The cool nights have given way to warmer nights and much warmer days. The displays of roses, hydrangeas, flowering vines and perennials in May are the best of the year.  If you have done a good job at garden design and followed the basic principles of good gardening techniques, you are going to be well rewarded this month!

Top Things to do in May

  • Enjoy all of the beautiful plants continuing to come into the nurseries from growers – nurseries keep their inventories high through May.
  • Complete spring plantings of perennials, summer annuals, rose bushes, shrubs and trees.
  • Ideally, this is the last month to plant ball & burlap trees, so they have a chance to tolerate the summer heat…of course you can plant throughout the summer, but this will require more work on your part.
  • Convert your containers from spring flowers to those that will endure the summer heat.
  • Review the placement of your perennials and edit as necessary – are sunny perennials getting enough sun – if not move them to a sunnier spot – likewise for shade loving plants.
  • Apply a dose of ironite for greener lawn.
  • Check for suckers and dead limbs in your trees – out they go!
  • Secure climbing roses and vines – they will grow twice as fast – don’t let them languish on the ground or flop around in the wind.
  • Apply slow release fertilizer to flower beds and containers.
  • Monitor your water based on the weather – don’t leave your irrigation system on auto pilot – take control for better results and water conservation.
  • Enjoy the surrounding gardens and neighborhoods, as this is definitely one of the most beautiful months to see various plants and shrubs showing off their season’s best.

Best of the Season

  • Everything is green in shades only seen this time of year
  • Roses, hydrangeas
  • Flowering vines – clematis, jasmine
  • Early Summer Flowering perennials – penstemmon, scabiosa, huechera, daisies…and so many more
  • Japanese Maples

May Gardening Tips

A nice to place to organize all the good garden stuff!


Tips for May

I love Nepata – one of the best perennials.



Beautiful Henri clematis – some Nelly Moser too!



Eden Climbing Rose – so French – so beautiful – look at it with the Angelina sedum.



English Border of perennials and roses a few annuals for summer color – It’s first spring - wait until next year!


Landscape Tips for May

Herb cutting garden – of course another container!


Thoughts on May Gardening

Beautiful mix of perennials, white carpet roses and Nepata in the background


Tips for May

Love to use baker’s racks outside….they are a perfect element when creating beautiful outdoor rooms.


May Garden Examples

Everything looks good this time of year – and killer Japanese Maple “Crimson Queen” – Yes she is!

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The cool nights have given way to warmer nights and much warmer days. Roses, hydrangeas, flowering vines, perennials are not in full bloom making our gardens shine with colorful beauty. Multiple trips to the nursery are always fun this time of the year – and there’s never been a better selection of new varieties and old favorites available.

 

Sadly – the very best annual plant for shade – the standard for shade – impatiens is now on the do not plant list. It’s frustrating to see them still being sold in nurseries. This has been the nation’s number one selling annual for years. The introduction of downy mildew – a disease that is decimating this plant also overwinters and destroys healthy plants brought in the next year. First signs of this disease are a paler green or yellow leaf – they will often curl or look speckled or mottled. On the underside of the leaf is the whitish fungus, holding zillions of spores. In just two weeks all leaves drop and stems turn slimy and collapse. This happened to about 20 flats of impatiens I planted last spring…I thought it was just too hot and they didn’t get enough water. So beware even though the nurseries are still selling impatiens – don’t plant them – you are probably throwing your money away.

 

Window Box Inspiration!

 

So easy with caladiums begonias and ivy

 

My favorite cool colors purple, lavender, silver

 

As simple as it gets – boxwood in terra cotta.

 

The chartreuse in this scheme makes the purple pop!

 

Top things to do in May

• Enjoy all of the beautiful plants continuing to come into the nurseries from growers – nurseries keep their inventories high through May.

• Complete spring plantings of perennials, summer annuals, rose bushes, shrubs and trees.

• Ideally, this is the last month to plant ball & burlap trees, so they have a chance to tolerate the summer heat…of course you can plant throughout the summer, but this will require more work on your part.

• Convert your containers from spring flowers to those that will endure the summer heat.

• Check out my pinterest board on plant pairings and window boxes…

• http://pinterest.com/terrydcarlson/garden-plant-pairings-combinations/

• http://pinterest.com/terrydcarlson/garden-window-boxes/

• Tips for your window boxes:

  •     -Repeat and harmonize color with the color of your home
  •     -Choose the right plant…size matters – don’t plant something that will grow to tall –   combine plants that require similar light, moisture and temperature
  •     -Pick the right window box

    -Consistent care is a must – they are essentially a garden in a box…so they dry out quickly

• Review the placement of your perennials and edit as necessary – are sunny perennials getting enough sun – if not move them to a sunnier spot – likewise for shade loving plants.

• Apply a dose of ironite for greener lawn.

• Check for suckers and dead limbs in your trees – out they go!

• Secure climbing roses and vines – they will grow twice as fast – don’t let them languish on the ground or flop around in the wind.

• Apply slow release fertilizer to flower beds and containers.

• Monitor your water based on the weather – don’t leave your irrigation system on auto pilot – take control for better results and water conservation.

• Enjoy the surrounding gardens and neighborhoods, as this is definitely one of the most beautiful months to see various plants and shrubs showing off their season’s best.

 

Best of the Season

• Everything is green in shades only seen this time of year

• Roses, hydrangeas

• Flowering vines – clematis, jasmine, cross vine

• Early Summer Flowering perennials – penstemmon, scabiosa, huechera, daisies…and so many more

•Japanese Maples

• Outdoor Living!

 

 

Beautiful mix of perennials, white carpet roses and Nepata blooming now.

 

Happy Gardening! XO Terry

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