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.
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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.
Beautiful festive blend of black, white, yellow and purple radishes. The round 2-21/2 inch fruits will add spicy flavor and abundant color to your salad or relish tray. Harvest in 23-30 days.
With big blooms and superior disease resistance, Zahara Sunburst assures carefree, season-long shows. Heat and drought tolerant. Its unique orange-scarlet star pattern gets more pronounced as bloom matures. New from PanAmerican Seed.
Persian Basil is a large, vigorous plant that is a prolific producer of pleasant tasting leaves for your culinary adventures. Not only is the taste excellent, but the green foliage, sturdy branches and large leaves make for a great ornamental plant. An additional bonus is that this Winner is late to produce flowers, which often make basil develop a bitter taste. Need one more reason to try Persian Basil? The bees were very active around this entry in the trials so you’ll also do your pollinator friends a favor having this basil in your garden. Organic. AAS 2015 Regional Winner (HL, M/SW, W/NW)
This slightly ribbed Italian zucchini has wonderful sweet and firm flesh. Italiano F1 holds its texture even after cooking or grilling. Bush habit produces a huge crop of striped zucchini. Do not forget to try cooking the flowers. In some squash, the male flowers are very sturdy and tasty, and this is one of them.