October’s Helpful Hints and Gardening Tips
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
~ Albert Camus
Custom Gardens, LLC welcomes you with an invitation to enjoy news, tips, and our monthly spotlighted plant! If you like what you see, be sure contact us for more ways to beautify your life’s landscape.
Plant of the Month
We are busy putting in chrysanthemums for fall color. These are great plants, and the color options are ever expanding. Mums offer long lasting color, especially when they are planted in full bud and ready to “pop.” Many people do not know that mums actually bloom early; the reason they look so spectacular in the fall is that they have been pinched back to prevent blooming until then.
Clients sometimes ask me whether mums are perennials, and the answer is … it depends! For example, many mums available at grocery stores are quite beautiful, but they are not hardy in this area. If you see mums that you like with very large blossoms, make sure to inquire whether they are winter hardy. Nurseries generally offer mums at this time of year that are winter hardy, but it is still important to ask. Even then, since the plants have not been in the ground all season, they may not develop the root structure to enable them to winter over and return next year.
In the Garden with Ellen
A client and I were looking at a plant (skimmia) — the last dying example of what had been three really beautiful plants. It looked droopy, and my client wondered whether the plant was not getting enough water. Surprise! The problem was too much water. Skimmia does not like “wet feet,” and the plants had been done in by all the frequent heavy rains we’ve received. Many plants that can tolerate more moisture can still be undone by too much water with roots that have rotted from all of the rain, or overwatering.
When planting, always make sure you know the water requirements. The symptoms of too much and too little water are very similar — yellow foliage and droopy looking foliage; sometimes the edges of the leaves are curled under a bit. Overwatering may be the reason some people say they have a “black thumb.” If you are not sure what is killing your plants, we are happy to offer a complimentary consultation to help diagnose the problem.
In the News …
A story on the Arcadia Land Company in The Philadelphia Inquirer featured a picture of one of their beautiful new houses in Narberth that was recently landscaped by Custom Gardens. The photo appeared on the front page of the Main Line section (under Business) on October 3. You can see the picture and find a link to the article in the About Ellen section of this website.
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Oh Deer, What to Do?
The web can be a good source of information about deer resistant plants, BUT consider the source. Plants that are deer resistant in one part of the country may be deer candy where you live.
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