Monthly Archives: August 2015

Adding Autumn Splash to Your Home

Contributed by Tim Wholey

2015-8-26 Tim gardenglove fall-containers-45-300x187Every year around this time we send kids back to school, dodge increased traffic and get the feel of shorter days, cooler nights, and hints of the crisp scents of autumn. Our gardens and seasonal containers also start showing their age but that’s no reason to despair. Fall offers a whole other season to enjoy some of our favorite fall flowers and plants in our beds or spicing up containers. We can steer toward the traditional seasonal choices of golds, reds, yellows and oranges that are sure to warm us up, or cooler colors in blues, whites & purples too if that is our thing.

Some favorite annuals include, as you’d expect, asters, mums, pansies & marigolds. But don’t stop with flowering plants. Adding ornamental grasses, peppers, kale, cabbage & millet adds texture and seasonal interest. Vegetables are not just for cooking anymore! We can also use perennials in containers that do double duty – just pop them into the ground before the first major frost and enjoy them next spring and summer. Heuchera, Euphorbia x martini, Sedums, Lavender and Sage are some great choices. We like the multitude of unusual gourds, colorful pumpkins and Indian corn that becomes available as well!

2015-8-26 Turbaned-Squashes-rd1So just like you buy the kids their school clothes, consider sprucing up your seasonal containers. We have 3 months of Fall ahead of us. Give us a call or email: Containers@christiedustman.com

Cones, Conifers and a Road Trip

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Don’t look for the whole crew and I on August 14th – 16th.  We will be in Philly for the Northeast regional meeting of the American Conifer Society.  The Society’s purpose is “…to promote the use of conifers in the garden and landscape and to educate the public about their care and preservation.”  If you have met me, you know I spread the gospel of conifers everywhere I go.  Much like Johnny Appleseed spread apples, I can’t plant a job without adding some conifers and I can wax poetic about my favorite specimens like old friends.

Over the 17 years that I have been a member, I have visited countless gardens all over the US and in England that use conifers, but also showcase great garden design and other plants. Think of what you collect – pottery, art, salt/pepper shakers, pens, etc.  I happen to collect conifers and other plants.  And this plant society gives me entry into some of the best venues to see other people’s collections- many privately owned gardens.  Seeing plants all over the country and talking to other confirmed plant fanatics is a great way to spend a weekend.  And I bring home a couple new plants each time!

Check out www.conifersociety.org.  There is still room for the Northeast meeting in Philly!