Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Plant for the Garden

Well here it is the last day of the year with snow flurries and it is 26 degrees. I am outside planting a shrub. I like to rescue plants that people are discarding and give them a new home in my garden. Sometimes when you hear about a plant that needs a new home the weather conditions may not always be the most desirable. As we all know - gardeners have a hard time throwing out a plant or seeing a good plant go to waste. Well I now have a new 8 foot tall Viburnum in my garden to enjoy. I am going inside to warm up!

"Happy New Years" to everyone.

The Creative Gardener

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Welcome to My Garden

The Herb Garden and Rondel Garden The Perennial Cutting Garden

The Hydrangea Garden

Perennial Cutting Garden

The Woodland Garden

Perennial Garden and Greenhouse

The Fairy Pond

Monday, December 29, 2008

Great New Colors in "Knock Out" Roses

One of my favorite roses for the garden are the "Knock Out" roses. They come in red or pink with single or double blossoms. A new introduction is the Rainbow "Knock Out" which is pink with a yellow center. The great thing about this rose is that it is disease resistant. That means no more spraying for rust, black spot or powdery mildew. "Knock Out" roses grow to 3 to 4 feet and are self-cleaning (no deadheading).

This rose does not need winter protection. They grow in zones 4-9. Pruning is done in the spring for removing dead, dying or broken canes. You may want to remove any weak or twiggy growth. Make sure that you always make a clean cut at a 45-degree angle, about 1/4 inch above a bud that is facing towards the outside of the plant. Begin pruning at the base of the plant. Pruning will encourage new growth, blooms, improve air circulation around the plant and improve the shape of the plant. I find that this rose needs very little pruning except to remove a few canes damaged during the winter.

I highly recommend this rose to all my customers who want an easy rose to grow and one that blooms all during the growing season. For those of you who have this rose you will be happy to hear that it now comes in white and yellow.

The Creative Gardener

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Kerria or the Japanese Rose

A favorite in my garden is a Kerria or Japanese Rose. It is a beautiful shrub that has seasonal interest. In the spring it produces lots of flowers and then does a rebloom in the fall with a few less flowers. The stems of the shrub are lime green and in the winter they just glow in the garden giving winter interest. Kerria grows to about 6 feet tall and produces suckers. I dig up and replant the suckers in other parts of my garden. The leaves are about 1 inch long and are bright green with serrated edges. The flowers are about 2 inches across. The plant can come as a double or single blossom and also is available with varigated leaves. Kerria is highly adaptable and does quite well in dappled shade. I would suggest trying this shrub out in a mixed perennial border or a shade garden for a splash of color.
The Creative Gardener

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Buddleja davidii - A Great Plant for the Garden

One of my favorite plants in the garden is the Buddleja davidii or Butterfly Bush and the name says it all - it attracts the butterflies! This plant's flower spikes comes in white, light purple, dark purple, pink or yellow. I have planted assorted colors and my favorite is the white. My white buddleja self seeds itself, giving me new plants for the garden or to give to friends. I like to plant them near my herb garden. Between the butterfly bushes and the herbs, I have lots of beautiful butterflies during the growing season. Some of the herbs, such a my bronze fennel, dill and parsley become the larval food to the Swallowtail butterflies.

Buddlejas requires a hard pruning in March. You need to cut back to within 2 inches of the old wood. The leaves are a gray green color and the plant can grow to about 7-8 feet tall during the growing season. If you do not have room in your garden try some of the new dwarf varieties. Dwarf buddlejas can be grown in containers. Buddleja davidii is native to central and western China.
Often spelt Buddleia (After seventeeth-century English botanist Adam Buddle) Buddleja is now the correct form.
The Creative Gardener

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Fixing Dead Spots in Ornamental Grasses

If your ornamental grass has a dead spot in the middle (doughnut), the normal way to fix the problem is to dig and divide the grass. If you have ever dug up a large ornamental grass, it is not an easy task! Here is how to fix the problem. Use a reciprocating saw (saw saw) with a twelve inch blade. Stick the blade down into the ground and cut out the dead center. With a spade dig out the dead center and remove it. Now refill the hole with fresh soil. The grass will refill the center over a couple seasons.

The Creative Gardener

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Welcome to "Garden Thyme"

Welcome to "Garden Thyme". Garden Thyme is a new blog for all those people who love to garden. This blog will include information on garden design, garden art projects, new plants for the garden, plant information and much much more. I hope you will follow this blog and share it with other fellow gardeners. Thanks for reading!

The Creative Gardener

'Golden Shadows' Pagoda Dogwood

Years ago, I purchased a very small tree that was only 6 to 8 inches tall. It was a 'Golden Shadows' Pagoda Dogwood. It had beau...