Hummingbird feeders can be effective attractants, but they require maintenance to keep them safe for the birds. Sugar water should be changed every three to five days, and more frequently during summer. This prevents the growth of mold.
Virtues: We love variegated Solomon’s seal for its lily-esque fragrance and showy flowers. This plant is easy to care for as well as deer and rabbit resistant. Perfect for shade gardens and cutting, with variegated leaves great for flower arrangements.
When cutting flowers from the garden, be sanitary to prolong the life of the cut flowers and to avoid possibly transferring diseases and viruses from one plant to another.
Virtues: Sun Parasols first showed their velvety petals in North America in 2003, bred by Suntory Flowers Ltd. in Japan. There are several selections in this series that are all valued for their long bloom seasons, low maintenance and resistance to … Read Article
Virtues: Veitch’s Blue thistle is an herbaceous perennial that thrives in full sun. This plant is relatively low-maintenance and it attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer steer clear, preferring tastier plants.This is an excellent flower for cutting and drying.
There is an abundance of cool-season veggies to choose from when planning a fall garden. Timing is key: for warm regions, crops should be planted from late summer to early fall to be harvested in late fall to early spring. … Read Article
Virtues: Epimedium ‘Pink Champagne’ can be described as splotchy as well as spikey. The tapered leaves are long and speckled with deep purple and the flowers climb up spikes held well above the foliage. A cultivar of fairy wings, or barrenwort, … Read Article
Filling the spaces between flowering plants with ornamental grasses, ferns and other foliage plants will pull the aesthetics of your garden together, creating a cohesive look that can continue into fall and even the winter, after blooms have fallen.
Virtues: Clerodendrum incisum is a perennial that grows like a shrub. It is the flower buds that give this plant its common name, which droop delicately resembling musical notes. This plant is low maintenance, but is intolerant of cold temperatures. If … Read Article
Cutting back coleus will actually produce more of it, making the plant take on a bushier shape quite quickly. The flowers are often pinched from coleus plants so the leaves aren’t downplayed, but doing so also makes this tender perennial … Read Article
Virtues: Surefire Begonia comes in a red and rose variety. This bedding annual doesn’t require much, if any, pruning, and deer aren’t very fond of it. This plant is colorful throughout the summer and fall, blooms persistently and requires no deadheading. … Read Article