vines, Vines, VINES!

GardenWise on Adventures with Vines

Vines can play a key role in a garden space.   These  wonderful and adventurous climbing plants create vertical interest as they wrap themselves around garden elements, such as  gazebos, arbors and trellises, adding new dimensions and important focal points. They can also soften architecture and disguise areas that aren’t fully developed.  Strategically placed, vines can also hide areas that are out of our control, such as a  neighbor’s unsightly yard!
One of my favorites, clematis had large and showy flowers, and is a real show stopper.  Another favorite is trumpet vine with its red and orange tubular flowers, which is also native to the greater DC area.  An added bonus?  Trumpet Vine  attracts hummingbirds, always  awelcome guest in my garden areas.   They prefer full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.
If  there are no architectural elements in your garden, vines, such as clematis, can also be used as ground cover, which can replace some lawn areas, giving you an additional “green” garden step that will help you save money on watering.

Curb Appeal in a Day – My House!

Containers Create Curb Appeal

An easy way to create effective curb appeal is to frame an entry to your home. A couple of containers dropped into the right spot will not only add a welcome addition of color, but all eyes will be drawn to your new focal point. It’s a simple way to make a great change the front of your home. The bonus? It’s a project that can be completed in a single afternoon.

Find a container that makes a dramatic statement. And think about what colors will have the greatest impact without taking away from your existing landscape — you want your new containers to blend in. I added two over-sized containers, below, to my front landscape, and I change the flowers and plants as often as the spirit moves me.

This month at my own home I’ve added purple and Lavendar ‘Wave’ Petunias with Ipomea ‘Blackie’; Black Potatoe Vine and Carex d. ‘Kaga-nishiki’; and Gold Fountains Sedge. The purble gently guides the eye to my front door.

Vines and Climbers

A GardenWise Adventure with Vines 

Vines can play a key role in  a  garden space.   These  wonderful and adventurous climbing plants create vertical interest as they wrap themselves around garden elements, such as gazebos, arbors  and trellises, adding new dimensions and important focal points. They can also soften  architecture and disguise areas that aren’t fully developed.  Strategically placed, vines can also hide areas that are out of our control, such as a  neighbor’s unsightly yard!
 
One of my favorites, clematis had large and showy flowers, and is a real show stopper.  Another favorite is trumpet vine with its red and orange tubular flowers, which is also native to the greater DC area.  An added bonus?  Trumpet Vine  attracts hummingbirds, always  awelcome guest in my garden areas.   They prefer full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. 
 
If  there are no architectural elements in your garden, vines, such as clematis, can also be used as ground cover, which can replace some lawn areas, giving you an additional “green” garden step that will help you save money on watering.

Martha Stewart and GardenWise on Herbs and Vines

Plant and Grow Now — Vines, Veggies and Herbs

Martha Stewart was on the Today show this morning  talking about herbs.  She pronounces the “H”.  Here’s  a link via hulu. You’ll have to suffer through  a 30 second commercial.  Martha’s segment has inpired to do today’s post on what you can plant and grow right now — Veggies, Herbs and Vines.  

Plant now: Veggies and Herbs. After the threat of frost has passed and your soil has warmed, start planting your summer herb and vegetable garden.   Some veggie choices I’ve had great luck with in containers include eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini.  Seeds are more budget friendly, and it’s always great fun to swap seeds with friends, but some of us may not have those types of friends.  Small plants can be purchased from your nursery for not more than a few dollars per plant.  This is the route I took last year when planting my containers, below, which included lemon cucumbers, also pictured below.   Some of my favorite herbs to grow each year to use for cooking and grilling include basil, rosemary and thyme. 

Grow now: Vines.  Charming and low maintenance, vines offer great a solution for those seeking to add color and fragerance to their outside spaces.  Some favorites are Purple wisteria and Crossvine ‘tangerine beauty’ for color and fragrance.  Carolina Jessamine has very aromatic flowers (not to be confused with Swamp Jasamine which has fragrance-free flowers,) and Tumpet honeysuckles such as ‘Major Wheeler” and ‘JohnClayton’ are favorites as well.  DavesGarden.com, an informational website where a large community of experts share information, has a wonderful in-depth feature on huneysuckles by Paul Boland which you can find online here.  Check your local nursery for a good seleciton of vines that are available in your area.