New Colors Can Transform your Garden
An exciting and inexpensive way to bring the “pop” back into your garden spaces is to add new colors to your existing color pallette for a nice dramatic change. Each winter we look forward to new and interesting color ideas for the upcoming year.
There have been new Petunia colors over the past couple of years that have quickly become a staple in many gardens, and one in particular, the eye-catching Sophistica Blue Morn, which was hailed by Better Homes & Gardens as a real show stopper. It’s a flower that is easy to plant and care for, that will add wonderful bright color to your garden spaces.
I also liked some other Petunia offerings a coupel of years ago, including the Rhythm and Blues, Supertunia Pretty Much Picasso , Famous Violet Picotee and the Shock Wave Denim Petunias. Be sure to take a look at the Tex Mex Hot Pink Geranium, which is one of the more heat-resistant Geraniums.
Nice feature on designing healing gardens by Claire Letane, ASLA, from the November 2009 issue of Landscape Architecture, the publication by American Society of Landscape Archites (ASLA). Click on the image to make it larger!
Capture Your Garden & Share with Family & Friends!
This is coolest gift for anyone interested in watching a living plant bloom & grow – The PlantCam!
The PlantCam is a digital garden camera, and a great spring gift for the gardener in your life who starts every day with a quick tour just to see how well everything is blooming. It’s a four-megapixel time-lapse digital camera that captures mini-movie frames of your plants as they grow. It costs less than $100.00 and operates with a motion-sensor camera that also photographs wildlife at the backyard perch, feeder or nest. It can zoom in for closeups of sprouting seeds or capture an entire garden in wide angle. It comes in a weatherproof case, and takes about five minutes to install.
The best feature? It‘s PC and Mac compatible, so you can share your garden’s progress with family and friends on facebook and YouTube!
On Monday, we talked about what you can do in your garden during the cold winter months to prepare for Spring. In addition to our tips, the Washington Post came up with a few more ideas for the month of February:
Spray For Pests Now — Spray roses, fruit trees, and other ornament prone to mites, scale and lacebug with dormant oil to kill overwintering eggs. An oil spray in winter will minmize pest problems this growing season.
Hoe & Pull Winter Weeds – Hoe or pull weeds taht have taken hold in garden beds and are preparing to bloom and seed, especially benbit and chickweed.
Cleaning Garden Beds – Continue to clean up garden beds in advance of spring. Cut back faded perennial foilage and rake wind-blown leaves, which may be covering emerging bulbs and harboring slugs and other pests.
And be sure to remind yourself, as the country prepares for another large storm that will certainly bring more snow to the DC area, Spring officially begins on March 20th !
Look out for GardenWise‘s J. Mark White on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” tomorrow! This latest episode was great fun to shoot as Mark’s real life clients, Matt and Chris, are always a pleasure to work with. Mark also had the chance to bring Matt to the GardenWise Studios to see the different types of flowers and plants that thrive in the Washington, D.C.-area, which is included in the episode.
Mark created, designed, and installed all of the landscape, hardscape, stonework, garden accents, lighting, and custon ironwork featured in this episode of Curb Appeal. GardenWise, Inc. also owns the rights to design work.
Here’s an inside scoop — at the 11th hour, Mark had to reach out to Arlington, VA-based architect Dwight McNeill, AIA, for assistance when the show’s designer just couldn’t come up with an acceptable design. Dwight quickly met with Chris and Matt and got to work. He went over choices for the exterior color palette, and delivered the exact combinations Matt and Chris hoped to find, which are used in the episode. Dwight didn’t receive credit on the show for his work, so we’re giving him a well deserved shout out for saving the day.
For more of Dwight’s work, check out Better Homes & Gardens. Another shout out to Furnari Iron Works, who did an amazing job in bringing life to Mark’s iron work design.
Below is the plan Mark designed and installed & some before/after pictures.
It’s that time of year again; time for your garden to lie under the covers with its eyes shut tight. While the snows piles high and frigid weather wraps stealthily around us, your garden must sleep through the bombardment of December, January and February.
But our work is never done! Here’s a short list of what you can do right now to prepare your garden for the post-winter months:
• Make mental notes of possible garden improvements, additions, or even deletions as you walk around the garden. Contemplate what you will need for these improvements and make a schedule for the spring.
• After wet snow or high wind, check for broken branches and cut them off to prevent further tearing of bark.
• If possible, drain any garden puddles that stand more than a few hours. Do not walk on garden soil when soggy, and avoid walking on water-saturated lawns.
• Check mulch for disturbance by squirrels & birds. Repair as needed.
See more winter landscape images in the GardenWise Portifolio
I received my Plant Cam as a Christmas gift, can’t wait to set it up!
Mark is a feature story in both Landscape Hardscape Design Build and Turf magazines, and talks 2010 garden trends with reporter Marcia Duffy.
Including environmentally friendly stone and hardscape options.
GardenWise, Inc. has been moving forward with “green” trends for several years, and Mark was pleased to share some easy to follow tips and ideas for home- owners across the U.S. who plan to go green with their next landscape/garden project.
All pictures featured in the story are of Mark’s landscape design work in Bethesda, Maryland; Alexandria, Virginia; and in Arlington, Virginia; and were photographed by Lydia Cutter.
Start 2010 with GardenWise, Inc. on HGTV’s signature program, Curb Appeal, on January 3 at 8AM. Watch as Mark’s exclusive for HGTV landscape, hardscape, stonework, lighting, and iron work designs transform this outdated Washington, D.C. home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the beautiful iron work Mark designed that sets this home apart from all others in this Capitol Hill neighborhood. GardenWise owns the rights to all of the design work in this episode, so feel free to ask Mark about his work from this or other episodes he appears in on HGTV.
It’s important for garden lovers to prepare their flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants for winter. To prepare for spring and summer blooming season next year, do some of the heavy lifting now!
Many plants can be vulnerable to our chilly and snowy winter season, so take the necessary steps to protect them to ensure a healthy spring and summer blooming season next year. It’s important to carefully look at the various trees, shrubs, bushes, flowers and other plants that make up your landscape to determine the care they will need.
The feeding, fertilization, watering and care of each plant will vary, so it’s important to give each plant what it needs now to prepare for winter. Some plants will need to be pruned to create even borders in the snow, while others will need a healthy dose of fertilization to survive the winter.
Proper fall preparation can lessen the work necessary in the spring, and will cut down on the cost considerably. It can also make your garden a year-round source of inspiration.