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!
We Challenge You... Plant for Pollinators!
Did you know pollinators are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat each day? The health of many pollinator populations is in decline, but despite this news we still depend on their activity for our food and the wellbeing of our landscapes. Let's do something about it!
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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
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.
'Jaguar™ Tangerine Dark Center' displays up to five blooms at once! Gardeners can expect color all season long with this beauty.
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!
The Heirloom Marriage tomatoes from PanAmerican Seed cross two heirlooms to create a tomato with all the flavor of its parents and fewer fruit blemishes. They have the distinctive heirloom look with better garden performance, and earlier and higher yields. Genuwine is a cross of Costoluto Genovese and Brandywine. Perfect Flame is a cross of Peron and Flamme. Big Brandy is a cross of Big Dwarf and Brandywine. Jersey Boy is a cross of Rutgers and Sudduth's Brandywine.
Stunning peony flower form with huge powderpuff double blooms. Absolutely show-stopping, they unfurl in a blend of softest pastel to deep rosy-pink, with no two flowers looking just alike!