Endless Bummer

One of the most common shrubs at garden centers is Hydrangea macrophylla (Big Leaf Hydrangea), especially the Endless Summer series of cultivars. Patrons are understandably captivated by the large blue to pink flower clusters (irresistible eye candy), and many a specimen is sold. Sometimes the garden center employee will know enough to tell the patron that this particular new hydrangea flowers on both old and new wood and that to get the blue flowers your soil will need to be acidic which means a biannual addition of sulphur for most Midwest soils. And, as the name implies, it will rebloom all summer and for years to come. Ah, the perfect shrub. NOT! The common industry name for this p

Rant of the Month

Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.