Mixing spring-flowering bulbs among perennial plants is a good garden design strategy because the bulbs (especially early-flowering types) will provide color and interest before and while the perennials emerge and develop. Then, the perennials will distract from the bulbs’ foliage … Read Article
Virtues: We love summer snowflake, also known as snowdrop, for its drooping white flowers that appear toward the end of spring. This fall-planted bulb is easy to grow. They look wonderful when planted in large groups and they will naturalize … Read Article
Here’s the general guideline for the timing of fall bulb planting according to soil temperature.
Virtues: Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) tolerates dry conditions, poor soil and air pollution. Native to the eastern United States, it provides year-round interest in a garden while supporting wild birds with its berries.
Peonies can be planted in fall or spring, but there are a few reasons why fall is the better choice—so when you’re purchasing bulbs to plant this fall, pick up a few bare-root peonies, too.
Virtues: This variety of cranesbill, or hardy geranium, stands out for its reliabilty as a spreading groundcover that blooms in spring and summer and offers colorful fall foliage. ‘Tiny Monster’ is a sterile cultivar, meaning that it cannot set seed … Read Article
Warm-season annuals play a number of vital roles in gardens. They offer consistent color and interest in the garden while perennials and shrubs go in and out of bloom. They provide a continuous food supply for bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and … Read Article
Virtues: Winter Sunshine hellebores are a great garden plant because they offer flowers in late winter. Unlike many hellebores they flower in their first year of growth. Their flowers face outward rather than drooping down, so you can easily see … Read Article
Virtues: We love ‘Shirley’ tulips for their colors, which change dramatically as the flowers mature. Easy to pair with other tulips and perennials, these fall-planted bulbs make for a dynamic spring display.
Garden boots and clogs take a lot of abuse, and even a high-quality pair will eventually develop worn spots, holes or a loss in support. Faithful footwear can find new life as a whimsical garden planter.
Fall is optimum tree- and shrub-planting time. Planting instructions usually end with the advice to water the new tree or shrub well and then apply an even layer of mulch to conserve soil moisture and regulate soil temperatures. This is … Read Article