• 2015: Year of the Coleus
    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.
  • 2015: Year of the Gaillardia
    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.
  • 2015: Year of the Sweet Pepper
    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.
2015: Year of the Coleus - Abbey Road


2015: Year of the Gaillardia - Gaillardia aristata


2015: Year of the Sweet Pepper - Admiral Yellow




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Donations of cash, services and products from individuals and major corporations have resulted in gifts totaling $43,398 for the Growing Solutions Farm located in Chicago, IL. 

In July 2014, National Garden Bureau, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the horticulture industry, announced the launch of Growing for Futures #growingforfutures, an annual philanthropic effort to benefit therapeutic gardens across the country. 
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Fun Combination Planter Ideas

Combining different varieties or species in one container or garden bed is certainly not new but almost everyone could use a few new ideas to spark their creativity. So National Garden Bureau has perused our members' new variety submissions, including recent AAS Winners to come up with some possible combinations you might want to try. For simplicity sake, we are only suggesting planting pairs but feel free to add a third of fourth variety, depending on the size of your planter or planting area and of course, your own personal taste.

Many great container designers suggest a thriller element for the container, meaning something tall, bold and/or dramatic. If you like the look of a softened planter edge, then by all means, add some sort of vining element if the combinations below do not offer a vining/cascading plant. Additionally, adding foliage plants to a combination planter can add texture and additional color variations.

Just experiment and have fun with your own combinations--after all, you're the one who gets to enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Let's Go Garden!


Let's start with a combo that's perfect for cooler temperatures, plus, it's using the trend of combining an edible with an ornamental so as you harvest the leaves from Dragon's Tongue arugula, the beauty of Gem Lilac Antique viola remains. Design idea: match the container color to the color of the flowers for double impact!


Ever since NuMex Easter ornamental pepper and African Sunset petunia were named as AAS winners, we've wanted to grow them together. They provide a hot and spicy combination that would bring a burst of fiery color to the summer garden.


Isn't this a match made in heaven? Soft, sandy colors in shades or orange and salmon blend together beautifully, especially when the Arizona Sandstone agastache stands upright several inches above the cascading form of SuperCal Salmon Glow petunia. Bonus: hummingbirds and bees will love this combo!

  • Pepper Hot Sunset F1 AAS 2015 Regional Winner

    AAS 2015 Regional Winner ( Southeast, Heartland, Great Lakes)

    For banana or wax pepper lovers who desire a prolific and earlier harvest of delicious and spicy (650 Scoville units) fruits, Hot Sunset is for you. Large, healthy, vigorous plants are disease-free and produce tasty and attractive fruits all season long. The AAS Trial judges noted what a great taste this thick-walled pepper has, not like other hot peppers where all you get is heat. We think this tasty morsel should be featured on a TV cooking show where chefs compete to bring out the best in this goodie, whether it’s prepared fresh, grilled, roasted or pickled, it’s sure to win over even the most particular foodie!

  • Cosmos 'Rubenza'

    'Rubenza' represents a unique color for Cosmos, with flowers that open as a dark ruby red, then mature to deep rose. We loved 'Rubenza’s color and visual effect in our summer trial gardens, where this striking variety also drew helpful pollinators like bees and butterflies.' Rubenza' is gorgeous in flower beds and borders, and it also works well as a summertime cut flower. Performs well through heat, rain, and wind. Height: 24-32"; 14-20" spread.

  • Cabbage Green Express

    Early 60 day light green cabbage which weighs 3 to 3.5 pounds.  Tight white interior, with very sweet flavor. Best planted in spring season or over wintered in warm climates. Easy to grow and pick, a winner in every garden.

  • Sunflower 'Frilly' F1

    It’s hard to believe your eyes when you first encounter this uproariously striking sunflower. Standing 5’6” or so, the plants are loaded with a crowd of 6” flower heads, with their unique ragged narrow-stranded rays with curved inverted secondary petals. Flowering long and prolifically, ‘Frilly’s blooms create stunning flower arrangements.

  • Pepper Sweet Sunset F1 AAS 2015 Regional Winner

    AAS 2015 Regional Winner (Southeast, Heartland, West/Northwest)

    Sweet Sunset is a compact banana pepper that is vigorous and sets a large amount of concentrated fruit. This high yielding X3R variety produces attractive colorful tasty peppers that are great fresh or canned. The compact upright plants do not require staking and can be grown in a container. This high-yielding plant produces early, often and late into the season. Judges commented on the good eating quality and Sweet Sunset won the taste test in one trial site open house!  


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