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Blue leadwort is a low-growing perennial that acts as a colorful groundcover for the garden. (Getty Images)

A few perennial gems to help brighten up the fall garden

He can’t help but find new treasures to plant each time he visits the nursery. Here are four he added recently.

 

September is a great time to plant spring-blooming bulbs — and not just because the early bird gets the best selection. (Getty Images)

6 items on the gardener’s to-do list for the month of September

Now is the time to improve your landscape, keep it healthy and save yourself work come springtime.

 

Perennial herbs you can grow year around

There is a surprising array of hardy herbs that we can grow…

 

The Jurassic “T-Rex” wood fern makes for a bold and highly textural statement in a shaded garden. (Monrovia)

New Jurassic ferns from Monrovia recall time of the dinosaurs

Although the fern is botanically very primitive, it is very well adapted to our martime climate.

The Jurassic “T-Rex” wood fern makes for a bold and highly textural statement in a shaded garden. (Monrovia)
This oramental grass features fluffy spikes of purple that will exude drama in any arrangement. (Getty Images)

Ornamental grasses the purveyors of whimsy and drama

Whether perennial or annual, these late-season standouts are very easy to grow and maintain.

This oramental grass features fluffy spikes of purple that will exude drama in any arrangement. (Getty Images)
Bluebeards are crowned with clusters of blue flowers in the month of August, which attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. (Getty Images)

Every garden should have bluebeards along the sunny border

Find them in the sun-loving section of the nursery, likely mixed in with other late-summer bloomers.

Bluebeards are crowned with clusters of blue flowers in the month of August, which attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. (Getty Images)
Also known as Rose of Sharon, hibiscus is a hardy shrub is one of the few that blooms in the late summer. (Nicole Phillips)

Hibiscus will bring a tropical look to your August garden

Also known as Rose of Sharon, the hardy shrub is one of the few that blooms in the late summer.

Also known as Rose of Sharon, hibiscus is a hardy shrub is one of the few that blooms in the late summer. (Nicole Phillips)
You don’t have to wait until September to plant trees and shrubs, because they’re not all grown in a field anymore. (Getty Images)

This advice on planting in summer is no longer relevant

Don’t wait to plant trees and shrubs. Most of those found at the nursery weren’t grown in the field but in a container.

You don’t have to wait until September to plant trees and shrubs, because they’re not all grown in a field anymore. (Getty Images)
Follow these step-by-step directions to plant all summer long and never lose one to the heat. (Getty Images)

Gardening pro shares 7 steps to successful summer planting

When a landscape contractor in the Sacramento Valley, he planted all summer long and never lost a plant.

Follow these step-by-step directions to plant all summer long and never lose one to the heat. (Getty Images)
Hydrangea macrophylla “Miss Saori,” one of the hydrangeas from the You-Me series, was named Plant of the Year in 2014. (Gardenia)

Your search for the coveted dark-leafed hydrangea is over

Breeders have spent countless lifetimes searching the wilds for these one-of-a-kind plants.

Hydrangea macrophylla “Miss Saori,” one of the hydrangeas from the You-Me series, was named Plant of the Year in 2014. (Gardenia)
Most of our weed issues are self-inflicted because of poor timing — aka neglect. It’s the No. 1 failure of gardeners. (Getty Images)

How to keep pesky weeds away for a much healthier garden

You’ll continue to have weed problems if you don’t plant new plants or cover the ground with mulch.

Most of our weed issues are self-inflicted because of poor timing — aka neglect. It’s the No. 1 failure of gardeners. (Getty Images)
The hardy fuchsia “Voltaire” is one the few fuchsias that can take full sun all day. (Nicole Phillips)

Eight perennials to add to the garden for summer-long enjoyment

July is a great time to fill in those blank spots with long-blooming perennials. (Yes, it is OK to plant in the summer.)

The hardy fuchsia “Voltaire” is one the few fuchsias that can take full sun all day. (Nicole Phillips)

Four easy-to-grow vegetables you should plant in your garden

If you plant these perennial crops now, you’ll be harvesting their bounty by next year. And every year after that.

The four simple ways you too can ‘bee’ a pollinator gardener

In addition to bees, our wasps and flies, moths and butterflies, hummingbirds and bats will thank you.

Six unusual cool-season vegetables to try growing at home

Growing your own veggies means you can plant varieties that simply cannot be found at the grocery store.

In the world stressing you out? Escape to the garden

Breath in fresh air, roll up your sleeves and get to work on pruning, weeding and planting.

Wallflowers — they’re so much more than the name implies

The flowers are appreciated for their sweet fragrance, frost tolerance, yellow flowers and blooming habit.

New Belarinas are cuts above your grocery-store primrose

Developed in Europe, these flowers will brighten your garden and be your harbinger of spring for years to come.

Take your pick from thousands of bare-root roses this season

When planting roses in the garden, get them watered-in right away and add some transplant fertilizer.

Cut flowers with roots show everlasting love for your valentine

Here are a variety of roses perfect for Valentine’s Day gift-giving.