Kathy’s Gardening Guide

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“He who plants a garden plants happiness.” — Chinese proverb

 

Love is in the garden! Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

A great way to add color and variety to landscaping is a combination of annuals and perennials. If you ask me, both are needed in your garden.

 

ANNUALS:

-       Annuals are temporary, season-to-season.

-       They exert their energy unconditionally with consistent vibrant colors until their season ends and will not grow back. 

-       Choose two to three places in your garden where you would like to enjoy the beautiful array of constant color, and that can be changed out with each passing season.

-       Most popular areas for planting front door, near street or mailbox and back patio areas where you relax.

-       Creating "special" annual beds with good, soft No. 3 mix topsoil aids in manageable replacement once their season is over. Annuals last 3 to 6 months, changing seasonally two or three times per year.

-       Annuals are most often used in planters as well.

-       Annuals recommended to plant now: petunia, dusty miller, pansy, snapdragon

 

PERENNIALS:

-       Perennials last indefinitely. Most of them bloom in and out of color but do not give the constant vibrant color of annuals.

-       Many perennials die down in the winter and tend to look dead, but they are not. Wait until spring and they will just need pruning. Prune off dead stems and wait for them to re-appear.

-       Perennials should be about 90 to 95% of your landscaping as they grow back and bloom. However, this is why you need to incorporate both in landscaping to give extra color in those die-down months. Annuals should only be about 5 to 10% of your landscaping due to time, effort and repeat expense.

-       Perennials recommended to plant now: blue daze, foxtail fern, geranium, drift roses

 

 

Flower of the Week: Knockout roses

Knockout roses and drift roses (dwarf knockout roses) are great in 9A zone. Their bloom cycle is every 5 to 6 weeks and they are relatively easy to grow. Very disease resistant is a great appeal to many people and they add beautiful perennial color to your gardens.

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