Did You Know?


Bees prefer blue and yellow flowers.

Plants offensive to bees are leeks, onions and garlic

Plants poisonous to bees are mountain laurel, snow-on-the-mountain, rhododendrons, wild aster and boxwoods

Watering your plants for lengthy periods rather than shorter ones encourages strong, deep roots. This includes grass/sod.

Mulching regulates soil temperature, soil moisture as well as prevents weeds. Mulching protects your plants from extremes in soil temperatures and soil moisture.

When watering use a drip irrigation system such as a soaker hose to deliver water to the base of the plants where needed. Will prevent loss of water due to evaporation.

beesWhen planting in hot weather and dry soil conditions, to ensure plant survival, plant all trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses as you would typically plant trees. Before planting, fill the hole with water and allow it to drain. After planting, mulch, and then water again until the ground is unable to absorb any more moisture. For the first few months after planting you will need to water the plants deeply at least once a week.

Drought-tolerant plants will have long tap roots; succulents store moisture in their leaves; silvery foliage reflects sunlight; waxy leaves lock in moisture; wooly leaves conserve moisture.

To attract pollinators to your garden plant for sequential blooming from spring thru to autumn.

Our toughest trees are becoming stressed by droughts and thus weakened which makes them more susceptible to pests and disease.

sumacHeat tolerant perennials such as fern-leaf yarrow, false indigo, butterfly bush, blanket flower, and orange coneflower maybe important additions to your garden for sustainability.

Design for low-water gardens is called Xeriscaping or drought tolerant gardening.

Drought tolerant shrubs are: butterfly bush, mock orange, ninebarks, smoke bush and sumac.

Drought tolerant perennials are black-eyed Susan, blazing star liatris, false sunflower, Lamb’s ears, poppies, purple coneflower, Russian sage, sea lavender, spurge, stonecrop sedum, thrift and yarrow.

Drought tolerant grasses are bluestem, little bluestem, maiden grass, sedge, and tufted hair grass.

wateringDo NOT fertilize your lawn when it is dormant. Ottawa lawns go dormant in the summer heat. Doing so will adversely affect the health of your lawn and weaken it making it susceptible to weeds, pests and disease.

Cut your lawn at 2.75 to 3 inch height all the time to increase the grass density and health and to decrease weed infestations.

You can make your garden “low” maintenance but it will not be “NO” maintenance. Plant a bio-diverse garden with shrubs, perennials and grasses that will bloom from spring thru to autumn and ensure to mulch your flowerbeds with composted pine mulch.

Contact Harmony Gardens Landscaping Inc. to Design – Build – Maintain your outdoor living space. We are “creating harmonized spaces”.