Thoughts on Gardening in August….fall will come – it will rain again!  Keep telling yourself that…of course this is a weird weather pattern…they say the worst since the eighties.  Everyone tells me they don’t remember it ever seeming so horrible!  As bad as the weather is, good planting and the right plants have made a difference this summer and beautiful gardens can still be seen throughout Oklahoma City.  

This is one of my favorite varieties of Crepe Myrtle – “Pink Velour”, it thrives in the hot summer heat, and in the spring the leaves are a dark burgundy instead of green.

I love to incorporate raised planters into my landscape design.  Plants thrive in them, because planters typically have perfect drainage and great soil.  This particular planter is filled with English boxwood and white Knock out Roses and “Walker’s Low” Nepata.  A colorful mix of my favorite purslane, verbena, and blue scaveola cascade over the wall. 

Love to mix in Angelonia into my garden designs…it's about as close as I can get to lavender!

I’m shocked out how fresh these flowers look – I took this photo yesterday.  Love the pink profusion

Zinnias peeking through the blue salvia and Angelonia.

More of my favorite summer mix – with the dark cherry colored penta.

Mixed in some little white Mexican daisies in this mix…

Hard to believe we have had nearly 30 days of 100 degree temps when you look at these flowers.

Love how this hardscaping frosted in flowers softens this huge driveway.

And believe it or not my faithful “Abraham Darby” English rose surprising me with a gift – a reward for my hand watering.

Top things to do in August

  • Water – of course!
  • Move pots and baskets to the shade to give them a break from the sun and heat.
  • Cutback things that have lots of brown leaves…like spirea or perennials…remove dead plants – your beds and pots will look better.
  • Drive around and look at gardens that are performing well in these extreme conditions.
  • Look at how your irrigation system is performing – you may want to modify coverage this fall.
  • Take one more last vacation to someplace cool.

Off to Africa….

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Climate is nearly everything in gardening – June has been hot as you know what – now July is coming and we already know what we are in store for…MAJOR HEAT WAVE!!!!

What I am so envious of when I go to the cooler parts of our country in the summer are the flowers….and the reason why is cool night time temperatures.  So many of the plants we love like geraniums, lobelia, petunias, dahlias and hollyhocks need late night temperatures to drop into the 50’s to allow the flowers to rest from the previous day of heat.  Even really heat-loving plants like hydrangeas and daylilies will benefit and product more luxuriant flowers with the cooler night-time temperatures. 

Well here’s my recommendation…get out of town this summer and hire someone to water your pots and roses!

Top Things to do in July – Celebrate the 4th of July – hopefully someplace cool!

  • Water – everything!

  • Deadhead your plants – believe it or not they will put on new fresh blossoms even in this incinerator heat.
  • Use water soluable fertilizer like Miracle Grow…you are watering all of the nutrients out of your pots and flower boxes.
  • Look at the zinnias in gardens – you will love them….put out seeds May!

Best of the Season



Purple Cone Flower...

Crepe Myrtle…

A very darling friend of mine passed this on to me  a couple of weeks ago…I had not seen this before and just loved it when I read it…so I decided to share it with my gardening friends….enjoy!

How To Plant Your Garden

First, you Come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses.


1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul

1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness

1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another

1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another

1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends


Happy 4th of July and hang in there for the rough 2 months as a Gardener!

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As many years as I have planted tulips and pansies in the fall, I still find myself so amazed at the difference the tulip makes in the spring garden as she emerges from the earth. Tulips add dimension and vibrancy that only they can add to your springtime landscape. Yes, they don’t come back in our climate here in Oklahoma – but they are well worth it – I always tell my clients and gardening pals they are a luxury you give your neighbors and yourself! Tulips beautify a neighborhood in a way that only they do in the spring when everything is green and vibrant – a breath of fresh air! Try them once and you’ll be hooked.

Now that the temperatures are in the 70’s and 80’s gardeners are out in force everywhere – this is the month we wait for all year. We get to enjoy all of the fruits (flowers) of our labor and planning. April and May are the most beautiful months of the year. The birds are chirping, and the garden is coming to life – much more than just the pansies and tulips now…. Happy planting!

Top things to do in April

  • April 15 is last freeze date – plant with confidence.
  • Planning and the right gardening in April can give way to months of enjoyment during the upcoming summer months.
  • Late April and early May is the optimal time to remove dying pansies and the foliage from tulips (which do not come back in Oklahoma).
  • Getting your summer plantings in by late April to mid May will give you stronger plants – this will allow them to thrive during the hot months of July and August.
  • Several trips to the nursery are surely on your agenda - I once went to a nursery 5 times in one day….obsessive?
  • Spring plantings of perennials, annuals, rose bushes, shrubs and trees are in full force.
  • 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.
  • Begin the transition from your spring containers to summer plantings.
  • Take photos of your containers to the nursery to help you plan out which plants to purchase. If you took photos of your containers last year at the end of the year when they should have looked their very best – that can also help when purchasing plants for your containers.

Best of the Season

  • Flowering trees like Redbud, Whitebud, Crab Apple
  • Roses
  • Flowering Vines like cross vine, wisteria, clematis, jasmine
  • Flowering shrubs like viburnum and snowball and spireas
  • Green fescue and rye blends of grass
  • Perennials – Salvias, Dianthus, Creeping Phlox, Woodland Phlox, Violets
  • Pansies and Tulips

Spectacular example of old fashion Eastern Snowball bush – a “must-have” for the Spring garden.

Beautiful container for the Spring – get planting!

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I love January – it’s brrrr cold outside and there are no garden chores – maybe just planning for a beautiful Spring. I did turn in all the Spring flower orders to our wonderful grower…hard to believe they will start seedlings this month.

January is one of the months as a gardener that you can literally do nothing and not feel guilty about it. Of course you have to pay a little attention to water if Mother Nature doesn’t smile on us with rain or snow. But other than that, we can just relax and enjoy the cold days with a hot cup of tea and leftover treats from the holidays.

The garden and seed catalogs will begin arriving in your mailbox, as well as other garden and outdoor living catalogs. It’s fun to see what’s new with the trends in these. Wayside Gardens will tempt us with new species and varieties. We can just file these away for now – enjoy this quiet month.

Top Things to do in January

• As little as possible – you deserve a guilt-free break

Best of the Season

• Red Twig Dogwood, Deciduous Hollies laden with berries – and cardinals! I have a friend who has a special little buddy that shows up on the window seal of her living room – she has been putting his treats out on top of a stone pillar – he is fat and happy – and beautiful!

Holidays this year in Sweden – winter wonderland – breathtakingly beautiful!

Happy New Year Everyone!

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No matter where you live, August is undoubtedly the hottest month of the year and depending on which part of the country you live in August will be the “worst” month of the year. We just have to grin and bear it and try and keep everything alive –that’s all we can really hope for. Amazingly with some TLC, September comes and suddenly with the cooler nights and less hot days the plants begin to grow and thrive again. So don’t throw the hose in – Indian summer is just around the corner. If you are lucky enough to live in a part of the country where August is a wonderful month to be outside – I’m jealous!

Top Things to do in August

  • Adequate water is a must – you will likely need to water your containers every day.
  • Adjustments to your automatic sprinkler system may be needed – remember to water early in the day – not at night.
  • If you do need to water during the heat of the day – be careful not to get water on the plant foliage.
  • Continue to dead head your annuals and perennials.
  • Continue to support your roses and climbing vines.
  • Go on a holiday to a cooler part of the country – or better yet – try spending 10 days in Scandinavia – lucky me….I just returned from the best vacation ever!

How to garden in August

Believe it or not this is a climbing hydrangea – I have tried to grow these for years – and they never grow for me….this was remarkable – photo taken in Oslo, Norway.

August Gardening Tips

Look at the size of these delphiniums they were over 5’ tall. During the summer months in Scandinavia the sun is shining until well after 10:00 p.m. – in fact it is still light at midnight – thus the “land of the midnight sun”….anyway – that’s why the plants grow so tall so quickly – the spring / summer growing season is only 4 months long.

Top 10 ways to take care of your garden in August

Marstrand, Sweden – Swedish seaside cottage….look how the blue in the lobelia pops against the pale Swedish yellow of the house – and the fuscia is fabulous and rich looking sitting below this quaint flower box.

Gardening Tips

Always love to see perfect color combinations – blue and orange are perfect together – opposites on the color wheel!

Summer Gardening Tips

This retaining wall spotted in Oslo is doing it’s job….what a wall of hydrangeas – these looked like something found in a flower shop!

Gardening Tips For Summer

Another example of really tall flowers – hollyhocks. I have never seen them grow to this height in the U.S. – these were spotted in front of a wonderful restaurant in Gothenburg, Sweden – the singer Pink was also spotted in this restaurant – along with the paparazzi!

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