You know that moment when you drive up your street, pull up to your home and suddenly realize that your landscape seems a bit tired and needs to be updated? That’s the same time you look at your neighbor’s homes and think, man, they look so fresh. That, my friends, is the moment you know your landscape needs some help and it’s time you did something about it.
Let’s be honest – we live in a society that consists of bandwagons. And that’s fine. We all need to forge our own little space on this giant rock. But if you’re someone like me, a fairly simple person, then this past year was slightly nauseating. That being said, I do have a bandwagon that everyone can join.
Butterfly lovers unite and rejoice; Asclepias tuberosa has been labeled the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™ by the Perennial Plant Association! And with good reason since this spectacular milkweed is a super-food in the butterfly world and a great addition to any garden. Here’s what you need to know about Asclepias tuberosa:
Succulents – let’s face it, who doesn’t love a plant that is basically self-sufficient and wants to be left alone? Quite simply, succulents allow all gardeners and non-gardeners alike to be ‘look at me, I really know what I’m doing’, even if we’re totally winging it! And propagating succulents? It’s so easy that it makes you feel like you can conquer any project on Pinterest! I mean seriously, 4 easy steps!
Succulents are extremely resilient plants that, short of overwatering, have very few nemesis when they are outside in your garden. That being said, they aren’t completely care-free and will suffer the occasional pest when you take them indoors. Here are the 4 common pests that will try to over-run your succulents and what you need to do about them.
Pruning all your perennials down in the fall seems like it would be the correct thing to do, right? I get it, you have beautiful fall weather, you’re already raking leaves and it just makes sense to cut down the perennials and move on with the up-coming holiday season. Unfortunately what we want and what our plants need aren’t always the same thing. Here are answers to some common perennial winterization questions.
Fall. The time of year where we enjoy autumns radiant reds, brilliant oranges, luminous yellows and the yellowing of evergreen needles? Well, yes. But this shouldn’t cause a panic or create any fear that you may lose your evergreen, it is simply the natural progression of plants.
Creating a perennial garden that has color through-out the entire season can be a daunting task. At a time of year when many gardeners are just plain tired from working out in the heat of summer and fall plant selections that revolve around the leaf color of trees and shrubs, autumn often becomes a forgotten season in many perennial gardens. But with so many low maintenance perennials on the market, you simply have no reason to not extend your color into fall!
It’s time to create a fantastic fall perennial garden with these 5 must-have, super reliable perennials!
Insects on Boxwood and How to Treat Them
Boxwoods are everywhere and love them or hate them, they serve a purpose. Not only does their small stature make them easy to maintain but the fact that they are one of the truly deer resistant plants on the market makes them a priceless asset to our landscapes.
There’s something spectacular about spring blooming plants that you don’t get from those that provide summer color. It may be a light that they offer after a cold and dark winter telling us that we made it through.