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Drift roses are easy to grow and repeat bloomers

Todd Goulding
Todd Goulding wmarshall@macon.com

▪ I am having great success with drift roses. These low-growing, repeat-blooming roses add color and interest spring through fall. Plant in full sun for best flowering. Water during dry spells and during their first season. Deer will eat these, so be prepared to use deer repellant. Otherwise, they are an easy shrub.

▪ Try the new double-flowering knockout roses. The blooms are fuller and more lush. I expect the same great performance from this new variety.

▪ Prune azaleas as blooms fade. Never shear these shrubs. Prune (cut) the longest branches back to a main stem or to another branch further inside the shrub. It will take more time this way, but in the long run you will actually prune less often.

▪ Pansies are looking pretty bad. Now is the time to replant those beds and containers with warm season annuals for a splash of color.

▪ Time to check the irrigation/sprinkler system. I don’t know about you, but every year my system needs some kind of tweaking. Need help? Call me.

▪ Have a dull, colorless spot in the garden? Buy a terra-cotta container measuring at least 20-inches across. Fill the container with colorful annuals and perennials.

▪ Save time, save money: Now is a great time to have a professional landscape designer come to your yard to give you ideas and advice about your landscape.

▪ Let’s not forget about indoor plants. Re-pot plants that have become pot-bound. Remember to go up only one pot size. Increase the fertilizer schedule for the growing season.

▪ Loose aggregates such as mini pea gravel or chip slate make great smaller patios and walkways. This is a great way to add a low-cost hardscape to your garden this spring.

Todd Goulding provides residential landscape design consultations. Contact him at fernvalley.com or 478-345-0719.