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On the Down the Garden Path Radio Show and Podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens, and landscapes.

Joanne and Matthew believe it's important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

Each week, they educate their listeners on how to seasonally manage their gardens and landscapes. Joanne and Matt learn right along with their listeners, from each other, from their research, and from the many guests who join them on their show. 

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Jul 21, 2021

This month on Down the Garden Path, landscape designers Matthew Dressing and Joanne Shaw explore some of the most popular shrubs to grace nursery benches and gardens. In this episode, they discuss the many colourful ninebarks, their multiple seasons of interest, and the different cultivars which fit perfectly in any garden.

Tune in to learn more about how you can include ninebarks in your garden.

Matt and Joanne review:

  • Ideal growing conditions: soil, temperature, zones, lighting and watering
    • Full sun to part shade for best colour
    • Quick growing
    • Zones 2-9
    • Transplant well as they are very adaptable to different soil conditions
    • Heights range from three to six feet depending on cultivar with steps arching as they mature
  • Blooming: type, when and for how long, what colours
    • Bloom in late spring to early summer with white or pink button-type flowers
  • Their use and value to the perennial garden
    • Interesting seed heads remain after flowering
  • Native to North America, Ninebark's cultivars include:
    • Old fashioned Diablo
    • Amber Jubilee Ninebark
    • Little Devil Ninebark
    • Tiny Wine Ninebark
    • Tiny Wine Gold Ninebark
    • Summerwine Ninebark
    • Coppertina Ninebark
    • Lemon Candy Ninebark
    • Dart’s Gold Ninebark

Enjoy last year's Down the Garden Path podcast episodes on shrubs:

Shrubs: Pruning

Shrubs: Evergreens

Shrubs: New for 2020

Shrubs: Nativars

Upcoming Shows:

August: A month dedicated to flowering trees, including standard trees, flowering dogwoods and large flowering trees.

About Your Hosts

Each week on Down The Garden Path podcast, professional landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over a decade.

And Matthew Dressing is a horticulturist and landscape designer. He owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA. Together, Joanne and Matthew do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and helpful topics. Their goal is to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible.