Enjoy Color All Season
Takeaway Tip: For small gardens, choose compact selections of the plants you desire. Cathy uses 'Santa Barbara' Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara') for this reason.
Takeaway Tip: Choose items that work double duty. To fertilize the garden each spring and fall, Cathy mulches with truckloads of compost from Alabama's own Captain Compost (captaincompostalabama.com) and adds in cow manure. This improves the soil, reduces weeds, and helps retain moisture. To give her roses an extra boost, she feeds with Bayer Advanced All-In-One Rose & Flower Care once a month from spring through fall.
Takeaway Tip: Attract butterflies with 'Double Knock Out' roses, 'Hot Lips' and 'Indigo Spires' sages, and lantanas. The best lure for butterflies is porterweed in either coral or purple. Find it at your local nursery, or order from petalsfromthepast.com.