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.
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?
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.
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.