This old fashioned favorite is top of the list for many gardeners. Although the peak bloom for most of this class of iris is May, they can start as early as April and flower into June (or late summer if you count the reblooming types). Called … [Read more...] about Flowers Of May: Bearded Iris
Important Perennials Give Garden Beauty
If you want all season garden beauty, then perennial plants are the go-to category for planning for flowers and interest throughout the year.
Planting Depth For Peonies . "Plant peonies for a lifetime of spring flowers, but remember not more than three inches below the surface" From Kim, Hypertufagardener If the growing points are too far below the soil surface, it hinders or … [Read more...] about Tip for Blooming Peonies
Growing Lavender Plants in your Garden First thing to remember is that Lavender requires full sun to grow well. Choose a sunny spot, which means it has 6 hours or more of sun exposure. Good drainage is the next most important condition.If … [Read more...] about How To Grow Lavender For Its Heavenly Scent
I just wrote a page about Daylilies, and then saw Kathy Purdy's post on Facebook with a delightful portrait of a variety called "Going Bananas". It got me thinking about what colors of Hemerocallis I like best. Time For Daylilies, on Ilona's … [Read more...] about Daylilies Grow On You
I love it. It is a plant that I have been growing during most of my gardening career, starting with the first herb plants I tucked into my city lot garden. It was in that garden on Glen Echo Drive that I discovered how perfectly paired English … [Read more...] about Do You Like Lavender?
Rue with no view of the flagstone pathEver heard that saying? It might become all too meaningful if you are working on a hot summer day, especially while trimming back the "Herb of Grace" Ruta graveolens, AKA "Rue". The sap from cut or bruised plants … [Read more...] about You’ll Rue The Day…
One of the things I love about garden writers is the way they express the familiar through new eyes. I may not agree completely on their take of it, but it brings me into a new appreciation of something that I might have cataloged and then filed away … [Read more...] about Our Prairie Home
Every month has it's supreme leading lady flower of the garden; June has the Rose, but July has the Lily. Especially now that the "Orienpets" have been created. They were the belle of several beds at the Inniswood Gardens Metro Park, and I would love … [Read more...] about Arrange the July garden around lilies
This month, during a couple visits to Whole Foods, I picked up some indoor pots of hellebores that were on sale. Considering that they are pricey to order, I have the enjoyment of blooms on my windowsill, and later (hopefully), three new hellebores … [Read more...] about Hellebore Happiness
Siberian irises are one of my favorite garden plants, and they hold a sentimental value as well. Growing up, we had an impressive stand of a deep purple variety that I believe was "Caesar's Brother" that old centurion of perennial … [Read more...] about Siberian Iris, Hardy Elegance