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Some Plant Rules Made To Be Broken

Even when you don’t plant by ‘the rules’, sometimes a plant will thrive.


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Don’t Plant Yet

Don’t jump the gun and plant too soon. Remember, the ‘final frost’ date around here is mid-May.


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Don’t Let Potted Plants Go To Pot While You’re Away

Spend a few minutes the next time you’re out watering to reinvigorate your potted plants for the rest of the summer.


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Repetition Wows In The Garden

To make an impact in the garden, nothing succeeds like repetition and, since annuals only bloom for one season, don’t be shy.


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Flower Show Drama: More Is Better

To replicate a lot of that Flower Show drama, plant many more of the same thing. Don’t plant just one or two when 10 will do just as nicely.


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Putting Plantings Away For Winter

The only annuals I still have outside are those stuck in containers that I keep out all year. The others, I’ve finally ‘put to bed’.


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Too Much Rain For Your Garden

WIth record rains in June and July, lots of lawns and plenty of plants are happy to be so well watered, but others are not.


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Lobelia That Lasts

My annual lobelia always used to die but this year, so far so good.


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A Bloomin’ Good Reason To Deadhead

The dead of summer is the season of deadheading – that’s the habit of taking off the old flowers from an annual, perennial or shrub as they wither. Why bother?


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Time For Planting

The hopeful time before the gardening season really gets started is one of the best parts – planning things out in your head. But now it’s time to stop planning and start planting!


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Patriotic Plantings

Planting a flag of flowers for Memorial Day weekend gives you a great display for all our patriotic holidays through the summer.


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Is Someone Testing Your Impatiens?

A few weeks ago petals began to disappear, then lots of leaves, and now several of my impatiens are nibbled to stubs. Not pretty. So, who did it?


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Baskets Of Annuals Brighten A Bare Shrub

Our pruned yews looked like bare sticks! So, to brighten them up for the summer, I filled small baskets with annuals.


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Verbena Doesn’t Disappoint

You often see annual Verbena used in hanging baskets since it has a pretty way of cascading over the sides but the perennial Verbena provides for a colorful long-lasting ground cover.


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An Annual Mistake

There’s a reason experts say not to plant annuals before Mother’s Day around here, because until mid-May, there’s still the chance of an overnight frost.