Gardening Made Easy

by on July 21, 2010

Three Tops Picks for All-Season Color

Imagine bright blues, charming pinks, and crisp white blooms that light up your garden. You’ll love these three reliable, low-maintenance, easy-to-find perennials that will keep the color going all season:
Campanula carpatica (Zones 4 to 7) has heart-shaped leaves and bell-shaped blue or white flowers.
Grow: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil.
Bloom: Throughout the summer
Tip: Keep plants watered well to prolong blooms.
Black-eyed Susan Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia fulgida (Zones 4 to 9) has hairy foliage and yellow daisy-shaped flowers.
Grow: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil.
Bloom: Summer to autumn
Tip: Deadhead to encourage more blooms and to prevent excessive self-seeding.
Blanket flower Blanket flower
Gaillardia spp. (Zones 3 to 8) has furry leaves and yellow, orange, or red flowers, depending on cultivar.
Grow: Full sun and well-drained soil. Tolerates poor soil.
Bloom: Summer to autumn
Tip: Deadhead to encourage more blooms.

No More Lawn Spots

Hampton Firebowl It’s the height of summer, and your garden is drenched in color. Your lawn is… well… not quite as impressive. Instead of a sea of gorgeous green, it’s dotted with dog urine spots. Not the most charming backdrop for those prized perennials.

Fortunately, you don’t have to forego the family pet to have a lush lawn. Rascal Spots Ready To Spray Concentrate will wipe out those pesky patches. It’s an organic product that eliminates damage to your lawn.

Rascal Spots works by consuming the ammonia and binding the salts in pet urine. It also increases soil permeability, which helps grass fully recover. For an even quicker turnaround time, you can immediately reseed after applying Rascal Spots.

An Eco-Friendly Fire Pit

Hampton Firebowl Summer nights are perfect for sitting around an outdoor fireā€”that is, until you start to smell like the fire itself. Not good.

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy an outdoor fire without smoking yourself (or your neighbors) out, get fired up about the Real Flame Hampton Firebowl.

This sleek fire pit burns a special gel fuel instead of wood. Clean-burning and safe to use even indoors, this is a fire that we think would get Smokey the Bear’s stamp of approval.

If you have a large garden, check out the Sedona outdoor fireplace. And if you want to go for even more ambiance, the smaller tabletop fire stones or ceramic firepots fit the bill.

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