Archive for the ‘Summer plants’ Category

Catching rain, aquaponics, squash pollination & nematode control

Thursday, June 20th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, aquaponics, birds, butterflies, drought, garden designers, perennials, pests, plant propagation, rain catchment, rain water collection, urban farms | 4 Comments »

First, here’s something to cool down the dog days! It’s Salvia argentea, my first try at this low-growing fuzzy silver in the grinding hot cat cove, now well-amended with decomposed granite. In the front bed, I’m going for tall drama with equally ...

Cute Overload That Matters: Kids & Wildlife

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 Posted in Insects, Late spring flowers, Summer plants, children, crafts, garden bloggers, garden designers, garden projects, habitat, herbs, native plants, perennials, recipes, wildlife | 4 Comments »

I’ve never been afraid of spiders since I read Charlotte’s Web as a kid. In fact, I veer around their intricate knitting so I don’t mess it up. Selfishly I hope the spiders mess it up themselves with a few leaf-footed ...

Garden fiesta and Viva Tequila!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, Techniques, agaves, annuals, bees, birds, books, butterflies, garden design, perennials, succulents | 5 Comments »

What’s your favorite garden color or combination? Mine change with the season, week, and even the hour. Right now, it’s hard to resist that current cat cove combo—how’s that for alliteration—pink rock rose (Pavonia lasiopetela) and Calylophus berlandieri, where sun ...

Sneaking into summer

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, Tours, butterflies, compost, grafted vegetables, native plants, passalong plants, perennials, ponds, tomatoes, water features | 8 Comments »

Now here’s a plant for your list. My native snake herb (Dyschoriste linearis) sneaks in to attract butterflies in its carefree perennial spread in part-time sun. When Michelle Pfluger from Green ‘n Growing introduced it to us last year, I raced ...