June is National Perennial Gardening month and an appropriate time to extol the virtues of these repeating blooming beauties.
The hot days of summer! Plants that were lush and full of flowers in the spring are fading away due to the heat and your fall blooms are still several weeks out. So what do you do when your garden is in the summer transition? Focus on the colors and textures of foliage!
So many gardeners, especially those with little to no experience, approach gardening with some doubt and fear. What if I kill it? What if my neighbors think my garden is ugly? What if my friend with a green thumb tells me I’m doing things wrong? What if...
The soil is warm, the tools are out of storage, sharpened and ready to go and the nursery shelves are filled with beautiful plants. It’s time to garden! Well, almost. To give your new plants and emerging perennials a solid foundation for this season, take some time now to prep your garden soil.
The calendar says it is fall, and colorful leaves are still on some trees, yet the snow is already flying outside my window. No matter when the first snowfall occurs each year, it always seems ‘too early’ to see the white stuff on lawn chairs, the grille and most importantly my garden.
It would be grand if garden centers only sold plants that are perfectly suited for their part of the country but that would happen only in an ideal world! However, as new gardeners get some dirt under their fingernails they learn that there are ways to push the boundaries and grow plants that were once considered off limits for their geographic region. But, in order to break or bend the rules, you first have to know and understand them.