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’. ”

Fall Family Garden Fun

Fall is a great season for family time in the garden.   One fun way to teach children about nature is to purchase different colored flowering bulbs to plant in your garden for next spring.  The best time to get your bulbs into the ground is a 3-4 weeks before the soil freezes, so this is a perfect time to start planning your upcoming day in the garden.   

After choosing which bulbs you want to plant, you’ll need to show your kids how to properly plant the bulbs (roots in the ground, top or pointed end to the sky.)  Give each family member a special space in the yard, be sure to give everyone a different flower color,  and get ready for a fun day in the garden.   For some added interest, include some hyacinth bulbs in the mix — you can cut one open to show the fully-formed baby flower inside just waiting to emerge next spring.

The expense is low, the imaginations run high, and the end result is a Spring 2011 landscape that everyone in the family helped create.