Saturday, August 31, 2013

Do you know what this is?

This guy (or gal, I didn’t askphoto) came to visit the Garden Center.  The first person to post a correct guess on our FaceBook page wins a gift certificate for a massage at Healing Gardens! Do you know what this is?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Shift from Summer Annuals to Fall Flowers

SnapdragonOrnamental grasses, thyme lawns, and fall flowers all love a good monsoonal rain. Plus, anyone working a garden knows that a shovel goes through soaked ground like butter.  Well, maybe not quite like butter, but undoubtedly more easily than the holes dug during the crusty, dry months. Trust me on this; during this monsoon season many new plants have gone into the soft ground at the Lains’ casa. Rain definitely is a gardener’s best friend.

Our part of the country is celebrated for its mild four-season climate, but gardeners new to the region often don’t realize just how nice it really is:  Gardens can be encouraged to bloom 10 months out of the year!

However, by the end of October the first frost will arrive, taking out summer flowers and leaving the yard looking rather decimated. That means that there are only two months of blooming left for our gardens’ summer flowers. However, a strategic planting of cold-loving bloomers can keep flower color in the yard right into next year.  September is the month to plant the hardy plants that will bloom through November and December. Garden centers have brought in their first crops of mums, dusty miller, fall marigolds, Johnny jump-ups, and pansies.  The available crops of winter bloomers only get bigger and better as we approach October.

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Any unhealthy plants that are struggling, out of bloom, are bug prone, or are mildew covered should be cleared out of our late summer landscapes.  This will make room for the flowering plants that will persevere well into those first cold months. Some summer blooming plants still look so good in September that it can be difficult to pull ‘em and toss ‘em. However, the secret to early winter flowers is in planting early enough to take advantage of rains and the warm ground. Cold hardy bloomers should be established before the soil cools in late fall. So buff up your inner courage and pull out those plants that have to go!

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September is the month to harvest most mountain vegetables and herbs. Although summer rains have increased the harvest, much rain brings the chance of blossom end rot.  Watch fruits for black spots showing up where the blossom was. The slightest calcium deficiency causes this phenomenon, but it is easily corrected.

To combat this rotting, while encouraging more flavorful fruit, spray plant foliage with ‘Rot Stop’.  This is the most effective form of liquid calcium, and it even prevents future fruit damage.  Spray problem plants once a week through September to increase production, flavor, and rot free fruits.

Tomato_cluster_on_the_-vineBaskets full of tomatoes are sitting on our kitchen counter waiting to be processed.  If you are overwhelmed by the bounty from your garden, don’t forget that fresh fruits and vegetables are a blessing gratefully received at our local food banks and soup kitchens.  Most fresh food donations are so few they are delivered and used the same day they are donated.

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Garden Alert – Spittlebugs have landed and are sucking plants dry. White slimy globs ooze from the outer new growth of plants as this tiny brown bug drains the life out of our plants.  Just run a hand through the foliage and if it comes out slimed, there is a problem.  Not only is the slime ugly, it also is dangerous to plants. Locally, recent damage has been found on grapes, autumn sage, and Virginia creeper.

Although any insecticide can kill spittlebugs, it’s difficult to get the bug killer through all that white slimy spittle. With some organic ‘Home Harvest’ spritzed on each infected area, the bugs soon are eliminated. As it can be sprayed up to the day of harvesting, it is an insect eliminator that is safe for human consumption, and is no threat to birds and pets.  With the grape harvest so heavy this year, we need to be especially careful to select and apply the appropriate bug killers.

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Only family and closest friends are allowed into my private gardens.  This is because, and fellow gardeners will concur, my gardens give me an escape from life’s pressures and guarantee some alone time.  They truly act as a sanctuary to me.  However, I don’t mind sharing my gardens through video.   All the recent new plantings going into my gardens provided the perfect opportunity to shoot another local video.  My latest YouTube production is “How to Plant for Local Success”, and it shares the steps needed for new plantings to thrive.  The six-minute garden tutorial virtually guarantees success in the landscape.  Check it out and if helpful, give it “a thumbs up” and share with family and friends who are interested in gardening:
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Free Class – The season’s first fall garden class will be next Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Watters’ back greenhouses. The topic is “Autumn Colors Enjoyed at Home”. Each attendee of this free class will learn how to add beautiful color to their landscape.

Until next week, I’ll see you in the garden center.


Calling All Men!

Don’t miss out on the “Get Real” Men’s Expo Saturday September 7th @ Prescott Mile High Middle School Shift from Summer Annuals to Fall Flowers

Friday, August 23, 2013

Rains Insure Success While Gardening on a Dime

plant sale‘Monsoon Madness’, ‘Fall Sale’, ‘Sizzling Summer’, ‘Fall Planting Event’, however the sales are billed, this is the time to watch local garden centers for end-of-season bargains. These sales are necessary to clear out the passing season’s plants to make room for shipments of new fall stock. At our garden center we call this annual clearing-out our “Monster Monsoon Sale”. It lasts through a couple of weekends as the “new” trees and shrubs arrive. It’s the wise gardener who takes advantage of some irresistibly good bargains.

The best savings of the year are to be had through September. Expect at least 25% off, to as much as 65% off. (At my place I’ve been known to give away plants when I know they’re going to a good home!)

Keep a watchful eye on your favorite garden centers and scoop up the deals as early as possible. Because savvy gardeners know to take advantage of these between season sales, the limited quantities go fast.

If you’ve been considering a landscape addition to create more seasonal excitement in your garden, now is the time. Labor Day is the official start of our fall planting season, and that means that there are two months left of our growing season.  Whether planting some of the past season’s stock or new arrivals, the plants have plenty of time to develop extensive root systems. A perennial’s chance at success definitely is increased when planted in fall.  Many that bloom in late summer and autumn are especially happy when planted this time of year. With the exception of mums, nurseries DO NOT want any perennial plants left as they transition into the autumn planting season.  So, if the plant you want isn’t on sale, ask for a discount.  Nurseries are remarkably receptive to giving you “a deal”, especially when you offer to take home more than one plant.

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Sun-loving perennials that do really well in local gardens:merlot-coneflower

  1. Merlot Coneflower - A well-behaved plant with bold 5” merlot-rose flowers. Its natural home is with other perennials in a flower border, but this reliable plant also is good planted individually out by the mailbox. The character of this knee high plant is right at home in the mountains, so it does well in wild gardens with native plants. It’s an excellent source of cut flowers.

  2. Joe Pye Phantom – When in bloom, “impressive” is the only way to describe this 3’ perennial.  So sun-hardy it can be used in the native garden or as a backdrop to a rock garden. Sturdy and upright the plant is covered with lavender blossoms from summer through autumn. The delicious vanilla scent is attractive to people and a magnet to butterflies.

  3. Wall Germander – Rich rosy flowers are an attractive contrast against the dense, deep aromatic leaves of this easy-care plant.  It blooms all summer long in water-wise gardens and makes a good, care free informal filler around larger shrubs and perennials. Even where there’s a thick population of nosy deer!

Shade-loving perennials that are star performers in our area:

  1. autumn brilliance fernBrilliance Autumn Fern – One of the few ferns that grows well locally.  This handsome selection has coppery-red new foliage that is a brighter and significantly more dramatic red than other ferns. The bold leaves mature to deeply cut dark green.  Its spectacular autumn colors illuminate the landscape, and the plant comes back for another showing every spring.

  2. Grace Ward Lithodora – Iridescent blue flowers crown this tidy 12” perennial.  So tough it is used as a rock garden accent.  In extremely hot areas its slightly mounded form likes some shade.

  3. Crème Brule Heuchera – A breakthrough in Heuchera breeding! In both spring and fall, the chartreuse foliage has a heavy smattering of brick red coloration that radiates out from each leaf. During summer, the leaves lighten with a silvery overlay. Although it’s grown for the fantastic foliage there are cream-colored flowers that appear in midsummer.  It is one of the few evergreen perennials during milder mountain winters, but it also loves heat.

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Garden Alert – Swarms of black, one-inch long beetles are hitting gardeners in Paulden, Chino and Prescott Valley.  Reports of ‘Blister Beetles’ have attacked potato crops, birds of paradise, ash trees, and many other landscape shrubs.  My frustration with this pest led me to create a solution to combat this little eating machine.  Fight back by spraying this insidious insect with my, “Multi-Purpose Insect Spray”.  The death is immediate; you actually will see bugs dropping as they’re sprayed with it!

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facebookCongratulations to Jane, Jess, Jo, Jag, and Cindy for their winning entry in last week’s garden photo contest.  Everyone that entered received a free Heuchera courtesy of Monrovia Growers.  It is fun to see what other local gardeners are growing, so, although the contest is over, you may look at each Facebook garden entry on the web at

Until next week, I’ll see you in the garden center. Rains Insure Success While Gardening on a Dime

Thursday, August 22, 2013

How to Plant a tree shrub or vine

This video demonstrates: Exact planting hole size, how to treat the roots, back fill, food and rooting stimulators and how to top dress a newly planted tree, shrub, or vine in 3-Easy steps!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Photo Contest Results

Here are the winners are our photo contest:

Mighty WisteriaBackyard ColorMini Vineyard
 #1 Mighty Wisteria ~ Jane H Backyard Color ~ Jess B Mini Vineyard ~ Jag F


Pugtunias ~ Cindy M

Garden Oasis

Garden Oasis ~ Jo A

And here are the other submissions:

Moth on SalviaButterfly on Coneflower Sunflower ~ Nicole R
 Moth on Salvia ~ T. L. Butterfly on Coneflower Sunflower ~ Nicole R Photo Contest Results

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Blonde Ambition Grama Grass

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama GrassIn plume now with long lasting blonde seed heads that hover above the rugged blue foliage. These unusual plumes decorate the plant right through winter adding interest to the garden 365 days of the year.  This super hardy knee high native is equal in cold and drought hardiness as our wilder blue grama, only better.  Striking, flag-like flowers rise above the blades. Tolerates any soil type and the perfect choice for low maintenance landscapes. Blonde Ambition Grama Grass

Friday, August 16, 2013

Six Keys to Hassle-Free Landscapes

fire resistant landscapeWouldn’t it be wonderful if you could enjoy an attractive, colorful garden without spending all your free time working in it?  Well, it can be done. All it takes is some knowledge about the right plants with the right mountain gardening techniques. Do your research for the best easy-care trees, shrubs, and perennials BEFORE you plant and you’ll save time and money now and for years into the future of your landscape.

When considering hassle-free landscaping, the six cardinal principles in order of importance are:

  1. Choose plants that are known to be reliable and problem free for your area and won’t outgrow their allotted spaces.

  2. Reduce the size of your lawn or eliminate it entirely.

  3. Prepare mountain soils before planting so plants get a strong start.

  4. Use shredded cedar bark to discourage weeds and bugs and to conserve soil moisture.

  5. Feed often with slow release organic fertilizers.

  6. Install an automatic drip irrigation system.

Use the right plant in the right place.  Considering the bewildering array of plants available at garden centers, choosing the right plants for the right places will require a little research.  Start by making a list of plants you like, even look around your neighborhood for interesting options. Consult gardening books and magazine articles to learn about the plants on your list, and ask the staff at your favorite garden center how well local conditions suit the plants that have caught your eye.  Take quick pictures of your landscape, the plants you like, the plants you dislike, and then share them with the horticulturalist working with you.  Keep in mind that a picture is worth a thousand words and helps to narrow down recommendations.

Allow enough space for the size of each plant at its maturity.  A common mistake is to choose plants that look just right on planting day and then rapidly outgrow their allotted spaces, creating a continual maintenance headache. Unlike an interior design that looks best the day it is installed, a landscape design should look its best when it’s about five years old.

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Some plant varieties have resistance to pests and diseases that plague their particular species. For example, ‘Prairie Fire crabapple’ is resistant to both apple scab and fire blight.  ‘Flower Carpet’ and ‘Knockout’ roses are rarely troubled by black spot, mildew, or thrips, problems that are common to other landscape shrubs. Choosing disease resistant varieties will result in fewer pests that ultimately will translate into less maintenance.

Dwarf varieties such as Alberta Spruce grow very slowly, as little as an inch per year. Such slow growers are more expensive initially because a plant that is 4-6’ tall may be 15 years old. Growers have invested as much time and materials in these as in faster growing varieties that are much larger. But the initial extra cost pays off over time because such plants need minimal if any pruning.  Other good dwarf varieties are petite blue butterfly bush, abbotswood potentilla, acoma crape myrtle, boulder blue fescue, crimson ruby barberry, flame maple, sand cherry, and gilded edge silverberry.

Amending the planting hole with composted mulch provides just the boost new plants need. Even if plants require only minimal maintenance, fertilizer and water still are essential to healthy growth. To make fertilizing a snap, use all natural plant foods that release over an extended period of time.  I created “All Purpose Plant Food” 7-4-4 specifically for mountain gardens.  It not only feeds the plants, but also feeds the soil so plants want to root deeper into our mountain soils.  Healthier, deeper roots translate into a healthier plant.

So there you have it. Follow these simple suggestions and you almost can ignore your garden and enjoy it, too.  My newly created “Preferred Plant Guide” is a list of the best local landscape plants. Of course, it’s free for the asking when you visit the garden center.

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Blonde Ambition Blue Grama GrassPlant of the Week – Blonde Ambition grama grass is in plume and looking summertime good, its long lasting blonde seed heads hovering above the rugged blue foliage. These unusual plumes decorate the plant right through winter adding interest to the garden 365 days of a year. Native, drought hardy, and really easy to grow, every garden should grow one.

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Gardening Class - ‘Vacation Landscapes with Less Work” is the topic of today’s free gardening class. We’ll cover the right designs, the right plants, and the right placement for a mountain landscape that doesn’t require a lot of care.  Bring pencil and paper for lots of notes, and don’t forget pictures of your landscape project for design advice.  We will have lots of local horticulturalists on hand to help during and after this class.  Class is free and starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. in the greenhouse at Watters.

Until next week, I’ll see you in the garden center. Six Keys to Hassle-Free Landscapes

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Blaze Maple

autumn-blaze-maple treeExtreme growth of 3 feet or more each year. The fall color glows like embers in a blazing hot fire, thus the name. There is just no other maple to consider at this altitude. It loves mountain soils, extreme conditions, and takes our wind better than any other shade tree I know.  Perfect for patios, hot sunny walls, street and driveway trees or anyplace shaded relief is needed though summer. Plant now and watch these trees showing off their stuff in fall with spectacular blazing reds leaves. Blaze Maple

Friday, August 9, 2013

Preserve Summer Herbs for Winter Cooking

sphinx moth over lantanaThis week’s photo shows a sphinx moth enjoying the nectar of a Miss Huff lantana. Sphinxes are beautiful as adults, but as youngsters (in their worm stage) they devastate any and all tomato and pepper plants. During its caterpillar stage of life local gardeners know the sphinx as the dreaded ‘Green Horned Tomato Worm’! Moths have been laying eggs in our gardens for several weeks, and now local gardeners are telling stories of hoards of the green munching machines devouring their plants. This is serious stuff! If left unchecked these worms can strip all the foliage from their plants of choice. So, take a close look at your tomato and pepper plants TODAY!

Judging by the number of customers streaming into the garden center to see me about their ravaged gardens, worm despoliation has progressed to epidemic proportions. ‘Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew’ is the easy organic solution to deal with these nasty pests. Simply spritz tomato and pepper foliage with this non-offensive liquid. Then, later in the day as the caterpillars digest the leaves, they die, and their devastation stops.

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Garden HerbsIf you have herbs in your garden, you know that many are peaking. Although I’ve been harvesting like mad, quantities are exceeding consumption at our house; so it’s time to start preserving for later use. One of the easiest ways to preserve culinary herbs is to dry them. Drying is a quick process that effectively retains herbs’ essential oils and flavors.

Air-drying Method

  1. Cut only healthy branches from plants.

    Remove dry or spotted leaves.

    If necessary, rinse with cool water and pat dry with paper towels.

    Remove lower leaves from the bottom inch of the branch.

  2. Gather together 4-6 branches, and using string or rubber bands tie them into a loose bunch.

    Punch several holes in a paper bag and label it with the name of the herb.

    Place the herb bundle upside down in the bag.

    The bundle of herbs should not be crowded or cramped.

    Tie together the exposed stems of the herbs and the open end of the bag.

    Hang the bag away from direct sunlight in a warm, airy room like a garage or mudroom.

  3. In two weeks see how drying is progressing.

    Keep checking weekly until herbs are dry and ready to use.

    Dried herbs retain more of their flavors when the leaves are stored whole in airtight containers.

Not only is air-drying the easiest and least expensive way to dry fresh herbs, but slow drying doesn’t deplete the herbs of their oils. This process works best for herbs with a low moisture content like bay, dill, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, summer savory, and thyme. Um-m-m!

Frozen Leaf Method

  1. Harvest the freshest, healthiest leaves.

  2. Spread the individual leaves on a small tray or cookie sheet. Freezing the individual leaves flat and separated will prevent them from freezing together into an unwieldy brick.

  3. Put the tray of leaves into the freezer.

  4. When the leaves have frozen solid, gently place them in airtight containers, and return them to the freezer. Very tasty!

Ice Cube Method

  1. Stuff 2-3 individual leaves or a spoonful of chopped herbs into ice cube trays.

  2. Fill the tray half full with water. Make sure the leaves are submerged in the water. (They will tend to float, but we’ll fix that with the next step.) Put the half-filled trays into the freezer.

  3. Once the cubes are frozen, finish filling the trays with water. The leaves will no longer be able to float and can be completely surrounded with water. Now place the tray back into the freezer to freeze the cubes until solid.

  4. Once the ice cubes are formed, remove them from the tray and store them in zip-closing freezer bags.

  5. When ready to use, toss the whole ice cube into the dish you’re cooking. Yum!

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Autumn Blaze maple is the only maple tree to consider for planting at this altitude. There is no other maple that thrives in our mountain soils and extreme weather conditions. Critically important is that it stands up to our winds better than other shade trees. Maple trees are harvested in late summer, and because of generous rains, this year’s crop of Autumn Blaze maples is really nice. Expect an annual extreme growth of 3 feet or more from this shade tree. Its autumn colors glow like embers in a blazing hot fire, thus the name. This tree is perfect as a street and driveway tree, for patios, hot sunny walls, and any place that needs shaded relief from summer. Summer is the ideal time to plant a new shade tree. It will have time to establish a nice root system, and then, come autumn, it will be ready to show off its spectacular blazing red colors. There is no pest that is a problem to this tree.

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coarl bell plantGarden Photo Contest. First, submit your best garden photo at Then, have your friends (and yourself) vote for your photo. The entry with the most votes wins a free plant. Local growers have generously donated free plants for winners and the friends that vote for them. You could win a beautiful flowering perennial plant that will give you gorgeous blooms every year and have fun doing it! I encourage all local gardeners to upload garden photos including themselves and their friends in the gardens. Hint – Pictures with dogs, cats, and other garden wildlife always receive the highest numbers of votes.

Until next week, I’ll see you in the garden center. Preserve Summer Herbs for Winter Cooking

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Plant Tip - Tiger Eye Sumac

30 second Plant Tip of the day on the Tiger Eye Sumac:

You can use this fern-like, palm-like plant as a water accent. And, it is also absolutely animal proof! Plant Tip - Tiger Eye Sumac

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Plant Tip - Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine

30 second plant tip of the day on the Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine:

Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine – Bright orange to red flowers adorn this fast growing mountain vine Plant Tip - Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine

Tiger Eyes Sumac

Tiger Eye SumacNew growth is a lively chartreuse green, quickly changing to yellow, both colors contrasting nicely with the rosy-pink stems. The branches angle upward while the deeply cut leaflets drape downward, giving an oriental look. As magnificent as the knee high summer colors are, the dramatic effect of yellow, orange and intense scarlet in autumn are unparalleled. Great companion plant with blues of Russian Sage. Absolutely animal proof! Tiger Eyes Sumac

Friday, August 2, 2013

Plant Tip - Brakelight Yucca

30 second plant tip of the day on Brakelight Yucca:

A compact new color selection of Hesperaloe parviflora! The vibrant, brake-light red color is wonderful contrast to the standard form which tends to be more pink or salmon in color. This compact grower reaches two feet tall and features a very long bloom season. Lovely in containers or massed into groups Plant Tip - Brakelight Yucca

The Key to Gardening Success? Plant It Right!

potting benchAs you might expect, I hear differing opinions on which of our local seasons is the best for planting and gardening success.  My suggestion is to check your weeds for the answer.  It’s a fact that, like the weeds coming alive in the rest of the landscape, monsoon-drenched gardens take off with new growth.  Rain is the best “natural” nurturer for all plant life

A full front yard remodel has taken over the Lain casa where patios, new irrigation, decorative walls, and soil preparation have been months in the making.  Now, with the arrival of the monsoon rains, plants are going into the ground “fast-and-furious”. Dozens of plants have gone into the gardens with confidence that none will fail.

Because of the harsh environment, mountain planting is not easy. That’s why short cuts to the planting process greatly increase a plant’s mortality rate. Plant success is completely in the hands of the gardener, and that success often is attributed to a “green thumb” which in turn breeds confidence.

You too can have a green thumb’s confidence with these six easy steps.

Step 1 – Mountain roots grow just under the soil’s surface.  Even taproots take a 90- degree turn soon after trying to send a taproot straight down.  Don’t fight nature; work with it! The width of your planting hole should be three times the size of the plant’s root ball and just a little bit deeper.  Remove rocks, old roots and other debris from the soil. Any detritus larger than a golf ball should be removed from the planting site.  A properly prepared planting hole is the second most overlooked step when planting.

Step 2 – Composted mulch is essential in the planting hole.  A plant bought from a garden center is grown in a soil-less mix and its roots will not take to a yuck-filled, sterile planting hole. Blend together one shovelful of mulch for every three shovels of native soil.  Use this mixture to back fill around the plant’s roots.  A new plant must adapt to the soil in its new landscape, but this blending ratio will insure that roots have a successful transition.

Aqua Boost main labelStep 3 – The most overlooked step in mountain gardening is guaranteeing new plants a consistent water source.  Sprinkle a few “Aqua Boost Crystals” at the bottom of the planting hole and add some to your blended mulch/soil mixture.  Water holding crystals will ensure water is accessible to the plant.  They also greatly reduce the amount of water needed to keep the plant going.  As the water boosting crystals shrink and swell with water they provide roots with the space they must have to breathe and grow.

Step 4 – Keep the roots exposed!  Roots must breathe, so the roots you see exposed in the grower’s pot should remain exposed after planting.  Do NOT cover them with any Step 2 planting mixture.  Do pack the mixture firmly around the roots to eliminate air pockets.

Step 5 – Happy plants are hungry plants, especially when first planted.  For your plant’s sake make sure to stay away from strong synthetic foods.  Each of my new plants receives a light dose of “All Purpose Plant Food” 7-4-4, about one tablespoon for each gallon size of plant. For example:  sprinkle 1 tablespoon of 7-4-4- food on top of a 1 gallon-sized planting, 5 tablespoons of 7-4-4 food sprinkled on top of a 5 gallon planting.  A simple step to acquiring gardening confidence.

Step 6 – Transplanting a plant from its commercial container, nurturing and caring for it its entire life in your landscape is much like the mending and maintenance following the stress of open heart surgery. ‘Root & Grow’ is like a liquid antibiotic for new plantings.  It minimizes the stress of transplanting and encourages healthy root growth. Add this rooting liquid to the plants’ normal water cycle at two-week intervals until new leaves and flowers make their debuts.

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Weed advice – ‘Weed Beater Complete’ is an amazingly effective product that combines weed killing and the prevention of subsequent outbreaks.  Simply spread like a dry fertilizer over weed colonies, it means certain death to the nastiest weeds. A weed free yard follows within days of application! This two-in-one product also kills weed seeds at the same time.  Most thorough results are noticed when it is applied while weeds are young, small, and tender.

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Tiger Eye SumacTiger Eyes Sumac – One of the many plants in my newly-planted gardens.  Its new growth is a lively chartreuse green that soon changes to yellow, both colors contrasting nicely with the rosy-pink stems. As eye-catching as these knee-high summer colors are, the dramatic effect of yellow, orange, and intense scarlet in autumn is unparalleled. The branches angle upward while the deeply cut leaflets drape downward, giving an oriental look. This great companion plant to the blues of Russian Sage is absolutely animal proof!

Until next week, I’ll see you in the garden center. The Key to Gardening Success? Plant It Right!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Plant Tip - Akebia Vine

30 second plant tip of the day on the Akebia vine:

Great way to use Akebia in the landscape to hide unsightly fence, wiring, rocks, etc. Plant Tip - Akebia Vine