I always think it’s so funny that I am just gearing up for some huge summer planting and gardening in July, and some of the the nursery’s in our area are already trying to clear out their stock! While I get some great deals, it really bums me out!
In Chicago,we still have a full three months until mid-October of perfect planting time until the Polar Vortex kicks back in. I want to get all of the planting time in I possibly can before I have to shut the windows and take out my electric blanket.
Luckily, there are some tricks I use by taking plants I already have, and propagating them. I using them to fill in the blank and bare spots and save a bunch of money that way too.
Here are some flowers and plants you can propagate and continue to plant in just a few weeks!
Mid-summer is a great time to do it too.
The Coleus pictured below easy start roots in water and can be transplanted in under 2 weeks right back into the ground! It also comes in a wide variety, so you can clip and grow all summer.
It can also do well in sun or shade.
It’s as simple as taking a sturdy clipping of the plant with a few healthy leaves and making sure the base is kept in water in clean, recycled jars,changed every few days.
A few other plants that will root in water are:
Tomato suckers (Yes,more tomato plants!)
Rose of Sharon
And you can also layer plants too. Some plants that propagate by layering are:
Young pliable branches of:
Hydrangeas (though this works better with rooting hormone.)
And even though these plants below aren’t propagated plants,
they are easily divide-able (and you can share with your neighbors and they can share with you!) and are great to fill in bare spots with.
Native Ornamental grasses
Lily of the valley
Are you still really into gardening this time of the year? Or have you already given it up by now?
We still have a tree we would like to put in and I have a few areas I would still like to fill in that seem bare. My Zinnia’s haven’t even flowered yet! Now if the temperatures would just stay above 70 it would be perfect!
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