Magazine article Sunset

Your Checklist

Magazine article Sunset

Your Checklist

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PLANT

Pair a dreamy cerulean Salvia patens 'Patio Deep Blue' in a pot with a bright yellow Rudbeckia hirta such as 'Prairie Sun' for a sensational combo that will bloom into the fall.

Sow seeds of beans, corn, cucumbers, melons, and squash, including pumpkins for Halloween. If you've never grown pumpkins before, a mini version such as 'Mini Jack' (renees garden.com) is a forgiving and quick-maturing choice.

Plant basil seedlings every three to four weeks for a steady supply of the herb all summer. Basil likes full sun, regular water, and rich garden soil. Pinch off flowers and harvest leaves regularly for bushy growth.

Echinacea, gaillardia, marigolds, and zinnias should go into the ground now for summer color into fall.

MAINTAIN

Pull out the last of spent spring annuals as well as plants commonly used as annuals, such as baby blue eyes, pansies, poppies, and sweet peas. Divide bulbs such as daffodils after the foliage dies down.

Stake tomatoes and feed with a low-nitrogen fertilizer. …

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