with Jo Jenkins
the season in South Carolina, at the home of Jo Jenkins.
and her son have created a botanical paradise in her front
yards. Her favorite place is her back porch that overlooks
ponds and a running brook. The yard was designed so she
could enjoy it
as much from the inside of the house as the outside.
Form, Texture and Color
Color is the most personal, immediate and emotional quality
plants in our garden. 75% of purchases are based solely
on color. The
ability to put color together in our gardens is not a horticultural
skill but an artistic skill. Take this into consideration
at a simple color scheme - blue and white that is effective
because it picks up colors in the house. This is very effective,
creating a unified composition.
Also, look at plants in terms of their basic elements: form,
example on the show has a vertical form next to rounded,
cascading plants. It is a fascinating look. There is also
a textural difference. There are finely textured plants
next to medium textured plants, next to glossy leafed plants,
next to coarser textured plants. It is a good look.
have dramatic color changes then keep the texture the same.
When putting seasonal color in your landscape pay attention
things. One is the out curve of planting beds, where the
bed line juts
out into the turf. Our eyes linger there thus it is a perfect
consider color. As well make sure we can enjoy color from
Rick points out Flowering Kale, Parsley Pansies, Violas
and discusses Flowering Cabbage. All are a great choice,
they offer a wonderful combination of color and texture
in your yard and garden.
Attention to the Front Door
shows we spend 60% of our time between the car door and
front door. That corridor is an important element in our
landscape plan. As well the front door should be a focal
point. One way to accomplish that is to utilize upright
forms near the front door. An example is Ligustrum Coreaceum.
In addition use coarse textured plants by the door. A plant
with large, shiny, well spaced leaves will command attention.
Fatsia is such a plant.
South we have just about 365 days a year of color. Plants
Pansies, Flowering Cabbage, Flowering Kale offer a good
offer more months of color than warm season annuals like
Marigolds, for example. They go into the ground in September
or so and
last till May. By now they're hungry, a good slow release
is helpful. Look for a fertilizer with a high first number,
high amount of Nitrogen. The numbers refer to Nitrogen,
Phosphorus and Potassium. This time of year the Nitrogen
has leached out of the soil more than the other two. A 20-7-8
works well this time of year. This will add a lot of green
growth to the plant, will feed the root system and add flowers
to the plant up until about May.
winter, early spring is a good time to take care of your
plants. These plants will start growing. When you see new
growth, green leaves at the top, it's a good indication
your plant could use a little care. Take them outside and
give them a bath, it removes dust and a fresh start for
spring. You might want to pull the plant out of the container
and check out it's root system. If it's showing signs of
outgrowing the container, take a sharp knife and remove
1/2 to 1 inch of the bottom layer of roots. Then add fresh
soil and the roots will grow. If you want to move the plant
to a larger container don't move up to a significantly larger
container, probably just to the next size pot. In this instance
just make several vertical cuts in the roots. Place into
the new container about 1/2 inch below the top rim, add
new potting soil. There is a new soil with vermiculite,
peat moss even some products have "coir" a coconut
mixture that holds moisture. Don't pack the soil, add water
and your plant should be ready for the summer.
Bag of Blooms
is similar to a Strawberry jar, but flexible and smaller.
It is a
bag with pre punched holes in the side. Fill it with soil
plants. Keep doing this to the top. You can place as many
or as few
plants in the bag as you wish. Fill it with Wave Petunias
plants and you have a beautiful hanging container.
are a wonderful addition to our gardens, porch or elsewhere.
This product allows containers to be stacked together. Use
vegetables, flowers or herbs even grasses. Dr. Rick shows
us one planted with Petunia Million Bells. They're rated
an annual but it's really a tender perennial and should
come back season after season. Also in the mix is Acorus,
a grass that gives the arrangement a nice vertical
effect, as is Lamium, a nice ground cover, that offers a
effect. Also in this mixture is Heuchera (a deep purple)
Stack A Pots, is a great way to use a lot of different plants
collage, for a very dramatic, bold effect.
Sparkleberry has a lot of winter interest and is great for
the birds. It
is a cross between Ilex Verticillata and Ilex Serrata and
by the U.S. National Arboretum. The plant on our show is
Cardinal introduced by J.C. Ralston of the North Carolina
Arboretum. It grows to about 6 feet tall, with some specimens
12 feet. The plant loves wet soil. These plants are Diaceous
that there are male and female plants. A male pollinator
is needed for
berries or at best berries will be very sparse. A couple
for male pollinators include Winter Red, Apollo, Jim Dandy
looking for a distinctive, long-lived evergreen ground cover,
look no further than Heliborus. The plant we view is Heliborus
Orientalis and it comes in a lot of colors. It comes in
Purple, Greenish-white or cream. It's a great cut flower,
very long-lived. Cut the flower, immerse it in boiling water
for 10 seconds, then immerse it in ice cold water. It will
last for a couple of weeks, indoors. Heliborus is a great
ground cover. They like natural PH, add a little lime, to
bring the PH up because the acidity of the soil in the south
is a little low, don't overfeed it, add a little organic
matter and then careful neglect. A great coarse textured
look for the southern garden.
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