Ornamental alliums have so many good things going for them that it’s a wonder they’re not more widely planted. But alliums are definitely on the rise. They seem to be popping up everywhere: in gardening books and magazines, on Pinterest boards, and in public and private gardens across the country. Most allium flowers have a long, leafless stalk topped with a globe-like bloom that’s made up of a cluster of individual florets. Like exclamation points, alliums stand out from other plants, adding emphasis and excitement wherever they’re grown.
Begonias, an easy to grow tropical plant, is ideal for garden beds, flower pots and hanging baskets. With over 1,700 different species, gardeners can find the perfect flower, leaf or form for every outdoor or indoor need.
Delphinium is a perennial favorite as the tall spikes of blue flowers in the background of a stately English or cottage garden. The modern delphinium flower may be a single or double rosette in popular blue or red, pink, white, violet and yellow. Many of the flowers have white or black centers known as “bees.”
Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables to grow in home gardens - and for good reason. Carrots are delicious, nutritious, versatile, and with just a little bit of know-how, this root crop is easy to grow!
We Challenge You...Plant for Pollinators!
Did you know pollinators are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat each day?
Install any nectar or pollen producing plant in your garden or yard, on your patio or balcony, then register your pollinator-friendly garden at this collaborative share site.
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National Garden Bureau Accepting Applications for Therapeutic Garden Grants
National Garden Bureau, in an ongoing effort to raise awareness of horticulture and support the benefits of gardening (#growingforfutures), will grant $5,000 this fall to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America.
- Have a defined program using the garden to further particular goals for participants lead by a qualified leader. Examples include horticultural therapy, occupational, physical, vocational or rehabilitation therapy in a garden setting or using gardening to promote positive social relationships within a community.
- Offer a nature experience/interface for population served, including, but not limited to veterans, special-needs children or young adults, the elderly and/or those recuperating from specific injuries or addictions.
- Be used for job-training, skill-building, or food growing for at-risk youth, veterans, or the elderly.
- Involve a large number of gardeners, clients, patients, visitors or students on a monthly basis.
- Patty Cassidy, Registered Horticultural Therapist, American Horticultural Therapy Association board member and secretary
- Barbara Kreski, Director, Horticultural Therapy Services, Chicago Botanic Garden
- Julie Tracy, President, Julie+Michael Tracy Family Foundation/Growing Solutions Farm
- Heather Kibble, President, National Garden Bureau, Home Garden Vegetables Division Manager, Sakata Seed America
'Dahlinova Hypnotica® Cherish Pink' is one of the latest introductions in the Dahlinova Hypnotica® series. Cherish Pink has a large bicolored flower and excellent branching. The great garden performance of this long-flowering variety is one of its benefits. One cutting easily fills a gallon or an 8” pot.
‘Quantum’ has exceptional uniformity of size and shape. It has a thick neck and a small seed cavity. ‘Quantum’ is a great tasting butternut squash. It has an attractive smooth tan colored exterior and a bright orange interior. Squash will weigh 3 to 5 pounds when mature. Strong vigorous vine produces a high number of fruits per plant. Begin your harvest 100 to 110 days from sowing seed.
Leaves emerge in the spring, giving this cultivar a solid purple cast. The purple fades from the center to the margin. Upright to columnar in form, this makes a great tree for small spaces, with highly attractive fall color.
Patio Gerberas look sensational in large containers and they add an extravagant WOW-effect on every porch, deck, veranda or patio. The voluminous plants carry a large amount of long lasting, successive flowers. Added bonus: you can pick flowers to use as indoor cut flowers. Patio Gerberas are the ultimate alternative for a regular gift-bouquet. The unique color palette of 'Karoo®' in cream and rose fits perfectly in a trendy and fresh personal style.
Floriferous and graceful plant with an exceptionally long period of bloom. Early flowering with more controlled habit and excellent branching. Will give a home gardener a great show in containers and garden beds. ‘Sparkle White’ gaura will bring a touch of airy elegance to the garden with its long slender stems sporting a large number of dainty white flowers tinged with a pink blush. This beauty is perfect mass planted in sun-drenched landscape beds, in groupings with other perennials or in larger containers. Home gardeners will appreciate that this season-long bloomer also has excellent heat tolerance and a more uniform flowering habit than other seed gauras.