The Power of Yellow

Lemony yellow daylily brightens the garden in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Lemony yellow daylily brightens the garden (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

I’m just mad about Saffron, Saffron’s mad about me, They call it mellow yellow, Quite rightly, Oh so yellow, Oh so mellow~ (Donovan Leitch, 1966).  Although the musician Donovan seemed to think the color yellow was quite mellow, most flowers of that hue are anything but. They’re electric . . . a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, and simply irresistible! Luckily, yellow is an easy color to find if you want to add a few splashes to brighten your garden’s palette this year. [Read more…]

Seed Heads

Rudbeckia Goldsturm Seedheads in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Rudbeckia Goldsturm Seed heads (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

For textural entertainment in the late fall garden, an orchestra of burnished seed heads creates a melodious collaboration not to be missed. It’s harmony in motion as each chocolate orb sways two and fro in the breeze, mimicking tiny dancers in a Broadway show. These erect sentries stand proudly over areas where other perennials have softly wilted into the landscape, offering their nutritious seeds to any feathered friends that stop by.  Both beneficial and beautiful, what’s not to love? [Read more…]

Mixing It Up

Mixing form, color and texture in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Mixing form, color and texture (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

One of the most common questions I’m asked when people visit my gardens is how to select and combine plants so that they look great together.  How to choose bloom and foliage colors? Which heights work best?  When to consider texture?  Are there plants that don’t require much maintenance?  And how about keeping the critters away? It’s a tall order to answer all of these questions in detail, but I’ll share some of the tips that have worked best for me . . . [Read more…]

Late Bloomers

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and friend (photo by Kathy Diemer)

I don’t know about you, but I was a late bloomer.  I remember hounding my poor mother daily for a “training bra” and anxiously awaiting the day I would start menstruating.  A few decades later, I couldn’t wait for it all to be over.  Then, instead of moving on to a heavenly (and much deserved) phase of womanhood, I’m stuck in what I call the hot and dry spell.  But I digress.  Some late bloomers actually aren’t so traumatized, in fact when it comes to flowering plants, being a late bloomer is actually a good thing . . . Imagine that!  Late blooming perennials start up when all other plants have wound down for the season, giving us another few months of color and texture before winter comes calling.  Following are some reliable, long blooming plants to add interest during the season’s finale: [Read more…]

Where there’s gold …

Rudbeckia with Hoopsii Spruce in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Rudbeckia with Hoopsii spruce (Photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

. . . there’s Goldsturm, Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ that is, providing a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in your garden.  This native beauty is tough, disease resistant, drought tolerant and easy to grow.  Justifiably chosen as Perennial Plant of the Year for 1999, as long as you live in zones 3–9 and have lots of sun and soil, you’ve met its minimal requirements.  Although sources state its height at about 24″, in my garden black-eyed Susan grows to over 3′ tall easily, sometimes I cut it back just to keep it a little shorter and to prolong the bloom.  Her spread is a little less predictable . . . [Read more…]

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