Ornamental grasses are versatile plants in any landscape that can provide four seasons of interest. Graceful habits and heights, with varied textures and colours. They can be grown in planters or in the garden.
Do you have a word that no matter how often you spell it you still spell it wrong? We do - and one of those words that we are always adding a vowel to the end of it - is the flowering shrub Weigela… And as it is one of our favourite shrubs, you think we would be able to get it right!
There are a few things that are different about summer plantings. The most important is that we are working with living plant material that is actively growing – so we need to be aware of the soil / root zone and take a few extra steps...
We have heard folks talk about ‘an inch of water a week’… Which is in many cases, not the right amount. Sigh. So – let's start with the ‘what the heck is an ‘inch’ of water?’… Rainfall is measured in cm in most countries, or inches in that largish country just a wee bit south of us.
Rhododendrons and Azaleas both need winter protection in Ontario gardens as they are evergreen and hold their leaves all winter. Their leaves are a bit delicate and subject to burn in winter plus they set their flower buds in the fall, so we have to keep those buds alive. If that is not enough Rhododendrons and Azaleas also have some picky nutrition and watering needs. Not impossible – but just a little different than the rest of the garden.