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.
By moving plants correctly early in the fall, you have a good chance they’ll be happily leafing out and blooming in their new spots next spring.
In early May, I stuck a Mandevilla in the middle of a shorn shrub, wound the flowering vines up around the barest branches and said, ‘There, that’s better.’
Maybe you’ve had a holly or a spruce or some deciduous tree or shrub in a pot since the spring that’s been doing fine all summer. Time to move it to a bigger pot.
This shrub is so pretty, why doesn’t everybody have one?
Wait a minute, didn’t I just tell you this spring NOT to prune your old-fashioned pink and blue hydrangeas? Yes, but some hydrangea are better pruned.
Even with all the rain we had in June, if you planted trees and shrubs this spring, don’t think you won’t have to water anymore this summer.
It’s easy to get distracted by so many flowers blooming from March until June – but it’s the lushness of the green leaves that’s really the life of spring.
One of the best things I’ve ever planted is Baptisia australis, an easy care native perennial, better known by its common name, False Indigo.
Most gardeners find it hard to resist stopping in at special plant sales, like two this weekend in the Philadelphia area.
There’s a plant sale coming up on Saturday May 4th at the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University and, if you’ve got any gardening books you no longer use…
I don’t know whether talking to plants works – but it’s worked for me.
When a shrub is still pretty in December, it’s something more people should be planting. Shrubs with several seasons of interest are a smart and easy way to keep your garden beautiful year ’round.
Our beautiful native Hydrangea arborescens is a shrub that usually has only white flowers, but there are new pink cultivars, like one called ‘Invincibelle Spirit,’ which I planted in full sun this past June.
Blueberries love full sun, acid soil, and benefit from added peat moss. If you plant two varieties you’ll get more berries from both plants because they cross-pollinate.