Many perennial gardens peter out in mid-summer and limp into the fall, tattered, overgrown and virtually devoid of bloom. The traditional potted chrysanthemums and ornamental kale or offer autumn freshness and color, but several late-blooming perennials can do the job equally well, if not better.
This group of late bloomers includes reliable plants such as tall Sedum 'Autumn Joy', a garden workhorse whose rosy broccoli-like flowers are bee magnets in the fall. Newer sedum selections, such as 'Matrona' and 'Black Jack' with their burgundy-tinged foliage and 'Frosty Morn' with its green-and-white variegation, offer extra interest.
By now you’ve planted your tomatoes and peppers! These homegrown veggies should be starting to flower — which means fruit isn’t far behind.
Now, it’s time to sprinkle a little magic.
The trick is to feed veggies monthly with an good garden fertilizer. Tomatoes and peppers have big appetites, so they need plenty of organic food. Since plants get all their nutrients from the soil, their all-you-can-eat buffet runs out quickly. Feed them right, and they’ll burst full of fresh produce.
There are more than 700 kinds of tomatoes to choose from, so let’s just review the basic types. Take a look at this short list of just a few to see how many you know and love (and are in your garden):
Globe: Big, round and oh, so red. These are the all-purpose tomatoes that most people think of for slicing. Tasty varieties like Beefsteak, Rutgers and Brandywine range from typical palm-size up to two pounds.
Plum Tomatoes: The name describes shape and size. These “saucy” beauties offer a tangy taste, fewer seeds, and meatier texture. Try good old Roma, the classic sauce and paste tomato. You won't be disappointed.
Cherry (or Pear): Roughly cherry size, sweet and juicy, these tomatoes are aptly named and produce clusters of delicious fruit that’s almost like candy. Try the Sweet 100 variety!
Hopefully, Spring is on the way and winter is retreating, so this is the perfect time to start planning and rethinking your garden. Garden landscaping is the process of making the garden more attractive by adding trees, flowers, and other special features. The fun part of gardening is being able to change and modify as you go. When you finish the season in the fall I recommend making notes as to what worked and what didn't and any new ideas that you may have seen. If not, you can work from memory.
Here are some ideas for garden landscaping.
1. Use Colors Effectively - A proper dash of colors can make all the difference in your garden. Instead of using drab flowers, add colorful flowers that catch the viewer's attention. The use of colors like red, yellow, blue and pink will make your home look bright and inviting.