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Each fall we plant the promise of spring. We look forward to the beauty and diversity of spring flowering bulbs and fortunately, with the versatility of these little gems, we can do some strategic planning and incorporate them into even the smallest space garden. Instead of planting them just on their own we need to combine them with other plants to enhance their effect in our gardens.
Learning the art of creating winning combinations is one of gardening’s greatest opportunities, and one of the most rewarding. A few years ago I was lucky to spend some time with Adrian Bloom, one of Britain’s most well-known garden personalities. I took him to see Van Dusen Gardens. As we quickly walked through, he would frequently stop, look at a plant, and ponder how to best enhance the look and beauty of the plant and extend its performance period.
So before you buy any bulbs, make a list of the areas in your garden that could use a little help with four to five months of spring flowering bulb colour.
Low growing shrubs like spreading junipers, winter heather, dwarf rhododendrons, azaleas and even roses could all use a lift. February blooming crocus planted in colour blocks or as a mix of all five colours would work well under all of them. I like to use the early blooming Tete a Tete miniature daffodils, especially around roses, for contrast when the new dark green rose foliage appears. Early blooming rhodos like Christmas Cheer, PJM, and Snow Lady would all benefit from a little colour added around the base.
Winter flowering heathers, in all their shades of pinks
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The fall season is more than just a display of vibrant foliage; it’s a goldmine of opportunity for gardeners. Those endless heaps of fallen leaves are packed with potential that can enrich your garden, enhance your soil, and even serve as tools for creative home projects! Astonished? Have a look at the amazing Things to Do with Fallen Leaves in Fall!
Perennials are plants that live at least two seasons, and some can live for many years. Home gardeners often cut back perennials in fall, but not every perennial needs to be cut back, so it’s good to know what perennials to cut back in fall. Or, more particularly, what perennials not to cut back in fall. Read on for the information on fall pruning.
As the warm days of summer start to fade and the chill of autumn begins to set in, it makes us start thinking about transitioning our beloved outdoor plants back indoors. For those wondering how to do it, here are the best Tips to Follow Before Bringing Your Houseplants Indoors in Fall.
There was a time when large-scale outdoor decorations were reserved for Christmas displays, and the rest of the year, your porch was lucky if it got a wreath refresh and a potted plant by the door. Not so these days!
Fall is a great time for garden chores. This is the time to clean up before winter, protect vulnerable plants, and wind down the growing season. This isn’t the right time for all tasks, though. Know what to do with your garden in the fall and what not to do — for instance, what plants should not be cut back in the fall — to best prepare it for next year.
My name is John Markowski, and I garden in Zone 6B in central New Jersey. My property is inundated with deer, and the soil drains poorly, so I’ve built my garden around ornamental grasses and native perennials. The grasses are shining right now in combination with the slowly declining perennials.
Take a tour of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and discover a meeting ground of natural beauty, expert design, and horticultural excellence. Nestled in the picturesque landscape of coastal Maine, this garden offers a symphony of colors, fragrances, and serene vistas that will surely captivate any nature enthusiast. In this video, director of horticulture (and frequent Fine Gardening contributing writer) Andy Brand takes us on a journey through three of his favorite gardens and gives insights as to what makes them unique. This tour barely scratches the surface of what CMBG has to offer, however, with its more than 300 acres and 16 unique gardens connected by well-maintained paths and trails. You can spend days at the garden and still find something new.
Dividing not only rejuvenates the selected green specimens but also offers an economical way to expand your garden’s beauty. Read on to discover the best Plants to Divide in Fall and how to do it like a pro.
REDUCING THE footprint of our lawns has been a key environmental message for gardeners in recent years, since lawns lack biodiversity and involve huge amounts of pollution between fertilizers, herbicides, and the gas used in mowing. But what to cultivate instead? That is the subject of a nearly 15-year native lawn research project at Cornell Botanic Gardens in Ithaca, New York, with some interesting insights.
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