Fuchsia for new and old fashioned beauty!

Fuchsia are beautiful, delicate plants loved by many.  They’re known for cascading out of hanging baskets and attracting hummingbirds. The botanical name for fuchsia is pronounced FEW-shah.  It’s a diverse genus of plants where some are cascading types and some are more upright.  Some do well in sun but most prefer shade.  Fucshia have beautiful flowers for sure!  They are typically double, tubular types of flowers that hummingbirds and people both love.  It’s a favorite for many. So why do …

SunPatiens -Easiest Flower for Sunny Spots

Sunpatiens are potentially the perfect plant. They’re amazing in the landscape, versatile and easy to grow.  If you plant them around your mailbox, be prepared for your neighbors to be asking you to help them with their landscaping too. SunPatiens have only been available a couple of years but they have quickly become one of the most popular plants with landscapers.  They’re one of my favorites too!  Recently, the Gazette did an article about the problem with downy mildew on …

Mezoo is a hit!

I love to try different plants in my garden and every now and then I come across a variety that is a real winner. That is how I feel about Dorotheanthus bellidiformis ‘Mezoo Trailing Red’. Wow, that is a mouthful, huh? Let’s make it easy and just call it Mezoo. I noticed this plant for the first time this past spring. I was looking for a variegated vine that would grow in part sun. Mezoo fit the bill and had pretty little …

Geraniums

Geraniums are a very popular plant and have been for many years. I can’t speak for everyone, but I believe that they are a favorite not only because of their beauty but also because of their strength. Geraniums are able to thrive in hot, dry and sunny locations better than almost any other annual. Red is the color most people request but that should not deter anyone from noticing the beautiful salmons, purples, pinks and whites that are available. Geraniums …

Ride the Wave

Wave® Petunias are perfect for your summer gardens. The abundant blooms will flower continuously all summer long in full sun. Wave® Petunias create a ground-hugging carpet of color and are perfect for flower beds, hanging baskets, containers and window boxes. Plant the Wave® Petunias 12in. apart in planting beds and watch them spread up to 4 ft! These easy-to-maintain plants are ‘self-cleaning’ meaning there is no need for you to cut back or ‘dead-head’ the spent blooms. They will simply drop old blooms …

Lantana

Sometimes an old, familiar plant is revitalized with new breeding, which is certainly the case with Lantana. New varieties, like the Bandana series, have large flower clusters in an impressive range of vivid colors – hot cherry to apricot to sunrise-type color combos, sometimes all on one plant! Lasting longer in hot weather than many other annuals, lantana is a long-time favorite for sunny spots. It is excellent in hanging baskets and outdoor patio containers, especially on a deck or by a …

Angelonia

Hot, sunny and a bit dry? Those are perfect conditions for a big show of color from Angelonia, a summer garden favorite. Some people call angelonia the “summer snapdragon” because its blooms are spiky and a bit tubular. But snapdragons are cool-weather plants while angelonia thrives in hot, sunny weather. Also like snaps, angelonia will attract the occasional hummingbird or butterfly. Angelonia is perfect in mixed containers as a thriller or a filler. For garden beds, try planting odd-numbered groups …

Supercal is Michigan Tough

I like to compare Supercal to Superman.  Both are super tough.  Yes, Superman can fly through the air but his weekness is Kryptonite.  Supercal will stand up strong to anything you can throw at it.  Supercal has become one of my favorite plants because it just keeps looking great all summer long. I love Supercal for baskets and patios and flower beds – this is a plant that tolerated everything we threw at it! Early season cold – no problem! Extreme summer …

Hanging Basket Tips

Hanging baskets add instant beauty to any home.  With so many to choose from, how do you pick the right one for your needs? Here are some tips to help you select the right hanging basket and how to care for it once you have it home. Some baskets prefer shade and some prefer sun.  Select a variety that works well in the area that you are planning to hang the basket.  Two favorites are Geraniums for sunny locations and …

Ridiculus Rancunculus

Instant impact! That’s what you get when you add ranunculus to your early spring garden. Each plant produces wave after wave of petal-packed, crepe-paper-like flowers in a bold array of colors. These flowers grow 12 to 18 inches tall and are so frost tolerant that they can survive occasional temperatures as low as 20 degrees F. Ranunculus is a perfect companion to other cool weather loving annuals and perennials. Pink and orange ranunculus flowers will pop against blue pansies. Yellow snapdragons would be amazing …