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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.

Trailing/Spreading Pansies

Add some instant color to your fall garden with pansies.
Pansies are cheery plants that add color to the winter gardens in the south and spring and fall gardens in the north.  Two relatively new introductions will allow you to cover more ground when planting this fall.
Cool wave pansies, introduced by Ball Horticulture, are a trailing pansy that can be used in the garden or a hanging basket.  You’ll need half the plants to cover the same garden space.  I planted mine in October last year and had great results.  They even weathered the first two months of our extremely hot summer. 
Try a basket full of white cool wave pansies, add some sunglasses and you have a ghost for Halloween
WonderFall is Syngenta’s spreading pansy.  Its large flowers come in shades of blue, lavender, purple and rose. 
Pick up a few to include when planting your bulbs or other fall favorites.
A bit more information:  And check out some of the past All-America selections (AAS) award winning pansies.  Ultima Morpho was the 2002 winner selected for its distinct blue and yellow flower design.  Majestic Giants selected in 1966 can still be found.   Generations of gardeners have planted this large flowered traditional faced pansy.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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