Archive for Annuals, Perennials and Flowering Bulbs

Top Full Sun Perennial Plants For Container Gardens (Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers)

Container gardens are a great way to enjoy amazing color all year long, especially for those who don’t have a lot of gardening space.  A basic recipe for building a container garden is to use a Thriller, Filler(s), and Spiller(s) for a well-rounded look. Thrillers are plants that add height and dramatic effect to the container. […]

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Brighten Up The Cold Days Ahead With Pansies, Flowering Kale, and Snapdragons

Chrysanthemums aren’t the only richly colored flowers perking up the cooler days ahead.  Pansies, ornamental (aka flowering) cabbage and kale, and snapdragons are perfectly suited for our fall and winter climates.  They’re all easy to grow, and you can plant them as annuals in containers, or plant them in beds.  The ornamental cabbage and kale […]

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Mum’s The Word For Fall Flowers

You’ll soon be waking up to brisk fall mornings, and contemplating how you’re going to decorate for fall.  And that usually means a trip to the nursery for some gorgeously plump and colorful potted chrysanthemums (aka mums).  Chrysanthemums are some of the most rewarding fall bloomers in the garden as well. Chrysanthemums, which are native […]

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Amaryllis – A Colorful Bit Of The Tropics Just In Time For The Holidays

There’s no denying that a pot or several of blooming amaryllis (actually hippeastrum – don’t ask, it’s very complicated) is a beautiful sight on a dreary winter day.  But the failure of bulbs to bloom the first or subsequent winters is equally disappointing.  We wonder what went wrong, despite our having followed the given instructions […]

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Increasing The Wattage Of Southern Bulbs

Have you ever noticed how some patches of tulips, some of which look like a cat planted the bulbs, thrive year after year, while others are just one hit wonders?  And how many times have you paid more than common sense would dictate for a lily corm, only to have it sputter out before its […]

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Falling Into Place

It seems like fall is just as busy as spring in the garden, at least.  Now is a great time to plan and prepare for this flurry of activities. Spring flowering bulbs, i.e. daffodils and tulips, can be planted any time from September through November.  It’s best to plant bulbs as soon as you receive […]

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Euphorbia Euphoria!

What exactly IS a Euphorbia?  Chances are, even if you don’t think you know any Euphorbias, you do know at least one – the poinsettia.  Euphorbias belong to one of the largest plant families on the planet, and are found in tropical, subtropical, and temperate zones.  Euphorbias exist in the forms of shrubs, trees, herbaceous […]

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Container Garden Maintenance

So you’ve already been to your favorite plant nursery (hopefully you-know-where), and taken home lots of gorgeous plants which you’ve planted in all the containers on your front and back porches, the patio, the tree stump still sitting in the middle of the backyard, and the cast iron claw foot tub out by the birdbath.  […]

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