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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.
New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.
Amber Jubilee Ninebark
by Melinda Myers,posted Oct 8 2012 5:42AM
Looking for outstanding color and durability in your landscape? Consider adding one or more Amber Jubilee® ninebarks.
The leaves are a blend of lime-green mature growth and shades of yellow and orange on new growth in summer with all the leaves turning red and purple in fall. The colorful foliage is the result of crossing the purple leaf ‘Diablo’ with yellow leaf ‘Gold’s Dart’ ninebarks.
This new ninebark is less susceptible to powdery mildew and grows about 5 to 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide. It looks great in small groupings or large masses, making it useful for hedges, mixed borders and low screens.
Grow this in full sunshine for the best color. It tolerates a wide range of soils, but prefers good drainage and is drought tolerant once established.
This Canadian introduction is hardy on zones 2 through 7.
A bit more information: This ninebark was named for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. For more details, insight from plant experts on Amber Jubilee and a good laugh watch the Bailey Nursery Garden Idol video.
Eco-friendly Control of Thrips
Poorly developed flowers, stunted plants and silvery streaks on leaves are indications thrips may be feeding on your plants.
These tiny insects have file-like mouthparts they use to puncture the outer surface of leaves, stems and flowers and suck out plant sap. They are very small and difficult to detect. Hold a white piece of paper under the plant and shake. Or remove the petals of damaged flowers, place in a sealed jar with 70% alcohol and shake the jar to dislodge and detect the pests.
Control is difficult and often not needed as the damage is discovered after the thrips have finished feeding.
Provide the proper growing conditions and care for your plants. Avoid excess nitrogen that promotes lush succulent growth these pests prefer. And remove spent flowers that tend to harbor the insects. Manage weeds in the garden and keep thrip-susceptible plants away from weedy areas where the pest populations tend to be high.
A bit more information: Beneficial insects like predatory thrips, green lacewings, minute pirate bugs and some parasitic wasps feed upon plant damaging thrips. Invite these good bugs into the garden by planting a diversity of plants and avoiding persistent pesticides. Visit the University of California IPM online for more details on this pest.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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