In this blog post, I will suggest 5 different plants with excellent fall interest to incorporate into a landscape alongside mums in order to prevent a visually bland fall display of only mums. For more information about these plants visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens website.
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Karl Foerster Vs. Overdam
Ornamental grasses are like the shy kid at the back of the bus. They often time—like the shy guy—get ignored when homeowners are landscaping because they are too distracted by trees, shrubs, and annuals (to continue the analogy…jocks, hipsters, and the pretty girls). But guess what? That shy kid is awesome and so are ornamental grasses. And that’s where this terrible analogy ends.
What Are The Best Ornamental Grasses For Creating A Screen
Ornamental grasses can be used for a variety of reasons, but one reason people may overlook is using them as a living screen. Many people think of using evergreens as living screens, which they do work well for, but several grasses can be a great alternative and take up less room too. Let’s say you live in a neighborhood where the houses are fairly close together. You have a patio off the back of your house that you love to use for entertaining. One of your neighbors seems to always be out on his patio every time you want to be out on yours. You have a flowerbed along the patio between the two of you, but it is only four feet wide. You think to yourself “what can I plant in that narrow of a space to screen out my neighbor?” You run through a list of Holly, Arborvitae, Yews, Junipers, and Boxwoods, but they either get too big, grow too slow, or are too prickly.Then it hits you “ I’ll use grasses!” They won’t be there in the winter, but you probably won’t be out on your patio very much in the winter either.
The Best Grasses For Small Areas
You know that small spot in your landscape where you just don’t know what to fill it with? Annuals would work great, but you don’t want to have to replant them every year. Well how about using one of many small ornamental grasses?
Heuchera "Coral Bells"-Review
Heuchera, commonly known as “Coral Bells”, are a wonderful accent perennial plant. These various colored plants complement any landscape or garden. Coral bells can range from a bright, almost neon yellow-green, to an almost black maroon color. Heuchera are very easy to grow, and maintenance on these plants is also very minimal. One of Heuchera’s biggest benefits is that it is one of few perennials that are evergreen.
Review of Perennial Creeping Phlox
My Grandma was an avid gardener. She kept an immaculate, huge vegetable garden and some small fruits. She wasn’t very much into the landscape/ ornamental part. The ornamental part she did great (besides her handful of hybrid tea roses) were bulbs and phlox. The tulips, daffodils, alliums, and crocus flowering above the sea of flowering creeping phlox was so refreshing after the long winter. I always wanted to transplant her bulbs and phlox to my yard, but seeing them where she planted them brings a smile to my face every spring.
Best Perennial Dianthus (Review)
Do you remember the pinks and Sweet Williams that grew in your grandmother’s garden? Have you ever given or received a bouquet with carnations, perhaps at prom or for a birthday or just to add color to a room? All these are different kinds of Dianthus.
Echinacea New Sombrero™ Series
Echinacea x. purpurea
Echinacea has a long history of medicinal uses some of which are purported to be: an antidote for venomous bites; headache remedy; mumps treatment; cold remedy; arthritis treatment; pain reliever; indigestion; tumors; malaria; and last but not least, a hemorrhoid treatment. While most of these old uses of Echinacea are no longer commonplace, Echinacea has once again become popular for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions including several skin diseases and boosting one's immune system. While all of these health benefits are important (particularly the control of that "painful burning itch"), that is not the purpose of this blog. I want to talk to you about three new perennial varieties to Home Nursery and their place in your garden.