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.
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
BloomStruck®, the newest addition to the Endless Summer® Collection, lives up to the promise of Endless Blooms, and then some. This re-blooming mop head flowers on old and new wood and has perfectly rounded flowers averaging 3.5-5" across. The intense rose-pink, violet or blue flower heads are held upright on striking red-purple stems. Flowers are violet-blue to blue in acidic soil. Glossy dark green leaves with red petioles and red veins add to this plant's garden presence and make it stand out before flowers even open.
The bicolor blooms of Celosia 'Smart Look Romantica' are far from ordinary. The plumes start a warm cream kissed with hot pink but as they mature the pink deepens to a firey rose. Best of all they come with the same great garden performance as 'Smart Look Red'. Great for a traffic stopping mixed containers or an eye-catching bed, 'Smart Look Romantica' will capture your heart all season long.
Very tall (28-60"), bushy habit lends itself well to backs of gardens. Deep orange blooms on long stems make an excellent cut flower for indoor enjoyment. Easy to grow and adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions.
The Cora® series has a patented resistance to aerial Phytophthora. Independent trials confirm that ‘Cora® Cascade™’ is a survivor. This vigorous trailing plant fills large beds and landscapes. Super large blooms cover the plant with no bald spots. Heat and humidity loving plants 6 to 8 inches tall spread 32 to 36 inches and bloom from late spring to frost. Full sun annual. Series is available in 5 colors and a mix.
Grow beautiful containers and beds fast and easy with Easy Wave® spreading petunias! They feature the same great spreading habit as Wave, but with a little more height. Plant them any sunny place you want loads of bold color. Keep them well fed for continuous blooms all the way until frost.