CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tips, tips and more tips. That's what you've asked for, so that's what you're getting!
Here are a few for the next few months of gardening:
If you really like the groundcover you planted a couple of years ago and want to grow it in other beds, too, don't buy more plants, according to Garden Gate magazine.
"It's extremely easy to divide what you have. Just grab a handful of your existing ones, tear the stems apart a bit and toss them where you'd like the new ones to grow. It does help new plants take off more quickly if you clear the area of other plants and loosen the soil. Once you've placed and watered your 'cuttings,' sprinkle a little mulch over them so they're less likely to dry out before they take root."
This works on periwinkle (Vinca minor) and sedum. I gave some sedum groundcover to my friend Kim years ago, and she just threw it on a bank where it took root. She always laughed about how easy that plant was to grow.
Also from Garden Gate: Late summer to early fall is the best time to divide many perennials like bearded iris. Dividing any perennial in summer heat can take a toll on the plant because of the moisture that's lost through the leaves.
"So before you dig around and lift the plant with a garden fork, whack back the foliage by about half with hedge shears. Then trim each division to six inches with scissors. Sounds extreme, but it makes handling the plants much easier and helps divisions get established in their new homes. Works on bearded iris, daylilies and hostas."
From Budget Backyard Makeovers, here are a few ideas: