Necessity is indeed the mother of invention, and circumstances shape our preferences and thus our plant collections.
Spring is the time to prepare for fall, so this month is a good time to think about your September garden.
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.