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.
Include Some Tall Plants in the Garden (Look to the Sky) - The Garden Mix
by Melinda Myers,posted Jun 27 2012 3:59PM
Change your garden perspective. Include a few tall plants in the landscape and start looking skyward.
The large castor bean provides bold texture in the garden. The leaves can grow up to 3 feet across and the plant grows 5 to 10 feet tall in one season and up to 40 feet in height in its native environment. The decorative seedpods are highly poisonous, so keep them out of the reach of children.
Growing tall plants next to much shorter plants can also give the illusion of depth in a narrow bed.
They also provide a nice backdrop for nearby gardens. Use tall non-invasive ornamental grasses and perennials like Joe-Pye weed, ironweed, Lemon Queen Helianthus, Rudbeckia maxima, Bugbane (Cimicifuga/ Actea) and Vitex to add color, motion and seasonal changes to your landscape.
And don’t forget to add a few sunflowers. A favorite of gardeners of all ages, these tall beauties will have you looking skyward in amazement of their height.
A bit more information: Include a few other attention-getting annuals in the garden. Night Scented tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris) rises 6’ tall and has long narrow tubular flowers that are fragrant at night. Brazilian verbena (Verbena bonariensis) grow 4 to 5 feet tall and is great as a grow-through, container or stand alone flower. It is a vicious reseeder in some area, but many find the hummingbirds it attracts makes the weeding worthwhile. Cosmos is another tall annual and all three tend to reseed and are favorites of the butterflies.
Vote for your Favorite Flower
There is still time to cast your vote for your favorite flower.
The American Garden Award program is your opportunity to vote for your favorite of several beautiful flowers bred for the home garden. Some of the most prestigious flower breeders have chosen their favorites to enter in the competition.
Celosia Arrabona Red is a plume type cockscomb and it was selected for its easy care, drought tolerance and long bloom.
Cuphea Sriracha Violet is heat tolerant and covered with unique violet blooms from spring through summer.
Illumination Flame Digiplexis is a foxglove hybrid with spikes of red-pink flowers with flaming orange throats.
Last but not least is Petunia Anguna radiant blue. This new hybrid has blue flowers with a white throat.
So visit www.Americangardenaward.com today and cast your vote.
A bit more information: The 2013 winner was Verbena ‘Lanai® Candy Cane’ with red and white striped blooms. Santa Cruz Sunset Begonia was the 2012 winner. This cascading begonia is perfect for hanging baskets, containers or mass plantings. This is the sixth year for this program. Check out information on previous winners and contestants at www.americangardenaward.com.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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