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?
First everything bloomed early, then it got incredibly hot and a lot of plants just plain fried. Now you’ve got browned leaves, spent stems that withered and flopped, and perennials that pooped out weeks ago. Give them a haircut.
Get out to your local nursery and shop now for perennials that may be past their prime in the dead of summer, but will fill your garden with all kinds of amazing colors when they bloom again next spring.
The best flower displays are like great fireworks shows – lots of color all at once and too much is never really enough. So when early bloomers die down, add some colorful annuals to continue the show.
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.
A perennial that looks like a shrub all summer, then dies back to the ground for winter, our native Baptisia australis, or ‘False Indigo’ may become one of your favorite plants.
Even though we’ve had some rain, much of the ground is still hard and dry. Wetting it slightly before digging to plant trees, divide perennials or move overgrown plants will make your project much easier.
Plant sales are where you’ll find those specimen trees and shrubs that become garden centerpieces and perennials in unusual colors and native plants. Here’s a guide to plant sales this Spring.
Hellebores are deer-resistant perennials that people love because they bloom in cooler months when other plants don’t.
A garden isn’t just a pastime for this lifetime, it’s a legacy you leave to delight those you love – and many you’ll never meet – for generations to come.
If you left leaves in your garden beds last fall and let perennial stems and dried flowerheads hang on so you had something to look at all winter, it’s time to get out your rake and get down to business.
The first frost will put to an end any lingering late summer bloomers.
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