Monrovia PLANT SAVVY
August 2016
You gotta love August. Yes, all the weeding and watering, heat and humidity gets old fast, but don’t run for the A.C chilled house. The garden is bursting with all sorts of flowers and fruits, pollinators are buzzing about, and when that bit of cool night air slides in, you might starting thinking about fall planting. Retreat instead to a shady space such as this haven under the trees created by Charlotte, North Carolina-based landscape architect Bruce Clodfelter. The rustic (but so elegant) trellis is smothered with Confederate jasmine and kiwi, and the crunchy gravel floor make it extra lush and cozy. Just looking at it makes us feel 10 degrees cooler. We also have ways to enjoy the garden’s bounty, ideas for what to plant next, and a few videos, too.

SAVOR THE SEASON'S GARDEN GOODNESS

There’s no better time to reap the rewards of all your hard work in this garden than the dog days of August. Here are five simple, do-it-this weekend ideas to maximize the garden’s bounty over these last few weeks of summer.

BRIGHTEN YOUR EARLY FALL SHADE GARDEN

Late summer is the ideal time to take stock of shady areas and see what’s lacking in late summer. Here are some examples of common shade situations and plants that perform well there, with the added bonus of killer early fall color.

WHAT TO FEED POLLINATORS NOW

Many plants have finished flowering by late summer, but bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, hoverflies and other pollinators are still on the wing, foraging for pollen and for food to bulk up for winter. Here’s what to feed them now.