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Warrior Marshall says
Mike, – Three questions
1. Will Coral Bells do okay in a shaded area?
2. I have a Tsukasa Silouette Red Maple for about three years now. It is suppose to turn red in the fall, but we have not experience that. Could it be that it is in a shaded area on the north side of the house?
3. What do you use to fertilize an Orangeola Red Maple and how often do you fertilize it.
Coral bells do really well in shade and the really yellow ones need shade. Yes, amount of sunlight affects fall leaf color on all kinds of plants. I don’t fertilize the plants in my landscape ever. Never have. In containers we have to fertilize with Osmocote slow release.
Great video please keep them coming. I am a little confused about how to plant a bed that will accommodate my tulips in the spring but not look like there is something missing in that spot once they are gone and its mid summer. In the past, I would remove or plant in the place of my dormant bulbs with annuals. Not only is this a lot of work its is also becoming more and more expensive. I am trying to configure this bed to a perennial bed but I am a novice vegetable gardener. I eagerly anticipate your advice.
looking for a nursery spade, as what was used in the edging video-went to the king spade site but dont know which spade it is asked for a search for the nursery spade but nothing came up–we really want to find the right tool for the right job–any help anyone can give me as to where to find one –thanks and have a great day
I really like the japanese maples! I am just wondering where I can get one, or at least a small one I can grow myself. I live in Michigan, near the zones of five and six. Thanks!
Jackie johnson says
Good Day Mike.
I am curious what type of mulch you used in your beds in these videos?
Jackie, I use shredded hardwood bark mulch and recently I did a video about mulches you’ll find it on this site.
Beautiful landscaping..thanks for the ideas..it was very helpful..
Such great info (and humour) I have received from you over the years. You have never had such an impressive landscaping video as this one. It’s really thrilling to this Northern NY State novice gardener. The beauty to us right now is the soft falling snow sticking to the bare trees. Of course, nothing is more beautiful than an evergreen, stately blue spuce or a nice pine with snow topping it’s branches.
You show many “evergreen azealeas” and they are not familiar to me. Are they different from what we usually see and what are the growth requirements? The bush that we see 100 miles from here do not do well (not at all) u here. Yours are soooo sweet and thank you for the tour.
Wow! Mike what a treasure you have in your home landscaping!! I’m just getting started, with a new home, so I will watch this video numerous times over the next few years to try and emulate a bit of what you have done! (The only thing I have now is the compost bins, and one japanese maple!) Thank you so much for sharing. A Blessed Christmas to you and your family – and the BEST in 2012!
Vicky J says
Hello Mike – It is always a pleasure to view your videos. Thank you so much for sharing so much of your knowledge and expertise. I’ve been told I have a green thumb for growing things – but I have very little talent for knowing how to design or plan a garden or flower bed I can be proud of. That’s what makes your info so good for me.
Thanks again and please don’t stop sharing – you have a very good heart!!
I bought my first cora bell last summer and plan to buy a few more this coming spring. Just love the looks of them. Add a nice variety to my little flower bed. Thanks for sharing some very helpful info.
Hey Mike – will they grow in the Las Vegas (Nevada) Valley?
Kimberly Fussell says
Really loved the garden walk through. Makes my winter days bearable:) Thanks for sharing.
Heuchera make wonderful additions to the garden! My wife has planted many different varieties of them. Two things we have observed….they need at least 4 hours to 6 hours of sun to look their best, but will survive with as little as 2 or 3 hours of sun. They are not really a “shade” or even “partial shade” plant…they need some sun. They are prone to leaf spot. The worst cases are from ‘ground splash’ where rain or sprinklers are splashing the spores from the soil onto the leaves. As soon as you see it, start treating weekly until fall or they can die back. We tried mulching, but if you do this keep the mulch away from the center of the plant or the leaves. Other than this, they are wonderful plants in our garden.
Thanks for the beautiful news and educating us on gardening which I enjoy very much.
Presently I’m having my driveway done and have 2 garden beds on one side. My plan is to plant a Japanese Maple on each end of the garden bed. Now this will only work if my Japanese Maple will be like yours with a thick stem and leaves at the end. Yours actually looks like a bonsai. I have a Japanese Maple which I planted in the backyard and it stands on a thin twig stem with a leaf at the end. I would really appreciate if you could please tell me what would be required to do with this skinny stem tree to turn like yours.
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, Mike. I am just blown away with it, your free e-book
was such an eye opener for me, i did not even know the basics, always planted my trees, digging a huge hole & filling it with water, never pruned anything, cause i thought it would hurt the plants.I do compost & grow tomatoes with it.
Your place looks fantastic, what a trip to see it. One thing i must insist on, i will never plant grass, i find that insane, that people plant grass for their frontyards, i love weeds, dandelions, herbs, flowers, vegetables & only fruit-trees. I am in survival mode and only would consider to put my time into that to
pass on to others.
I’m with you on replacing grass, and with favoring food plants and trees!
Luke Reschke says
Too bad most of those coral bell varieties are patented, eh! I like them to. I bought a wimpy little variegated iris last spring… it’s blooming and beautiful today! Thanks for all of the great videos. I’m gonna have to give the Liriopes a try after this vid.
Kathy Johnson says
Elizabeth McCapes-Livingston says
Loved the video. Unfortunately, the San Joaquin Valley isn’t conducive to many of those plants without a lot of TLC. But they would love OR & WA.
madeleine boiles says
I really enjoyed your landscaping video. The colors and combination of colors and textures were eye candy for me!
Bella Patel says
Michelle DuBuque says
I have gotten so many great ideas from Mike! I originally subscribed to his website for info on growing Japanese Maples and have learned so much more than I expected!
marsha barney says
enjoy watching your videos
Robin Kuester says
Love your beautiful yard Mike, and thank you for all of the great information. I’m very glad i found your site.
Nicole J. Barksdale says
Thank you for sharing – very impressive!!!
Debbie Halicki says
Very nice!! I love your yard.. it’s so neat and perfect! Great job… Put me on the list to come help me get mine like that! HA!
Brenda Childers says
Hi Mike – Just wondering what type of exposure the corabell and hostas prefer? The southside of my house needs landscape plants but everything that seems to tolerate the heat has no color.
Hi! I would say it depends a little on where you live! However, in general, I would not plant hosta’s on the south side of a building UNLESS it has some shading from the hot sun like an umbrella, awning or a fence. Hosta’s, and there are tons of different kinds, generally prefer shade to part sun; and the part sun is the kind that you get in the mornings. The Heuchera actually prefer more sun. We have them planted under trees, and the ones that get more light bloom and look better. They can take full sun, but if you live in New Mexico or Texas, they may do better with a little protection from the brutal afternoon heat! Good luck!
Mandy Morre says
beautiful garden Mr Mike:-)
Thank you for the very nice video. Just lovely
How about designing a garden rockery made out of stone with a warter fall,
I was wondering if you could try leaving words for those of us who don’t have sound? Your garden is beautiful! But I can’t ‘hear’ anything about it?!