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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.


New Ways to Use Vines - The Garden Mix

 
A vine-covered arch is a beautiful and traditional way to welcome visitors to a garden.  And flanking the front entrance with vines is a colorful way to lead visitors to your front door.

Add to the appeal by using less common vines like five leaf akebia or lesser-used cultivars like the new Mandarin honeysuckle or Betty Corning Clematis or KLEM-A-TIS as the KLEM-A-TIS experts prefer.
 
Try incorporating vines into the garden at ground level. 
 
Allow vines, like the climbing hydrangea, to ramble over stone or brick walls.  It combines nicely with ferns, ginger and other shade tolerant plants. The stone’s rough surface is perfect for the rootlike holdfasts to adhere to.
 
And a Dutchman’s pipe can be trained on wires to create a summer screen or perfect frame for a shed or other structure.
 
Mask an old stump.  Simply cover it with netting to allow the clematis tendrils to grab hold and move skyward. 
 
A bit more information: And mix it up a bit.  Combine two climbers like a rose and clematis to double the bloom power and extend the floral display.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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