Garden Gate Jul/Aug 2018

You CAN create the garden of your dreams with Garden Gate magazine! Every issue is packed with must-have plants, reader tips, simple time- and money-saving ideas, step-by-step, how-to help and the inspiration you need to create a gorgeous garden year after year.

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1 min
from the editor

I love creating container gardens. Through trial and error I’ve found certain combinations and colors that I use every year. For example, the go-to combo for my entry is a large deep-burgundy New Zealand flax, airy pennisetum, bright orange zinnia, purple calibrachoa and black sweet potato vine. Then there are those containers I like to experiment with. If these containers don’t turn out as I imagine, I may keep swapping things out all summer. Sometimes I like the new look even better. On page 12 we’ll share two containers that, for whatever reason, didn’t shine in our test garden last year. But we kept working at it and with a few additions and tweaks, they were stunning by the end of summer. Speaking of challenges, do you struggle with clay soil?…

3 min
great ideas from smart gardeners

The flag marks the spot Carly Hancock, Iowa When she’s doing other yard chores, such as pruning or dead-heading, Carly sometimes spies a volunteer tree seedling or weed growing in her green ground cover. She usually stops what she’s doing to go get her soil knife or other weeding tool. But when she returns, she can’t always find the invader she spotted earlier. Instead of trying to lug around multiple tools, she’s found a lighter, simpler option: a few small American flags on sticks. She carries them in her back pocket, and when a trouble spot appears, she pops a flag in the ground. The red, white and blue can’t be missed when she returns with tool in hand. When all the hard work of tending to the yard is done, she can…

1 min
from the   wild side

Spotted salamander Ambystoma maculatum Spotted salamanders are nocturnal and live under rocks, fallen logs and in tunnels in moist, forested areas in Eastern Canada, west through the midwestern United States and eastern Texas and south to Georgia. Two rows of bright orange or yellow spots make their stout 6- to 9-in. dark brown, gray or black bodies easier to see. The adult in the photo above has dark gray skin and yellow spots. LIFE CYCLE They become most active in early spring when rains fall and vernal pools (temporary pools of water) form. These seasonal water sources are a safe place to breed, lay eggs and for the larvae to grow. Salamanders can live 20 years or more! And they are homebodies: They live near and breed in the same pools year after…

3 min
save water with this diy rain barrel

Materials list Commercial trash can1¾-in. hose bibb, male threads1 female hose connector1 male hose mender1 female pipe connector1 1-in. fender washer1 plastic downspout adapter1-sq.-ft. 16x18 fiberglass window screen1 4-in. hose clamp 2 1-in. conduit straps4 #8 1/2 -in. sheet metal screws1 4-ft. length of garden hose (or longer)Downspout elbows or flexible adapter5-minute epoxySilicone sealantConcrete blocks for base Nothing beats rainwater for keeping plants healthy. It contains more oxygen than tap water and helps release micronutrients in the soil. So saving what comes off your roof not only saves you a bit of cash, it makes the garden healthier. This simple do-it-yourself rain barrel at left only takes a couple of hours to make. All you need is a heavy-duty commercial trash can and a few plumbing supplies. (Don’t get an inexpensive can—the…

6 min
smart shapes

Flowers are what attract people to a plant—their color, their shape, their scent. Poets have waxed on about flowers, lovers have wooed and been wooed with flowers, and Victorians created a complicated code of meaning ascribed to flowers. But the shape of flowers is even more artful than one might think. The architecture of the bloom reveals a secret: Flowers evolved their shapes to accommodate their specific pollinators. BEAUTY BEGETS FUNCTION Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina, has long been fascinated with flower forms. But while flower forms are beautiful, they are also functional. Tony says that flowers have garnered a lot of interest because of their function in nature. “Flower forms correspond to pollinator type,” he says. In the act of pollination, both partners benefit: The…

4 min
2 summer container makeovers

Toward the end of summer, containers you planted up in spring may need a refreshing makeover like the two containers from our test garden in this story did. I used house plants and late-summer-blooming perennials to perk them up. Let me show you how to get your money’s worth on these late additions—after a short stay in the container, they don’t need to be thrown out! OVERWATERING WOES One weekend when this container got too dry, I overcompensated and watered too much for several days. While the gaura and New Zealand sedge didn’t mind, other plants suffered from the attention. I gave up and pulled out the angelonia, phlox, celosia and licorice plant that struggled, along with some of the potting mix that was too soggy. The sedge and gaura are very…