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Helenium is a gorgeous native fall perennial, with red, yellow, and orange blooms gracing the garden from late summer through the fall. Hardy in zones 4-8, these plants grow 18” to 3' tall and 2' wide depending on the cultivar. Plant in average to rich soil with good drainage, and prune branches in late spring to increase branching.
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With the fall season upon us, it may be time to consider if you'd like to redesign your landscape. A consultation with Bobbie's Green Thumb is the perfect time to determine key changes that you can accomplish yourself, along with potential projects that may require professional assistance. One client said of her consultation, "It was so wonderful and worthwhile that I will tell anyone who is looking for direction on how to deal with their yards to call Bobbie. I am so thankful." You can schedule a consultation by emailing Bobbie@BGThumb.com or calling (216) 752-9449
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Asters, the September birth flower, are a true power player in the autumn landscape, with numerous native, perennial, fall-blooming asters available in a rainbow of colors. This recent Bobbie's World post highlights some of Bobbie's favorites and offers insight into successful growth and maintenance of asters in the garden: https://buff.ly/2DsIpO8
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For those of you who made a note last spring of your desired spring blooming bulb patterns in your garden, it’s almost time to get to work! Tulip, daffodil, crocus, hyacinth and snowdrop bulbs can be planted when night-time temps average between 40-50 deg F, 6-8 weeks before the first frost. Be sure to prep your flower beds to remove weeds but not fallen leaves, and loosen the soil.
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Don't shy away from edibles in the garden! Ornamental cabbage and kale, Brassica oleracea, are not as tasty as those found at your local market, but make a beautiful addition to the garden, particularly as edging or border plants. Although they are annuals, these plants grow well in partial shade and cool weather, making them an excellent choice for the autumn garden.
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Shady gardens invite the use of hosta to add bold color and shape to the landscape. With many varieties to choose from, ranging in foliage variegation, pattern, size, and hues, it's easy to find the perfect match for those less-than-sunny spots in your yard. While fragrant summer blooms are beautiful, adding height and delicate color, these plants are prized for their abundant, broad, heart-shaped leaves.
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The key to successful container gardens is combining different forms and textures to create an eye-catching design with colorful punch. Butterfly bush is an excellent shrub to incorporate in fall containers, boasting large draping cones of flowers throughout the season. This design from Garden Gate Magazine is an excellent way to get started with this fantastic plant: https://buff.ly/2DeGe0s
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If you're lucky enough to live in a neighborhood without constricting lawn codes, do yourself a favor and let your lawn go natural! This sustainable approach attracts pollinators and improves the health of your landscape. It also makes your garden look naturally beautiful, without the frosty impression of a manicured lawn. See this article from Horticulture Magazine for more details: https://buff.ly/2NW4FEe
And for advice on how to achieve a consciously natural lawn without it looking neglected and overgrown, contact Bobbie's Green Thumb!
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Improving your house's curb appeal can boost its value and make it easier to sell, but it also makes your home more inviting to friends and family so that you can enjoy it even more. Whether you're trying to sell or you just want to prepare for holiday visits, this article from This Old House describes some excellent "secrets" to visually enhancing your home's exterior through tasteful landscaping and minor renovations. For expert advice tailored to your specific needs, contact Bobbie's Green Thumb for a consultation: (216) 752-9449
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Bobbie recently returned from attending the Perennial Plant Association conference in Raleigh, NC, bringing fresh inspiration with her back to Cleveland. One of the most memorable gardens she visited while there was the fantastical Uncommon Garden (designed by Rik Hermanson), complete with dragons and serpents in an Asian setting. Read more about this remarkable mixture of sculpture and landscape design at Bobbie's World: https://buff.ly/2LjF2Yy
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