Summer Pruning

Every August I like to remove and shape many of my evergreen shrubs. In the images above I simply removed a good bit of new growth that made the shrub taller  than I wanted for the existing space. This is the purpose of summer pruning. Please do this with hand pruners…

Flowers For Sun – Foliage For Shade

This summer’s weather has many ornamental plants showing off. This is so true of the yellow coneflowers and the orange tithonia in my flower border. The coneflowers are seedlings of Rudbeckia “Goldsturm” that I planted in the border last year to increase the amount of late summer color. The tithonia…

Hardy Lantana – Carefree and Blooms All Summer

All over Birmingham you will see plantings of tall and colorful lantana. I have seen these plants for years but never run across them in a nursery. So it is my thought that around here they are true pass along plants. I am sure a rooted stem or a cutting…

These Azaleas Are Blooming Now

I always enjoy visiting nurseries every chance I get. Just ask my wife. This past Saturday, I was visiting a local small garden center, and imagine my delight to see fresh, Encore azaleas in bloom. Today at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens I noticed the ones at the library entrance in…

Summer Show-Offs

You cannot miss a limelight hydrangea when it is in bloom. This mid to late summer blooming hydrangea has huge blooms, and all of the various selection are basically white with a tint of green or pink in some. Its parent, the pee gee hydrangea, is a late summer bloomer…

Help Crepe Myrtles Bloom Again This Summer

With all the rain, many of our crepe myrtles are just coming into bloom or just finishing their summer show. No matter what stage yours are in, you can get a second set of blooms out of yours with a bit of effort. The trick is to simply remove the…

Cutting Back Annuals For Shape and Control

Lots of rain can cause annuals to flourish. But, many times they might grow too much. If this is the case with your annuals like zinnias, petunias, geraniumns, sun impatiens, coleus, etc. (but not angelonia, as it will grow but oftentimes not rebloom), you need to cut them back. How…

One Color Pots You Can Plant Now

It is still time to plant a pot of color for summer. And with care and watering, it should be effective until the frost in fall. All the plants shown above should be available at your garden center, but most are selling out of smaller sized annual pots (in this…

Small Courtyard – Big Effect

Courtyard homes, garden homes, and some zero-lot line homes have tight spaces. Many times they jam up to the parking space. Such was the case in this rear parking space couryard home. The change resulted from large tree like wax myrtle dying. Once removed, the parking space and courtyard looked…

Today In My Garden

This morning I traveled to Petals From the Past for their big summer sale. I purchased a butterfly weed and a new salvia and added them to two holes in my garden border. Normally many of my perennials would be in full bloom, but in some cases mine are late….