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Plant type: Shrub, Tree
USDA Hardiness Zones: 7b to 9a
Height: 120″ to 179″
Spread: 120″ to 179″
Exposure: partial shade partial sun to full sun
Bloom Color: Blue, Lavender, White
Bloom Time: Early summer, Early spring, Late summer, Late spring, Mid summer, Mid spring
Leaf Color: Blue, Green
Growth Rate: fast
Soil Condition: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
Form: Rounded, Vase
Border, Container, Espalier, Pollard, Standard, Specimen
Fragrant foliage, Not North American native, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers or blooms
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Question: How do I get rid of spearmint. It popped up in an area of our garden and is absolutely taking over. It is in an area where we currently have day lilies, spirea, and flox (low grower). Last year the spearmint grew to be 3 ft, I hacked and pulled them out one at a time. What can I do now?
Answer: Members of the mint family are often considered invasive because the plants will spread by roots, seeds, and by fallen stems that come in contact with the soil. To completely eradicate spearmint, you must hand dig the roots plus remove the stems. Any plant part left in the soil can root and become a new plant. There’s no easy way to get rid of mint, especially in established beds. Just begin digging, and don’t give up until the last of the plants have been pulled! Another approach is to starve the plants out. If you can keep the plants cut down, especially keeping the flowers from developing, the roots will eventually run out of energy to produce stems and leaves and will die out. It will take a while, but keep cutting and digging and you’ll get the upper hand!
Question: I have been growing a clematis plant for about three years now. It is growing up an arbor where it gets about four hours of afternoon sun. We get plenty of leaves every year but produces few flowers. Why?
Answer: Depending on the variety, some clematis vines can take several years to become established and bloom well. This is especially true for the varieties which only bloom on the previous year’s wood. Make sure your plant has reasonable fertility and moist soil (not soggy) and be patient — this may be the year you begin to see results! Clematis are so wonderful it’s worth the wait.
Question: I have lived at my current home for over 5 years and this is the first year that I’ve noticed that my lawn is thinning. I fertilize and mow on a regular basis so I don’t believe that it’s thinning from neglect. I would like to spread grass seed on the existing lawn but I have heard that this isn’t very effective. How can I get a thicker lawn without tearing up the sod and starting from scratch?
Answer: First, have your soil tested. Sometimes regular fertilization without testing can cause nutrient and pH imbalances, and can lead to thatch as well. The test results will guide you in taking the right approach. Thatch is an accumulation of a thick layer of dead stems and roots. It can build up over a period of a few years and choke out a lawn. If soil is healthy and biologically active, dead grass parts will naturally decompose, and thatch won’t develop. I don’t recommend dethatching by hand, because it’s very hard work. You can rent a power dethatcher at most equipment supply outlets. The quickest and easiest way to thicken your lawn is to overseed with a good quality grass seed mixture. The seeds will sprout in 10-14 days so you’ll see almost instant results. (If your lawn has excessive thatch, you should remove it before overseeding.) Continue to water and mow on a regular basis, and apply fertilizer as recommended by your soil test results, and your lawn should grow thick and lush this season.
Cut chives back to the ground as blooms begin to fade to rid the plant of woody flower stems and to stimulate new growth. Fertilize lightly after cutting back. Other succulent herbs will also benefit from a bit of fertilizer, as well as plenty of water. Tough herbs such as rosemary and thyme will want less water and no synthetic fertilizer. Instead, feed them with a light top-dressing of compost.
Ornamental grasses add motion to your perennial plantings as they sway in the breeze. Plus, they’re relatively pest-free and easy to grow. Size varies widely among species so choose carefully.
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