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.
Phlox is a perennial plant which disappears in winter.
Native hibiscus are the perennial plants with the fabulous flowers that look just like the annual tropical hibiscus, except for the large flower.
When it comes to planting annuals, too much is never enough.
If you can’t make time to get those shrubs, trees and perennials you bought into the ground, you can still protect them over the winter.