August E-News from Viette's                                Volume 9: No. 8

Lori Jones, Editor                                                                                                  August/2013

Hosta garden at Viette's August is the
perfect time to
"Garden in the Shade!" 
There are loads of beautiful perennials, trees, and shrubs
that just love the shade! 

Come to Viette's for a
visit this August!

We have some amazing
shade gardens that you can
wander through to get some
terrific ideas for your own landscape
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All Daylilies

20% OFF 

Both potted daylilies and bare root orders!

The late blooming daylilies are blooming in the gardens now! We have many late bloomers in pots but if you don't see what you like in pots, pick up a copy of our Daylily List and wander through the display gardens. Mark the ones you like and then place an order in our garden center or over the phone. We will dig them fresh for you beginning in mid August. Your fresh dug daylilies can be picked up at our garden center or we can ship them right to you.

Daylily 'Late Plum'
'Late Plum'

Daylily 'Autumn Prince'
'Autumn Prince'

Daylily 'Olallie Mack'
'Olallie Mack'
Find these and MANY more fantastic late blooming daylilies 
through August
at Viette's!

Plant of the Month
Epimedium makes a beautiful ground cover for dry shade.
Epimedium makes a beautiful ground cover for dry shade.
Shade Tolerant
Ground Covers 
There ARE great shade-loving plants that will grow in those tough areas!
number of wonderful plants that thrive in the shade is amazing and most garden centers have a special section dedicated just to the shade lovers. Perennials that grow well in shade are often better known for their foliage than for their flowers but there are still plenty of beautiful species that flower even in deeper shade.
Reduce trimming time  Ground covers are an excellent way to reduce the time you have to spend weed-eating around your trees and shrubs. There are many attractive perennial ground covers that compete well with tree roots and tolerate the dry shady conditions that exist in this microclimate. 
Lots of Choices!
One of the best ground cover choices for dry shade is Epimedium. These spring bloomers have beautiful foliage, some with reddish veining, and dainty, nodding flowers. The 8"-12" tall foliage is beautiful and full all season long. It makes a gorgeous display in the shade or part shade garden.  
Dainty Epimedium foliage
Dainty Epimedium foliage
Liriope (Lily-Turf) is one of the most popular evergreen ground covers for the shade or sun. It forms a dense grass-like ground cover that fills in quickly. The 8"-12" evergreen foliage can be solid green or variegated. Beautiful flower spikes rise above the foliage in the late summer through fall. These plants are great for planting under trees or as a border edging.
Liriope 'John Burch' is a beautiful ground cover for shade or sun.
Liriope 'John Burch' is a beautiful ground cover for shade or sun.
Lamium maculatum  (Dead Nettle) makes a bright, colorful ground cover for the shade or part shade. The attractive dark green foliage is splashed with varying amounts of white and silver accents. Showy flowers cover the plant from April to June. A fast grower, Lamium will quickly spread to fill areas under trees and shrubs. Most Lamium cultivars grow to about 8" tall.
Lamium makes a fine ground cover for the shade or bright shade.
Lamium makes a fine ground cover for shade or bright shade.
Other choices for taller ground covers for the shade are Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum', the variegated Solomon's Seal. There are also many Hosta varieties that spread well and make excellent ground covers. 
Polygonatum odoratum Variegatum
Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'
Ground Huggers!
Ajuga (Bugleweed) is a wonderful fast growing hardy ground cover that thrives in sun or shade. It forms a beautiful 3"-6" carpet of dense foliage which is covered with spike flowers in the spring. An excellent choice for an area under trees where the grass just won't grow!
Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' is a cute ground hugging perennial for sun or shade.
Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' is a cute ground hugging perennial for
sun or shade.
Leptinella (Brass Buttons) has interesting fern-like foliage that creeps to form a soft, fuzzy mat. It is very low growing and creates a  wonderful fluffy ground cover for between stepping stones or in a rock garden.
Leptinella makes a soft fuzzy ground cover.
Leptinella makes a soft fuzzy ground cover.
Another nice low-growing ground cover is Mazus reptans. These hardy plants are also perfect for planting between stepping stones or tucking in crevices in a rock wall. The brilliant green ground-hugging foliage is literally covered with blooms in the spring.  
Trifolium repens
(Bronze Dutch Clover) has beautiful reddish bronze clover-like foliage with a bright green edge. It is a vigorous grower and makes a stunning ground cover. It is especially good for dry areas where other plants have a hard time becoming established. White clover flowers bloom all summer.
Trifolium is a sweet little ground cover with clover flowers in the summer.
Trifolium is a sweet little ground cover with clover flowers
The low growing dwarf Japanese solomon's seal, Polygonatum humile, which grows only to 6" is another great ground cover for the shade garden.
Polygonatum humile
Polygonatum humile
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Tip of the Month

Tips for the August Garden       


Butterflies flock to Helianthus blooms in the fall.
Plan to Plant ...
Now is a great time plant a new garden or just spruce up an existing bed by adding some late summer and fall color. The soil is warm, the air is warm, and the days are long. These are ideal conditions for getting a good strong root system established before the onset of cold weather.
Oh, and those late season sales! They really help, too! In August, you can usually find some great bargains in many garden centers. Check out our own fantastic SALE on our hosta collection and our HUGE selection of daylilies. 
A huge colorful container designed by Sam Harris for Viette's Spice It Up ... 
Are your summer containers losing their pizazz? 
Jazz up your summer urns with beautiful fall color and texture. You can even fill in with some colorful tropicals and fall blooming annuals and "mums".  
Give your containers a boost by feeding them with a liquid fertilizer like Miracle-Gro.

Japanese beetles can be destructive in the garden.
Japanese beetles can be destructive in the garden.
Pest Patrol ...
Be on the lookout! Insects, diseases, and weeds will be on the increase during the heat and humidity of late summer. 
Diagnose your problem then find a treatment that is specifically labeled for that problem. Before using any pesticide, check the label. Both the crop you wish to treat and the pest you are treating needs to be listed on the label.       
If you have pests and disease in the vegetable garden, BE SURE that the product is safe for use on food crops and pay attention to the "days to harvest" on the label.            
Rust on Hollyhocks
Rust on Hollyhocks
Black spot, leaf spot, powdery mildew, and rust may be showing up on you shrubs and perennials. Control these fungal diseases on roses, flowers, trees, and shrubs using a fungicide like Bonide Fung-onil, Mancozeb, or Copper Fungicide or use a systemic fungicide like Bayer Advanced Disease Control for Roses, Flowers, & Shrubs. Always read and follow the label directions. 
Watch Mark's video tip on controlling rust in the garden.  

Whack 'em Back!
Perennials affected by powdery mildew or rust can become unattractive in the garden. Many can be cut back to the ground after they finish blooming to promote healthy new growth. Throw the clippings out in the trash and spray the clump with a fungicide if needed. 
  • Perennials that can be cut back now include: Baptisia, columbine, daylilies, hollyhocks, peonies, and summer phlox. 
  • Keep in mind: Self-seeding perennials such as Baptisia, columbine, Digitalis, and hollyhocks should not be cut back if you want them to re-seed in the garden!
Got Insects AND Disease?
There are some great products that combine an insecticide and disease control all-in-one. Bayer Advanced All-In-One Rose & Flower Care or 3-in-1 Insect, Disease, & Mite Control are two that will control various insects and diseases. For the vegetable garden try PureSpray Green, Bayer Advanced Natria Insect, Disease & Mite Control, or Bonide Tomato & Vegetable 3-in-1.
Want Natural Controls for your garden problems? 
Bonide has a broad range of natural controls under their Garden Naturals brand. Their newest, Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew, controls a wide range of insect pests. PureSpray Green also controls a wide range of insect pests.

Swing-head hoe Keep ahead of the Weeds ... 
Weeds have a way of getting out of hand in the late summer. Try to spend a little time each week to keep ahead of them. Hand pull weeds in your flower beds and vegetable garden or use Andre's favorite weeding tool, the Swiss-made swing-head hoe to make short work of the weeds in your garden.

One of the best ways to control weeds in your lawn is to set your mower to cut the grass high - 3" is best.

Homestead Resort

Andre at The Homestead 
15th Annual "In The Garden" weekend 
Host Andre Viette, along with some special guests, offer gardening expertise to help enhance your knowledge about plants. This special weekend has been planned for fellow gardening lovers to come, sit back and soak in the beauty of this beautiful mountain resort.
This fun-filled weekend features a welcome reception, great gardening seminars, door prizes, wine tasting, tour of The Homestead Gardens and membership to the American Horticultural Society. 

August Lecture Series at Viette's! 

Hosta are great companions with other beautiful  shade perennials.


Saturday, August 10th at 1:30 pm 

Gardening with Hosta & other Shade Perennials 

Ferns, hosta, and Helleborus add texture to the shade garden What is shade? Many gardens start in the sun and end up in the shade! Learn all about creating a beautiful shade garden and selecting the proper plants. By following a few easy steps for color and low maintenance, you can make your shady spots come alive with Hosta and other shade loving annuals, perennials, and shrubs. Free lecture  


Saturday, August 17th at 1:30 pm  

  Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardening  

Black Swallowtail butterfly on BuddleiaWho doesn't love to see the colorful butterflies and hummingbirds skirting and flitting around the gardens? Did you know there are plants which act as "hosts" for the butterfly larvae and plants which supply nectar for the adult butterflies and hummingbirds? Come to this valuable seminar and discover the marvelous perennials, annuals, and shrubs which will attract these delightful creatures and keep them coming back for years to come! Free lecture


Did You Know?
White grubs are usually found curled up in their characteristic C-shape.
White grubs are usually found curled up in their characteristic C-shape just under the turf.
Get Those Grubs!

August is one of the best times to control white grubs in your lawn. These grubs are easiest to control now when they are small and actively feeding near the soil surface.
Here are some grub controls:
  • Bayer Advanced Season-Long Grub Control 
  • Bonide Annual Grub Beater
Read more about grubs in my blog post from October 2012.


Fall Feeding!

August is a good time to begin your fall application of organic fertilizer.  

  • Feed with your lawn with Espoma Organic Lawn Food, Milorganite, or Scotts Natural Lawn Food. 
  • Feed your gardens with Espoma Plant-tone or Holly-tone.
Dividing bearded iris
Dividing bearded iris
Divide Your Iris

If your bearded iris have become overgrown and don't bloom well anymore or have stopped blooming all together, they probably need to be divided.

August is a great time to do this! Here's how to to it: 

  • Cut the back to foliage to 6"
  • Break the rhizomes apart at the joints where they will snap naturally in your hands. 
  • Throw away the old rhizome that had the flower stem.  
  • Cut away any damaged or rotten parts and dip in a 10% Clorox solution for 3 minutes.  
  • Allow to dry and then replant leaving the top of the rhizome exposed at the surface.  
  • Do not mulch.  

Read more about dividing Tall Bearded Iris.  

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