• 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



Plant a Pollinator Garden and Join the Challenge!


National Garden Bureau is proud to be part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. More than 25 organizations have formed the National Pollinator Garden Network, a coalition with a goal of getting 1 million Americans to plant a pollinator friendly garden, raised bed, container or window box.

Click here for National Wildlife Federation's tips to create a wildlife habitat.       Click here for Pollinator Partnership's planting guides.                                         Click here to shop for pollinator-attracting plants from NGB members. 

Install any nectar or pollen producing plant then register your pollinator garden at this collaborative share site.

Bee one of a million who cares about the plight of our pollinators. #polliNATION




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National Garden Bureau, American Beauties and Midwest Groundcovers Install Pollinator Habitat of Native Plants at Growing Solutions Farm

American Beauties Native Plants, in partnership with grower Midwest Groundcovers, just donated 220 pollinator-friendly native plants to Chicago’s Growing Solutions Farm, a vocational therapeutic garden for young adults with autism. In 2014 National Garden Bureau hosted a fundraiser to support Growing Solutions Farm. By the end of 2014, NGB was able to donate over $44,000 in cash, products and supplies to the Farm.

On August 20th the young adults who work and get vocational training at Growing Solutions Farm installed those plants in a raised-bed pollinator-friendly bunker surrounding the edible gardens that make up the farm.

 “Last year during the IGC Show, I took several guests over to Growing Solutions Farm. One of those guests, Peggy Anne Montgomery, was so inspired by this project that she and American Beauties Natives worked with Midwest Groundcovers to make this donation a reality. It’s so nice that the farm now has the plants they need to create a haven for the pollinators that work so hard in the vegetable gardens.” Diane Blazek, National Garden Bureau.

“American Beauties is all about giving back and education. We couldn’t think of a more worthy cause. This is a phenomenal program!” – Peggy Anne Montgomery, Brand Manager American Beauties.

“When Midwest was approached about supporting this project, we were all-in and wanted to give back in any way.  Seeing the results of this project and the lives that are positively impacted by Growing Solutions Farm warms my heart.”  - Jill Bondi, Marketing Manager Midwest Groundcovers.

For more information about Growing Solutions Farm, click here.


  • Tomato 'Containers Choice' F1

    Unique rugoso leaves and strong thick stems created a wonderful container variety.  One central stake is best but not needed in some instances.  The fruit are small beefsteak shaped with wonderful sweet flavor. 

  • Lettuce 'Relic'

    This improved Red Deer Tongue variety brings gorgeous rusty maroon color, disease resistance, and uniformity to a popular heirloom type. 'Relic’s upright habit is similar to that of romaine lettuce, and plants can reach 15” tall. The narrow, gently pointed, deep reddish-maroon leaves are beautiful at 3-4" baby stage, and they display yellow and red speckles near the base at head stage.  Leaves have mild flavor and buttery texture. Resistant to Downy Mildew (1-16, 19, 21, 23).


  • Radish 'Halloween Mix'

    Beautiful festive blend of black, white, yellow and purple radishes. The round 2-21/2 inch fruits will add spicy flavor and abundant color to your salad or relish tray. Harvest in 23-30 days.

  • Osteospermum '3D™ Pink'

    '3D™'  is a whole new dimension of flower! It's an osteo that doesn't close; its double blooms stay open all day and night for high-impact garden appeal. Perfect for cool-season decorating, '3D' makes an irresistible purchase. Gardeners will enjoy these easy-care blooms that stay open all hours in their garden. Available in Pink (shown), Silver and Purple. 

  • Pepper, Chile 'Gusto Purple' F1

    'Gusto Purple' is a hybrid medium hot type pepper adaptable to a range of growing techniques. Suited to cropping indoors or out. The yield is particularly good with a good level of holding ability.  The compact, mounding plants remain 12 inches wide and tall. The tidy plants are covered in slender, flame-shaped fruit, maturing from purple to rich red color. Provides a stunning display in the garden or container.

    This new variety has been developed in the UK and shows great promise for a moderate climate and either amateur or professional cropping. Chile peppers are rich in vitamins C, A, B6, and potassium.


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