John Zvirovski / Sun Garden Editor
For many years I have had a love-hate relationship with potentilla shrubs. Actually, there was rarely a time that I loved this plant. I remember seeing this shrub overplanted in many areas as I grew up, and then it became a big plant for commercial plantings. Part of this disconnect, I am sure, was related to the fact that it was so common in many landscapes and it lessened my own personal attraction to its characteristics.
This time of year, most people take notice to those beautiful dark purple flowers of the clematis blooming on trellises in many people’s yards. They are always so striking as they displayed their proliferous blooms in huge bunches. The clematis is a plant that can bloom so heavily the vision will never leave your mind as it is so beautiful.
The garden holds various maintenance tasks throughout the season to keep it beautiful and healthy.
Bold colors that make shady areas pop to life always get my attention.
What is wrong with my plant? That is a common question I hear throughout the year, and often a very vague one. Many times it is just through conversation and there is no plant to look at so a series of questions need to be asked in order to narrow down the possibilities. It is not a bad question as there are so many things that can affect our plants and regardless what your gardening skill level is, you still have to ask the question from time to time.
The colors of late spring are upon us and soon the gardens will be filled with constant color until the autumn frosts arrive. This is the time to make sure you have the greatest impact in your garden that you can create in whatever way you see fit. We all love bright colors to catch our eye, but all colors have their purpose in the right setting with equal impacts. There are always a few key principles to remember to achieve the design details in which you seek.
The season is well underway in the gardens. The cool weather should be behind us, and the plants can start going into the ground. You might want to think about all the people around you that you begin to entice in enhancing their own yards due to complete envy in what you are doing yourself. I have found if you make your yard look good, it is somewhat contagious to the people around you.
May is already over half done and there is always so much to do. I don’t know about you, but the month for me is filled with various outdoor activities and events. Obviously everyone is a little different depending on the organizations they are associated with, but I can assure you that sometimes you can volunteer for a little too much and run yourself thin. For me it is the month of May, and things seem to tame down after that.
From early on I use to love learning about the numerous woodland plants and wild flowers that abound in the tri-state area. It was always fun just to go out and explore on an adventure to see what new things we could find. My mom used to take us out on nature trails with an identification book in hand and we would look up each new thing we found. Often we would have a list ahead of time of things to keep our eyes open for to see who could find which item first. Maybe a natural scavenger hunt in a way.
The season for rhubarb has arrived, and the plants should be growing quickly already. So often people are not quite sure what to do with this plant, but there are others that would do anything to get their hands on it! It is a northern crop and doesn't exist in the South, so many people are intrigued by its uses. Rhubarb can be used for many cooking recipes, mostly desserts and jams, but all are good. The most common of all is rhubarb pie, sometimes mixed with other berries.