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There is no better way to keep that lovely daisy flower in the garden all season long than to have a few Chrysanthemums in the garden. In cultivation since 1000 B.C., it seems like humans really like these flowers. They have many cousins in the botanical world and have been used as food and medicine.
In the garden, be sure to purchase hardy mums that are available in the fall, especially if your goal is to fill a seasonal space in the flower border with something more permanent. Florist mums that are selected for flower color and size may not be grown on hardy root stocks. They may not re bloom the same color and they may not tolerate cold weather. Set mums in the soil deep as they are usually added late in the growing season and this will help prevent frost heaving.
The official flower in Japan since 910, mums are often depicted in
Japanese art. The plants and flowers are extremely versatile for gardeners. They work well in the garden as annual color, make great flower arrangements, and add interesting color and flavor to autumn salads. Every garden has space for one or two.
Oehme, van Sweden & Associates (OvS) is a Washington, D.C. based landscape architecture firm known for their designs for memorials, parks, public gardens, universities, and private buildings in the eastern United States. The firm helped popularize the “New American Garden” style, which included increased use of ornamental grasses in landscapes. The Form is named after the founders Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden. Notable projects include the landscape architecture for the Federal Reserve, World War II Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Friendship Garden of the U.S. National Arboretum inWashington, D.C.; North Point Park (Cambridge, Massachusetts); the Alderman Library Quadrangle at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA; and the Azalea Garden of the New York Botanical Garden. http://ovsla.com/
We first learned of them and were impressed with their gardens when James van Sweden spoke at a Perennial Plant Conference at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art when Beth was a horticulturist there back in 1990. http://www.cheekwood.org/ They became known for a revolutionary landscape and garden look now known as a New American Garden style based on the art of Hans Hoffman and Helen Frankenthaler. Wolfgang Oehme died Dec. 15, 2011 in Towson, Md. He was 81.
Learn what inspired Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden with theses videos.
Abelia ‘Rose Creek’ is a prolific blooming shrub and makes for excellent curb appeal. ‘Rose Creek’ is a dense and compact Abelia cultivar. This attractive shrub makes a tidy and elegant summer flowering shrub. Evergreen leaves are shiny and become purple in cold weather.
The flowers can be described a tubular white 1/2″ long flowers and form in loose clusters. Occasional tip pruning encourages blooming until fall frost. They are an exceptional and well behaved flowering shrub to add to the mixed shrub and perennial garden.
We designed this fence, patio and garden September and October of last year. The project was finished a few months ago with great success. The goal was to create outdoor spaces for the homeowners to spend time outdoors for a dose of fresh air and pretty surroundings. First off, in January of 2013, we constructed a new tall privacy fence and ornamental back gate leading to the alley to insure security and privacy for the new improved spaces. Next we installled a new front walk with a side walk leading to the backyard along the narrow space between the houses in Historic Germantown in Nashville, Tennessee. The back yard Crab Orchard stone patio was designed for outdoor living and dining to enhance the square footage of the actual living space of the house. The semi-circular Crab Orchard stone patio along the side property works as a non repeating pattern consistency in the overall design feel of the property. The gardens were freshly cut to repeat similar serpentine lines to compliment the new patios and walkway in relation to the 90 degree angles of the house. And last but not least, low voltage outdoor lighting was installed to light up the patio and garden space after dark.
Until this summer, I never had a designated area for vegetables in my garden. I love the look of all the flowers and colors happening together. Plus, it leaves less space for weeds. For many years, I harvested my flowers and vegetables at the same gardening time. One plant I would not be without is Okra.
In the mallow family, Okra flowers are very showy. They look like hibiscus. The deeply palmate leaves are attractive as well, and the whole plant seems to be disease and insect resistant. Varieties come short and tall so there’s a spot for the in any garden setting. It is very popular and also very wise to landscape with edible plants. It’s a real way to grow your own money.
Okra is extremely prolific in the garden. When harvesting, smaller, spineless okra fruits are the best. They taste great with tomatoes and are ripe for harvesting at the same time.
Okra is a great garden plant for its appearance, flowers, and delicious fruit.
Columbine, also known by its scientific name, Aqilegias, is a lovely Spring perennial that is native to the state of Colorado. Its lovely flowers bloom between late in the spring and early summer. The plant prefers full sun but can do very well in light shade. Columbine flowers bloom in a multitude of colors including pink, white, blue, and yellow. Cross breeding the plant can even produce bi-colored flowers.
This perennial produces flowers that are known to bloom for several weeks. Compared to the lifespan of the flowers, the actual perennial itself is considered short lived, dying after only three years. However, this short lived plant produces large amounts of seed. This makes it easy to replant the perennial yourself. One could also let the Columbine replant itself. Columbines look fantastic when planted in rock gardens or along the front and under small flowering trees in large mixed shrub and perennial border gardens. The plant should grow well in fertile, well drained soil. If the perennial is planted in areas that are poorly drained, Columbines will likely receive too much water and die. Aside from the beauty of its bloom, Columbine flowers are full of sweet nectar. For this reason, the perennial flowers are known to attract hummingbirds. If your considering planting Columbines, expect to see plenty of hummingbirds in the early summer weeks.
In early spring, there are plenty of beautiful flowers including the blossoms of the Spring blooming trees. Among the most impressive of these Spring flowering trees is the Yoshino Cherry. Native to Japan, the Yoshino Cherry blooms in the spring and is always one of the first plants to bloom. The flowers measure at about one and a half inches in diameter. What makes this tree truly stunning is the sheer amount of flowers that bloom. The small pink or white clusters of blossoms literally cover the entire tree and last for about two weeks. The trees lack of leaves in the early spring only serve to make the tree’s flowers stand out more.
The Yoshino Cherry grows to an average of about twenty to thirty feet in height, although they can grow larger. The Yoshino Cherry is largely used in landscapes because it doesn’t get too big. The tree looks especially lovely near a water feature, where the trees reflection can be admired and the falling flowers can be seen floating peacefully in the water. Yoshino Cherries will require some pruning early on. This will ensure that the tree develops a strong structure. The tree will grow best in moist soil that is well-drained. It will also grow uneven if it is not planted in full sun. We recommend planting in full sun to allow the plant to grow to its full potential. I always remember the scene in Mulan when the father sits under the tree and compares his daughter to the flowers.
The Nellie R. Steven’s holly is a large, evergreen shrub also considered a small tree that grows to be about twenty feet tall and fifteen feet wide. It is a hardy plant that can thrive in most climates. Nellie R. Stevens are full of thick, dark-green foliage that maintains its dark coloring all year round. They require very little maintenance and are usually resistant to pest damage. A Nellie R. Stevens should be planted in areas where it will receive full sun or partial shade. They prefer acidic soil, but the Nellie R. Stevens are adaptable and can manage in most soils.
The Nellie R. Stevens will develop a dense conical shape that is difficult to see through. For this reason, the evergreen is often used in privacy green walls to block prying eyes from the neighbors into your gardens and to prevent you from doing the same. They also perform well as a low maintenance foundation planting for the house. They look great planted solo or a grouped to create a dense privacy or as an evergreen architectural effect in the gardens.
Nellie R. Stevens is a holly that produces bright red berries later in the year from little white blossoms. The red berries on an evergreen cutting from this holly tree perfect decorations for the Christmas season. This holly will need to be watered regularly during its first eighteen months in the ground in order to ensure that it grows a strong root structure. The Nelly R. Stevens holly will grow as much as three feet a year with irrigation and one foot without irrigation.
We use these well performing large shrubs in almost all of our designs because it is a stellar player in the garden and it thrives in our mid-south climate. Don’t get caught with your plants down. Early Winter into the early spring is the best time to plant large shrubs and trees. Enjoy.
Azaleas are spectacular, bright flowering shrubs in the Spring. They grow lovely flowers in colors that range from white and pink to yellow and orange. Azaleas are commonly used in landscaping with mixed shrub plantings. Some people even enjoy their potted azalea indoors. Despite the large variety of this plant and its clear beauty, Azaleas can be difficult to successfully grow. They usually do best in moderate temperatures and do best in areas that are very well shaded. The Azalea will not successfully grow in alkaline soil, instead preferring in slightly acid or ‘ericaceous’ soil with a pH between a 1 and a 7, for example peaty soil.
In order to create a proper soil content it is important to amend the beds with a composted material and a refined pine mulch product known as soil conditioner. These amendments are then tilled and mixed into the existing soils to create an ericaceous soil bed. Soil that azaleas are planted in must always be moist. It is important to maintain the right amount of moisture. Too much water can easily water-log the roots, killing the plant. This could happen because of a lack of drainage in the area that the azalea was planted. A common solution to this drainage issue is to have raised beds built to aid in the drainage. The azalea can die from lack of water just as easily. The soil must be damp to the touch at all times. If the soil feels dry to the touch, then your azalea may be at risk of dying from lack of water.
If these important steps are followed, azaleas will thrive in their new home. Most other ornamental evergreen and/or flowering deciduous plants will also benefit from the soil amending process. This is the way to create beautiful and healthy ornamental gardens for your pleasure.