GardenWise on Plans for Spring!

Spring 2011 is Coming

While we enjoy the cooler Fall weather, it’s time tulipto think about planting early Spring blooming bulbs to ensure your beautiful early Spring garden.

narcissusRed Impression Tulips, Scilla, and Narcissus are just a few of the bulbs we’re planting this Fall for our clients.  When you know a river of red tulips, a burst of cool Scilla blue, and striking yellow  Narcissus that will rival the sun’s brightness is waiting for you in very early Spring,  winter becomes much more tolerable!      


GardenWise on Gardening Through Cold Fronts

Enjoy Your Garden Through the Cold!

As cold fronts start to roll through, don’t turn your back on your garden!  Our gardens are to be used and enjoyed year round, and you can take pleasure in  your landscape and its healthy plants and various bright colors during all parts of the year.      

Hardy Magnolia
Colder weather causes the water inside the plant to freeze, which ruptures cell walls and causes the plants to die. When this happens, it’s too late to save your plant. The trick is to stop the freezing of your plants before it starts, no matter what kind of plants you have.
The most important  thing you can do to give your plants the best chance of making it through a cold snap is to mulch your garden now.  Mulching will allow for moisture to be held in the plant’s roots while protecting and insulating the root system from sudden changes and bursts of cold weather.  
An added bonus?  The mulch will decompose and add vital nutirients to the soil, feeding your plants during the winter.


Getting Ready for 2011          in 2010, DC Style!

A new GardenWise project in DC, pictured left, includes a new front entrance that is under construction. Improvements include new stone entry walk, and a front porch with surrounding seat wall.  An array of new plantings will include evergreens for year round interest, and  a variety of perennials and ground covers that will provide texture and variety for seasonal interest.


DC’s GardenWise on Multi-Season Gardens

I design our gardens with multi-seasonal interest, which is very important since we experience all the seasons here in the DC-area. Creating a garden that will display great visual appeal each month of the year is GardenWise’s goal, so I was excited when I read this story in The English Garden called ‘A Plan for All Seasons’ and wanted to share this multi-seasonal garden in action. 

“Clockwise from Top left – In winter, grasses such as Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ and stipa, and the yew tower give height and form; red tulip ‘Queen of Sheba’ nectaroscordum and ruby Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fern Cottage’ at the far end; alliums and Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus in late spring/early summer; in late summer and autumn the bed is packed with blue Eryngium bourgatii ‘Picos Blue’, veronicastrum, yellow hemerocallis and notable Kniphfia ‘Timothy’ and K. ‘Tawny King’. ”

DC’s Gardenwise on Pink Muhly Grass

Today it’s all about one of my favorite Fall show stoppers — Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaries.)  It reaches about 4’x3′, with a nicely cascading, fountainous habit of cloud-like foliage.  It also has  billowy and profuse blooms.  Pink Muhly is a North American native, and looks great en masse in a sunny garden border with hot-pink Knock Out Roses, or as a companion to fall blooming Sedum ‘Autumn Joy.’   Pink Muhly Grass is drought tolerant, so planting this beauty is a nice green garden step, and it’s a real “problem solver” for any landscape architect/designer.  

Gardenwise on Burning Bush

Burning Bush is a Fall Favorite

Don’t call the fire department because that’s not a fireball in your garden, it’s a Dwarf Burning Bush  (Euonymus alata “Compactus,”) a low-care,  beautiful shrub.  With its upright, bushy and vase-shaped habit, Burning Bush is a Fall garden’s best friend with its brilliant and intense fiery scarlet Red foilage.  Your guests will do a double take when they see your Burning Bush as it really is that visually appealing.  It is such an incredible garden wonder,  it can serve as your Fall focal point. 

Burning Bush ranges from 6-10 feet high, and 6-10 feet wide, and it’s insect, disease, drought, heat, AND deer resistant, and tolerant of shade (but for the most intense fall color, plant it in full sun. )  It’s also versatile enough to use as a hedge screen en masse.  

GardenWise on Spring Bulbs

Spring Blooming Bulbs

Blog4As the temps come down, it’s the perfect time to focus on Spring 2011.  If  you act now,  you’ll be rewarded with a blast of color early in the season that will make you the envy of your  entire neighborhood.  Snowdrops, crocus, narcissus, and tulips are just a few of the earliest flowers toBlog5 emerge in the spring. They welcome the warm weather after  many cold months of winter with bright color and cheer. However, if you wait ,  you’ll miss out!  So make some notes, and make some plans, because these bulbs need to be planted soon for early spring color.