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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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Aug 24, 2021

In this episode of Down the Garden Path, landscape designers Matthew Dressing and Joanne Shaw continue their month-long discussion of popular flowering trees with a look at some of the other popular flowering tree cultivars we often see in the landscape.

Tune in this week as Joanne and Matt discuss:

  • The following popular flowering tree groups, their preferences, size, zones, and recommended cultivars:
    • Crab Apple – Malus spp.
    • Ivory Silk Lilac – Syringa reticulata.
    • Magnolia – Magnolia spp.
    • Ornamental Flowering Pear – Pyrus spp.
    • Serviceberry – Amelanchier alnifolia.
    • Serviceberry – Amelanchier canadensis.
    • Serviceberry – Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’
    • Tartarian Maple – Acer tartaricum.

Joanne and Matt also answer some listener questions:

  • What is a cultivar?
  • What are grafted trees?
  • How can you reduce stress to your trees?
    • What are the best practices to reduce the stress?
  • How do you choose a fruit tree?

Past tree-related episodes:

Trees: Native Trees

Trees: Japanese Maples

Trees: Questions & Answers

Trees: Native Tree Care

Trees in the June Garden

Upcoming Shows:

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.