One of the things we love most about the gardening community is the willingness of gardeners to teach others what they’ve learned. And there’s nothing quite like getting a useful tip or piece of advice that makes you a more successful gardener! In the spirit of the back-to-school season, we’re passing along some of our favorite seasonal garden knowledge to you. The best part? Your homework is simple: After you’re done reading, go outside and get your hands dirty!
(If you love a good gardening community too, check out this Gorgeous Gardens group on Facebook.)
18 Popular Perennials You’ll Love
Selecting the right perennials is an important part of designing a garden. Perennials lay the foundation for your garden year after year and can help define a theme or style—cottage, modern, meadow, etc. To help you decide which ones are best for you, we’ve rounded up 18 popular choices including Shasta daisies, yarrow, and black-eyed Susans (all pictured above).
Perennial Tip for August: Cut back any perennials that have already finished blooming and continue to deadhead the later bloomers. For areas that experience fall or winter freezing, stop applying fertilizer to allow plants to harden off before the frost arrives.
Design Advice from the Pros
Do you wish you could get design insights and practical tips straight from a pro? Well, you can! Four designers from different climates share over 20 tips and lessons they learned while designing their own personal gardens. Pictured: A waterwise and worry-free garden in Encinitas, CA, designed by Debora Carl. Photo: Richard Bloom.
Mum’s the Word for Fall Containers
Offering rich color while we transition from summer into fall (it’s only a month away!), mums are ideal for refreshing containers and window boxes. They can tolerate cool weather (some, even a light frost) and are easy to maintain. Proven Winners is now offering 25 decorative types, which you can pre-order now for late August shipping.
Bonus: Share this newsletter with a friend (maybe one who adores fall flowers) by clicking here and you’ll be entered to win 3 colorful mums of your choice!
<Bell ringing> Classes are in session for brushing up on your pruning skills! Take a seat, say hi to your neighbor (Hello, I’m Linda, nice to meet you!), and get ready to learn, bookmark, and act!
Do you like sunflowers, beautiful entryways, daylilies, and summer backyard staycation ideas? Then the last summer issue of Garden Design magazine is for you! Order a copy now and we’ll also send you one to share with a friend.
*Don’t forget to share this newsletter with your friends to be entered to win three mums from Proven Winners!
Congratulations to Andrea from Washington who won last week’s tea towel giveaway!