Whistling Gardener Blog

"Creating Fall and Winter Interest in the Garden," by the Whistling Gardener

Create winter containers that will delight your senses all season long.  Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

It always seems a bit odd to me to be talking about fall and winter gardens when we are still very much into late summer, but “fall is in the air” and now is the time to make some changes in our containers and plant some fall veggies while the soils are still warm and conducive to good root growth.

"Make the most of that shady area," by the Whistling Gardener

Shade loving astilbes! Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

I think it is fair to say that for a lot of us, our vision of a shady garden area is one that is mostly green with a few varieties of plants such as rhodies, a couple of ferns, and a hosta or two.  The thought of a diverse mix of plants with colorful foliage, contrasting textures and even some flowers is a reach. Well, I am here to tell you that nothing could be farther from the truth.

"Perennial Lobelias will bring in the Hummers," by the Whistling Gardener

Popcorn Cassia, it really does smell like popcorn!  Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Pruning happens multiple times as does weeding, but the best task of all that gets to happen almost year ‘round is planting.

There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t find some new treasure on the benches in the nursery that I have to take home and try out in my garden. It just so happens that this week that plant is a perennial lobelia.

"DOGWOODS — A 'Coast to Coast' Favorite," by the Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith is owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville.  Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

When I hear the word “dogwood” I am immediately transported back to a time in my life when I was living on the east coast in Virginia serving my country as a trumpet player in the 392nd Army Band. If you have ever lived in that part of the country, then you probably have noticed the similarities between our state and Virginia.