Think August in April

August Color for Your Garden

Nothing can ruin a garden experience faster than the August heat and a potential lack of water for your plantings and containers.  It’s easy to forget how often to water in the August heat.  Plan now for August, the toughest summer month on your garden.  It’s also a great time to take a closer look at your gardens and add color with shrubs that flower in August, such as panicle hydrangea types or rose of Sharon.  Perennials, which flower the most in August include Goldstrum rudbeckia, Chinese astilbe types, tube clematis and many hostas.

And remember, keep watering your gardens throughout the summer months!    If you think ahead now, the summer month you will spend the most time outdoors, August,  will be the best ever! 

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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’. ”