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4 Signs of the Season 18 Rain Gardens 22 Plant a Tree



This distinctive flower
TOGETHER adds eye-catching color
to planting beds and
floral arrangements.
If you’re a gardener, you know that working
the dirt is only part of creating a beautiful
outdoor environment. Hardscaping—decks,
patios, pergolas, and walkways—provides a GERBERA
showcase for your landscaping, with its rich
color and texture. Both elements add up to
comfortable, beautiful outdoor spaces that
work almost like rooms inside your house. We
have recently changed our name to Lowe’s Planting: In spring add plants
Creative Ideas for Outdoor Living to reflect to planting beds and outdoor pots
that relationship. You’ll still see nuts-and-bolts when danger of frost is past. Choose
gardening information, but we’ll also include P.S. Lowe’s is teaming plants with at least one bloom to
up with Learn2Grow, a make sure you get the hue you want.
stories on outdoor decorating and entertaining. Web site that educates
I hope you enjoy everything that this refreshed consumers about topics To avoid crown rot, place each plant BOTANICAL NAME:

newsletter offers to enrich your life outdoors. such as planting gardens,

fertilizing lawns, dealing
crown—where the roots join the top Gerbera
structure—slightly above the soil line.
Let us hear from you! Fill out a quick survey with pests, and building jamesonii
at LowesCreativeIdeas.com/OLSurvey, and raised beds. Registered Soil: Plant in compost-enriched soil
users can participate in COLOR:
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The colorful gerbera daisies experts and other users, use a special mix such as Miracle-Gro Bright green,
gift card. Hurry, the survey ends April 11, 2008.
on the cover signify spring. search for plant care and Enriched Potting Mix (#93762). toothed leaves grow
Wherever you might see maintenance information in a clump; flowers in
the gerbera daisy in stores in the plant database, and Watering: Gerbera daisies require shades of white,
or in this newsletter, you’ll take in-depth gardening
find tips and products for
enjoying the season. Visit
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courses for a fee. Visit
to discover more about
moist soil but are susceptible to crown
rot, so avoid overwatering. Keep soil
red, pink, orange,
and yellow
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learn more. LOWE’S COMPANIES, INC. this resource. HARDINESS: planting beds and pots this season.
Consider using drip irrigation to avoid
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Showy 'Annabelle'
smooth hydrangea
“The hummingbirds begin to linger.”
dries beautifully
and is great for
indoor flower


After danger of frost has

passed, Connie sows
Connie Erickson zinnia and Mexican

sunflower seeds directly
into her beds. Zinnias
After years of watching the make great cut flowers,
hummingbirds just passing and butterflies love them.
through, Connie has finally
convinced some of them to
stay awhile. When they do,
she knows that spring has
come to her garden.
Connie’ s Rose Recommendations
“Winters here are very ■ Feed regularly. Fertilize roses every four to six weeks
cold. We really have only during the growing season, beginning in early spring.
four months maximum for Bayer Advanced 2-in-1 Systemic Rose & Flower
gardening season,” Connie

Care granules (#67672) feed the flowers while
says. “It begins with a frenzy protecting them from insects.
around May 15.”
Her medium-size suburban ■ Toss the peels outside. Connie gives her

yard—bright and sunny in the rosebushes an extra treat by digging in banana
front, shady in the back—is peels around the base of the plant. The roses get
filled with flowerbeds and a boost from the potassium.
rustic antiques. She especially ■ Provide more vitamins and minerals. Roses
enjoys growing roses, which also benefit from magnesium. In early spring when leaves
she feels are worth the extra are forming on the bushes, Connie sprinkles a couple of
care they sometimes need. teaspoons of Epsom salts at the base of each rosebush,
Three gardeners tell us Her casual, cottage-style
garden is also filled with
scratches the salt in a little, and waters well.

how they know spring has more than enough hand ■ Let them sunbathe. Plant roses in a sunny location—the
more sun the better, but at least six hours each day of direct
arrived where they live. trowels—her tool of choice.

“I have many of them sun in the morning or afternoon.

scattered throughout the ■ Give them some space. Benefiting from air circulation,

garden in hopes that I can roses do best with a little room to breathe.

always find one when I need

it,” she explains.

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“The rain turns warmer.” “Bunnies suddenly multiply!”

Washington ZONE 8
A wisteria-laden arbor
shades a gravel path
lined with perennials. Florida
ZONES 9–10

Aly and her husband

transformed this
formerly sunken, unused
corner of their yard. They
created a patio, planting
a dwarf selection of
mondo grass between
the pavers.

Peggy Franklin Aly Evans

W While warmer spring rain

is a good clue, Peggy also
knows her gardening season
has begun when the crocus
bloom. In her region of the
Because Aly describes the
style of her suburban yard as
“tropical meets petting zoo,”
it’s no wonder that for her,
spring’s arrival has nothing to
Pacific Northwest, this usually
happens in late January.
Creating an Accessible Garden do with plants, which flourish
in her area almost year-round.
Aly 's Tips for Tropicals
Peggy and her husband ■ Down the garden path. Consider all levels of mobility Her four children care for an ■Inside or out. Citrus selections love the outdoors in warm
own about five acres and when designing garden paths and entryways. Make sure astonishing variety of pets weather. When the weather starts to cool, bring them inside.
actively maintain two. Their paths, gates, and entries are wide enough (around 3 feet) in the midst of the family’s Wipe dirt and dust from leaves using a soft, damp cloth.
rural property’s location— to accommodate a wheelchair. To allow a wheelchair to gardening projects.
near Puget Sound and on the “We garden all year long, ■ A drink of water. Most tropicals are fairly drought
turn around comfortably, the path must be around 5 feet
western foothills of Mount so I get to play all the time,” tolerant, but they prefer moisture, and indoor air during the
wide. Minimize uphill or downhill slopes in paths, and use
Rainier—offers moderate she says. Spring planting in winter can be too dry. Set pots atop saucers of pebbles and
materials that are firm and slip-free.
weather, making it easy to her part of Florida cranks up fill with water—this will add humidity.
grow a variety of plants. ■ Easy grows it. Choose low-maintenance plants, and around March. Winters there ■ Let the sun shine in. Citrus plants love sunlight. When
After successful careers consider placing them in raised beds, which minimize have only the occasional cold you have them inside, place them no farther than 6 feet
in computer software, the bending and stooping. Place plants at the right height for snap, so most foliage is green away from a sunny window.
Franklins realized their true any person by gardening vertically—mount hanging baskets in all seasons, and tropical
passion and became owners on fences, walls, or trellises. plants overwinter easily. ■ Feed me. Give citrus and tropical plants soil and fertilizer
of a large landscape company, Aly’s handiest tool in the that are made just for them. Try Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm &
■ Hands-free watering. Have an
Lifestyle Landscapes, Inc. garden is her scissors: she Citrus Soil (#248406) and Miracle-Gro Fruit & Citrus Tree
irrigation system installed, and set its
They have installed various uses them for clipping and Fertilizer Spikes (#69689*).
watering patterns with an electronic
gardens on their land, and water timer (#172428). This device trimming small branches ■ Go for bulbs. Plant tropical summer-
all are wheelchair-accessible. can be programmed for specified that she turns into decorative blooming bulbs after danger of frost
“I am happy to say that a days of the week, times of day, and arrangements. And what is has passed. Canna, lily-of-the-nile,
person in a wheelchair can lengths of time. the best gardening advice elephant's ear, and fancy-leafed
enjoy every part of my garden she ever received? caladium do well in most regions.
complex, even our fire pit and “My mom said, ‘Just try it. *Available only in Florida and California.
water feature,” Peggy says. You can always move it.’”

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Good To Know
Check into native plants to
discover drought-tolerant
beauties that thrive with little
care or rainfall. Many natives
unfurl nectar-rich blooms
that attract butterflies, bees,
and hummingbirds.

Plan a drought-tolerant,
fire-resistant landscape.

Natural events grabbed headlines last
year as communities from coast to coast
grappled with drought and wildfire.
Drought destroyed crops and gardens
throughout the southern regions, and

fire consumed millions of acres nation-
wide. For water conservation purposes,
as well as regulated water supplies and
the threat of wildfire, many of our urban
and suburban landscapes—lawns and
gardens, for example—can benefit from
Mix drought-proof
being updated to thrive under extreme annuals and perennials
growing conditions. for season-long drifts
To begin planning your own yard of color. This planting
features ‘Indigo
and garden’s “herb-an” renewal, you Spires’ sage.
should consider potential risks. Do
you live in an area prone to wildfires?
Is your region presently in the grip of Grouping plants
Rock mulch warms soil in
spring, conserves soil a prolonged drought? Or is it common that have similar
moisture in summer, and for your locale to experience drought watering needs
provides an ideal habitat will increase the
on a seasonal basis? Be realistic in overall efficiency
for creeping plants such
as ‘Aureum’ gold moss. your evaluation. For instance, even if you of irrigation.
live outside the West, realize that any
area where drought reigns also will be
susceptible to wildfire.
After you appraise your region’s
risks, it is time to determine the best
ways to outfit your yard for beauty and
survival. Start by embracing growing
practices that are environmentally savvy.
These techniques consider all aspects

of landscaping, from soil preparation to

plant selection, and they yield beautiful

scenery that not only survives on limited


rainfall but also forms an effective fire-

break around your home.

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Choose Drought-
Focus on Proper Tolerant Plants
Plant Selection Create a garden filled with plants
Begin by studying your yard. Plant all that don’t guzzle water. Look for
selections according to light levels, soil these water-wise plants at your
composition, and moisture levels. Lowe’s Garden Center.
For instance, for a corner where Perennials
water collects during the rainy season, ■ ’Aureum’ gold moss (Sedum acre

choose plants that can thrive in both ‘Aureum’): Zones 3–8

damp and dry soils, such as daylily ■ ’Big Ears’ lamb’s ears (Stachys
Correct plant
(Hemerocallis selections) or bee spacing, pruning, byzantina ‘Big Ears’): Zones 4–9
balm (Monarda didyma). In and maintenance ■ ‘Carolina Moonlight’ false indigo

shady spots, rely mostly on are the keys to a (Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’):
healthy landscape
fern, lenten rose (Helleborus that can survive. Zones 4–9
orientalis), Japanese forest ■ common evening primrose

grass (Hakonechloa macra), (Oenothera biennis): Zones 5–8

brunnera, or monkey grass ■ ‘Dragon’s Blood’ two-row stonecrop

(Liriope selections). Drought- (Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’):

tolerant, sun-loving plants Zones 4–9
include penstemon, blazing star ■ ‘Indigo Spires’ sage (Salvia ‘Indigo

(Liatris selections), blanket flower Spires’): Zones 7–11

(Gaillardia selections), and Russian ■ Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa):

sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia). For more Zones 4–9

plant choices, see the plant list at right. ■ ‘King Edward’ woolly yarrow

No plant is truly fireproof, but you (Achillea tomentosa ‘King Edward’):

can select those that offer fire resistance Zones 3–10
with proper maintenance. Typically, ■ ’Lidakense’ stonecrop (Sedum

fire-resistant plants have moist, supple Ornamental grasses and cauticola ‘Lidakense’): Zones 5–10
To provide interest, succulents thrive on rainfall
leaves; a thick, nonpapery bark; and juxtapose broad- ■ ‘Limerock Ruby’ tickseed (Coreopsis
alone. But check your local
watery, not resinous, sap. Healthy turf leafed ‘Carolina regulations before planting ‘Limerock Ruby’): Zones 5–9
also acts as an effective firebreak. Moonlight’ false in the public right-of-way ■ nettle-leaved mullein (Verbascum
indigo (foreground) between the sidewalk and
with feathery ‘Lime- chaixii): Zones 5–8
the curb or street.
Know Your Soil rock Ruby’ tickseed
(background). Purple
■ purple coneflower (Echinacea

purpurea): Zones 2–10

and How To coneflower (inset) is
a good selection for Grasses
Amend It drought tolerance as
well as color.
Tailor Maintenance to the Extreme ■ Gulf muhly (Muhlenbergia

For new gardens, determine your soil The first year after planting, drought- hairy, or leathery leaves, which often capillaries): Zones 6–9
type with a soil test. If you’ve never tested tolerant plants need an inch of water per aren’t palatable to pests or deer. ■ ’Hameln’ fountain grass (Pennisetum

your existing landscape’s soil, consider week, but once established, they rarely In fire-prone areas, remove dead- alopecuroides ’Hameln’): Zones 5–9
doing so. Your goal is to cultivate the require moisture beyond rainfall. An wood, leaves, and anything else that ■ ‘Morning Light’ maiden grass

ideal soil for the plants you’ll grow. exception would be, for example, a dry could fuel flames. Fire-wise principles (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’):
Many drought-tolerant plants do best winter followed by a dry spring. In these of landscaping call for arranging fire- Zones 5–9
in lean soils, where organic matter is low. conditions, water plants deeply every resistant plants in zones around your
Bulbs, Tubers, Vines
Others demand a richer footing and will few weeks through spring to prepare home. On the perimeter of a property,
■ climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea
thrive only in soil rich in organic matter,
which helps hold moisture near roots.
Generally, drought-tolerant plants can
“Create a beautiful bed by pairingg them for summer. A 2-inch-thick layer of
mulch conserves soil moisture and helps
rain soak into soil better. Rock mulch is
position low-growing, drought-tolerant
plants in an area that’s irrigated. Near
the house, grow fire-resistant plants
anomala petiolaris): Zones 4–7
■ society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea):

Zones 7–10
derive necessary fertilizer from an annual
application of compost on top of soil (in
a 2- to 4-inch layer). Over time, compost
different perennial leaf textures.” an ideal choice in high-risk wildfire areas;
firebrands can ignite bark mulch.
Pests don’t pose a significant threat
with irrigation. Install hardscapes, such
as paving, right next to the house. And
avoid growing any highly flammable
■ tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa):

Zones 8–10

breaks down, feeding plants and building in drought-tolerant gardens. Most plants plants, such as juniper, ceanothus,
rich, loose soil that retains moisture. that are drought-tolerant feature thick, sagebrush, or manzanita.

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What could be
better than a
lakefront property
around the
with plenty of yard
gazebo helps
it blend into
to spare? A cozy,
the setting. covered outdoor
room right next
to the water.

COMFORT These homeowners love the view from
inside their house, yet they wanted to
spend more time relaxing outdoors in
their lakeside setting. What they needed
was a spot near the water that would be
as comfortable as an indoor space. A
fully outfitted gazebo did the trick, and
it provided a beautiful incentive for their
landscape design efforts.
Considering the lake as a backdrop,

Good To Know the couple decided to place the hexagon-

shaped cedar gazebo near the water.
Natural cedar will weather Surrounded with a variety of colorful,
to a beautiful silvery fragrant plants, the gazebo becomes
gray, but applying a stain a focal point in the yard. Furniture
or sealant can extend the that’s heavy-duty as well as attractive,
life of your gazebo. combined with outdoor accessories,
makes the space feel a great deal like
an indoor room.


“We wanted a way to extend the

warmth inside our home to the outside,”


says the homeowner. “The gazebo will



allow many more years of wonderful

memories for our entire family.”

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Hanging baskets
are a great way
to add seasonal
color to any
Complete the Look outdoor room.

1. A gazebo-style feeder adds

whimsy and welcomes birds.
2. An orchid planter completes
the outdoor table setting.
Check out Lowe’s complete
3. An outdoor ceiling fan with
selection of outdoor storage
remote creates a cool breeze.
buildings, utility sheds, and
4. Eco-friendly fixtures use
gazebos. Lowe’s can provide
solar energy for spotlighting
professional installation of
the gazebo.
storage buildings. To learn
more about these and other
ways to welcome the season, Lowe’s List
visit Lowes.com/Spring. ■ Skill level: Intermediate
■ Rough cost estimate .. $5,525*
Cedar gazebo
and path ................... $4,925**
Pick the 1
Outdoor furniture ........... $140
Accessories .....................$460
Best Location ■ Rough time estimate: 3 days
(with at least 2 people)
A bit of forethought can make all CEDAR GAZEBO AND PATH
the difference when selecting
10-foot hexagon gazebo kit
and siting a gazebo. Use this (CedarShed, Special Order)
checklist as a guide.
pavers (tan/charcoal, #59765)

■ Choose a model that complements OUTDOOR FURNITURE

your home in scale and materials. 30-inch bistro table (Key Largo,
■ While most structures the size of #115980)
a gazebo don’t require a permit, 4 barrel-back chairs (Key Largo,
check local building codes to #119225)
make sure. ACCESSORIES
■ Find a spot that will have a nice
pillows (#112686)
view from the gazebo, and consider
the view of the scene from inside ceiling fan with remote (Harbor
Breeze, #70085)
your home.
■ Start with a level area to reduce
solar landscape lighting
3 4 (Brightscapes, #135213)
the need for grading. Build on a
foundation appropriate for the bird feeder (#235778) Natural Addition
structure and for your yard’s hanging baskets (#110623)
Make a gazebo part of your design plan by surrounding it with the
conditions. The manufacturer can orchid planter (#33208) right plants. Consider these tips when landscaping around the structure.
offer several options.
■ Consider your route to and from ■ Choose native plants that complement mature size won’t interfere with
the gazebo. A paver path not only wax myrtle the gardening style already established easy access.
will make for an easier walk, but also gardenia in your yard. ■ Lend a pleasant scent to your
can help incorporate the gazebo Encore azalea ■ Achieve a ready-made privacy screen outdoor room with fragrant plants,
into the landscape. or canopy with mature plantings, or such as gardenias.
mondo grass
■ Check with the manufacturer for plant evergreen selections that mature ■ Bring color and texture to the
more information about siting and boxwood to a large size. space with plants that bloom in
setting up your gazebo. dianthus ■ Bridge gaps between mature plantings different seasons.
pansy and the gazebo with moderately sized ■ Add a generous layer of mulch
shrubs or perennials. around plants. Select a color or a
*Does not include labor costs, the cost
HOW-TO VIDEO of plants, paver setting materials, or ■ Flank the entrance with a pair of texture that blends well with both
applicable taxes, which vary by market.
evergreen plants, but make sure their the gazebo and plantings.
**Roof options and accessories vary and
Learn how to install cost extra.
landscape lighting at
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shop smar t

Want a weed-free lawn and garden?
Take steps to control these unwanted
guests before, during, and after planting.

Before You Plant

Take these measures before planting to deter weeds.

■ Try DuPont Garden Products Landscape Max ■ DuPont Garden Products Landscape Ready Ring
Maximum Weed Defense Fabric (#254519) on hard- Pre-Cut Weed Defense Circle (#254514) controls
to-maintain areas in your yard—weeds can’t grow on weeds while still allowing air, water, and essential
top of it or break through from beneath. nutrients to reach the roots of your plants. This product
■ Use DuPont Garden Products Landscape Anchor comes ready to use, and it will fit around both new
Pins (#160807 or #86416) to keep the fabric in place. and old trees and shrubs.

While You Plant

Choose mulches and sprinkle-on formulas to eliminate the
possibility of weeds in your planting beds.

■ Stop weeds before they start by using Preen Mulch Plus (#255154) around
flowers, trees, and shrubs. This multitasker gives your garden a finished look
while smothering weeds more effectively than regular mulches.
■ The Perm-A-Mulch MulchMat tree ring (#80694) has the look of mulch but
will not wash away. It blocks weeds around trees while allowing air, water, and
nutrients to pass through.
■ Sprinkle Miracle-Gro Garden Weed Preventer (#14396) or Preen Garden
Weed Preventer (#252811) around vegetables, flowers, trees, and shrubs to
keep weeds from sprouting. Both products last for up to three months.

After You Plant

Use these products if weeds spring up on your lawn or in other spots,

such as the cracks in your driveway.
■ Bayer Advanced All-in-One Weed Killer for Lawns ■ Roundup Ready To Use Extended
(#165368) kills weeds and crabgrass in one step and Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus
will not harm your lawn. Weed Prevent (#26779) kills existing
■ Bayer Advanced Southern Weed Killer for Lawns weeds and stops new weeds for up to
(#146850) will eliminate weeds and crabgrass in one three months. Use this nonselective
step as well, but it has been specially designed to product in driveway and sidewalk cracks,
work on southern lawns. along fence lines, and in mulched areas.

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Good To Know
Build your own rain garden at

DISCOVER home. Kansas City’s 10,000 Rain

Gardens Web site offers custom
garden designs as well as
step-by-step instructions for

A Kansas City, Missouri, initiative
planning, prepping, and planting
your rain garden. Go to

provides inspiration for cleaner,

greener community landscapes.

Let It Rain!
These native plants won’t
cower when the forecast calls
for wet weather.
■ bee balm (Monarda didyma ‘Jacob
Cline’): Zones 4–9
■ cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis):
Zones 2–9
■ blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium
angustifolium): Zones 3–9
■ crinkled hair grass (Deschampsia
flexuosa): Zones 3–8
A rain garden at ■ false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides):
Visitation Church This rain garden at Zones 3–9
(here, and opposite the University of ■ ‘Moonbeam’ threadleaf coreopsis
page, bottom left) Missouri-Kansas (Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’):
prevents thousands City serves as a Zones 3–9
of gallons of runoff dry creekbed that ■ New England aster (Aster novae-
into Brush Creek manages runoff. angliae): Zones: 3–9
each year. ■ purple coneflower (Echinacea
purpurea): Zones 2–10
■ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa):

At the bottom of Zones 3–9
a slope, a small ■Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia):
When urban landscapes replace any the soil, usually a few yards in diameter, sewer overflow threatened waterfowl residential rain Zones 5–9
natural terrain, rain must find a new path filled with native plants that will absorb and fish in area streams and rivers and garden is filled ■ smooth aster (Aster laevis): Zones 3–8
with water-loving ■ smooth penstemon (Penstemon
to streams and wetlands, often traveling rain more effectively than most common made lakes unsuitable for recreation. native plants. digitalis): Zones 3–9
along roads, parking lots, and rooftops landscaping techniques. While cutting The city currently has approximately ■ corkscrew rush (Juncus effusus

rather than soaking into the soil. Along down on runoff, a rain garden serves as 1,000 public and private rain gardens, ‘Spiralis’): Zones 4–10
■ spike blazing star (Liatris spicata):
the way, this runoff collects pollutants, a natural filter for rainwater, which seeps but the ambitious goal of 10,000 comes Zones 3–10
such as grease and oil, before entering through the garden’s soil and back into closer to reality each year, encouraged ■ swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata):

waterways, compromising water quality, the water table. By soaking up standing by the efforts of community programs Zones 3–8
■ switch grass (Panicum virgatum): Zones
and threatening wildlife. Managing water, rain gardens also eliminate many that continue to introduce the concept 2–9
stormwater is a major concern for cities breeding grounds for mosquitoes. to homeowners and businesses. ■ white turtlehead (Chelone glabra):

large and small, and many—including When Kansas City introduced its Kansas City’s public rain gardens are Zones 3–8
■ wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis):
Kansas City, Missouri—are turning to 10,000 Rain Gardens initiative in 2005, open to visitors, and a July home tour offers Zones 3–8
rain gardens for help. the city was troubled with flooding due a glimpse of residential gardens. Visit ■ wild geranium (Geranium maculatum):

Based on a rather simple concept, to the runoff from heavy storms. Waste www.rainkc.com for more information Zones 3–8

rain gardens are slight depressions in products and contaminants in storm- on the Kansas City program.

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Green and White

1. ‘August Beauty’ common gardenia
(Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’)
2. Japanese fatsia (Fatsia japonica)
3. ‘Brilliance’ autumn fern (Dryopteris
Shade offers refuge from the heat erythrosora ‘Brilliance’)
and an opportunity to play with plant 4. fancy-leafed caladium (Caladium
textures, shapes, and even colors. Dig 5. dusty miller (Senecio cineraria)
in, and plant your own shade garden. 2 6. Aztec grass (Ophiopogon intermedius
1 ‘Argenteomarginatus’)

7. ‘Patriot’ hosta (Hosta ‘Patriot’)
8. cast-iron plant (Aspidistra selections)



The Basics of Shade Because a shady zone encourages
Most of the shady areas in nature occur slowing down, include seating using
beneath tree canopies. In a woodland fabrics in shades that will complement
setting, soil is moist, rich, and full of humus: plants and brighten the space. Consider A bed planted with
all conditions that cause shade-loving adding the sound of trickling water, but a green-and-white
palette is simple
plants to thrive. Duplicate this soil in you may want to avoid a sizeable pond. and soothing. Crave Color?
your own shade garden to help plants Overhanging tree branches will drop
With the right selections, you can
grow robustly. Add compost to existing debris in the water, and you’ll have to
find success with shaded color.
soil to increase humus. Continue to build fish it out. Instead, include a fountain that
up soil by adding a 2- to 3-inch layer of adds to the ambience. Pretty Pastel (blue, pink)
compost around plants annually, in the ■ astilbe (Astilbe selections)

spring or fall. Strike It Rich 5 ■ ‘Blue Panda’ blue corydalis

Unlike sun-saturated areas, shade Choose a planting palette that’s rich (Corydalis flexuosa ‘Blue Panda’)
gardens require less frequent irrigation; texturally. Variegated foliage provides ■ blue phlox (Phlox divaricata)

however, soil needs to stay moist, so you’ll contrast in the shade, so plant variegated ■ Chinese meadow rue (Thalictrum

want to incorporate a convenient water Japanese pachysandra, ‘Patriot’ hosta, delavayi)

source. To deliver water with accuracy, and variegated Solomon’s seal to offer ■ columbine (Aquilegia selections)

add either soaker hoses or a method of visual interest all season long. ■ common bleeding heart (Dicentra

drip irrigation. Also, realize that pockets Combine foliage textures to create a spectabilis)
of your shade garden may get a little planting tapestry. Pair the broad, bold ■ cranesbill geranium (Geranium

more sun than others. Fill sunnier spots foliage of Japanese fatsia or fancy-leafed sanguineum)
with plants that will be able to tolerate caladium with fine-leaved perennials, Bold Blend (yellow, orange, red)
both shade and sun. such as ‘Brilliance’ autumn fern. In early ■ astilbe (Astilbe selections)
spring and fall, this fern will add a rich, ■ coral bells (Heuchera selections)
Make It Welcoming bronze tone to the garden; in the summer, ■ daylily (Hemerocallis selections)
Plan your shade garden with elements it’s a rich green. ■ masterwort (Astrantia major ‘Rubra’)


that will make it inviting, comfortable, If trees cause your shade, watch sun ■ water avens (Geum rivale)
and easy to enjoy. As in any new outdoor patterns throughout the day in different ■ yellow corydalis (Corydalis lutea)


space, install outdoor lighting. Add some seasons. To weave more interest into ■ yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia


light-colored edging (shown: charcoal, your garden, fill puddles of sunlight with punctata)
#13868), and include statuary if you wish. perennials that grow in partial sun.

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Good To Know
Keep your trees healthy
and growing with Bayer
Advanced 12 Month Tree 3
& Shrub Protect & Feed To learn more about your planting 4
(#216528). zone, visit Lowes.com/ZoneMap.


3 2

Step-by-Step 1
10 7

Refer to the tips

1 Select a tree that fits
your yard as well as your
needs. Consider its mature
below that apply 10

size, the shade it might cast

to your zone. 11

on existing flowerbeds, and

any nearby power lines or
paved areas its branches and
roots may disturb. Before
digging, be sure to contact
your local utility company to
mark gas lines, water pipes,
Zones 3–5 Zones 6 – 8 Zones 9 –11
or underground cables.
■ LAWN Apply crabgrass killer before ■ WEEDS Either overseed bare spots ■ GRASS Fertilize lawns in early spring,

2 Dig a hole as deep as

the tree’s root ball and
forsythia flowers fade. Treat with a
pre-emergent broadleaf weedkiller now
on lawns or treat with a pre-emergent
broadleaf weedkiller—but don’t do
particularly St. Augustine and Bahia
grass. Seed Bermuda grass lawns; plant

twice as wide. A round-point if you didn’t last fall. Don’t overseed if both. Spot-spray existing weeds with sod for St. Augustine, centipede, and
shovel and a mattock are the you’re using any pre-emergent herbicide. the Bayer Advanced weed killer that’s Zoysia grass. Keep newly planted areas
best tools for this task. Try ■ ANNUALS Plant cool-season annuals best for your region (#165368, #146850). or lawns moist.
excavating soil onto a tarp to for early color: pansies, ornamental kale, ■ BLOOMERS Prune flowering azalea, ■ ROSES Prune roses, making cuts
or sweet alyssum. Don’t overwater; soil quince, and forsythia after blooms have just above any outward-facing buds.
protect your lawn throughout
dries slowly in cool weather. appeared. Avoid pruning crepe myrtles Remove deadwood, crossing branches,

the planting process.
■ SEEDS Start seeds indoors; provide until foliage has fully emerged; remove and spindly shoots. Prune climbers

3 Mix organic filler into

heavy clay or sandy soil,
lighting 14–16 hours per day. any deadwood. after flowering.

replacing up to one-half the ■ FERTILIZER Feed young trees (less ■ LAWN Let grass clippings lie on the ■ PRUNING Remove dead foliage on
volume of the excavated soil. than three years old), perennials, and lawn, especially after the first mowing, ornamental grasses before new growth
Slice roots by scoring the shrubs with an all-purpose blend that’s to add valuable nutrients to soil. emerges. Cut plants to a height of

higher in nitrogen and potassium, lower ■ VEGGIES Dig vegetable gardens. 12 inches.
sides of the root ball with a
in phosphorus. Plant all crops—broccoli, onions, peas, ■ WATER Irrigate your landscape
shovel, which will encourage
■ BULBS Remove mulch from around carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, during this hot, windy month. Install
new roots to grow. bulbs and perennials on a cloudy day. and summer squash. soaker hoses in planting beds, and

It’s good for you and for the earth.

4 Place your tree in the
hole, replace some of
the soil, and straighten the
Scratch a complete fertilizer into soil
around the plants as leaves emerge.
■ PONDS Clean ponds before frog-egg
■ ANNUALS Plant flowering annuals.
Attract hummingbirds and butterflies
with sage, pentas, lantana, spider
apply mulch to conserve soil moisture.
Avoid piling mulch against tree trunks;
keep it pulled back a few inches to
tree. Fill the rest of the hole masses are visible. flower, or zinnia. allow airflow.

Trees offer more than just observances: Earth Day, on you can donate funds to with more soil. Add a ring of
■ GRASS Let grass clippings lie on ■ ENERGY Increase the efficiency of ■ LAWNS Fertilize Bermuda, Zoysia,
beauty—they also work hard April 22, and Arbor Day, plant a tree in a person’s mounded soil 12 to 18 inches
the lawn to add valuable nutrients your air conditioner’s compressor by and centipede grass with a product
for the environment. They on April 25. The simple act honor or memory, or to mark out from the trunk, creating a to soil. up to 10% with shade from shrubs or that delivers quickly available nitrogen.
conserve energy, shielding of planting a tree is the focus an anniversary, a birthday, moat so that water can soak ■ INSECTS Treat any Eastern tent trees. Evaporative coolers, however, Use a rate of 1 pound of nitrogen per
our homes from cold winds of Arbor Day, and it supports or a wedding. You’ll receive into the roots. MAY caterpillars as soon as you spot webs. need sunshine for efficient operation.
■ BULBS Set outside for the summer
1,000 square feet.
■ WATER Replace missing heads and

and hot sun to help keep our the emphasis of Earth Day, a certificate documenting the Mulch with organic Cut nests from trees and bury them,
utility bills low. They provide which promotes all efforts tree and what it celebrates matter, such as shredded or spray with Bacillus thuringiensis, an any amaryllis bulbs that were forced repair leaks on your irrigation system.
organic caterpillar-killing product. for holiday blooming. Scratch a slow- ■ CITRUSES Feed citrus trees with a
shelter for birds and food for toward a clean environment. when you donate online. bark or pine straw, beginning
■ PERENNIALS Dig and divide fall- release, all-purpose fertilizer into the specialized citrus fertilizer. Broadcast
wildlife. They even scrub the You also can choose to 3 to 5 inches away from the
flowering perennials, providing 1 inch soil, and place the plants in a lightly the fertilizer beneath the tree’s foliage
air of carbon dioxide and celebrate a momentous event trunk to allow air to circulate of water per week as plants establish. shaded spot. canopy, and water it in.
pump in vital oxygen. or honor an individual by Visit ArborDay.org for more freely. Water the tree at least
Plant a tree this spring to digging in the soil. Through information about the Arbor once a week during the first By relying on regional and local growers, Lowe’s is able to provide you with selections that are best suited to your climate. The plants mentioned may not
always be available at your local Lowe’s, but your Lowe’s Trained Nursery Specialist will help you find comparable selections. And if your perennials, houseplants,
celebrate two eco-friendly the Arbor Day Foundation, Day Foundation, or to donate. growing season. trees, or shrubs don’t survive a year, bring the plants and your receipt in to your local Lowe’s, and they’ll be replaced at no charge.

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