Caring For Summer Annuals

Pruning, fertilizing and watering are the musts for summer annuals. The problem is that there is no one size fits all recommendation. So here is a list of the most common summer annuals, and how I care for them. Petunias – You can plant these anytime, but they like sun…

Limelight Hydrangeas Are Sensational Now

A new hydrangea is taking our landscapes around Birmingham by storm. Limelight hydrangeas are a selection of the deciduous peegee hydrangea, which you almost never saw in a landscape planting. But this plant with it sensational blossoms that will turn lime green when it ages is the perfect follow up…

Bold Summer Color

Black-eyed susans also know as coneflower or rudbeckia are the perfect summer flower for sunny gardens. Both the Autumn Colors and Indian Summer are annuals and the Goldstrum selection is a perennial in my garden. To be honest, the annual images were taken at Brookwood Village in the colorful pots…

Two Hydrangea Looks Blooming Now

It is hydrangea time across Birmingham. And while the florist types are beautiful in blues and pinks and often colors in between, there are others that we might want to consider adding to the landscape. The two shown here are winners in my book. Anabelle hydrangeas have been around, but…

Delicious Fruits For Small Spaces To Plant Now

Growing these three types of fruits in our area is not hard. In fact, we have two things going for us that is good news for those who want to have pride in serving home grown fruits. First and probably foremost, we have a wonderful nursery that carries blueberries, figs,…

Summer Shrub Pruning – The Right Way

This time of the year new growth is all over most of our shrubs. Whether evergreen or deciduous new growth is everywhere on healthy plants. So the natural reaction is to shear them back in some unnatural form or to simply hack the plant back to the size you want…

Pots That Give The Space Punch

Beautiful containers rarely happen by accident. In fact, all the ones above seem to be in the proper proportion and good placement for their location. It seems so simple, go buy some plants put them in a pot, and presto you have color all summer long. Well, that sometimes works,…

Necessary Chores Now

Now is the time there are lots of small chores in the garden. Here are a few of the things I am doing in my garden. My pole beans are beginning to run, so I do a string trellis with a good jute rope tied onto horizontal poles. This is…

My Calla Lily Secret

You may be surprised that if I plant new calla lily tubers, it is around this time of the year. Well, that is my secret. I always buy them on sale either from a mail order supplier or from the the big box hardware or stores like Walmart in those…

Hydrangea Care Now

Florist hydrangeas, sometimes called “Mopheads,” are now budded in our area. With the buds showing it is time to do several things to make sure your blooms are beautiful. First, now is the time to remove all the dead branches as all the foliage on the old wood that is…