Imagine being able to pick fresh lemons, limes and oranges right from your patio! Read more »
Cutting overgrown grasses by more than an inch or two at a time can create unhealthy brown and bald spots in your lawn – or ev... Read more »
Kids are eager gardeners. They love to experiment with colorful flowers, have an adventurous sense of design, and getting dirt... Read more »
Our Shear Ease® Grass Shears include a patented mechanism that prevents the blades from jamming or sticking when you’re trimmin... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Hedge Shears, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear techno... Read more »
Our Easy-Pour Watering Can offers both capacity and control. The 2.6-gallon volume holds a generous amount of water that is eas... Read more »
Put your crafting skills to work and create a beautiful and unique fascinator that reflects your personal style. Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Mosaic tile frames are a beautiful way to display photos. Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Detail Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that p... Read more »
A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach. Read more »
Keep the kids busy on a road trip with their own art bag full of inspiration and the essentials. Read more »
This easy pillowcase dress looks adorable with pretty fabrics. Plus, it is super simple to put together, even if you have not... Read more »
Only our Stitcher Scissors provide precision and control that meet the needs of the most demanding sewers and quilters. Micro-T... Read more »
Our Seamstress Scissors are the perfect all-purpose scissors for anyone who cuts fabric frequently. The smooth action of these... Read more »
Choose our Dressmaker Shears for long, smooth cuts through multiple layers of medium to heavy fabrics. Extra-long blades maximi... Read more »
Looking for a sure cure for bored kids - make sparkly sea creatures! Read more »
Open-ended activities like this Busy Book can keep kids occupied in the back seat of a car AND spark fun family conversations! Read more »
It doesn’t take much to turn an everyday snack into something a little extra special. It is great to see how quickly you can a... Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
The beautiful mood lighting of lanterns at outdoor gatherings is fabulous, so why not craft up a set to use this summer. Read more »
Treat your children to their own special tent hideaway, then stand back and watch as the fun and adventures begin! Read more »
Make a thoughtful gift for someone this summer! Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Great for beginners, the unique design of this tool makes cutting perfect shapes from fabric a breeze — since you’re not managi... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Photographed at my neighbor’s home, the colorful flowers self-seed themselves each year and bloom from summer to frost. These grow alongside a fence, with a climbing red rose arching over top. It’s one of my favorite stops along my daily dog walk, especially later in the season, when many other plants are dying back. Rudbeckias Rock: The cheerful flowers – also known as Black-Eyed-Susan – stand up to heat, humidity and drought. A member of the Asteraceae family, this annual (sometimes biennial or perennial) is native to much of North America. Butterflies and bees love the flowers, and songbirds eat the seed heads in cold weather. I’ve never seen pests or pathogen problems on my neighbor’s carefree plants. But to reduce the risks of fungal diseases and other problems in your garden, always leave room between plants for good airflow, avoid overhead watering (especially in humid climates) and remove diseased parts promptly.
Here are more rudbeckia growing in avid Idaho gardener/blog-writer Victoria William’s lovely cottage-style garden. To keep these flowers blooming like this into fall, she deadheads them religiously during the growing season. Start seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost date. Or direct seed outdoors after temperatures reach about 60 degrees.
I’ve been debating where to add some to my garden, and along with these colors, I’m intrigued with Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherry Brandy.’ It’s the first-ever to grow red flowers from seed, and grows about two feet tall with large and luscious cherry-red flowers centered with chocolate. Doesn’t that sound yummy?
Asters Delight: Late in the season – right around when the peppers and winter squashes are ready to harvest – the charming daisy-like asters appear in purple, white, red and pink, depending on the variety. My aster plant was given to me (without the variety name) during my Master Gardening training. The dormant perennial in the small plastic pot looked pathetic and dead at the time, but we were told to bring it back to life in the spring. Since that time, the little plant took off. A few years later, it grew into the beauty above, which has since been divided and shared with friends, as well as replanted throughout the garden.
Hardy in Zones 3 to 8, asters thrive in moist, well drained, loamy soil in full and partial sun. Beloved by butterflies, asters are a late-season pollen source for bees and other pollinators. In my garden, the charming flowers bloom around the time of the elderberries, a popular food source for many species of birds.
Calendula Couldn’t be Cuter: This is a popular annual in my garden, especially when Calendula officinalis self-seeds alongside some hot-pink ‘Shirley’ poppies like it did this summer. The carefree calendula has edible flowers that I use in my Calendula-Orange Biscuits, salads and soups. The plant’s nickname is Pot Marigold, because the herb was used so often in the stew pot during the Middle Ages.
Early summer and fall are often the most prolific times for this plant, because calendula prefers cool temperatures. Here they are shown in front of‘Biergarten’ sage, where the plants get morning sun and late-afternoon shade.
I deadhead flowers throughout the summer with my Fiskars PowerGear® Bypass Pruner and they bloom throughout fall. Allow a few flowers to go to seed, so you have calendulas again year after year. Otherwise, sow seeds directly in early spring so they germinate in cool temperatures.
Versatile Violas: This cold-hearty beauty (Viola cornua) is often called a tender perennial or biennial, but tends to be grown as an annual. Thriving in spring and fall, the flowers look like pansies but are smaller in size. Best of all, they come in a rainbow of colors, from light blue and pale yellow to bold black. Plant these flowers in rich, well-amended moist soil with excellent drainage for best results. In hot climates, plant these flowers in morning light and afternoon shade.
One of my favorite new hybrid varieties is ‘Sorbet,’ which comes in more than 30 colors including this delicious orange. These violas were bred to be both heat and cold resistant, so they have a long growing season. Wouldn’t a garden pot overflowing with these orange flowers – combined with ‘Sorbet Black Delight’ violas – look frighteningly pretty next to your pumpkins on the front porch?
Violas have edible flowers, but only eat flowers grown for edible purposes; started from seed; or from plants that self-seeded themselves. Garden centers often use systemic pesticides on flowers, which were not intended for human consumption.