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!
Congratulations to the three winning Therapeutic Gardens!
After a two-week voting period, we are proud to announce the three winning gardens from our video voting contest. Each garden will receive a grant from National Garden Bureau and our members.
The winners are:
1st place, $3,000 grant: Lee College's Horticulture Program at O.B. Ellis Unit
2nd place, $1,000 grant: Vogel Alcove - Early Childhood Education Program
3rd place, $1,000 grant: The Alice and Herbert Sachs Therapeutic Conservatory and Garden
We are honored to recognize these three winners and all applicants for the amazing work you do with your horticulture therapy programs.
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This stunning first-year flowering echinacea captures the spirit of the North American plains by producing a delightful mix of flower colors from rich purple, pink, red and orange tones to lighter yellows, creams and white. This wide range of flower colors on well branched, durable plants are sure to please the color preferences of any gardener. As an added bonus, ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ does not require a lot of water and still offers a wide-range of uses from the perennial border, in a mass landscape planting, in a butterfly garden or as a cut flower.
The AAS judges and their trial garden visitors raved about the attractiveness of the flowers and the range of colors while appreciating its sturdiness and low water needs. Even during wind and rain, this compact plant does not topple over like many echinacea. The variety of intense, bright colors adds sparkle to the garden from mid-summer through fall. As an added bonus, this maintenance-free echinacea doesn’t even need deadheading to provide summer long beauty.
Tasty thick-walled, flat, oblate fruit is great for stuffing or using as a serving dish. A classic Hungarian recipe stuffs the beauteous peppers with cheese. Extremely long-storing on the shelf, peppers are perfect for preserving, canning, jarring.
Suntory introduces ‘Surdiva Variegated Blue’ – the first scaevola with variegated foliage, creating new interest and dimensions in this heat-tolerant plant with blue, fan-shaped flowers. Native to Australia, scaevolas are naturally very wild looking and rangy. Surdivas have short internodes and compact habit, creating a tidy appearance and exceptional flower coverage. As one of the most heat tolerant bedding plants, Surdivas offer continuous color through summer’s harshest conditions. The series has been recognized in landscape performance trials throughout the United States.
Colorful fancy foliage all year round. Brings color into shade areas. Multiple usage: Solitary, mixed containers, living wall, table tops, borders.
Large soft apricot 2-inch blooms with an intense pink center make ‘Cobra Apricot’ a real eye catcher. The ‘Cobra’ series has an upright and compact branching habit suitable for pots and containers. The good branching habit provides a super color display in the garden. The heat and drought tolerant annual plants reach 10 inches tall with a 12-inch spread. ‘Cobra’ is available in 10 colors. Grow in full to part sun.
Green Fuse Botanicals, Inc.
Green Fuse Botanicals offers innovative vegetative plant breeding in a wide variety of plant classes. Located in Santa Monica, California, Green Fuse Botanicals purchased the Bodger Botanicals program in 2009. The company is dedicated to working with plant breeders, refining breeding objectives and bringing unique products to market on the world stage.