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Winecraft Gold smokebush blooming in a landscape

Deep golden yellow flowers are a great addition to your garden. 

Lacecap hydrangeas are loved for their delicate long-lasting blooms, easy-care nature and versatility in the landscape.

I am once again writing about my garden each month. You'll get to see the good and the bad, after all gardening is a different adventure every year.

More really is more when it comes to flowers! If you’ve got the space, a line of bountifully blooming shrubs can quickly transform an area from bland to grand. Flowering hedges are perfect for sidewalk edges, the front of the border, disguising fencing, and just about any other place or application you can dream up!   

For unbelievable beauty anywhere you want it, pop a hydrangea in a pot and put it where you need it to go! Porch, driveway, balcony, sidewalk, deck. If you can dream it, chances are you can beautify it. No matter if your spot has full sun, dappled shade, or something in between, there’s a hydrangea you can display there.

Whether you are an experienced gardener or just beginning, it never hurts to review the basics. Please find below links to videos and articles that cover a wide range of gardening basics, this information will tell you everything you need in order to grow a great garden.

 

I wish I could claim this idea as my own, but it is one I learned of a few years ago when I visited the University of Tennessee Gardens in Knoxville. They had several different gardens that would surely appeal to children, including a garden gnome village and a hobbit house to explore.  However, the garden that caught my eye was the Plant Zoo. The plant zoo was planted with varieties whose names referenced animals of all kinds. Sometimes the names were specific plant names, like Tiger Lily, but others were common names like Lambs Ear. The tags in the garden used outlines of the animal in the plant name. I love the concept and I think this would be easy enough to pull off in your home garden with your kids or grandkids helping. Such an easy way to get a child interested in a garden! The plant tags the University had, might not be easily replicated. However, if you want to ID your plants, I think clip art, Sharpies, river rocks, and mod podge would allow the kids to make rock markers for your zoo garden in no time!

Our gardens are many things rolled into one entity. They are often simultaneously a source of beauty, a way to exercise, a boost to our mental health, a source of fresh food, a spot to relax, the background for family get-togethers and parties with friends, and with a bit of planning they can provide a wealth of flowers and foliage to create one of a kind cut-flower arrangements.

Wondering if you should amend your soil when you plant? Our answer is no: we do not recommend adding anything to the soil when you plant one of our shrubs – no top soil, garden soil, potting mix, potting soil, compost, manure, or any other type of bagged or baled product out there. 

So far, this has been a year of distance learning for everyone. We have had to adapt to doing almost everything differently, including how we keep in touch with friends and family. As Mother’s Day approaches, family gatherings might still be deemed too risky, and many might need to start thinking about alternative ways to celebrate Mom. 

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