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.
I’m wrong. I can admit it. I’ve been wrong before and I’ll be wrong again but it’s right now at this very moment and for this very thing that I am admitting to be wrong. What am I wrong about? Re-blooming Azaleas.
It’s that time of the year again…You know, late fall / early winter, the time when both the leaves and temperatures have fallen leaving our gardens dreary, desolate places. All of our summer flowering splendor has died back to the ground or have become bare stems that serve no visual purpose.
Over the last couple years, succulents have become one of the most popular choices for container gardening. The gorgeous array of textures and colors soar through our steamy St. Louis summers seemingly unscathed, coming out on the other side as amazingly beautiful as ever.
Plant Spotlight: Beautyberry
I love plants that are unassuming. I think there is something special about the unpretentious wallflower that rests in the background awaiting the right time to come to the forefront. Knowing there is something so unique about it that when it chooses to share its quiet beauty, it is truly a sight to behold.
Plant Spotlight: Goldenrod
While mums and asters take over the fall landscape, one perennial slides under everyone’s radar. As obscure as it may be when it comes to planting it in our gardens it is most definitely not obscure in nature, in fact most people would classify it as a weed – Goldenrod.
A Guide to Understanding Hydrangea
Few flowering shrubs provide such elegance and grace in a garden as Hydrangea. Add in the bonus that they bloom from summer to fall and you’ve quite possibly found the perfect shrub for the St. Louis region.
Occasionally there is that one plant that stops you in your tracks and cries ‘plant me’. Some plants are easy to ignore while others – not so much. One such plant that begged and begged and begged (I have considerable will power) is Cranberry Punch™ Hibiscus.
The Difference Between Perennial and Hardy Mums
Mums are confusing. We buy them late in the year, plant them in the ground and wait for their return the following season only to be left waiting and waiting wondering where they may be.
Common Fertilizer Questions Answered
Understanding how and why to fertilize can be intimidating to home gardeners. Add those three little numbers into the mix and one can be easily overwhelmed and confused. Fertilizing doesn’t have to be confusing though. And no, you don’t have to be a scientist or chemist to understand it. At least not the basics…