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A garden coach

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I mentioned in a post last week that one of the best ways to get your garden to bloom into the fall is to visit your local nursery regularly and see what is blooming


and add it to your garden.


Another way is to get the advice of someone you trust. I have asked my friend and gardening guru Durant to visit for a garden "intervention," and I am hoping she will have some advice for me.

If you don't have a Durant in your life, check out Susan Harris' on her blog for Homestead Gardens. She is writing in her role as "garden coach," and making plant suggestions for May.


And in this post, she is writing about five shrubs that will give fullness to your garden.

I am happy to say that I have spiderwort, epidemedians, lamb's ear and salvia "May Night, " and I am planning to add some ansonia.

And I was pleased to learn that I can just hack the spiderwort back when it starts to look scraggly.

That's what we all need. A garden coach.