Joe-Pye Weed For Late Summer New Hampshire Gardens

With dazzling clusters of pink, purple or white flowers, the under-rated Joe-Pye weed is a winner in your late season, lakes region perennial garden. Ranging in height from 2 feet to as much as 6 feet there is a variety to suit every gardener. Joe-Pye weed is a maintenance free perennial with a woodsy, wildflower look that attracts butterflies and bees by the dozens and looks right at home in a cottage garden. Large flower heads suitable for cutting, sit atop sturdy stems. The taller varieties make a bold statement as a backdrop in a border garden and pair beautifully with ornamental grasses. When most other plants have stopped flowering for the season you can rely on this late bloomer to take you into the early days of fall.

Joe-Pye Weed Late Summer Color

Joe-Pye Weed Late Summer Color

 

A Perrenial Superstar for New Hamphsire

 

If there is one perennial that you can count on, it has to be the daylily. We’re not talking about the plain old orange variety you see along New Hampshire roadsides throughout the summer. The hemerocalis comes in many colors and sizes and most bloom for several weeks adding beauty to your Lakes Region garden. They are well suited to fill in wherever needed in your garden or landscape. Plant small groups of daylilies in a landscape for a burst of mid-summer color. Shorter varieties make a great addition to a perennial border. In large group plantings they work well to suppress weed growth. They are low maintenance plants that are very tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions Here in the Lakes Region daylilies can be successfully planted between April and October where soil temperatures will allow for strong root development before winter. Daylilies will benefit from being divided every few years preferably in the spring while the plants are still small. To do this, you dig up the entire clump, hose a lot of the dirt off of the root ball and divide it into sections using a sharp knife. You will have plenty of new plants to replant around your garden or to share with friends. Daylilies are a powerhouse perennial that are practically trouble free and compliment most any garden or landscape.

 

A beautiful Daylily in Full bloom!

A beautiful Daylily in Full bloom!

Daylily Grown in Moultonborough NH

Daylily Grown in Lakes Region

A beautiful Daylily in Full bloom!

A beautiful Daylily in Full bloom!

Climbing Clematis!

Add color that climbs skyward to your Lakes Region garden this summer by adding a colorful, climbing clematis. You can mix and match colors, or turn the side of your home completely purple. There are so many beautiful choices when it comes to clematis and finding them the perfect spot in your landscape will ensure years of delightful blooming. Plant your clematis in a spot that only gets roughly a half a day of sun. They can be a little temperamental and prefer sun on the top while they like their roots cool and shaded. Simply plant a low growing companion plant in the same area to help cool the roots. Be sure to provide something for the vine to climb on. A clematis vine climbs by wrapping its leaf stems around something. The stems are short so the best tool for this supporting role is twine, fishing line or netting.

In very cold regions (like the Lakes Region), the clematis will die right back to the ground after a good frost. Leave the vine structure until the spring as the plant will sprout new growth on both the old vines and it will also produce new ones. Once you see where the new growth is, you can then remove any dead vines.

If you’re very gentle you can kind of “art direct” the growth pattern by carefully guiding the leaf stems on the support you have provided. Most popular varieties Will deliver a colorful show of huge vibrant blooms as large as 6 to 8” across. They open toward the sun and nothing makes a lovelier display. Try one – or six – in your garden today.

 

Purple Clematis vine

Purple Clematis vine

 

Vibrant Purple Clematis

Vibrant Purple Clematis

 

 

Two Tone Pink Clematis

Two Tone Pink Clematis

 

 

Purple Clematis vine growing up Picket Fence

Purple Clematis vine growing up Picket Fence

How to Water Your Garden in New Hampshire

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The time has arrived here in the Lakes Region where it is important to be on “water watch” with your garden and landscape. New plants benefit most from deep watering that gets down to lower roots as opposed to a “daily spray”. A watering wand or just the hose on low pressure is preferable to the spray nozzle that you use to wash your car. Water early in the morning to give plants time to soak it in. This eliminates evaporation in the heat of the day and helps prevent black spot and powdery mildew that can arise when water sits on the leaves. Water at the base of the plant rather than from above to help with these issues. Mulch is your friend when it comes to watering! It will help to retain moisture in the soil and it’s a great way to cut down on weeds, too. Effective watering practices can make or break everything in your landscape from shrubs to your containers of summer annuals. Protect your investment by being on “water watch” starting today!

Save Your $$$ and Buy Green Wood!

We know spring is just starting but it is never too early to think about wood for next winter!

Fuel prices are heading up and it is only a matter of time before firewood prices go up too. Save yourself $100 per cord and buy green wood today! Let it dry in your yard this summer!

Come see the wood for yourself  at our Moultonborough location before you decide to purchase.  We also have palletized wood available, just call for our prices.

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