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Welcome to the Down the Garden Path Radio Show and Podcast. We discuss down to earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As landscape designers, Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing think it is important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

On this show, we try to help educate you seasonally to manage your garden and landscapes, engage with Garden Authors and educate ourselves right along with you as we learn together about interesting topics on the environment. 

You can listen live at www.realityradio101.com on Monday’s at 7 pm EST. or subscribe to download this show and past episodes from your favourite podcast app. 

Check out the website for even more garden tips and tricks.

Aug 8, 2021

This week, landscape designers Matthew Dressing and Joanne Shaw start the month exploring a new topic on Down the Garden Path: flowering trees. In this episode, they begin with a look at small flowering trees, which are referred to as standard trees.

Tune in to learn more about how to incorporate standard flowering trees in your garden.

Joanne and Matt discuss:

  • What is considered a “standard” flowering tree?
  • How are standard, or small flowering trees, formed?
  • Where do we measure the height of a standard tree?
  • How are we using them in the landscape?
  • Some cultivars of standard flowering shrubs include:
    • Hydrangea, Ninebark, Weigela, Weeping Pea Shrub, Smoke Bush, Flowering Almond, Rose trees, Cotoneaster
  • Other non-flowering standard forms:
    • Junipers, Nest Spruce, Globe Blue Spruce

Upcoming Shows:

August 9th: Happy Birthday Questions & Answers

August 16th: Flowering Dogwoods

August 23rd: Large Flowering Trees

August 30th: Your Questions, Our Answers

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.