With Labour Day fast approaching and summer slowly slipping away, I thought it would be fitting to discuss seasonal gardening tips. I have to admit, this summer I did not tend to my garden as much as I had hoped. That being said I'm getting all geared up for my Fall planting. I don't do too much to the gardens this time of year but here are two of my staples that I do at the end of each summer.
1. Mums....yup...Mums - I love them! So many gorgeous colours and they just never seem to stop blooming. I have two cast iron urns on the front step that I like to fill will plants each Spring and Fall. This Spring I thought I would plant my herbs in them. It was great in the Spring, but once the sweltering heat and unrelenting sunshine on the front of the house started it was all over. I think all that's left standing is my Rosemary and Curry. There might be a few scraggly bits of Basil and Parsley hanging on for dear life. So this weekend I will be switching over my dried herbs to some glorious mums. What a quick and beautiful way to welcome in the Fall by changing over your pots. Now...just to decide on colour? Perhaps I'll let the kids decide...what do you think?
2. Clover. Yes, you heard me correctly. I plant Clover. I try to do it twice a year, but this year being so busy with adjusting to life as a family of 4 I will only get to it once. Why you ask? Well, Clover is green...in the colour sense, but also in the eco-friendly sense. Clover requires much less water than traditional grass and is much more drought tolerant. And an added bonus, if you let it flower it's great for the bees! Plus it will crowd out the other unsightly weeds that we try so hard to eliminate. Clover also puts nitrogen nutrients back into the soil - bonus! So we sow it in the Spring and Fall into our lawns. I don't have time to worry about pulling weeds or how perfect my sod looks. But love the look and feel of Clover and so happy my kids get to see actual honey bees. I still remember the first time I asked at a Big Box store if the sold Clover...they looked at me like I had 2 heads and the lady behind me offered me hers from her yard. So spread the word...Be Clever...plant Clover!
Do you have any end of summer gardening musts? What plants do you use to make the season change?
Planting love...and Clover,