"Susan's Top 10 Perennials for Sunny Locations" includes Coreopsis verticillata'Moonbeam,' Salvia nemorosa'May Night,' Miscanthus, Leucanthemum'Becky,' Sedum'Autumn Joy,' Rudbeckia'Goldsturm,' Echinacea purpurea, Achillea, Hemerocallis and Perovskia atriplicifolia.
The "Deer Resistant Garden," which I saw in many customers' hands, suggests giant allium, bearded iris, narcissus, Siberian iris, peony, blue oat grass, creeping phlox, candytuft, tete-a-tete daffodil, muscari and hyacinth.
The plants on these lists are reasonably priced and typically available at any garden center and most are not finicky growers. Thanks, Susan!
My herbs are getting ready to bolt, so I'm harvesting like crazy. I'll be drying them two ways: hanging small bunches upside-down in a warm, dry location and removing just the leaves and spreading them in a shallow basket to dry. If it's too humid, I'll put them on a cookie sheet at a very low temperature in the oven for a few minutes to get out the last of the moisture.
Hint to husband: There's a wonderful program planned for Aug. 20-22 at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. "In the Garden Weekend," presented in conjunction with the American Horticultural Society, will feature keynote speaker Andre Viette and others, as well as a walking tour of The Homestead gardens.
Viette, a noted horticulturalist, author and lecturer, will speak on "Great Gardens of the World -- Large and Small." Other speakers include Kerry Mendez, owner of "Perennially Yours" in upstate New York who's been featured in gardening magazines and on HGTV; Paul Meyer, a leader in the field of plant exploration and evaluation; Holly Shimizu, director of the U.S. Botanic Garden; and Forrest Lee, grounds superintendent of The Homestead.
All that and a weekend at The Homestead. Honey, let's go!
Ceiling fan's a winner
We installed an outdoor ceiling fan over our outdoor dining area and it's made all the difference in the world in many aspects. First, mosquitoes don't like the breeze, so we're fairly bug-free when we eat. Second, with the recent heat wave, it's made our spot a bit more tolerable.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.