Into the Garden in Fall

by on November 14, 2011

Get the Blues with this Gorgeous Perennial

Blue oat grassThe red, yellow, and amber hues of fall are gorgeous. But why not mix it up a bit this season with a bit of blue?

Blue oat grass, with its blue-gray leaves and nodding spikes that turn yellow in autumn, pairs well with the muted jewel tones of the season. This tall grass is well-behaved—it won’t take over your garden, but it might just outshine the other players. Here’s how you can add this tall beauty to your garden.

Common name: Blue oat grass
Botanical name: Helictotrichon sempervirens
Plant type: Perennial grass
Zones: 4 to 9
Height: 3 to 4 feet (in flower)
Family: Poaceae

Growing conditions
Sun: Full sun
Soil: Average, well-drained
Moisture: Average to dry

Care
Mulch: None needed.
Pruning: Cut back last year’s foliage in early spring.
Fertilizer: None needed.

Do Good With This Beautiful Wreath

Fall WreathNothing says “Welcome” like a wreath on the door, especially during autumn when the warm colors and textures complement the beauty of your fall garden.

When you hang a Fall Splendor wreath by Organic Bouquet, you’re doing much more than offering a friendly greeting. You’re promoting wildlife and land conservation, ecological restoration, and environmental protection. It’s much more than a pretty wreath.

Made from colorful leaves and grasses that were grown organically before being dried and preserved, each handcrafted wreath is shipped in eco-friendly packaging.

Wreaths should be displayed on a covered patio or porch so they’re protected from wind and direct sunlight. Don’t want to hang it outside? No problem. Hang one in the dining room for Thanksgiving and start a festive decorating tradition that honors the environment.

Check Out This New Hydrangea

Great Star hydrangeaGardeners are competitive—we love to be the first on the block with something new in our garden that leaves the neighbors talking.

The Great Star hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘LeVasterival’ Great Star) is your ticket to being a neighborhood standout. With flowers that grow up to 4 inches across, it’s sure to turn heads and get people talking. Here’s what you need to know about this beautiful bloom:

Common name: Great Star hydrangea
Botanical name: Hydrangea paniculata ‘LeVasterival’ Great Star
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Zones: 4 to 8
Height: 6 to 7 feet
Family: Hydrangeaceae

Growing conditions
Sun: Full or part sun
Soil: Average, well-drained
Moisture: Medium

Care
Mulch: Mulch to preserve moisture in the soil.
Pruning: None needed.
Fertilizer: None needed.

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