Sunflowers aren't just for summer. Bring a golden look to your fall table with freshly cut sunflowers. Group bunches together in bundles of three or four to bring fullness and texture to the centerpiece.
Sunflower 'Crimson Blaze' is a stunning variety of a long-time garden favorite. Its wine-red petals have yellow tips and dark center disks. This easy-to-grow sunflower draws bees, butterflies and birds, and makes a great addition to a cutting garden.
You may not think of a chipmunk as a pest, but when it starts digging under shrubs or patios, your view may change. Chipmunks actually cause the costliest damage to established landscapes, unseating retaining walls, destabilizing walkways and even killing mature roses or shrubs (by digging directly under the trunk). Once chipmunks dig tunnels, other critters arrive to set up housekeeping in those tunnels, including voles, shrews and snakes. Chipmunks visit gardens with bird feeders and other ready sources of food or water. An outdoor cat or dog can help keep these critters at bay, as can garlic oil pegs you toss into tunnels or various repellents you sprinkle onto flower beds or near tunnel openings.
Sunflowers are a fun way to enhance a casual floral arrangement. For even more fun, invite a local floral designer to teach a workshop to your guests, and if you don’t have the budget for a florist, select an online video to watch with your friends.