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Fall Into The Future

When planting bulbs in containers there are two things that are important. The first is good drainage, and this is best accomplished with fresh soil. If you pot bulbs in old soil that's filled with the roots of annuals, they are likely to rot. The second thing that can help is having a container completely filled with soil...if there is filler in the bottom of a pot the drainage may not be as good. Use a large pot for your bulbs and you'll have a display such as this one that delighted me for two months! I bought a bag or mixed hyacinths and another of tulips at Country Garden the previous fall and planted them in these large livestock troughs.

In the fall many gardeners and home landscapers are anxious to wrap things up. We’ve coped with winter and gypsy moth larvae in the spring, seen drought-stressed plants all summer, and are watching our perennials brown and go to seed. So it’s natural that we’re ready to clear things out, dust off our hands and […]

Enjoy Your Garden Fall Into Winter

At this time of year look at your landscape and see where you could use perennials that flower every fall. Perennial asters (on right) or the native Vernonia (on left) bring the lovely fall purples that compliment orange and yellow foliage.

In late September our gardens can begin to look tired…or they can be a celebration of the glorious Cape Cod fall season. The difference between the two is a matter of some cleanup, creativity, and selective planting. Here are some photos that illustrate what I mean.

It’s time to do a quick clean up […]

Spreading Perennials

I did a garden consultation on this property some years ago. It was filled with "passalong" perennials such as obedient plant, Zagreb Coreopsis, black-eyed Susans, asters are more. In this area they hadn't yet overwhelmed each other, but in other places they were intermingling and taking over other plants like peonies.

Fall is often mentioned as the time to dig and divide perennials. Yes, September is a great time to get into your flower beds and move things around. Be careful, however, of the “I can’t throw this plant out…where can I put it?” syndrome. With some plant, saving them is a make-work project for you.


How Gardens Heal

Some choose focal point statuary that has special meaning to them when creating healing gardens.

I remember talking with a fellow gardener about 20 years ago. He was telling me how the garden saved him after his divorce. “There I was,” he said, “down on my knees, literally. Having my hands in the dirt kept me sane.”

My friend was not alone. Many of us turn to the healing powers […]