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.
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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
Heavy-yielding, dark purple Indian type. Round to egg-shaped fruits avg. 21/2-3" long by 13/4-21/4" in diameter, and are sometimes produced in clusters of up to 3. These sturdy plants have a compact growth habit with few spines. Adaptable for both field and container.
This recent All America Selections winners has proven garden performance. Highly basal-branching plants result in a beautiful well proportioned plant habit that is completely covered first with buds, then with consistently double and symmetrical scarlet-orange flowers. The overall effect is amazing. Zahara Double Fire will make a marvelous addition to annual gardens and containers. Even better, it exhibits highly dependable tolerances to leaf spot and mildew diseases, thus assuring prolonged garden longevity.
These rooted potato sprouts are a product that makes potato transplants possible for the home gardener to use in the garden or in containers. Crop time is fast and culture is easy.
'Celebration' is Chriseed’s interpretation of a multi-colored chard. This variety exhibits highly uniform plants with dark green glossy leaves. It has vibrant multi-colored petioles and venations with a high percentage of pink, orange, and yellow chards. This variety is great for producing full size chards, baby leaf, or ornamental bedding plants.
AAS 2015 Regional Winner ( Northeast, Great Lakes, Mountain/Southwest)
In the history of AAS, Bopak F1 is the first Pak Choi to become an AAS Winner! Bopak matures early and the tender leaves with crisp sweet stalks taste great. It’s a tasty addition to Oriental recipes and the tender leaves can be eaten raw in salads or sandwiches. Swap stalks for celery sticks, add to soups and stews, or grill on the barbecue. Plant every couple of weeks for a longer harvest. Stop planting when the weather turns hot, then start new plants in late summer for fall harvest. May be harvested as a baby Pak Choi as well as grown to full size. This classy plant will make an attractive “thriller” for patio pots and containers.
Compact plant habit for close spacing and early maturing. Variety matures about 5 days earlier than other varieties. As well as cooking in Oriental recipes, the tender leaves can be eaten raw in salads or sandwiches. Swap stalks for celery sticks, add to soups and stews, grill on the barbecue. Very nice flavor even into the warmer weather. Attractive upright, uniform, and dense plant. Early maturing when harvested as baby Pak Choi. Great for home gardener with limited space.
Territorial Seed Company
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