Couldn’t resist!

Couldn’t resist!

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Ilex x attenuata ‘Foster #2’ (Foster holly); love the heavy fruit set!

Ilex x attenuata ‘Foster #2’ (Foster holly); love the heavy fruit set!

wildestdreamsgardens:

Orange and Brown in the late summer garden.  With orange it is either a love or hate affair.    Orange has been my favorite color since I was a child, since the first time I looked at an orange nasturtium.  Whether it was orange soda, burnt orange cars, or orange Hostess cupcakes I fancied it.  Now it is orange in the garden and often in earth shades of cinnamon, terracotta and autumnal rusty shades.

Stunning meadow garden!

I never planted these particular daylilies. They came up as seedlings from nearby daylilies that are a completely different color. Not only are these orange but the flowers are double, with a slight burgundy throat. It’s always fun to see what surprises nature will throw your way!

I never planted these particular daylilies. They came up as seedlings from nearby daylilies that are a completely different color. Not only are these orange but the flowers are double, with a slight burgundy throat. It’s always fun to see what surprises nature will throw your way!

Most of my plants are a bit delayed after a chilly start to the spring, but things are kicking into high gear now. I tried some new things this year…heirloom tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra), as well as new varieties of zucchini (Patio Star - good for containers; Cavili - produces fruit without pollination). I also grew some of my veggie plants in fabric containers, GeoPots to be exact, and am using Neptune’s Harvest Seaweed/Fish fertilizer. It appears I’ll be having quite a harvest this year!

Variagated Weigela, a stunning flowering shrub with creamy yellow-edged leaves, and smothered in white/pink tubular flowers in spring. Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds!

Variagated Weigela, a stunning flowering shrub with creamy yellow-edged leaves, and smothered in white/pink tubular flowers in spring. Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds!

The Bible of Native Plants

While I wait for spring to arrive, I’ve been spending some time reading up on the many wonderful native perennials, shrubs, and trees for the southeastern U.S. This book is quickly becoming a favorite of mine:

It starts off by discussing the importance of preserving our native plants, and the role that wildlife gardens play in our ecosystems, then gets into great detail about the various families of native plants (hollies, magnolias, maples, etc.) including growing information. I highly commend this book to anyone interested in planting native!

wallacegardens:

Weeping Hemlock 
This lovely beast is a Weeping Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), picked up during one of my shopping trips to Iseli Nursery for a client a few years back. It arrived in a 36” wooden crate, and was very carefully installed between the hot tub and the pool. Its finely textured leaves and dense growth habit make it a unique focal point for an intimate, enclosed garden setting. This tree needs protection from afternoon sun, and is best utilized in a sheltered location here in Georgia, Zone 7B.

wallacegardens:

Weeping Hemlock 

This lovely beast is a Weeping Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), picked up during one of my shopping trips to Iseli Nursery for a client a few years back. It arrived in a 36” wooden crate, and was very carefully installed between the hot tub and the pool. Its finely textured leaves and dense growth habit make it a unique focal point for an intimate, enclosed garden setting. This tree needs protection from afternoon sun, and is best utilized in a sheltered location here in Georgia, Zone 7B.

This is how you correctly prune crape myrtles. If you are having to hack off entire sections of the tree, you likely picked the wrong variety for the spot. There are dwarf and miniature varieties available that stay small and compact, such as the Razzle Dazzle series.