Monday, March 16, 2009
Foolproof Flower Gardening ~ #1
With Spring just around the corner, you may be ready for some color in your flower beds. Not everyone has the time, nor the inclination to put hours every week into the garden. So for the next few weeks, periodically there will be some easily grown, readily available, low maintanence flowering perennials and annuals put forward for your consideration.
First up, we have the mighty cranesbill. Don't let the delicate look of this sweet perennial fool you - it is a hardy, tough plant that blooms profusely in full sun or semi shade, in your flower beds, containers or baskets. With regular water, it will bloom almost year round. It works well as a ground cover, as well. If it gets too scraggly, you can give it a "haircut". Don't be shy about it - gather the long stalks together and trim away. You'll have new growth within days. Those of you in colder climates may need to check for its hardiness in your zone.