Coleus has a long history of use in our gardens as a foliage plant and has gone through various phases of popularity over the past couple of centuries. The relative ease of establishment after planting combined with a wide range of selections has made coleus indispensable in the garden and popular in the container as well.
Some of our best garden flowers started in the New World, went to Europe for culture, then returned to great acclaim. Gaillardia is one of these. Its daisy flowers usually come in shades of red or orange with fringed rays that look like their tips have been dipped in yellow paint. Plants bloom heavily from summer through fall, don’t mind the heat, and prosper with less water than most other high-performance flowers.
Sweet peppers bring a rainbow of colors and a plethora of shapes to the table. It is easy to value them for looks and flavor alone, but the sweet pepper is a nutritional powerhouse as well. Peppers have high nutrient levels at any stage but are the most beneficial when eaten fully ripe.
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National Garden Bureau is proud to be part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. More than 25 organizations have formed the National Pollinator Garden Network, a coalition with a goal of getting 1 million Americans to plant a pollinator friendly garden, raised bed, container or window box.
Click here for National Wildlife Federation's tips to create a wildlife habitat. Click here for Pollinator Partnership's planting guides. Click here to shop for pollinator-attracting plants from NGB members.
Install any nectar or pollen producing plant then register your pollinator garden at this collaborative share site.
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National Garden Bureau, American Beauties and Midwest Groundcovers Install Pollinator Habitat of Native Plants at Growing Solutions Farm
American Beauties Native Plants, in partnership with grower Midwest Groundcovers, just donated 220 pollinator-friendly native plants to Chicago’s Growing Solutions Farm, a vocational therapeutic garden for young adults with autism. In 2014 National Garden Bureau hosted a fundraiser to support Growing Solutions Farm. By the end of 2014, NGB was able to donate over $44,000 in cash, products and supplies to the Farm.
On August 20th the young adults who work and get vocational training at Growing Solutions Farm installed those plants in a raised-bed pollinator-friendly bunker surrounding the edible gardens that make up the farm.
“Last year during the IGC Show, I took several guests over to Growing Solutions Farm. One of those guests, Peggy Anne Montgomery, was so inspired by this project that she and American Beauties Natives worked with Midwest Groundcovers to make this donation a reality. It’s so nice that the farm now has the plants they need to create a haven for the pollinators that work so hard in the vegetable gardens.” Diane Blazek, National Garden Bureau.
“American Beauties is all about giving back and education. We couldn’t think of a more worthy cause. This is a phenomenal program!” – Peggy Anne Montgomery, Brand Manager American Beauties.
“When Midwest was approached about supporting this project, we were all-in and wanted to give back in any way. Seeing the results of this project and the lives that are positively impacted by Growing Solutions Farm warms my heart.” - Jill Bondi, Marketing Manager Midwest Groundcovers.
For more information about Growing Solutions Farm, click here.
The earliness, high yield on healthy strong plants and superior taste all contibuted to this Piel de Sapo type melon becoming an AAS Winner. Judges related the taste of this melon to honeydew but with a surprising and delicious tanginess. A uniform fruit shape makes it perfect for home gardeners. Each personal-sized fruit has refreshing crisp flesh and a unique sweet-tart taste.
'EverLast' Dianthus gives you more days of color. It flushes early in Spring, blooms late into Summer, and flushes again in Fall. Extremely floriferous in each season. Very fragrant in vibrant shades of pink and burgundy. Zone 4 cold-hardy plants flower like an annual with the hardiness of a perennial.
‘MiniFamous™ Double Lemon’ has a stunning color (as close to a lemon as you can get today) but also has a ground-breaking flower display. This new calibrachoa series features full double flowers, early and rich free flowering at the same time. The habit and branching is great, and it fits any format from baskets to mixed containers of any kind. Compact easy to grow annual for full to part sun.
This new coleus blend combines multiple seeds of two varieties into one easy to sow pellet. 'New Under the Sun' captures the great color combination of 'Versa Crimson Gold' and 'Versa Lime', where the maroon red and gold contrast nicely with chartreuse. As the plants mature, they fill out containers in an attractive manner that will accent any patio or deck. Best yet, 'Under the Sun' tolerates full sun as well as partial shade!
Artisan™ Tomatoes are a new group of small-fruited, striped tomatoes with exceptional flavor.
Exclusive to Johnny’s Selected Seeds: 'Lucky Tiger' is characterized by its elongated, mini plum/roma shape and striped patterns. This green julienne cherry tomato features green striping and red interior marbling. 'Sunrise Bumblebee' is yellow, round, cherry tomato-shaped, and features red striping. Fruits are 25-30 gm.
Other Artisan™ Tomato varieties include round-shaped, 'Pink and Purple Bumblebee' along with julienne-shaped Blush, Pink and Green Tiger. (Organic)