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Wal-Mart is Not Your Garden’s Friend: Iris in May?


Horticultural Warning: For those that may be interested in buying bulbs at Wal-mart…

While in the Plover, WI Wal-mart on Monday with my Mom, we happened to stroll down the aisle where they had bulbs/tubers/rhizomes — glads, canna, iris, etc. Among the selection of about 10 iris varieties were 2 Dutch Iris — “Miss Saigon” and “Eye of the Tiger”.

20170506_142747Miss Saigon

My first reaction at seeing any iris – Dutch, Siberian, Bearded, or otherwise – is that this is NOT the time of year to plant iris. You plant them in the late summer/early autumn.

Dutch Iris do not grow in Wisconsin — they are for the southern states. Further research on my part shows that “Miss Saigon” is for Zones 8-11 and “Eye of the Tiger” for Zones 6-9. Wisconsin is mostly Zone 3 and 4 with a bit of 5 in the southeastern part. (NOTE: Plover is a 4.) Just like the short day onions I wrote about previously, Wal-Mart just throws whatever on the shelves because most gardeners that shop at Wal-Mart do not have enough knowledge to know that they are being taken. Just because you are getting a good deal at the checkout counter does not mean that you are getting what you think you are getting. And Wal-Mart is NOT the only offender — I have seen the same in years past at Sam’s Club, ShopKo, KMart, Menards, Home Depot, and other big box chains are notorious for selling things that they -say- grow in your area, but a quick variety search online shows how much they have lied to you. By buying products that are not for your area, you have just wasted your money on what will be an expensive annual, plus you will likely tell everyone you know that you have a “black thumb” when it comes to gardening.

Miss Saigon 2Eye of the Tiger

If you want something reliable that will truly grow well, spend the extra few cents/dollars and go to a reputable horticultural seller. If you need advise on where to go, send me a message and I can send you info.

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Plant a Scent-tastic Garden!


As a new homeowner, I finally have all the space I need to do what I want with my gardening prowess.  One of the many things I have been wanting to do for a long time is plant a ‘scent garden’ near an outdoor sitting area. There is nothing like the onslaught of heavenly aromas one encounters as you make your way down a garden path or sit with a good book while being enveloped in a euphoria of brightly colored flowers emitting nirvanic odors. The cause could be the winds gently nudging the viburnum branches or the oils of a scented geranium leaf being released by the brush of a sleeve.

Instead of enjoying a scented garden a friend’s house or the local botanical gardens, why not specifically plant a scented garden that includes some of your favorites at your house? With a little planning and a few seeds or plants, you too can turn your patio or balcony or bare patch of ground in the corner into a bower surrounded by aromatic plants that will make your gardening experience all the sweeter!

A few tips on designing your scent garden:
1)    Place the garden in an area that either gets frequent foot traffic or is next to a seating area so you and your visitors can enjoy it.
2)    A south-facing garden will not only allow a wider variety of plants, but the sun can release additional scents more so than a shaded area.
3)   Use an assortment of each group of plants below for season-long blooms and scents.

This list is just a bare-bones starter — there are many more plants that can be found regionally with equally wonderful scents. Check your local garden scent to find out what grows in your area.  (Note: some annuals can be perennials in more southern climates and some perennials are annuals in more northern climates.)

Annuals:
Dianthus
Heliotrope (Blue/Purple varieties)
Nicotiana
Petunia
Stock
Sweet alyssum
Tuberose
Perennials:
Agastache
Autumn Snakeroot
Creeping Phlox
Daffodils
Hyacinths
Iris
Lavender
Lily-of-the-Valley
Phlox

Shrubs:
Azaleas
Gardenia
Lilac
Mock orange
Roses
Viburnums
White forsythia

Vines:
Honeysuckle
Jasmine
Moonflower
Sweet Pea

Herbs:
Basil
Mint
Parsley
Rosemary

 

© Mertie Mae Botanics LLC and Horticulture Talk!, 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Mertie Mae Botanics LLC and Horticulture Talk! with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.