Wow, it was a long, cold winter. Finally, the sun is shining and we are enjoying some warm weather. Now that we have sunny days, we need to think about what plants to place in our gardens. Today we are going to focus on the sunny areas of our gardens. We’ll discuss shade-loving plants another time.
There is a debate that rages in gardening circles each year around this time. It’s a hot one, and it pits expert against expert on the topic of tilling. Yes, tilling is THAT hot! To till or not to till the garden soil each spring, that is the issue.
We get it. It’s May and no wants to wish away the summer to talk about Halloween or Thanksgiving pumpkins. But we have to. To enjoy pumpkins in the fall, we must plant them in late spring.
We run from drama in our personal lives, but we love it in our gardens. The best way to add that drama is to incorporate hanging baskets into your garden. Hanging baskets allow for an unusual and creative approach to gardening by providing height and complementary color combinations.
The 2014 Garden Trends Report by Garden Media Group states that Americans spend $58 billion on their lawns and gardens. That puts lawn and garden spending just behind the money spent on Christmas and weight loss methods, yet just ahead of the money we spend on our pets.
There are 85 million DIY gardeners in America, which is up 2% since 2011 per the National Gardening Association. Those DIYers shop equally at big box stores and their local garden centers.
The island of Faial in the Azores (located near Portugal) is known as the "blue island" because of the great number of hydrangeas growing on the island. The island sees plenty of rain and has perfectly acidic soil. Hydrangea is a shade-loving plant that enjoys a moist, fertile, well-drained soil. When grown correctly, its flowers are incredibly blue due to the acid in the soil and the high aluminum content.