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?
Install any nectar or pollen producing plant in your garden or yard, on your patio or balcony, then register your pollinator-friendly garden at this collaborative share site.
Bee one of a million who care about the plight of our pollinators. #polliNATION.
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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
Plants reach up to 26 inches tall when flowering. Keep flowering basil in your garden to attract pollinators. Transplant a new plant every two weeks during your growing season to have high quality basil all year.
The Double Scoop series of Echinacea have eye-catching double flower power for your garden. They're very hardy and branch well for years of enjoyment. Gardeners will love their clean foliage and brilliantly colored blooms in Bubble Gum (shown), Orangeberry and Raspberry.
Salvia Blue Marvel from Darwin Perennials has the largest flowers of all S. nemorosa. It re-blooms reliably in your perennial garden. Watch it attract pollinators to its upright, colorful spikes all season long.
Ideal for early spring, 'Floral Power Yellow Blotch Red Wing' produces an abundance of round-shaped thick petaled blooms on compact, yet vigorous, plants.
'Gusto Green' is a hybrid medium hot type adaptable to a range of growing techniques and tastes. The yield is particularly good with a good level of holding ability. The tasty medium hot flavored fruit matures from green to a rich red color making a very attractive plant. The compact, mounding plants remain a tidy 12 inches wide and tall and provide a stunning display in the garden or container. Intended for patio container growing, attractive to look at and spicy to eat.
This new variety has been developed in the UK and shows great promise for a moderate climate and either amateur or professional cropping. Peppers are high in fiber and full of vitamins C and A.