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21 Gardening Tips

21 Gardening Tips

1. WHAT ARE THE TOP 5 SUN PERENNIALS THAT BLOOM THE LONGEST? For summer long bloom you can't live without

  • Geranium Rozanne
  • Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Calamagrostis Karl Foerster
  • Coreopsis
  • Nepeta Walker's Low

2.HOW DO I GET RID OF VOLES IN MY GARDEN?
Voles damage plants by eating the roots. The roots of Hellebores are poisonous so voles stay away.  To deter voles, plant Hellebores around the perimeter of your garden.

3. WHAT EVERGREEN HEDGE GROWS 3 FEET A YEAR?
To create privacy, consider planting Thuja, which can grow up to 3 feet a year.  Thuja provides a pleasing backdrop to roses and hydrangeas. Ornamental Grasses can conceal unsightly chain link fences and make very an attractive low growing hedge.

4.WHAT ARE THE TOP 5 FOOLPROOF DROUGHT TOLERANT PERENNIALS FOR HOT, DRY LOCATIONS?  The absolutely best performing drought tolerant plants are:

  • Sedums
  • Nepeta
  • Delosperma
  • Sempervivum
  • Daylilies

5.WHAT PERENNIALS MAKE THE LONGEST LASTING CUT FLOWER?

  • Echinacea
  • Shasta Daisies
  • Perovskia (Russian Sage)
  • Hydrangea

6.WHAT ARE THE TOP 5 PERENNIALS THAT SHRUG OFF DEER & RABBITS?

  • Euphorbia
  • Hellebore
  • Lavander
  • Creeping Thyme
  • Sedums

7.WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO CUT BACK MY ORNAMENTAL GRASSES?
As elegant as they are, certain ornamental grasses such as Miscanthus, Calamagrostis, and Panicums MUST be cut down in order to rejuvenate themselves for the next growing season.   When do you do this?  Either in fall or spring, but we prefer to wait until spring so we can enjoy the dried heads during the winter.
Maintenance Tip:  When the weather permits you to work outside comfortably, one of the first tasks is to cut down ornamental grasses.  If grasses are really tall , cut them down by ½ first - this is much more manageable, then proceed to cut down near ground level (Leave about 8 inches of old stubble.

8.WHAT IS YOUR BEST TIP FOR SAVING MONEY EVERY YEAR
    Use Groundcovers in place of mulch.
Ground covers represent a sound economic investment in addition to adding beauty to your landscape.  Instead of replacing mulch year after year, consider adding groundcovers to your foundation plantings and garden beds.
Planting groundcovers will:
a)    Save time on annual cleanup
b)    Benefits trees and shrubs by increasing porosity and organic content
c)    Provides a practical alternative to turf grass - (no mowing, leaf removal, irrigation, etc)
BEST GROUNDCOVERS FOR SHADE:   Heuchera, Tiarella, Hostas, Helleborus
Best GROUNDCOVERS FOR SUN:  Sedums, Nepeta


9.HOW CAN I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN?
Do you have an area in the garden where your garden plants performed poorly?  For plants to perform well, they need good soil and water. Take the time to assess your soil and make sure your plants are well-drained and receiving ample water. 


10.HOW CAN I REDUCE MAINTENANCE IN MY GARDEN?
20 Minutes a Week to a Beautiful Garden. Schedule maintenance time in your Day Planner - it will pay huge dividends. Spend 20 mintues a week just for garden maintenance (edging, deadheading, weeding).  This is time well-spent that will keep your garden looking great all season long. 


11.DO I FERTILIZE MY NEW GARDEN?
When establishing a new garden bed, gardeners frequently add plenty of organic matter such as bagged peat moss , compost, or manure.  Although not high on the nutrient scale, they should provide adequate enough for your plants to get off to a great start.  Established beds should be fertilized every year.


12.HOW MUCH DO I WATER
My father, an exceptional nurseryman always recommended an inch of water a week. (and boy, was his landscape always beautiful).  This can be a combination of overhead watering, soaker hoses and natural rainfall.


13.WHAT ARE YOUR TOP GARDEN DESIGN TIPS?
The following represents THREE of OUR favorite garden design tips.  Remember it is important to match the plants with the site.


Think in threes then add more!
Garden planning is easier if you simply begin within three plants that match the same soil and exposure requirements.  Walk around your garden and collect garden swatches and see how well they look together.  Continue to add swatches as your garden grows
A favorite Garden Swatch for
Shade:   Hosta, Heuchera, Carex
Sun:      Knockout Roses, Perosvskia, Echinacea


Think in layers for a full, richer look
Designing in layers according to size and light requirements not only maximizes your growing space but creates a full, richer look, not to mention keeping the weeds at bay.
Layer example
Shade:  Small tree, hydrangea, hosta, Tiarella
Sun (south facing)  Thuja, Perovskia, KnockOut Roses, Echinacea Pink Double Delight


Plant in groups 
Plant in groups of three or more. For smaller plants use at least 5, 7 or more. Larger groupings give greater impact. Try to stay away planting just one of something, unless it is a large specimen.


14.WHAT ARE THE BEST PERENNIALS FOR ATTRACTING BUTTERFLIES
If you want to If you want an army of winged beauties to your garden try these no-fail favorites:
·         Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
·         Phlox (Garden Phlox
·         Coneflower (Echinacea)


15.WHAT ARE THE BEST PERENNIALS FOR A NO FUSS  CONTAINER GARDENING?
Over the years, we've tried to grow A LOT of perennials in containers, and quite honestly some fair better than others (and overwinter better as well)   Here's some of our favorite container perennials.
·         Hostas - Select large leaf types for a bold, dramatic effect. Our favorites include
·         Lysimachia Aurea - Easy groundcover with a beautiful spilling habit.
·         Heucheras - For season long color plant Heucheras. A few of our favorites include Frosted Violet, Mocha, Southern Comfort
·         Sedums - Have fun with Sedum groundcovers. Combine different foliage colors for 4 season gardening. Check out our Plant It & Forget it Garden
·         Ornamental Grasses - The larger the ornamental grass, the larger the container since they like a lot of room to spread their roots. 

 
16.WHAT ARE YOUR LONGEST FLOWERING SHADE PLANTS?
Heuchera Paris
Tiarella Sugar & Spice
Hydrangea
Viola Etain


17.WHAT ARE THE BEST PLANTS FOR SEASON LONG INTEREST?
Foliage that offer colors, patterns, & texture will extend the interest in your perennial garden beyond just one season
For shade:   Ferns, Heucheras & Hostas
For sun:  Perovskia, Sedums, Ajugas


18.WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO MOVE OR PLANT PERENNIAS?
In the spring & fall, the weather is cooler which means less transplanting shock on perennials plus there is more available moisture.  Drought tolerant perennials such as Daylilies, Hostas, Sedums are more adaptable to stress and can be moved most any time of the growing season.


19. HOW DO I GET MY REBLOOMING DAYLILIES TO BLOOM LONGER?
We know the important of good soil and adequate water.  But if you really want to extend the flower power of your daylilies you must following these steps:
 1) Remove seed pods. Seed pods will rob energy that is needed for new buds.
 2) Divide every 3 or so years. As clumps get bigger, they will not bloom as long. Once you begin to see the flower power dwindle, it is time to divide.


20.HOW CAN I GAIN A SEASON?
Fall is a great time to plant perennials & shrubs.  You gain a whole season with fall planting. So let's get to the root of this - it is about roots. Plants put on a lot of root growth in the fall when temperatures are cooler and water is more available. 
What does this mean?  In spring, plants can put more of their energy into top growth, which generally means they are larger.


21. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING PLANTS ONLINE?
Some helpful tips in to consider
1)    Is there hardiness zone information and does it match your growing site?
2)    Check both price AND plant sizes to make sure you get a true apples to apples comparison.
3)    Are discounts or volume pricing available when I buy more than one?
4)    Are there coupons or special offers?
5)    Is there a guarantee?
6)    Does the website offer secure on-line shopping?
 
For all the above, shop www.GreatGardenPlants.com

 

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