Baptisia australis or ‘false indigo’ is an easy-to-grow native perennial that’s stunning through three seasons.
Water newly planted plants, trees or shrub deeply. DON’T make the mistake of watering a little bit all the time instead.
Lots of us let the remains of last year’s perennials stand through the winter. Now’s the time to tidy up.
If you dig dahlias, better dig them up.
Anything newly-planted this year – including trees, shrubs, and perennials – needs regular deep watering until they can grow long roots.
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.
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’.
Thinking ahead is a skill worth developing before you plant anything more than an annual – trees, shrubs or perennials – that you want to enjoy for years to come.
So, that’s why they say to pinch back plants by the Fourth of July! Because if you don’t – they can open up in the middle like an elephant sat on them.
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?
One of our prettiest, easiest-to-grow summer flowers is Monarda, also known as Bee Balm, an American perennial, native to our area.
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!
Planting a flag of flowers for Memorial Day weekend gives you a great display for all our patriotic holidays through the summer.
Say, are there any more of those cool little plant sales going on this weekend? Why, yes, there are!
Where do you start? After a big storm, downed trees obviously need your attention, but what about your garden?