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?
The health of many pollinator populations is in decline but despite this news, we still depend on their activity for our food and the well-being of our landscapes.
Install any nectar or pollen producing plan in your garden or yard, on your patio or balcony, then register your pollinator-friendly garden at this collaborative share site.
Bee one of a million who care about the plight of our pollinators. #polliNATION.
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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
(PPAF, Var: MEIclusif) 'Dee-Lish®' is a perfect name for this hybrid tea which perfumes the air with a delicious fragrance of verbena and citrus. Very dark buds spiral open to reveal old-fashioned, cupped and quartered 4 inch blooms in an exuberant shade of non-fading, deep pink. The semi-glossy, green foliage carries an award-winning level of disease resistance. Upright bushy plants grow 6 feet tall and bloom in flushes throughout the season offering an endless supply of flowers to cut. Northern rose-lovers rejoice - 'Dee-Lish®' is Zone 5 hardy. Bred by Meilland International.
All new color to Sorbet - purple cap with golden yellow lower petals. Sorbet’s F1 vigour assures greater germination, earliness, and garden performance. Early-blooming Sorbet remains compact in both heat and cold, making it a standout performer in Spring and Fall. The free-flowering plants perform across a wide range of climatic conditions and have excellent overwintering.
Compact SunPatiens® are dense, bushy plants that are well-branched and covered with flowers. They grow 24” to 36" tall and equally wide in the garden and slightly shorter (18-24" tall) in containers and baskets. In the garden, the Compact series is early to flower and well behaved with an upright, beefy habit. Compact SunPatiens are the perfect choice for exceptional patio pots and hanging baskets as well as the garden.
Allow ‘South Pacific’ to add a touch of the tropics to your garden with showy, 4” flowers that bloom summer long in a delicious shade of scarlet.
AAS Judges raved about this first F1 hybrid canna from seed because it is such a floriferous bloomer. ‘South Pacific’ grows up 4-5’ tall, providing a great grouping of specimen plants or a back-of-the-border focal point. The colorful blooms are produced on a flower spike held above the large leafed statuesque plants.
Home gardeners will love the robust nature and many flower-laden branches it produces. ‘South Pacific’ boasts 6-7 stems per plant and delivers larger flowers than other seed cannas. The scarlet flowers appear early, bloom consistently all summer and withstand a light frost better than comparisons. As with other cannas, ‘South Pacific’ tolerates wet conditions so it can be used as a pond border or in other similar growing conditions.