SUMMER GARDENING

The summer gardening season is the time I look forward to throughout the year.  I  love to be outside puttering and enjoying the plot planning from the year before.  Well I must admit that some of the plantings just happen.

The vibrant pink Lichnis seeded itself throughout the gray Artemesia   in a striking combination.  In the spring I weed carefully to keep the scattered Foxglove plants. They have Just finished blooming. I must remember to let the seeds mature on the plant and drop on their own. Planting the lady¹s mantle on a slope or berm is the best as the profusion of chartreuse long-lasting blossoms cascade down a slope.

Norway Savings Bank in the center of Gorham is a prime example of mass plantings of lady’s Mantle on sloping land.  Just another reminder of what a statement can be made by planting groupings of the  same kind of perennial plant or encouraging your favorite spreading plants .  This technique is especially affective when a garden is viewed from a distance.

Each year I fill containers with some favorite plants to display where I want an accent of color.  The joy is finding new plants that will complement my old favorites.  New for me this year and is definitely a keeper is an Impatiens for the sun called SunPatiens.  It grows up to two feet tall to fill a whisky barrel and comes in two shades of pink. Also an annual that I regularly use  to lighten up the visual appeal in containers is Diamond Frost, a euphorbia with a mound of  airy white blossoms all summer.  This in combination with variegated foliage plants is striking.

When I recently discovered trailing Mezoo , (Dorotheanthus) also called Aptenia, Ice Plant , I felt like I hit the jack pot. This succulent had variegated foliage that cascades easily over the side of containers and stays very fresh looking all summer.   You can bring it in the house for the winter and propagate it by taking cuttings.   It will take some neglect and loves sun to part sun.

Remember to water deep and deadhead the spent blossoms of garden plants and potted plants.   When deadheading petunias be sure to take off the blossom and the seed pocket .   Consider planting another shade tree for the future. The most noteworthy thing about Gardeners is that they are always optimistic.  We will always envision the most beautiful  garden.