No time for a weekly post


Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) is a joy in the late-summer garden, and unlike its red-flowered cousin, cardinal flower, it’s easy to grow and adaptable.

Refer back to last week’s In the garden this week for a list of chores for the week, but it’s time to stop pruning of shrubs and trees now, except for removing dead and diseased material, which can be done at any time. Do keep up on watering newly installed plants: it’s hot and dry out there, and I’m seeing signs of drought damage everywhere.

And if you’re planning to doing any fall planting, please check out my latest “Backyard Environmentalist” column, which explains why everything you think you know about planting is probably wrong.


Northern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera), a small, drought-tolerant shrub, is one of my new favorite plants. Consider it if you have a dry, shady area where nothing else will grow.


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