We keep a tentative schedule for our weekly topics. Today’s topic was to be “Watering Tips for the Summer.” But that would be a very short, probably one sentence tip: “Turn the water off!”
Our goal every week is to address issues we are seeing in lawns and landscapes as we are out providing lawn care services. Most problems we are seeing are related to too much moisture and poor drainage. The Oklahoma City area received, on the average, another 2” of rain this week. Soil moisture readings are at 100%. This means soils can not absorb any additional water and if you add any it will just run off. By mid-week if we have not received any more rainfall, inspect your landscape and water only if needed.
So, let’s talk about something more interesting than “turn your water off” - let’s talk about perennials!
Traditionally a big believer in lots of annual color, I have been gradually reducing the amount of annual color in my landscape by adding perennials.
My landscape has always included some perennials. But, because they don’t bloom all season and often their foliage is unattractive after the blooms have faded, my style has been to keep them in the background.
I still believe that annual color provides the most season long impact. Areas close to the front doors, along the front walks, and key areas around our outdoor living spaces still look best planted with pansies and bulbs in the fall, and replanted with various heat loving annuals in April and May. You can’t beat the impact of bright annual color!
But I’m glad I have been gradually adding more perennials to the landscape because this year perennials have been stunning.
There are so many perennial choices. There are more perennials than you could ever cover in one writing. Books and books have been devoted to perennials, but I have a few favorites. Each of these have found a home in my landscape, although none of them last the entire season, as a group, they add interest from spring to fall.
These are some of my favorites -- but, with so many types of perennials, I am always finding another one to try in the landscape.
What are your favorites?
One final thought – I have noticed a trend toward mixing herbs in perennial garden. Not only will herbs add different textures and tones to the landscape, but you also get the benefit of having fresh herbs, which are always better, on your dinner table.
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Hall | Stewart Lawn + Landscape