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.
Plant Profile: Sambucus
There are times when you need the perfect and unique plant in your garden. A plant that displays a spectacular trifecta of sheer wonderfulness: *Delicate yet sturdy flowers that turn into lovely and, in many cases, edible fruit. *Color that shines without ostentation. *A soft texture that belies its true strength.
Oh, you may think that this perfect plant doesn’t exist, but it does my gardening friends, and it goes by the name Sambucus. And did I mention they are deer resistant?
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.
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!
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.
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.
Many gardeners steer clear of roses in an attempt to avoid the difficulties that may come with growing them. But in 2000, a rose came on the market that was truly low maintenance and disease resistant, it was what everyone was looking for in a rose and quickly grew to be the fan favorite…at least until now. In the last few years the Knock Out brand of roses have taken a tremendous hit; but the question is, will they stay down for the count?