Fertilization is Important

You may need to apply fertilizer when you prepare the beds. Follow the recommendations of the soil test report. If you didn't test the soil, apply a complete fertilizer, such as 5-10-5, at a rate of 2 pounds 4 rounded cups per 100 square feet. Work the fertilizer into the soil as you prepare the bed. The ideal soil pH for most perennials is slightly acidic 6.0 to 6.8 . If the pH is too low or too high as determined by a soil test , adjust it at the same time you apply fertilizer. To raise the...

Perennial Selection and Care Guide

time of year Special notes frequency in cultural uses, years major pests, etc. Tolerates alkaline soil. Prefers moist soil. Some are North American natives. Soil should be rich in organic matter and well drained. Short-lived. Mulch to overwinter. Goniolimon tartaricum German statice Gypsophila paniculata Baby's-breath Grows best in a well drained, alkaline soil pH 6.8-7.5 . Excellent cut or dried flower. Tolerates wet soils. Do not fertilize. North American native. Helianthus X multiflorus...

Color Guide

Silver-leaved plants may be used to blend areas where colors meet. A semi-chromatic color scheme divides the color wheel in half and uses any three adjoining colors, such as blue, violet and red or red, orange and yellow. This approach is very popular today. A polychromatic scheme includes any and every combination of colors. This type of design yields a great variety of colors and can be very festive. It is important to note, however, that even gardens of this type with seemingly haphazard...