If your garden has become a collection of deadheads devoid of color, plant some shrubs and perennials that bloom like crazy in August. Here are some of the plants that keep my gardens in full color in late summer. Hydrangeas are in their glory. Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ is doing her thing in one of the… Continue reading Color in the Late Summer Garden
My daughter, Katie, told someone the other day that she is everything she is today because of me. My heart swelled. A few days later, I was driving up the long driveway at my mom’s house and, as I admired her beautiful gardens, I thought, I am the person I am today because of her,… Continue reading Mothers, Daughters & Gardens
Some folks talk about making a difference and others, like Gina Iliopoulos and Edward Caplan, take action to make their neighborhood a better place. And as a result, Chicago residents in the Old Irving Park community have an opportunity to connect with nature and learn about pollinators and the plants that support them at Keeler… Continue reading Keeler Gardens – Connecting Neighbors with Nature
Many gardeners are continually on the lookout for the newest compact cultivars to add to their gardens. Maybe it is because after years of gardening they are running out of room. Perhaps they have moved to a downsized home with a downsized garden. Or maybe their hearts just soften at the sight of little cuties… Continue reading Tall Perennials Offer Big Show
When temperatures are high and the amount of rainfall is low, I am especially thankful for perennials, like yarrow, that scoff at summer’s dog days. In fact, yarrow prefers full sun and average soil with excellent drainage. Want to make yarrow unhappy? Plant it in fertile soil and water regularly. Native to Europe and parts… Continue reading Yay for Yarrow!