We plant flowers to welcome the spring and brighten our receding winter landscapes. We add color to the summer garden and often admire them from the comfort of our air-conditioned home. But the time of year when we step back outside to enjoy the cooler autumn temperatures, our gardens are often left barren. Leaving fall color to only the trees and the mums planted at your front door. Take advantage of the pleasant temperatures and extend your garden palette with these 5 must-have perennials for fall color.
Trends can be a bit exhausting. The compulsive need to have the latest cabinet color or the rattan purse Anna Wintour is telling me I must have – even though it will be out of fashion by the end of summer. Gardening trends, though, are much more forgiving. They are ideas and actions that we can keep expanding.
If you’ve ever planted a hardy mum in the fall and hoped for its return the following spring, only to be left with an empty spot in your garden, you’re not alone. Yes, hardy does imply that your mum will survive the winter. It also implies a shrug and a well, maybe from the garden center staff. Here’s why hardy doesn’t necessarily mean that your mum will survive the winter.
Bees and other pollinators are an important part of our world today. Without pollinators, our food sources, as well as the food sources for many other animal species, would look very different. With the decline in pollinator population, we all must step up to help make a change. And, whether you have a single container, landscape, flower garden, or acres of land – we can all make a difference. Here are some simple ways to help create havens for pollinators.
The first customer I sent ‘Hummelo’ home with, left the garden center with serious skepticism written all over her face. The plant looked nice and was super healthy. But despite the clean, bright green foliage, it was somewhat lacking from a retail standpoint. Needless to say, she took it home and was calling me the following spring to order more. So what seemingly underwhelming plant became her favorite and also became the Perennial Plant Association’s 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year®?
I don’t know if you’ve heard yet, but Endless Summer® is releasing a brand spanking new hydrangea this year! And why exactly should you get excited about yet another new hydrangea? Guys, this! With this hydrangea, the gloves are coming off! This insanely colored hydrangea is giving the standard ho-hum baby blue and pretty pink hydrangeas one serious kick in the pants!
Autumn allergies abound this time of the year and the leading plant to take the blame is goldenrod. But, my friends, goldenrod is not the culprit of your sniffles and sneezles. In a case of mistaken identity, goldenrod takes the full blame for fall time hay-fever. The real culprit hides, camouflaged, behind the blooming beauty that is goldenrod. What is behind your autumn misery? Ragweed.
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