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!
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We Challenge You...Plant for Pollinators!
Did you know pollinators are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat each day?
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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
To Your Health! Our experts have selected six of our most nutritious and delicious vegetables- for a harvest of health. 'BOOST' includes six vegetables, each "Best-inClass" for taste and nutrition: Tomatoes 'Solar Power', 'Power Pops', 'Cherry Punch'; Pepper 'Sweat Heat'; Cucumber 'Gold Standard', and Lettuce 'Healing Hands Mix'.
Fabulous and stunning color on a Wave petunia! The first Tidal Wave to win an AAS award was Silver in 2002. Now there is Velour Red with gorgeous deep red velvety blooms that don’t fade even in the heat of summer. Large flowers literally cover the vigorously spreading plants that rarely need deadheading because new blooms continuously pop up and cover the old, spent blooms. A perfect solution for the time-crunched gardener or anyone looking for petunias that are carefree. Tidal Wave petunias are the tallest of the Wave family and bloom over and over all season long and recover quickly, even after hard rains. Tidal Wave is an excellent landscape performer, covering a large area quickly and beautifully.
This coleus variety can be grown in both sun and shade. The striking foliage, a bright shade of crimson narrowly edged in gold, will create a bold landscape accent and add color to mixed containers and garden borders. Because ‘Versa’ is late-flowering you will enjoy extended garden performance all summer. These low maintenance, well-branched plants reach 20 to 24 inches tall and spread 18 to 22 inches.
Novelty black-flowered viola addition to the Corina series. Compact spreading habit (Height 6-8" spread 10-12") matches the other 15 colors available in the series. Combines to provide a unique color accent for your garden beds or mixed containers.
Violas are very frost tolerant so ideal for early season plantings as well as bloom well into late fall. It isn't unusual for violas to flower occasionally during the warm periods in winter when snow melts. And violas are more heat tolerant than their pansy cousins, so last longer into the warmer times of the year.
Expand your salad greens selection with this beautiful domesticated purslane. Spreading plants have large, succulent, yellow-green leaves with a mild, lemony flavor. Highly nutritious and rich in vitamins A and C, along with minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. Begin harvesting tender shoots and leaves when plants are at least 3-4" tall.
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.