I'm racking up some miles! This week, I went Vegas, to give advice to Tori, Baily, Mesa and Big Carl!
Wyatt, what are your tips for desert friendly colorful plants? We don't want cacti with the pups but have to plant soon before the big backyard reno is done!
Tori, Baily, Mesa and Big Carl (small lump under the blanket)
My Vegas Pals,
We have never gardened in your neck of the desert, you have plants we don't even know about! But here are a few ideas from a terrier....
Have you thought about Callistemon or Calliandra? We just love those Bottlebrush and Fairy Duster shrubs, but it is too cold and wet here....they would love your yard! And so many colorful perennials options...Salvias, Penstemons, Verbena, Oenothera. With sprinklers of course!
We can't wait to see your new back yard and pool!
Then, I flew straight over to Scotland to help Bertie!
I have a question. I am embarrassed about the state of our garden in Aberdeen, Scotland. But when I suggest to Gail that she gets to work on it, she says, "but Bertie, that would mean less time taking you out for walks". It is quite a dilemma isn't it? Can you please suggest some plants that would thrive in our relatively Northerly location, and which would not impinge too greatly on dog-walking time? Your help would be much appreciated. Toodle pip! Bertie
Funny you should ask! We are designing a seaside garden this week and I think the climate there is very similar to yours. Some of the perennials we were going to use are Anemone 'Honorine Jobert', Hemerocallis (Daylillies), Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie' and 'Lucifer', Rudbeckia 'Black-Eyed Susan'. The shrubs we had in mind are Escallonia 'Newport Dwarf' and Arbutus unedo. Hope you can find some of these in your area.
On the way home, I stopped in Chicago. Mr. Pip was telling me how good the hot dogs and pizza are there! After I sampled a Chicago dog, I went over to see what was going on in Pip's yard! We have been brainstorming ways to make a Zen Garden into a 'Rain Garden' for the downspouts. I have a wonderful idea for a stream bed with Zen like plants. Good thing I know ALL about rain!
I'll get back to you on that, Pip. Any excuse to come back for hotdogs and pizza!
See you all next Friday, with more answers to your gardening questions!