Plant Spotlight – Lava Lamp Coral Bells

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Plant Spotlight – Lava Lamp Coral Bells

Lava Lamp are a new variety of coral bells that deliver large, coppery-purple leaves and are known for their ease of growth and texture addition to most any shade garden.  A fabulous accent plant or cut flower, Lava Lamp grows 16-24” tall by 24-28” wide and prefers full to part shade landscape situations.  Grown for its intense foliage, Lava Lamp tolerates a variety of soils and is hardy in zones 4-8.  To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this effortless perennial into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Plant Spotlight – Goldsturm Black-Eyed Susan

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Plant Spotlight – Goldsturm Black-Eyed Susan

Goldsturm Black-Eyed Susan was the 1999 Perennial Plant of the Year, and for just cause!  The hardy perennial boasts an array of bright golden yellow flowers atop of strong branching stems from mid-late summer months.  Known for its brilliant color, this work horse plant is also loved by butterflies and ignored by deer.  Steadfast and resilient, Black-Eyed Susan endures both drought and clay and is effortless to maintain.  Goldsturm typically grows 18-24” tall by 24” wide, but does come in more petite varieties such as Little Gold Star and Viette’s Little Suzy.  Goldsturm Black-Eyed Susan is hardy to zones 4-9. 

To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this fun, low-maintenance shrub into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Landscape Lighting for the Residential Landscape

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Landscape Lighting for the Residential Landscape

As a homeowner, you have done your best to ensure that your house and yard look top notch. Do not let that diligence fade at dusk when, with the touch of a switch or proper use of a timer and some advantageously positioned landscape lights, you can hinder the night and place everything around your home on show. Installed correctly, landscape lighting fashions the finest of what you have by accenting your house and its design characteristics by accenting specimen landscape plantings and housing architecture.

The majority of today’s landscape lighting is low voltage, and for a great reason. A low voltage system is more secure to work with and is not as expensive to install. Although low-voltage lights only utilize one-tenth the power, due to a step-down transformer, the lights have immeasurable effects that they can attain.  Landscape lighting is more than choosing the correct hardware and fixtures, it is an attractive lighting arrangement that is also about originality.

Benefits of landscape lighting include safety in the landscape, security from burglars, value to the home, and visual appeal to the landscape and property.  To inquire further about how All American can incorporate landscape lighting into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Plant Spotlight – Bobo Hardy Hydrangea

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Plant Spotlight – Bobo Hardy Hydrangea

The Bobo Hardy Hydrangea is a new dwarf hydrangea that is sure to get attention!  This showy shrub is showered in massive creamy white blooms in the summer months, offering a non-stop show until frost.  The Bobo Hydrangea is a petite shrub, growing just 3 feet tall with a 3-4 foot spread and a mounding growth habit.  The hydrangea blooms are held upright on sturdy stems and they continue to grow and lengthen as they bloom.  During the autumn months, blooms may become a pinkish tone.  Bobo Hardy Hydrangea thrives in full sun to part shade and does well in zones 3 – 8. 

This petite shrub is a benefit to any landscape bed where space is limited.  This plant does require regular watering in extreme heat.  To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this showy specimen into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Plant Spotlight – Visions Astilbe

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Plant Spotlight – Visions Astilbe

Visions Astilbe is a lovely landscape perennial that is perfect for a full to part shade garden situation.  This variety of Astilbe has raspberry colored blooms that emerge mid-summer and sit atop the deep green, Zen-type foliage.  Visions has a moderate growth rate reaching 14” tall and 12” wide and is nice in the front of a bed or in a container.  This plant is hardy from zones 4-8 and is spectacular with its purple flowers.  To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this stunning perennial into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Retaining Walls in the Landscape

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Retaining Walls in the Landscape

A retaining wall is a wall that holds back or “retains” the earth behind it. The force behind a large wall, keeping back loads of soil and water, can be immense, and significant expertise and skill is essential prior to embarking on such a project. Even a properly built wall could fail over time if the builder were to neglect to provide an appropriate outlet for runoff, as water pressure would ultimately develop to an unmanageable degree.

One of the most widespread roles of a retaining wall is to prevent erosion on hillsides in instances where  the use of plants in mass to evade erosion is both detrimental and unrealistic. You are misjudging the opportunities for these constructions if you view them as erosion-combatants only. Think about how you are modifying the lay of the property on your land when you raise a retaining wall. An expanse of soil that is leaning and unworkable can be smoothed behind the wall to establish an outdoor living area, such as a patio, pool, or to incorporate fresh landscape garden beds.

Do not ignore the visual element of retaining walls. There are numerous methods that can be utilized to accentuate this piece, involving choosing a textile that is in sync with your complete project objectives. For example, select a charming, pure textile for installation that will add to your landscape design in the way that any superior hardscape traits do by nature.   By contrast, concrete blocks are not incredibly natural-looking, which is sufficient in a landscape design where the natural look is not the intention. For example, if you have a patio fashioned from concrete pavers, then an adjacent retaining wall constructed with concrete blocks will complete it well.

To have a retaining wall designed into your landscape or outdoor space, call All American at 402-408-0000 today!

Plant Spotlight – Annual Coleus

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Plant Spotlight – Annual Coleus

No longer considered just a shade plant, annual coleus plants are simple to grow and now come in a wide variety of sun and heat-tolerant selections causing them to be trendy options for several areas including landscape beds and container plantings.  Coleus exhibit audacious yet gorgeous foliage making them stand out in any setting, shade or sun.  While Coleus have an extraordinary gamut of natural colors, plant breeders have gone above and beyond with selections including hot pink, chartreuse, and near-black.  To make it even more curious, Coleus have been bred with stripes, splotches and venation to add texture and uniqueness to the plant.  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and while Coleus are non-toxic to humans, the sap can cause minor skin irritation.  To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this versatile and textured annual into your landscape beds or containers, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Plant Spotlight – PowWow Wildberry Coneflower

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Plant Spotlight – PowWow Wildberry Coneflower

A 2010 All America Selections Winner, PowWow Wildberry Coneflower boasts 3-4” deep purple to magenta blooms on stiff stems.  The fragrant flowers are fadeproof, lasting from summer until frost without deadheading.  Once established, this extremely versatile plant tolerates poor soil conditions as well as heat and drought.  This coneflower thrives in full sun and is hardy to zones 3-9.  It functions well in a garden setting, in mass or in a container.  To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this vivid perennial into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Paver Patios – A Landscape Extension with Flair

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Paver Patios – A Landscape Extension with Flair

The outdoor space that you enjoy is an addition to the space you live within. The most common way to augment it and develop the beauty and usable space is with a paver patio installation. Paver patio systems ensure easy upkeep, and in addition, they pose incomparable resilience to endure the freeze/thaw that the Midwest seems to experience. Weoffer skilled and precise landscape designs, as well as install of the product to code, and the care of several patio pavers, natural stone, and walkways to name a few.   Patios can be comprised of a variety of different materials, but we are certain that our pavers products are the finest offered.  

There is a considerable amount of benefit that paver patios offer to the homeowner.  First and foremost, they create a clean, usable space that gives your outdoor space a timeless, finished look for enjoyment and entertaining.  Paver patios, unlike concrete patios, do not suffer from freeze/thaw effects that we experience in the area.  They also do not call for staining to uphold the exquisiteness or efficiency of the design.  Due to the way they are “sealed”, paver patios rarely need to be weeded, as the joints are mortared together with a special sand product.  Once the sand sets, it becomes very firm and locks between the paver joints while still retaining flexibility and providing a long lasting, durable material.  From different shapes and sizes to changing up colors and materials, the options with paver patios and design are nearly endless.  To inquire how All American can estimate to install a paver patio for you as a homeowner, call our office at 402-408-0000.

Plant Spotlight – Weeping White Spruce

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The Weeping White Spruce is a unique conifer with a fun, dangling branching habit.  This tree is known to be stately, with a very straight trunk and pendulous branches.  It is perfect for tight spaces.  The needles are green with a blue cast and prefer part shade to full sun.  Weeping White Spruce thrives best in well drained soils and does well in zones 2 – 7.  It typically grows to a height of 20-25 feet in 25 years with a mature spread of 4-5 feet.

This evergreen makes a superb accent specimen or does well planted in groups as a windbreak or for a screening effect.  It should be watered regularly in extreme heat for best performance but will require less water once established.

To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this beautiful specimen into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

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