Keeping Summer Turf Healthy

Now that the weatherman says we are going into a dry period, get ready. So many of our lawns have thrived with the recent rains we have had in the last few weeks because of good soil moisture, even when the temperatures are in the mid-nineties. Now we are predicted…

Summer Flowers and Summer Chores

This time of the year my flower border becomes all yellow. Cutleaf (the tall ones) and Goldsturm (the massing ones) dominate the garden for several weeks. Why? Two reasons, they are easy to grow, and they can take the heat without constant watering. I have grown these for many years,…

Tips Learned From Others

One of the best things about volunteering with other folks that garden is that you learn so much. Or if you visit private gardens you can observe many tricks that work for themselves. And finally just simply asking questions to professionals can extend your knowledge. One of the best tricks…

Summer’s Last Blooming Hydrangea

July through fall is peegee hydrangea time. This is the last of the species that generally blooms in our area. Popular for years in Appalachian gardens it really did not become popular in our area until the introduction of the selection limelight. Really limelight hydrangea was the first of a…

Summer’s Best Flowering Small Trees

To say that crepe myrtle is the most popular summer flowering tree is an understatement. In fact it is so easy to grow, if the landscape has sun it will probably have a crepe myrtle. And for good reason; beautiful blooms and if tip pruned correctly a second bloom is…

Now This Is A Sun-Loving Hydrangea

Visiting a friend’s garden is so much fun. I always learn something too. Over this weekend, on a social distance visit, I was struck once again at the magnificence of the flowers of the Annabelle¬†hydrangea. Some of the bloom clusters are over a foot across. Theirs is grown in full…

This Is My Blue Endless Summer Hydrangea

So why is the blue florist hydrangea I purchased pink? I know the answer is the pH of my soil. A spring soil test from the soil testing lab at Auburn University (boxes available to send off samples at Hanna Center at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens) was 6.9. That means…

Container Plants: One Can Be Enough

If you like simple things that are easy to grow, here is an idea. Grow a single type of plant in a container. One of the advantages of a single species is you have one type of light, water and soil requirement. The ones featured in the images are some…

Colorful Leaves To Brighten Shady Areas

Gardening in shade is a delight. Adding color to the darker areas of the garden is easy if you use foliage. Both annuals and perennials are available to do the job. While there are many types, the ones discussed here are not too hard to find and can easily be…

Blooming Garden Flowers – Tips On Buying

Garden shops are at their most colorful time now. And yes, it is a perfect time to shop. There are lots of differences in the big box and big home improvement center plants even if they are coming from the same wholesale source as the locally owned garden shop. The…