Orange Perennials For Your Garden

Written by Lee Dobbins

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Helianthemum - Blooms This is a good ground cover that blooms in summer It is easy to grow on rocky slopes and creates a border of color. If you are lucky it will bloom twice, once in early summer and then again in late summer.

Oriental Poppy – Beautiful orange flowers that bloom in spring and grow to 24”. These beautiful perennials like a sunny spot with well drained soil.

Torch lily - This interesting perennial blooms in summer and produces spikes of orange cone shaped flowers that can grow to 6 feet. It likes to be planted in a sunny location and is great for zones 5 – 10. This plant attracts hummingbirds! Trumpet Creeper – I had one of these beautiful vines growing wild up my chimney. It blooms in mid to late summer and has trumpet shaped flowers that hang from it’s lush vines. It will cling to anything and can grow up to 30 feet. It can also grow as a shrub when it has nothing to cling to. It grows quickly and also attracts hummingbirds.

Lee Dobbins is owner and editor of Backyard Garden And Patio where you can learn how to turn your backyard into an oasis and find out more about garden flowers

How to Control Poison Ivy

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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* Mowingrepparttar plant will eventually kill it but be sure to use a mower with a collection bag and don't touchrepparttar 105431 remains when emptying it. This method will take several years to completely eradicaterepparttar 105432 plant from your yard.

* Don't use a weed-eater as that will only spreadrepparttar 105433 broken pieces ofrepparttar 105434 plant everywhere. Dried poison ivy is just as poisonous as fresh. It is said that even 100 year old leaves can still cause a reaction.

* Suffocation with black plastic has been known to work. This too takes time.

* An organic method consists of sprayingrepparttar 105435 plant with salt water. A ratio of one cup salt to a gallon of water with a few drops of liquid soap added to helprepparttar 105436 mixture adhere torepparttar 105437 plant.

* Broadleaf herbicides work but will kill any neighboring plants. Usually poison ivy is intertwined among plants that you want to keep, including trees. Using selective herbicides like Roundup can be applied torepparttar 105438 plant stems as they are cut off to prevent resprouting.

No matter what control method you use, be careful to avoid exposing your skin torepparttar 105439 plant. Wear gloves, long pants, socks and shoes, and a long-sleeved shirt.

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