Garden Delights For Midsummer

Written by Marie K Fisher

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Scabiosa "Ace of Spades" - This is one forrepparttar chocoholics, "Ace of Spades" is a mass of velvet and maroon with little white pins that have a pincushion effect. What a beautiful flower this is, nestle them amongrepparttar 146496 green foliage of alchemilla for comptempory color scheming. Allowrepparttar 146497 last flowers to self-sow.

Delphinium Belladonna Group - If you are looking for grace and charm then Belladonna hybrids are for you. They are ideal for summoning a romantic effect, look wonderful around cottages, and bring an English type of charm to your garden. For a full season of color grow with peonies, poppies and dahlias. Cut downrepparttar 146498 first spikes once they have flowered for a second flush of blooms.

Papaver " Lady Frederick Moore" - A charming peach poppy is much softer on repparttar 146499 eye thanrepparttar 146500 traditional pillar box red oriental, and is easier to blend withrepparttar 146501 pastels of early summer. Grow inrepparttar 146502 sun and hope for gentle weather to prolong this tissue paper like flower.

Monarda "Capricorn" - Think magenta, think hardy geranium? Why not try an unusual monarda instead with its beautiful aromatic foliage and spidery petals totally adored by bees. The stunning color and shapes make it a good contender with spikes of lythrum and veronica, best planted inrepparttar 146503 sun whererepparttar 146504 soil does not get too dry norrepparttar 146505 space too crowded.

LLathyrus latifolius - A delightful sweet pea that is everlasting but withoutrepparttar 146506 sweet scent,so you can never quite have it all. However, withrepparttar 146507 strong aromas fromrepparttar 146508 flowers above this pretty flower, I think that it is worth having in your garden. The flowers are much bigger thanrepparttar 146509 annual L.odoratus,with iridescent shells for petals and twining tendrils that obliginly twirlup small trees or wires on sunny fences. Give themrepparttar 146510 occasional folier feed and cut down last years foliage in winter.

Acunthus mallis - Most perennials have unremarkable leaves, but not this stunning bear's breeches. Acunthus makes a versatile backdrop for classic herbaceous borders or jungle style foliage. The dark glossy leaves and spikes of dusky hooded flowers will make a show all summer long. Water well in dry summers.

Achillea "Walther Funcke" - If pastels are not your bag, spice things up instead with paprika shades of "Walter Funcke"! Add a scattering of yellow day lilies and mix inrepparttar 146511 wispy blonde leaves of ponytail grass, (Stipa tenuissima), for good measure. It makes a compact drought tolerant mix for a sunny border where space is tight.

Thalictrum delavayi - Verbena bonariensis is notrepparttar 146512 only see-through plant. The tall meadow rue is wonderful airy forrepparttar 146513 front of a border, with perenial ferny foliage and clouds of tiny, fluffy flowers on skinny purple stems. Grow onrepparttar 146514 cool side ofrepparttar 146515 garden whererepparttar 146516 soil does not get too dry in summer.

These are just a few of my favorite wonderfully scented flowers and plants that I think will add a soft to dramatic color to your garden. So why not let your imagination and flair for color work magic on your garden. I can tell you that I feel like a true artist when my garden is in full bloom.

Marie K Fisher is an avid gardening enthusiast with a passion for exotic flowers and wondeful colors. She is a regular contributor to Garden Center Showplace a leading online Garden Center. For more details of the superb range of products offered, and also more Featured Articles And Tips on Gardening visit

July Garden Chores

Written by Sandra Wilson

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If you have carnations in your garden whererepparttar calyx has a bad habit of splitting, try these old time fixes. That'srepparttar 146362 green portions that surroundsrepparttar 146363 petals. First stake each individual stem upright so it will not bend over. If that doesn't work try putting tiny rubber bands aroundrepparttar 146364 calyx to prevent splitting. It could be fun explaining to guests your gardening technique here.

Keep watering, weeding and puttingrepparttar 146365 mulch onrepparttar 146366 soil torepparttar 146367 proper depth around your flowers, shrubs and trees as described in other articles on our website. Heedrepparttar 146368 warnings in those articles as well.

Roses have chores that should be done this month too. Be onrepparttar 146369 look out for suckers coming fromrepparttar 146370 roses in your garden. Where roses grow on their own roots, maybe reared from cuttings, there should be no suckers at all. But many roses we buy have been grafted to a stronger root stock and sometimes this root stock will send out suckers. Any suckers fromrepparttar 146371 roots, or fromrepparttar 146372 stem belowrepparttar 146373 graft, should be removed as far belowrepparttar 146374 surface ofrepparttar 146375 soil as possible carefully. (You may wish you could remove other suckers from your life as easily as with your gardening.)

Also, at this time, rose budding can be done. It is a very interesting project. There are many points to learn and do. These are:repparttar 146376 right stage at which to take a bud, how to trimrepparttar 146377 bud, how to makerepparttar 146378 cut forrepparttar 146379 bud and where, how to insertrepparttar 146380 bud and how to secure it. This topic will be covered in our gardening tips more fully at another time.

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