Perennials: Plant, divide or move peonies in September. Remember that the eye must be planted 2 inches below the ground. Many early-blooming perennials can be divided and planted this month. Always add a bit of compost to the planting hole. Divide day lilies after bloom. Move perennial plants started from… Read More →
Perennials: Evaluate the gardens with an eye for improvements. There is still time to fill in bare or lackluster areas with fall mums, sedum or Japanese anemone.
Perennials: If mildew persists on phlox, zinnias and roses, use ultra-fine oil. Cut off the dead stalks of early-blooming hostas and day lilies. Now through autumn is a good time to plant peonies. Enrich the soil, give them plenty of room in full sun and well-drained soil. It is not… Read More →
Perennials: Plan bulb planting and order early for the best choices. Divide day lilies after bloom. Cut back perennials but leave some foliage. Divide and transplant perennials when the weather cools. Continue monitoring and treating black spot and mildew on roses.Flowers: Continue weeding flower beds before weeds set seed. There… Read More →
I’m back at work and just catching up on blog stuff. This calendar of to-do things was for last week, but I’m sure most of it still applies. Perennials: Now is the ideal time to collect plant material to use in dried arrangements. Harvest flowers when color first appears. Goldenrod,… Read More →
Perennials: Meticulous rose care includes deadheading spent blooms and fertilizing the shrubs or climbers with a complete rose food spread around the base of each plant according to label directions. When deadheading, clip dead blooms back to a healthy shoot or an outward-facing bud. Clean up pruned twigs and leaves… Read More →
Perennials: Start collecting flowers for drying. Pick them in late morning after the dew has thoroughly dried. Remove leaves from the stems and hang in small bunches. Use elastic bands to attach the bunches to coat hangers which can be hung near the furnace or in a dry attic. Achillea,… Read More →
Do It Now Perennials: Continue staking floppy plants and vines. Apply summer mulches to rose and perennial beds. Continue deadheading to encourage continuous bloom. Continue to spray roses for fungus, if you have problems, and remove fallen leaves and debris from the rose bed to prevent the spread of disease…. Read More →
Do It Now Perennials: Deadhead roses; prune climbing roses after bloom. Fertilize hybrid teas. Deadhead yarrows and perennial salvias to lateral buds for repeat flowering. Pinch culinary herbs frequently to prevent flowering.
This was a great spring for my mock orange shrubs. They didn’t fare very well in the heat wave, but they sure were great while they lasted.
Do It Now Perennials â€¢ Continue planting and transplanting perennials, adding a trowel full of compost to each newly dug hole. â€¢ Thin the stems of late-blooming phlox and asters to the ground for larger flowers and less mildew problems later. Pinch back other late-blooming perennials. â€¢ Monitor roses for… Read More →