To make an impact in the garden, nothing succeeds like repetition and, since annuals only bloom for one season, don’t be shy.
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’.
Planting a flag of flowers for Memorial Day weekend gives you a great display for all our patriotic holidays through the summer.
Got ink in your printer? Then you can make quick gifts from your garden photos of your riotous roses, gorgeous geraniums or serene succulents.
Once tulips and daffodil flowers are spent, you can just walk along and snap off the top of the stem – that stops the plant from making seeds and sends that energy back down into the bulb.
Nothing adds appeal to your house quite like a windowbox full of something seasonal but if you get too busy to keep up, you’ll end up with empty planters or dead flowerheads greeting guests at your door.
Whatever the reason, when I have to be wrapped up in fleece just to face the garden on a frosty fall morning, it’s highly satisfying to find summer flowers still flourishing.