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!
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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.
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
Cool Wave Pansies offer easy care and vibrant color for gardens in spring and fall. Plants will overwinter through USDA Zone 5 and be the first pop of color in spring. Bounces back quickly from harsh rain and wind. Watch it spread and trail over containers and hanging baskets. Easy, spreading color from the makers of Wave Petunias. New from PanAmerican Seed.
'Lanai® Twister™ Red' Verbena is a unique flower pattern in a well-known class of summer flowering annuals. It was selected to be tough in the garden and to power-through for season long enjoyment. The red & white bicolor flower pattern colorfully fills containers and also generously fills landscape spaces.
Your eyes will go "wow" when they alight on these large splashy pink and lavender blooms with frilly white edges. The hardy, easy-to-grow 16" plants flower from June right through September in well-drained soil. The bushy, full-bodied plants light up a border with dazzling color.
Matures in 55 days from sowing. This semi bush vine sets sweet crisp cucumbers as long as you keep them picked. Good garden performance due to the multiple disease resistances. Has duel use, pick small for processing as pickles and harvest larger for fresh slices or spears.
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 flamy colors of 'Volcanoes®' are great for a barbeque summer, but also excellent throughout fall up until Halloween.
Territorial Seed Company
Our purpose is to improve people's self-sufficiency and independence by enabling gardeners to produce an abundance of good tasting, fresh from the garden food, twelve months a year, while maintaining a profitable company.