A list of the plants that carry my garden through the tough days of August.
Different varieties of lily bulbs can be planted to provide a succession of flowers from June through August in well-drained, sunny areas of a garden.
If you need color in your shady woodland garden consider planting Japanese kerria, either as an accent or as a massed shrub border.
The malva plant is a mainstay in my cutting garden. There are both pink and white flowering malvas, and the blooms look like miniature hollyhocks.
There are old-fashioned spiraeas with lacy white flowers such as ‘Bridal Wreath’ that are quite large, as well as many new dwarf cultivars on the market.
In the Midwest, May is the month when our bearded iris bloom, and they are often combined in beds with the multi-petaled peony, another May-flowering perennial.
Most of us prefer tulips in a vase when they are closed or just partly open, rather than splayed outwards, wide open, just before the petals fall.
This is NOT about co-existence, it is about gardens that are completely over run by animals that create serious health and traffic hazards.
Learn about the classic Spiraea 'Bridal Wreath' on this Focus on Flowers.
Deer will eat any plant if they are hungry enough. However, like us, they find some foods more appetizing than others.