It’s the season of spectacular garden bloom. The time of year to lounge in your lawn chair – or living room recliner, no judgment here – and enjoy the beauty of all your hard work. Despite all the color in the garden, though, the plant that stands out above the rest is the hydrangea. The large clusters of blooms send a clear message that summer has arrived, and pool parties must commence.
Many gardeners steer clear of roses in an attempt to avoid the difficulties that may come with growing them. However, in 2000, a rose became available that was low maintenance and disease resistant. Knock Out® Roses soon became a landscapers dream and a customer favorite. But, in recent years, the brand and shrub roses alike have taken a tremendous hit. Despite bouncing back from our recent harsh winter, Knock Out® Roses one nemesis can still take them out — Rose Rosette.
We all have that awkward area in our landscape that is tight and narrow. The space between our homes and sidewalks, areas between our driveway and our neighbor’s yards, and corner spots that need something with height but not much width. Columnar plants, while often overlooked for more floriferous choices, serve a much-needed purpose in our suburban landscapes and offer solutions to many of these problems.
April is upon us, my gardening friends! No more staring out the window snuggled up in a blanket. It’s time to get your hands dirty and do some serious gardening! Find something new for your garden this year, and check out these new or seldom-used plants!
Like many other gardeners, my longing for spring has me thinking of flowers. The warm colors of Coreopsis skipping across my mind. Ready for the barren winter landscape to erupt in riotous explosions of yellow, gold, and red. Happy faces of Coreopsis announcing summer is here.