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
Burpee Exclusive. 65-80 days. A sweet pepper dream come true! One great big beautiful sweet Marconi pepper, the largest we offer, and a marvel for flavor and texture. Prolific plants produce plentiful yields of tapered 13" beauties that transition from green to red. 'Thunderbolt Hybrid' shows stalwart resistance to tomato spotted wilt virus and tobacco mosaic virus.
This low to medium vigor verbena is perfect for pots, baskets and mixed containers of any kind. It has huge flowers that are a clear but brilliant white color. It is nicely scented and flowers very early. All this on a well-branched, compact and mounding plant with easy to control vigor make it one of the best verbenas out there. Enjoy this attractive annual in full to part sun locations.
'Python' spinach is great for fall harvest. It has smooth, dark green leaves that are arrowhead shaped. The uniform plants have an upright habit and are fast growing. It is resistant to downy mildew races 1-7, 9, and 11.
The AAS Judges said this entry was a standout, especially in the southern gardens where heat was a major presence during the 2011 trials. All season long this beauty kept its upright habit with nicely draping leaves and dark purple/black fruit which appeared in small clusters along the stems. As summer progresses, the fruits mature to red giving a beautiful contrast against the dark purple foliage and bright purple flowers. Retailers and growers can sell this multi-use ornamental as a 20” border plant, a great color splash for containers or as a cut flower in mixed bouquets. Bred by Seeds By Design.
AAS Winner Gaillardia ‘Arizona Apricot’ offers a new color for this class. Blooms are lighter in color than traditional gaillardia with yellow edges that deepen to a rich apricot center. ‘Arizona Apricot’ is free-flowering, blooming heavily the first year, covering the plant with bright blooms that look great in mass. This long-flowering perennial is hardy in USDA Zones 2-10, and is relatively maintenance free, and drought-tolerant once established. Gardeners will want to remove old flowers to encourage additional blooming.