants will grow well in my Warsaw, In or Syracuse, IN climate?”

Climate can be described as an aggregate of weather conditions for a specific region like Warsaw or Syracuse, averaged over a relatively long period of time.  Climate is what the weather is statistically likely to be during any certain time of year in Warsaw.  Weather is what you think about when deciding how to dress for the day when you live in Warsaw or Syracuse.

Zones:  There are the USDA Hardiness Zones and the AHS Heat Zones.  We follow the USDA Hardiness Zones for planting in our areas of Warsaw and Syracuse for landscape installations.  In Warsaw, for landscaping, we are Zone 5.  There are 13 Zones based on average annual minimum temperatures using 10 degree increments.  These zones are then subdivided into separate 5 degree increments for better accuracy.

Hardiness zones indicate a plants cold tolerance or ability to survive a winter.  Zone 1 would be the coldest and zone 13 the warmest.  Again, in Warsaw and Syracuse, for landscaping and landscape plants, we are a Zone 5.

Bulbs: Add To Your Warsaw, In Landscaping

Dig a hole, put the bulb into the hole.  You’re done!

Bulbs add color to your landscaping in early spring in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN.

If you would like to add alot of color to your landscaping beds for your Warsaw, In and Syracuse, IN home or lake house, think about adding some bulbs to your landscape beds.  Spring bulbs add loads of color to your landscape and will make you the envy of all your neighbors in Warsaw and Syracuse.

How To Install The Bulbs:

The size of the hole should be proportional to the size of the bulb.  Small bulb, small hole.  You get the idea.  You can buy a bulb digger at a local garden store in Warsaw or Syracuse.  The best thing we have found for installing bulbs in Warsaw and Syracuse is a drill with an auger bit.  You can buy one by clicking here.

The bulbs have and up and a down so orient the bulb roots downward into the hole and the growing tip upward.  Cover with dirt then forget about them until spring.

Types of Bulbs:

There are so many types of bulbs that we can’t list them all here.  CLICK HERE for more information about bloom times, colors, bloom lengths, height, and other information about bulbs that we install for our clients throughout Warsaw and Syracuse.

How Many Bulbs?

Bulbs Add Color To Your Warsaw, IN Home

The first thing you want to do in your Warsaw, In landscaping is to figure out where you want to have the color explode next spring.  Where do you want the bulbs to be planted?  Measure the area and use this handy dandy CALCULATOR to help you decide just how many bulbs you will need for your space.

When To Plant in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN?

October, November and December are the best months to plant bulbs in northern Indiana, especially in the Warsaw, Culver, Winona Lake, Syracuse, Columbia City, and Ft. Wayne areas.  This MAP will help you better understand when the best time to plant in Warsaw, IN.

Need Help Planting Your Bulbs?

WLM, Inc. can help with that as well.  We have a program that is becoming wildly popular with our Warsaw and Syracuse clients.  During a fall clean up we can install the bulbs so you have loads of color this spring.  Call our office to learn more or click here.

Phlox in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN is a great perennial for your garden

Phlox is a great perennial for your landscape in Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse.

Phlox is a perennial that is great for Zone 5 gardens like ours in Warsaw and Syracuse.  As a landscape contractor in Warsaw and Syracuse, we love to use new plants but always come back to some older varieties that perform well in our area.  Phlox is one of them.  It is native to eastern United States from New York to Georgia and really performs well in Warsaw and Syracuse.

It is easy to grow Phlox from cuttings/transplants so feel free to move them around your landscape beds and gardens or share them with your neighbors.  If you are interested in a landscape renovation, landscape design, or landscape installation and you like Phlox be sure to make that known at the Initial Consultation.  Because there are so many varieties available for landscape contractors in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN it’s easy to find a type of Phlox for almost any garden.

Fall is the best time for planting in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN and now is the perfect time to start the planning process.  If you are considering a landscape project and live in Warsaw or Syracuse, contact your local landscape company and start now so that you can enjoy your new planting beds the remainder of this season and have a jump start on 2018.

 

For Love Of Lavender In Your Warsaw & Syracuse Gardens

Lavender is one of the most liked and often used plants in landscaping projects in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN.  The purple foliage is distinctive and beautiful.  Lavender means “to wash” in Greek and is known for it’s antiseptic and medicinal properties as well as extracts for disinfectants and fresheners.  Lavender is native to our area in northern Indiana and has adapted to the warm and dry Warsaw, IN summers and the cold and snowy Syracuse, IN winters.  They are outstanding performers as a border planting, accent planting, mixed perennial beds and herb gardens.  Lavender likes well drained soils as well.  We have installed several varieties of Lavender for our clients in Warsaw, Winona Lake, Leesburg, Syracuse, Culver, Columbia City and Ft. Wayne.  Mustead Lavender is a great plant for your landscape beds.  Click on it to learn more!  Grosso Lavender is also a great selection for landscape renovations in your Warsaw gardens.  Don’t forget to visit our YouTube Channel to learn more about WLM, Inc.

Ornamental Features of Lavender:  Beautiful spikes of fragrant flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer.  Recommend planting in groupings.  The flowers are excellent for cutting and can be brought into your Warsaw or Syracuse home.  Attractive grayish green foliage.  It’s a dense multi stemmed perennial.  It grows to about 24 inches and spreads about the same.  Lavender likes full sun in our Warsaw area.

Lavender can also be used as in indoor planting pots and containers.  It can be a showcase plant for your Warsaw, IN entrance or to show off a lake shore landscape bed if you live in Syracuse on Lake Wawasee.  Lavender doesn’t require alot of attention and care.  Simply cut down the foliage either in the fall or in the spring to best suit your style.  Lavender, in Warsaw, performs great in our clients landscape beds and gardens.  We do not over use the perennial so you won’t find it in all our clients projects.

Snow & Cold Temperatures in Warsaw, IN Can Be Harmful & Helpful in your Landscaping

Summer is just around the corner in Warsaw & Syracuse!

It’s cold in Warsaw, IN and even though we haven’t had much snow, the cold temperatures can be both helpful and harmful for your landscaping.  Some of the effects are subtle and not noticeable but it doesn’t mean that they aren’t ready to present themselves.  There are even different insects in winter!!

The most fascinating is called the snow flea.  They are not like normal fleas.  They jump about looking for organic matter to eat and are harmless.  They are most noticeable when there’s about an inch or less of snow left with some turf or soil peaking through.

Cold also effects plant growth and hardiness.  Fruit trees like apple trees need a certain number of hours of cold to set buds that result in flowers and then produce apples.  As the frost line drops it effects plants in different ways.  If you live close to a lake or body of water like Lake Wawasee, Tippecanoe Lake, Chapman Lake, Winona Lake or the Barbee Chain (all located in Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse) the ground temperatures could either be lower or higher depending on the time of year.

Snow is a great insulator and stabilizes soil temperatures.  Too much snow can harm some plants and no snow at all is also not good for perennials and trees.  Here in northern Indiana it seems we either have a ton or none!

Great Article On Plants For Your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Landscaping

Patios bring families closer together.

2017 Could be the year that you finally decide to add some color to you landscaping.  If you live in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, Winona Lake, Culver, or Ft. Wayne, IN check out this article that shows some great posibilities for your landscape.  The article “2017 Green Thumb Awards” is a great article if you are looking to add some perennial plants to your landscaping.

2017 Perennial Plant of the Year

2017 Perennial Plant of the Year

The 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year has been announced!  Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly Weed has been named the North America Perennial Plant of the Year.  Can we use this perennial in our Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN landscape beds?  The answer is YES!  It’s a Zone 5 plant and would look great in your gardens.

This new perennial will grow best in full sun and is drought tolerant in case you don’t have a sprinkler system in your landscape beds.  It is also deer resistant.

Besides attracting Monarch Butterflies, it is also an important host plant for the caterpillars and queen butterflies.  As it flowers, green fruits develop that then rupture into seeds with long and silvery-white hairs like the common milkweed.

This is a virtually hassle-free perennial that is long lived and offers three months of tangerine orange blooms.  The perennial flowers also contain nectar and pollen which are attractive to hummingbirds, bees and other beneficial insects.

It will grow to about 2-3 feet tall and blooms from mid-summer through early fall.  If you would like to add this beautiful perennial that your Warsaw & Syracuse neighbors don’t have yet, give us a call at 574-268-2566 or visit our Contact Us page on our website.