We love ‘Bonsai Blue’ jacaranda for its deep purple flowers as well as its fernlike foliage that adds a unique textural element to the garden. The tubular, dark purple flowers that emerge in the spring are irresistible to hummingbirds. Once established, … Read Article
Impatiens are one of a handful of annuals that bloom throughout the summer in the shade garden. Bounce and Big Bounce Impatiens are floriferous annuals that, unlike earlier impatiens varieties, are resistant to downy mildew (Plasmopara obducens). This new introduction also … Read Article
Virtues: We love ‘Dreamland Red’ zinnia for its time-tested performance in flower gardens across the United States. This annual zinnia offers rich red flowers and a compact growth habit. What’s more, it typically does not fall victim to powdery mildew. … Read Article
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?