What a difference a day makes – or rather, one freezing night.
Welcome weeds and gifts from the birds; that’s how I’ve started to see some of the happiest accidents in my yard, like the asters now adding a surprising touch of color.
As lots of us are putting plants to bed for the winter, so are some area gardens getting ready to sleep until spring. Chanticleer will close in November.
Along with fun stuff like fireworks, many gardening chores are keyed to the Fourth of July, such as pruning back spring flowering shrubs like azaleas.
This is a good time to put perennials in those shadier spots so you won’t have to crawl under conifers and shrubs to plant so many annuals every year.
White Snakeroot – Ageratina altissima, a member of the Aster family – is a native plant once thought to cure snakebites, but in fact, it’s toxic.
You can’t exactly plan to have hot pink roses and hibiscus blooming beside maroon dogwood leaves every fall, but the surprise is part of the fun.