Virtues: Sun Parasols first showed their velvety petals in North America in 2003, bred by Suntory Flowers Ltd. in Japan. There are several selections in this series that are all valued for their long bloom seasons, low maintenance and resistance to … Read Article
Virtues: Clerodendrum incisum is a perennial that grows like a shrub. It is the flower buds that give this plant its common name, which droop delicately resembling musical notes. This plant is low maintenance, but is intolerant of cold temperatures. If … Read Article
Cutting back coleus will actually produce more of it, making the plant take on a bushier shape quite quickly. The flowers are often pinched from coleus plants so the leaves aren’t downplayed, but doing so also makes this tender perennial … Read Article
Virtues: Surefire Begonia comes in a red and rose variety. This bedding annual doesn’t require much, if any, pruning, and deer aren’t very fond of it. This plant is colorful throughout the summer and fall, blooms persistently and requires no deadheading. … Read Article
Virtues: Summer Wave Large Blue torenia is a low-maintenance flowering annual plant that thrives and blooms in the shade and tolerates the heat and humidity of summer. It does not need deadheading, it puts up with drought and it will … Read Article
I want to make a tipi in my yard for my kids to use as a kind of fort. What are some plants that will quickly cover the teepee framework I’ve made out of long poles?
Last year I started zinnias from seed indoors, but the leaves became deformed and the plants did not develop. What could have been the problem with my zinnia seedlings?
What are some “cool-season annuals” I can grow in my windowboxes as we head into the fall season?
Impatiens is a shade-loving tender perennial (often grown as an annual) that blooms in a wide range of beautiful colors such as reds, purples, pinks, whites and oranges. While they are popular selections with long-lived, eye-catching blooms, they are becoming … Read Article
Set your tender plants outside up to weeks earlier than what is recommended for your climate zone, with water-filled teepees!
Virtues: We love ‘Glamour Red’ ornamental kale for its hot pink burst of color that adds unexpected brightness to any fall garden. It works well as an edging, or as a fun addition to any cool-season container or hanging basket.