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
Thanks to a spring storm that brought 50+ mph winds through my landscape, I was outside a couple days ago picking up hundreds of sticks. In between endless gardener toe touches – see stick, bend over, pick up stick, stand up, repeat – I snapped a few photos of the flowers and new growth happening… Continue reading My Early Spring Garden
Unlike the multitude of summer blooms, each and every flower in my October landscape is cherished. My standards for foliage ease, too. Some ragged or cold-nipped leaves don’t send me running for a pair of pruners. With winter nipping at my heels, I have a greater appreciation for the beauty, and more tolerance for imperfection,… Continue reading Take a walk through the fall garden with me.
There are some perennials that simply must be in our gardens. Consider peonies in spring and coneflowers in summer – what would a landscape be without them? I think sedums are the must have perennial in the fall garden. Sedums are a diverse group of plants that are easy to grow as long as they… Continue reading Sedum Sparkles in Fall Garden
Purple in the Garden was the title of a talk I recently presented to the Mt. Prospect Garden Club. I was thrilled when they requested this particular topic because I love purple. This mix of the primary colors red and blue brings out the best in neighboring plants. It eases the harshness of red… Continue reading Add pizzazz to the garden with purple!