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 Awards Three Grants Totaling $10,000 to Therapeutic Gardens
After collecting over 100,000 votes from supporting fans, the 2015 National Garden Bureau (NGB) grant program is pleased to announce the three recipients of their 2015 Growing For Futures grant program.
- A. G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, Atlanta, GA
- Abraxas High School Community Garden, Poway, CA
- Campagna/Planting Possibilities Collaboration, Highland, IN
- Chapters RCFE, Mission Viejo, CA
- Gardens Metro, Altamont, NY
- Green Connections at Grandway Adult Day Center, Winooski, VT
- Kirkland Village Community Garden, Bethlehem, PA
- L’Arche Farm and Gardens, Tacoma, WA
- Mental Health Center of Denver, Denver, CO
- Monarch School of New England, Rochester, NH
- Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, AZ
- On with Life Sensory Garden, Glenwood, IA
- Remember Georgia Children’s Foundation, Canton, GA
- Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI
- Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
- Sinnissippi Centers, Rochelle, IL
- Southern Environmental Center, Birmingham, AL
- The Children’s Center, Winston Salem, NC
- Tucson Botanical Garden, Tucson, AZ
- Veteran Homestead, Fitchburg, MA
- Wilmot Gardens at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
'Kong Jr.' has huge foliage with unique color combinations. Adds interest to shade garden beds and containers. Scaffold leaves create great plant dimension. Available in several colors. New from Ball Seed.
Plato is an attractive, medium-dark green bell pepper hybrid. The large to extra-large, blocky, firm fruit matures to red on a medium to large, robust plant.
‘Marmara’ is a Marmande type hybrid with smooth ridged green shoulders, sweet flavor, and good texture. They are firm enough for salads and pasta dishes and slice nicely for sandwiches. The oblate shaped 3 to 4 inch red tomatoes weigh 5 to 6 ounces. Disease tolerance to ToMV, V race 1, and F race 1. You will want to stake this 36-inch indeterminate plant. Matures in 75 to 80 days.
Extra large and smooth, Biltmore has already won prizes for its enormous size. With mid-season maturity, Biltmore is a reliable home garden tomato hybrid with a continous set.
This beautiful sister to Crimson Sweet has a tough med-thick hard rind, light green with small dark green stripes, Bright yellow flesh with high sugars. Great for any summer occasion.