Orchard Park gardener shares tips on annuals in sun, shade
by Connie Oswald Stofko
There’s a lot to see in Pat Gurney’s large Orchard Park landscape, but what surprises many people when they visit during Open Gardens is her use of annuals.
Gurney uses annuals to add color to shady areas, to fill in areas when perennials are done blooming and to add height or interest in an area. She uses a lot of containers, setting them wherever they are needed.
Though she uses annuals, trees and perennials are the backbones of her wooded lot.
“I used to have a lot of daylilies, but I don’t have enough sun, so I put in hostas,” said Gurney, who is on the board of the Western New York Hosta Society. “I love hostas.” (She has slug issues, so she uses slug bait.)