Warm weather calls for fresh blooms from Millcreek Gardens

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Rain, rain… has gone away! And just in time to spruce up your garden for the summer! LaRene Bautner from Millcreek Gardens joined us in the ABC4 backyard today to talk summer essentials for your garden. Plus, she gave inside tips and tricks on which flowers and shrubs will last ALL summer long.

LaRene walked Reagan down the “shrubbery aisle” to show off her top picks. Ranging from golden privets, burning bushes, pieris japonicas, and weigelas, LaRene said these shrubs show off vibrant colors lasting all season long. Some of these shrubs will bloom intermittently throughout the summer, but produce gorgeous results and even some flowers! Plus, some shrubs will turn a different color in time for fall! Bonus. 

Additionally, LaRene took the time to show how to prune shrubs properly, saying that some people aren’t sure what to do with unwanted branches. So, don’t think too hard about it and learn from the best! 

Moving on to flowers, the star of the show. LaRene showed off some sweet alyssums, bacopas, petunias (and miniature petunias), and gerbera daisies, all of which can be arranged in beautiful planters. The nice thing about these foundational planters: the gardener has total artistic control. There is no incorrect way of arranging these flowers when you use a gorgeous planter. 

Last but not least, the “grass aisle.” Yes, you can select different grasses to spruce up your yard! The different types of grass provide movement for any yard. Whether you go with Karl Foerster grass, avalanche grass, or just striped or solid, adding a touch of unique grass will offer a beautiful contrast from the vibrant flowers and shrubs. 

If you’re unfamiliar with any of these shrubs, flowers, or grasses, don’t fret. Just stop by Millcreek Gardens to hear more tips from LaRene herself or one of Millcreek Gardens’ other specialists! (Psst, geraniums are still 99 cents–run, don’t walk!) 

It’s a beautiful day to get your garden in order, so head over to millcreekgardens.com for more information. 

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