Category Archives: Drainage

Bluest Of The Blues

So far, anyway, deer have ignored my delphiniums, along with the foxgloves, the sea hollies, the globe thistles, the agastaches, the penstemons and the cone flowers (Echinacea). Perhaps best of all, these new hybrids can stand up for themselves, so no unsightly cages or stakes are needed. In borders on flat ground, such props can usually be more or less hidden but in mounded or sloping beds, they are all too visible, even when the metals is carefully wound about with willow switches or raffia. The old delphiniums had strong stems but tended to blow over, and when they were staked, they’d snap right at the top of the stakes or cages. Happily, these new ones are cage-free and take windy days in stride. Continue reading

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Dividing In The Green

Print PDFMultiplying Minor Bulbs As summer edges out spring, fading bulb foliage can seem to detract from the garden’s good looks. However, since nutrients from foliage are directed back into the storage bulb, removing those floppy leaves will weaken the … Continue reading

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Ornamental And Edible Oreganos

Print PDFMediterranean Kitchen & Garden Delights Edible or ornamental, perennial oreganos are among my favorite easy-going border edgers. Deer and disease resistant, their long lasting flowers are always lovely and sometimes fabulous, even (or especially) in their dried stage, making … Continue reading

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Good Soil Combos For Containers

Print PDFCold Snaps And Snap Peas Thanks to my resident herd of deer, most of my edible plants live in large containers on my deck, some 20 feet above the ground. Since this is The Year Of Power Washing, all … Continue reading

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