• 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




National Garden Bureau's Fundraising Effort Pays Off for Young Adults with Autism

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. 
National Garden Bureau thanks the following organizations for their cash contributions: ABZ Seeds, All-America Selections, Ball Horticultural Company, Bruss Landscaping, Caitlin, Inc., Greenheart Farms, Hem Genetics, Home Garden Seed Assn., Pen & Petal, Planter’s Palette, ProPlugger, Proven Winners, Sakata Ornamentals, Seeds by Design, Seminis and Terra Organics.
National Garden Bureau also thanks the following companies for their generous product and service donations: Bailey Nurseries, Dixondale Farms, Garden Patch GrowBox, Gardener’s Supply, GreenMark PR, Illinois Concrete Pipe Association, Irish Eyes Garden Seed, Lake Valley Seed, Park Seed and Oldcastle Lawn & Garden. 

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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!

  • Sunflower 'Coconut Ice'  F1

    There is something new under the sun, and it’s this extraordinary new white sunflower. Standing 5’-6’ tall the single-headed flowers with coconut brown centers are 4”-8” across. The petals start out a rich creamy vanilla and gradually transition to white.

  • Pansy 'Colossus™ Fire'

    Huge, upward-facing blooms cover the neat and tidy plants. Bicolor flowers add a little pizzazz to home gardens. Great for patio containers and entryway displays.

  • Tomato 'Jasper' F1 AAS 2013 Winner

    Excellent taste, a long harvest window and outstanding performance in the trials contributes to this cherry tomato’s success. Judges liked the texture and sweetness of the tomato as well as the uniformity of the fruits that grow on vigorous, healthy plants. 'Jasper' is a high yielding indeterminate variety with fruits that stay on the vine then hold well after ripening both on the vine and post-harvest. Vigorous vines require little or no fertilization. An added bonus is fusarium resistance and the ability to overcome weather-related stresses.

  • Celosia 'Twisted'

    Unique bold color that is sure to catch your eye! Good all-season garden performance with low maintenance. Heat tolerant with continuous growth if fertilized. New from Ball Seed.

  • Tomato  'Solid Gold'

    This is a mid to early, indeterminate hybrid golden grape tomato. 'Solid Gold' offers a unique colored grape tomato with an excellent flavor. The vigorous plants have an outstanding fruit set of high quality yields.


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