What to See and Do in the Zone 6 September Garden

Asters are a sure sign of early fall. | Spotts Garden Service

The light has become golden, and the crisp winds of autumn are lurking just around the corner. Enjoy the twilight of summer in the garden! Read more ›

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Splendor in the Grasses

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We at Spotts Garden Service are big fans of grasses. They introduce movement, texture, and sound into the garden, providing upright forms that counteract the horizontal planes of many perennials and shrubs. They are fantastic for winter structure; many of them stand up just fine under a heavy snow load. And it’s hard to get more low maintenance than most grasses, which just require that you cut them more or less to the ground in mid-spring.

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You Bet Your Aster

Aster and false cypress | Spotts Garden Service

For fall fireworks, it’s hard to beat asters. With the starry flowers for which they’re named (aster means star in Greek) and wide range of colors, they are a reliable source of flower color when changing leaves are stealing the show.

(Side note: The genus Aster has been renamed Symphyotrichum. But aster is a more common name, so we’re sticking with it for this post.)

Choices for Indiana Gardens

Aster oblongifolius (AKA Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) is an Indiana native. And according to a study done at Chicago Botanic Garden, it’s the best choice for the Midwest garden. These plants have fine, sky-blue petals on stiff stems. They grow from about 1′ to 3′ tall and are fragrant when crushed (hence their common name, aromatic aster). In the nursery, you’ll find the cultivars ‘October Skies’ (about 18″ x 24″) and ‘Raydons Favorite’ (about 36″ x 24″). Read more ›

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5 Indiana Native Plants You Might Not Know Are Native

Phlox paniculata | Spotts Garden Service

Sure, coneflower and black-eyed susan are great. But there’s more to Indiana native plants than those two stalwarts. In fact, you may be surprised by a few plants that boast Indiana roots. Read more ›

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What to See and Do in the Zone 6 August Garden

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Savor long summer evenings in the garden, but don’t forget the bug spray! Read more ›

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Trendy, Terrific Succulents

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Succulents–those water conserving mainstays of the dry garden–are having a moment. You may have seen them in design magazines, planted in everything from egg cups to birdbaths. But on-trend or not, creeping sedums and sempervivums are flexible, sculptural plants perfect for hot, sunny spots where other plants would wither. Read more ›

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What to See and Do in the Zone 6 July Garden

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As summer heat kicks in full force, shady garden spots lure gardeners in mid-day. Read more ›

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5 Tips for Stellar Shade Gardens

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Shade gardens can be lovely, relaxing spaces. Check out our tips for making the most of yours!

Focus on foliage.

The appeal of most shade plants lies not in their blooms but in the rich range of colors and shapes of their foliage. Play with texture by planting smooth, shiny pigsqueak (Bergenia cordifolia) next to feathery Astilbe species, or mix ferns with the broad shapes of foamflower (Tiarella). Up the color contrast by mixing silver-blue Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’) into the hostas or by using blue and yellow hostas next to each other. Read more ›

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What to See and Do in the Zone 6 June Garden

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Indiana gardens are glorious in June, especially during the early part of the month. Take a walk through yours! Read more ›

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Perfect Peonies

Pink herbaceous peony | Perfect Peonies | Spotts Garden Service

Here in Indiana, peonies are synonymous with May. We’ve given them for Mother’s Day, cut them for May bridal showers, and used them to decorate graves on Memorial Day. Drive through nearly any neighborhood in May, and you’ll see at least a few peonies blooming their pink, white, or red heads off. Read more ›

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