Miniature gardens…. a refreshing take on container gardening, an enchanting way to introduce children to the world of plants, and for those of you who must succumb to the changing of the seasons, a miniature garden is the perfect way to continue your love of gardening through the dismal days of winter. These little landscapes are simple and fun, can make a superb hostess gift or centerpiece for special occasions, and can even be therapeutic. Continue reading A Garden to Have and to Hold – Creating Miniature and Fairy Gardens
Annual Plant Combinations to Match Your Favorite Team’s Colors
It is easy to show your team spirit all season long by planting annual flower combinations that represent the colors of your favorite college or professional football team.
RED is the most popular color in sports, and rightfully so. Red stands for determination, energy and leadership. Consider starting your container with a vibrant Geranium, such as Fantasia® Dark Red, and combine it with Verbena ‘Snowflurry’. This red and white color combination is ideal for fans of NCAA powerhouses Alabama Crimson Tide, Stanford Cardinals, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Texas A&M Aggies. Add a dark accent, such as Sweet Potato Vine ‘Blackie’, and the container now sports the colors of the Louisville Cardinals, South Carolina Gamecocks and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
The patriotic combination used by the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans is extremely popular, and the colors are available in several different types of annuals. Try Calibrachoa Cabaret® Bright Red, along with Euphorbia Breathless® White, and Lobelia Waterfall™ Blue for a tribute to both your team and your country.
If you are a Washington Redskins or San Francisco 49ers fan, or a fan of the Atlantic Coast Conference Florida State Seminoles, create a dark red and gold planting with golden Creeping Jenny ‘Aurea’ (Lysimachia) and burgundy and gold variegated Coleus Versa™ Crimson Gold. Consider adding an upright Cordyline ‘Red Star’ (spike, dracaena) to the lineup!
ORANGE stands for strength and endurance. It is the marque color of the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, and the Clemson Tigers. Bears and Broncos fans can combine Petunia Potunia® Papaya or Calibrachoa Can-Can® Apricot with Verbena Aztec® Blue Velvet and Lobelia Regatta White for an eye-catching display. Clemson diehards can simply substitute Petunia ‘Rhythm and Blues’ for the Verbena to create an exciting combination.
PURPLE symbolizes power, dignity and ambition. Few teams have what it takes to don this color, but the NFL Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings do, along with NCAA’s Louisiana State Fighting Tigers and Northwestern Wildcats. Consider planting two colors of the same plant, such as Calibrachoa Cabaret® Purple and Cabaret® White. Touchdown! Wildcats! Add a gold accent for the others, such as Lantana ‘New Gold’, or select another color of the Cabaret® series, Cabaret® Deep Yellow. Now there’s a winning combination.
GREEN is associated with endurance. The Green Bay Packers and the Oregon Ducks paired it with yellow gold, the color of success. Support your winners with Osteospermum Voltage™ Yellow, Lobelia Waterfall™ White Sparkle, and variegated trailing ivy, such as ‘Gold Child’. Michigan State fans can back their Spartans with a “whiteout” planting of Double Petunia Ruffle™ White and Euphorbia Breathless® White. Go Green!
Wherever your loyalties lie, it’s easy to cheer for your team all season long with containers full of color. With today’s selection at your garden center, the combinations are nearly endless. So, get in there and score!
Air Plants are funky, fun and trending right now! Air Plants (Tillandsia genus) live on air in the sense that they pull moisture and nutrients from the air through their leaves, rather than from soil. They do not possess true roots, but root-like structures that help them anchor to trees and rocks. Many have colored foliage or interesting blooms and often the leaves mature from green to red before flowering and then dying. Continue reading Air Plants…easy, artsy, fun…for every level of gardener
Perennials come back year after year and give an excellent return on a gardener’s investment of time, energy and money. Perennials can provide a beautifully shifting display of texture and color throughout the seasons, without the removing and replacing of plants that would be needed to bring a fresh look to annual plantings. Most can be divided, after 3-5 growing seasons, providing additional plants to expand the landscape or share with other gardeners. Compared to Annuals, time and money demands for feeding and watering are also much less and the tasks of transporting, planting, removing and disposing of them every season are unnecessary.