John Zvirovski / Sun Garden Editor
We have all heard of hoarders who obtain one item after another until they cannot move in their homes, but have you ever heard of a plant hoarder? They do exist, and contrary to what I might say from time to time, you can have too many plants in a given area. What I call a plant hoarder may be different than another person’s perception.
It already feels like the middle of summer has arrived, and I often feel I just began the season. I have to wonder where the time goes or if I have just spent it all weeding, watering and deadheading. I have found the best weather always makes the season go by way too quickly, and I am trying to find the time to sit back and enjoy every moment of it before it all goes away. Even with a dry year, it seems things are looking pretty good, but we could use some good oldfashioned rain to feed the gardens and lawns.
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.