Plants aren’t the only beings that suffer in prolonged drought; garden birds can feel the pinch of low water, too. Here are ways to help songbirds through dry times, beyond the usual birdbath:
Virtues: Small-space gardeners will delight in Blue Puffball chastetree (Vitex agnus castus ‘PIIVAC-II’ or Blue Puffball). This long-blooming shrub stays short and compact, making it an easy addition to city gardens or tight corners in established beds and borders. Flowers …
Bronze may signal third place at the Olympics, but it’s a top-rate performer in the garden. Bronze-colored plants set a garden apart, and they’re easy to use because of their neutral color.
Virtues: Draw bees and butterflies to your garden with ‘Beedance Painted Red’ bidens, which blooms spring through fall. Heat doesn’t stop these flowers, but it does have an effect on them.
Virtues: L.A. Dreamin’ bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla L.A. Dreamin’ or ‘Lindsey Ann’) delivers big, colorful flowers even after a frigid winter or a pruning mishap.
Olympic athletes may be disappointed to settle for silver, but it’s a most desirable color in the garden. Silver-leaved plants are a sophisticated design choice, and, even better, they tend to be drought tolerant.
The Summer Olympics open this Friday. While the world’s top athletes covet the gold medal, think about adding golden plants to your garden!
Virtues: ‘Summer Jewel White’, an award-winning tender salvia, draws hummingbirds, bees and butterflies with its tubular flowers. Meanwhile its compact size and pure white color makes it an easy addition to garden beds and containers alike. This ornamental sage makes …
Virtues: We love the newly introduced lily named ‘Kaveri’ for its vivid orange and yellow color, early bloom time, stem height and the sheer number of its blossoms. ‘Kaveri’ lily is a kind of brand-new lily called an “OA” lily—one …
If you’re experiencing a slow spring or temperatures have warmed but aren’t quite to be trusted to remain that way, try this trick before planting heat-loving starter plants like tomatoes and peppers out in the garden.
Virtues: The dwarf crabapple tree named Guinevere is the solution for gardeners who have limited growing space but want the year-round presence of a woody plant and an ornamental tree’s special effects in certain seasons. This tiny crabapple provides gorgeous …