May brings color back into the landscape for all to enjoy. Here at Wagners, we like to say “Summer is Short, Fill it with Color”. The explosion of flowering trees and shrubs add so much color to the eye and sweet smell to the nose.
Hummingbirds and orioles will soon be appearing so get those feeders cleaned and filled with their favorite food.
It’s a good time to cut back dead tops of perennials and any dead or broken branches on roses. Remove spent flowers of tulips and daffodils and trim spring flowering shrubs that have finished blooming.
Now is the time to plant those patio and entryway containers. Pick a tall plant for the vertical line, fill around with bright colored annuals and then add a flowing vine to cascade over and soften the edge of the container. Ask us for help if you need suggestions.
My favorite word right now is “foodscaping” – the combining of fruits and vegetables as part of the landscape. A few examples would include planting blueberries in your front yard landscape, mixing herbs in your flower-filled container gardens or maybe rhubarb or asparagus planted in the backyard landscape. Growing fruits and vegetables no longer has to be relegated to the side of the yard. I love the idea of having both a decorative and functional landscape. Think of ideas of how you can foodscape in your own yard and drop me note or better yet, send me some pictures.