Archive for the ‘Summer plants’ Category

Spring into summer with gusto

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 Posted in Late spring flowers, Nurseries, Summer plants, annuals, birds, butterflies, cat cove, companion plants, container gardens, garden art, garden designers, lawn replace, mulch, native plants, organic fertilizers, perennials, shade plants, tropical plants | 8 Comments »

Can you believe this? We’ve had spring (and winter!) longer than 15 minutes. Poppies keep popping up with spuria iris. I can’t have too many native winecups. In the cat cove, they team up with Gulf penstemon and Calylophus berlandieri ssp. Pinifolius. And ...

Drought disasters to avoid

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, Techniques, butterflies, deer, drought, garden design, garden designers, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, shade plants, trees, wildlife | 15 Comments »

Drought doesn’t scare me to pieces. My plants have been through it all and always come back for more. Yes, I do water some, but not outrageously. I avoid thirsty ones and go for those that can take our brutal ...

Get past August “Grr” with garden gifts all year long

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 Posted in Summer plants, bees, birds, butterflies, caterpillars, early spring flowers, native plants, philosophy, snow, winter color | 18 Comments »

In August, when gardeners flag “a little,” sometimes we need a boost to get past the “Grrr” and remember the gifts we’ve given ourselves, our neighbors, and our wildlife. In our gardens, we give the gift of life to the creatures ...

Fuzzy Wuzzy Plants

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 Posted in Insects, Summer plants, bees, birds, butterflies, caterpillars, companion plants, lawn replace, native plants | 8 Comments »

When it’s hot enough to scald our eyeballs walking across the street, garden fuzzie wuzzies tame our steaming souls.  Doesn’t this downy silk make you feel cooler already? As you can imagine, the purpose behind this floss inside milkweeds (Asclepia) is ...