and Agapanthus also lend themselves to
being divided. Again, dig them up, divide the clumps
and replant. No drying out time is required for these.
You can also take cuttings from your favorite geranium (Pelargonium)
and simply stick them into a pot of soil or potting mix.
Keep the soil damp and -- voila -- you will have vigorous
new geraniums in bloom next summer.
Shows and Sales.
Specialty flower club shows or garden club events are great
way to find real bargains. Usually the plants have
been grown in someone's back yard, then potted for the sale.
Better yet, you are likely to find unusual hybrids and
colors to add variety to your flower borders.
Santolina (Santolina incana) with
petunias in a flower border suitable for a hot, dry
climate. The annual petunia will not last long
in hot summer weather.
Not So Perennial.
One of our favorite plants for a perennial flower border is
the Santolina. We love its brilliant yellow
ball-like flowers. We find, however, that it rarely
lasts more than 2 or 3 years and then must be replaced.
It is a good example of "perennials" not really lasting
forever. Over a period of 5 to 10 years you may have
to replace every perennial in your flower borders if you
want them to remain beautiful.
Wake Up Call.
As the average daytime
temperature cools to below 90F (32C)many plants in your
garden will begin to wake up from summer dormancy. And
they are waking up hungry! So be sure to feed them in
the next few weeks. Roses, in particular, will give
you a gorgeous Fall blooms if they are well fed in
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