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
The first true hanging basket pepper! Spicy hot peppers add color and character as they turn from cream to orange and maturing to red. The small leaves don’t hide the fruit which pop from under the foliage. The basal branches of ‘Basket of Fire’ cascade as they develop while new growth continues to fill the top for a well rounded appearance. ‘Basket of Fire’ matures in 90 days.
Very early maturing in just 44 days. Exceptionally sweet, flat 1.5 to 2 inch pods. These bright green snow peas can be grown in a pot or any garden space. This dwarf 6-8" bush pea can be grown in either the spring or fall. Imagine snow peas on your patio in just 40 to 45 days. This heirloom variety has been planted for almost 100 years. Since 1920.
'Dolly' Basil: High-yielding Genovese basil for field production. Somewhat compact, yet full, plants have large, up to 4", cupped leaves with some serration. Very uniform plant habit and leaf shape. A bit lighter in color than our standard Genovese. Choose organic or nonorganic seeds.
The best little gem type! Bambi’s dark green, smooth leaves form true mini heads that set a new standard for lettuce flavor and texture. It Performs well in early, mid, and late plantings. Resistant to DM races 1, 5, and 7.
Bold-beautiful leafy tendrils for garnish and salads. Unlike, regular peas, 'Parsley' was specially bred for its leafy tendrils. Harvest tendrils a few days after they form. If they are harvested too soon they will have a very short shelf life. Don't allow them to become over mature or they will become tough.