Mums, hay bales, cornstalks, and pumpkins are starting to pop up in neighborhoods everywhere. Most people have put their vegetable gardens to bed by now. So when we recommend adding cabbage or peppers in fall plantings, it raises some eyebrows. Using plants that are traditionally grown as edibles to accent the landscape can be a difficult concept for many. But it’s important to note that using cabbage, kale, or even ornamental peppers can bring visual interest, little maintenance, and long lasting color into your fall annual garden or container.
Looking for a unique plant to add to your container gardens this year? One of our favorites here at Winterberry is the Canna. Known for its dramatic foliage and brightly-colored flowers, this tropical is sure to add some pizazz to any planter or landscape!
One of the things we especially love about Cannas is the variety of foliage colors found on the many different types of Canna. Some have deep burgundy leaves while others have bright green and even striped leaves! In addition, if the foliage alone isn’t striking enough, Canna flowers typically last for several weeks. The boldness of the red, orange or yellow flowers presents quite the dramatic appearance against the colorful foliage.
This summer has been hot and dry. You may have had it with your lawn. It’s natural. After summer winds down, the tendency is to put lawn care on the back burner until spring blooms anew. But by taking time to put your yard and landscape “to bed” in fall, your lawn will reap the rewards. Give your lawn a fresh start next spring by managing these fall cleanup tips.
It’s hard to believe that fall is already here (where did the summer go)! That just means that it’s time to freshen up your summer container gardens and get them ready for the new season. I know my containers at home are looking tired and are definitely ready for some rejuvenation.
As the summer season comes barreling in, so does the most Patriotic time of the year. The Fourth of July brings about many friendly gatherings and cookouts which give us plant lovers a great excuse to spruce up our planting arrangements. Creating a decorative Patio Pot for the summer is a great way to go. It can function as the table center piece and easily move to continue to add color to your patio or deck. Mixing in red, white and blue flowers will brighten up containers and wow your guests with a patriotic punch of color.
It seems today that many people have the impression that gardening is hard work and not an easy hobby to have. In reality, it’s all in how you look at it. You can make it as easy or as complicated you want to. When “gardening” comes to mind for some, they think of spending a lot of time planning, planting, caring for and maintaining their plants, which results in a lot of time and work. This type of gardening works for some people, as they view it as an enjoyable and a relaxing hobby. For others, that type of gardening just doesn’t fit into their already busy lifestyle. However, there are some trends for this upcoming season that are the perfect solution to make gardening easy for the modern gardener.
While Autumn may be one of the most beautiful times of year, it is also one of the busiest – for your yard. With the changing of the seasons, it is important to spruce up your property with a little Fall clean-up. A little preparation for Winter in the Fall will have huge benefits come Springtime. Here are some of our suggestions:
1) Keep up with your raking! Be sure to clear your lawn of all leaves on a weekly basis – freshly dropped leaves are easier to clean then wet heavy ones. If you do not have a landscaper to remove the leaves, check with your town to see if they have weekly curb-side leaf cleanup. *It is important to do this before the first snowfall to avoid snow pressing leaves into your lawn/garden & potentially killing them.
When I think of fall gardening, I think of a second spring. Recharged by the cool air, I’m fired up to do some planting! One of the reasons I really enjoy planting in the fall is that there is less thought to it. You just plant and go! At this time of year, plants are winding down. When you do plant, be sure to amend the soil with a good compost and mycorrhizae. Top-dress with some mulch, water the plants well, and Presto! Your plants are set! Since the plants require less watering at this time of year, you may not have to go back and water again. (It is still recommended to check the soil moisture daily, especially on warmer days.) Next spring, your plants will reemerge from dormancy, no hand-holding necessary.
Summer garden maintenance can be a delight for some and a burden to others, depending how regularly you get outdoors to poke around in the garden. Here at Winterberry, we are happy to share our insider tips for a successful growing season.