EDIT-Landscape.indd Spring weather is often chilly and gray here on the East End, but an easy, effective way to add low-maintenance color to your property is to plant some spring-blooming shrubs. Shrubs bring color to the garden year after year. Visually they help to fill the middle ground between tall trees and shorter perennial and annual flowers. Most are easy to care for, requiring little more than removal of storm-damaged branches and an occasional pruning. Unless your landscape is very formal, you won’t need to clip your shrubs into balls or pyramids. They’ll look just fine when allowed to assume their natural shapes. Besides, flowering shrubs generally produce the most flowers when you leave them unsheared.

EDIT-winterlandscape.indd The bright colors of summer flowers are behind us now, and autumn’s blaze of foliage—which was spectacular this year—is over until next year. But as the East End heads into winter there is still beauty to be found in home landscapes. In the quiet of winter the landscape sheds its summer finery to reveal its underlying forms--its bones. The landscape becomes living sculpture. We can see the structural lines of trees and shrubs which the rest of the year are hidden beneath leaves and flowers. With some planning your property can be beautiful 12 months of the year.