VOLUME 13, ISSUE 27 • July 6, 2017

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


I hope you enjoy reading e-gardens as much as I enjoy writing it for you. This week's edition has some really important information, including…

• My favorite ornamental grass (and why);
• Gardening this weekend - tasks of the time;
• Peace lilies in the Sperry home landscape;
• Why crape myrtles aren't blooming revisited; and
• More than you want to know about euonymus scale.

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Photo: Maidengrass is graceful and every so easy.


From the Sperry Gardens: Peace Lilies

No, you can't grow them in the ground, but they're easy in large pots. These great plants make wonderful highlights for the summer shade garden. We've featured them for 20 years. I have details.

Photo: Domino Spathiphyllum blooms for several months every summer.


Gardening This Weekend

Odds are you didn't get a lot of gardening accomplished the past several days. So perhaps there's a bit of catching up to get done. I've made a list of the critical things heading toward mid-July. See if you don't agree.

Photo: One of many colorful types of amaranthus to plant now.


My Choice: Best Ornamental Grass

I have a lot of opinions on ornamental grasses. I've shared some of them with you before here, and I'm going to revisit that topic this week. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you find it useful as well.

Photo: Mexican feather grass is beautiful, but even it isn't my favorite.


Question of the Week Number 1: July 6, 2017

"Neil, what are these little insects that are all over my euonymus shrubs? It looks like they're killing them."

Euonymus scale – very serious threats. I have details.

Photo: Leaves are becoming coated with life-sucking euonymus scale insects.


Question of the Week Number 2: July 6, 2017

"Neil, why are my neighbor's crape myrtles blooming beautifully while mine are not?"

Facebook friends have about worn out my page asking this question this week. See what I told them.

Photo: Peak crape myrtle season is at hand.


And in closing…

That's it for another week of e-gardens. We have to work in short bursts in all this heat. But we'll be back next Thursday evening.

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Thanks for reading, and

Happy gardening!