Living on the Edge

Lady's Mantle is the perfect edger in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Lady’s Mantle is a beautiful edger (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Living on the edge of the garden, up front and exposed, can sometimes be a scary place for a plant. All that pressure to perform and look good … after all, they’re front and center for all to see! But being center stage doesn’t have to be so risky, if you choose the right plants for your site and conditions. Here are a few of my long time durables that never fail to dazzle, despite the foul weather that Mother Nature dishes out. [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…]

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