Tag: Sweet Alyssum

More New Plants for 2020

So let me tell you some more about our trip to Ball Horticultural.

The Summer Containers Are Planted

The front containers have just been sitting around for a month or so, containing nothing but ripening Tulip foliage and the Sweet Alyssum ‘Easter Bonnet Lemonade’ which I used to underplant the Tulips. I’ll let the Sweet Alyssum age in place while the new plants fill in. Speaking of aging in place, it’s funny that …

Make No Little Flower Pots

So the container gardening season has gotten off to a bumpy start, what with the Great Daffodil Disaster of 2017. ┬áNonetheless, I took a few days off this week and I couldn’t restrain myself from filling the pots with spring flowers. Also, I started the year with some changes to my approach to flowering containers.

Summer Containers for Shade

Recently there has been a strong movement towards perennials among the containers in our shady back garden. They got tired of buying hordes of annuals in spring, and then again in summer. Oh wait, that was me that got tired. It took me a while to orient myself to perennials in shade containers because I …

Summer Containers for Sun Report

In the Spring the front garden containers are full of Tulips underplanted with Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima). Now that the Tulips are but a memory, though, I’ve devoted some time over the last couple of weeks to replanting with summer annuals. The results are OK, but less than inspiring. Perhaps this is because I didn’t …

My Summer Containers for Sun: Meh.

The good news is that I continue to gain useful experience on how to put together summer containers for sun. The not-so -good news is that this year’s containers are pretty unsatisfying. One lesson from last year that I tried to remember in 2015 is that when you have a whole bunch of containers, not …

Summer Containers For Shade: My Year Of Living Dangerously, But In A Boring Way

This summer I defied Impatiens downy mildew and lived to tell the tale. For two years I have avoided Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) because of a widespread and devastating blight that has received extensive publicity. Despite the tidings of doom, my neighbor John planted Impatiens for both of those years with no problems. You can accuse …

Wild Times at Garden in a City

The north side Chicago chapter of Wild Ones, an organization of native plant enthusiasts, came to our garden today. They were on their triennial garden tour. As I wrote in my last post, I was working hard to prepare for this visit, partly by spiffing up the garden and partly by obsessing over all its …

Nepeta ‘Kit Cat’ Makes a Really Nice Edging Plant

Actually, this is a short post with two goals. The first is to show how good Nepeta x faassenii ‘Kit Cat’ looks when it blooms along the edge of my Driveway Border. The second is to say farewell to the tulip season. I love ‘Kit Cat’s’ mass of small blue flowers. And it looks pretty …

Be Happy – Plant Sweet Alyssum

One of the things I did this weekend was underplant my container Tulips with Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima). Sweet Alyssum is a fairly common annual – but it should be even more common, because it is a plant with an amazing capacity to make people happy. It is easy to grow and just a few …