To cut back or not to cut back? That is a question gardeners ask when temperatures cool, leaves turn color, and days grow shorter. Most perennials don’t care if they are cut back in fall or left standing in the garden until spring. Gardeners, on the other hand, may have strong opinions on the subject.… Continue reading Cutting Back Perennials in Fall
On a beautiful day last week I ventured outside with my camera. Temperatures had cooled to seasonal levels and the sun was shining in a clear blue sky. My intent was to get photos of everything still blooming to share with readers, but flowers were few and far between. Seven straight days of record-setting temperatures… Continue reading Flowers Turn to Seed Heads
Thankfully, it looks like today may be the last day of unseasonably hot temperatures for us here in Chicagoland. Although fall officially began last Friday, the thermometer told a different story. And while heat we’ve had plenty, rainfall is another matter. The landscape is dry, dry, dry! If you haven’t already, get those hoses out… Continue reading Water those Plants!
I am often asked by customers shopping for hostas at the garden center which ones are my favorites. I love them all for many reasons: Their lush foliage adds as much color to the shady border as any flowering perennial. Their bold leaves contrast beautifully with fine-textured perennials like ferns and astilbes. Once established, they… Continue reading My Five Favorite Hostas
When we think of fall color in the landscape, we picture the vibrant foliage of trees and shrubs – the brilliantly-colored leaves of orange, red, purple and yellow glowing against clear blue skies. We can also bring the flamboyant colors of fall to the floor of our landscapes, too. Perennials are most often chosen for… Continue reading Perennials with Colorful Fall Foliage