It’s Aster Time!
For the next week, GardenWise is looking forward with our five favorite Garden Delights, in no particular order, for Fall 2011.
Today it’s all about one of my favorite Fall show stoppers — Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaries.) It reaches about four feet high and three feet wide, 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.
Winter Garden Prep
shrubs and other plants before you
put your hose away for the winter
as they require as much moisture
at the root level to survive though
winter. Rainfall only soaks in just
below the surface. This last deep
is important for your newlyplanted trees, shrubs and especially evergreens.
WINTER MULCH: A reminder that we’re approaching that day, so after the
ground has become frozen, apply an extra layer of organic winter mulch to
tender plants, such as Lavender. Avoid using mulch like whole leaves that
will compact and smother your plants. Mainly Mulch works nicely and adds
organic matter as it decomposes. Don’t apply the extra mulch before the
ground has become frozen, which is an open invite to unwanted guests
such as mice to move into your garden.