Want to cut that leaf; it’s feeding the plant for next year.
Where to find: High Country Gardens, mail- order bulb houses or bigger indie garden centers. Scope out your garden spots for them now, buy them by late summer ( don’t wait for a sale; they sell out); and plant in late October or November.
Junipers should get more respect. Need a windscreen? They’ll be that. Need a groundcover? They’ll be that. Need something deer don’t eat? Check. Need to keep out neighborhood dogswho leave souvenirs? Plant the stabby varieties. Junipers tend to get wide, so thoroughly scope out the “mature size” specifications. There are always newvarieties and colors of this can- do conifer group on the market; one mimics aTuscan cypress at 20 feet tall (“Woodward” columnar); another is a haunting blue- gray (“Moonglow”); a third goes by the name of “Blue Rug.” To save money, buy smaller trees – they’re easier to plant and they take root more quickly.
Needs: Supplemental water during the first winter and spring. Not particular about soil.
Plant it with: Shrub roses or other
To some people, it’s just not a garden without tomatoes. But if you’re a black thumb, you want the easiest, most bulletproof version you can get. Go with a prolific, small- fruited, early- season variety that pumps out fruit without asking too much of you.
Three varieties fit the bill: Sungold, a yellow- orange cherry that’s sweet as candy and wins tomato taste tests all over the country; Sweet
Sungold cherry tomatoes are candy- store sweet and easy to grow. Susan Clotfelter,