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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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.
'Trilogy' Petunia gives gardens, containers and hanging baskets a blast of color. Plants cover themselves in flowers and continue flowering all season with minimal care. 'Trilogy' maintains its tidy, mounded appearance and has proven itself a stellar performer in trial gardens across the country. You'll be amazed at the number of flowers 'Trilogy' produces!
Bred under hot and humid conditions. Extremely strong and stiff stems producing large and bushy plants that will not fall over with heavy rain. Very suitable for cut flower vase and bouquet production. Also suitable for bedding and landscape use. Plants produce many firm and large flowers. Blooms have unique deep orange color. Voted "Best Marigold 2011" by Colorado State University Annual Flower Trial Garden.
Red is one color in this new series of extra vigorous plants. The upright green plants 15 to 19 inches tall have a fantastic branching habit. Each plant can easily fill out a patio pot. Due to the abundance of large flowers the appearance is unique and because of the heat tolerance this series works well in the landscape. If you are looking for a dark red geranium that thrives in full to part sun containers and gardens – this is it!
A third color in the popular Summer Jewel series, white brings a much-needed color to compact salvias. This dwarf sized, compact plant has a prolific bloom count throughout the summer. As a bonus, the blooms appear almost two weeks earlier than other white salvias used as comparisons. Judges noted how the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds loved the larger flowers, making it perfect for a pollinator garden. Because of the compactness and number of flowers, Summer Jewel White is great for large landscaped areas, as well as containers and small beds.
Commercial growers now have an excellent compact white salvia coccinea and will appreciate the earliness, uniformity and excellent pack performance.
Vigorous mounding, spreading habit produces prolific blooms that cover the plants. Rich dark velvety red flowers have a special sheen that offers a three dimensional appearance.