The perfect garden has a solid framework that will keep the landscaping going all year round. Regardless of the size of your garden, dwarf plants fulfill the criteria of a perfect garden and more. Evergreen dwarfs are ideal for small gardens where they make them appear taller, but are not limited to small gardens. They belong in medium to large gardens, where they pull you through the garden and provide a small retreat. They unite plantings, define beds, create entrances, ideal for hedges and tubs. They don’t outgrow their location and require minimal maintenance to maintain their shape and size.
My two favorites are Thuga occidentalis(arborvitae) “Golden Globe” and Mugo pinus(mugo pine) “Slowmound” TRUdwarf. The latter is a novelty from the Jean Iseli collection (Iseli Nursery) of dwarf mugo pine, large enough to function as a bed or plant divider and as a container plant. It only reaches 4’x6′.
‘Golden Globe’ has soft yellow leaves all year round. Despite being several years old, it is only 2.5′ but will eventually reach 4′.
Since both grow very slowly, they do not need to be fertilized if the soil is healthy.
THINGS TO DO
Set your sundial exactly to midday on June 15th to get the exact time.
Garden – Pinch mums and asters to force side shoots, resulting in denser and bushier plants. Stop pinching asters by mid-July. Divide bearded iris every 3-5 years. Cut foliage to 10″, break rhizomes into small pieces, discard those without foliage, dried or rotten. Plant in the same direction or a circular outline, and interplant spring bulbs and wildflowers. Protruding iris foliage hides dying spring foliage.
Daffodils and other spring bulbs can be dug up until August 15, when their roots will start to break dormant. Remove dirt, separate gently and store in a well-ventilated place on a screen or hanging in onion sacks. Ivy likes a pH of 5.5-6. If your soil is alkaline, pour ¼ teaspoon of ammonia to a gallon of water monthly.
Houseplants — Work moisture-retaining gel into houseplant soil when repotting. Follow the instructions, otherwise soil may spill out of the container. Keep transplanted containers in the shade for a few days before moving to lighter areas.
Trees and Shrubs – Finish pruning spring flowering shrubs. Remove grass, weeds, and mulch grease at least 3 inches away from tree trunks. Pruning espalier fruit trees.
Vegetables – Hand pick squash beetles and cucumber beetles. Use an insecticide sparingly as it can kill most bees and butterflies. Mulch tomatoes to reduce watering, keep the soil evenly moist, and reduce tomato cracking. Potatoes prefer drier conditions despite being in the same family.
In Illinois, fall gardens are planting Cole Family, tomato, potato, pepper and summer squash, plus back-to-back beans, sweetcorn and cucumber by mid-July15.
13th June – McCracken Country Fair Flower Show – Registration deadline for the Design Department. For the show schedule: McCracken CES mc_fair_flower_show_schedule_final032522.pdf (uky.edu)
June 14 – You’re a Grand Old Flag Flower Show, L&N Depot Historic Railpark, 401 Kentucky St., Bowling Green, KY 4201, 1-5 p.m., 270-202-6491.
June 21-25 – McCracken Co. Fair Flower Show, Flower Hall, Carson Park, Paducah. Fair opens at 5 p.m., on Saturday at 12 p.m.
June 21 — Flower Show Horticultural entries will be accepted from 7:30 am to 11:00 am
June 25th – Flower Show Design Pre-registered entries will be accepted from 7:30am to 11am