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MAY
30
2012

Garnish with Lemon

LUCKY LEMON GLOW LANTANA

Searching for a colorful, drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plant? Then Lucky Lemon Glow Lantana is the plant to have. This annual delivers vivid color with an abundance of trumpet shaped flowers. With dark green foliage, the Lucky Lemon Glow is a bi-color Lantana with yellow in the center fading to white on its outer edges. The flowers open from knobby yellow buds, and no two are just alike.

Lantana loves to soak up the heat and requires very little maintenance. It looks great whether in the garden or potted on the patio. Compact and super-floriferous, it's the perfect choice for sunny annual beds, hanging baskets, planters, and so much more! At just 12 to 16 inches high and nearly as wide, this Lantana variety is well-branched and bushy and will bloom from early summer all the way into fall.

And to really top this beauty off, Lucky Lemon Glow is an absolute magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds, and deer seem to leave it alone. It will bounce back quickly after the rain and it will soak up the heat and humidity all summer long. This lush lemon-yellow Lantana is a sweet addition to your garden this summer!

MAY
28
2012

Container Gardening - Easy as ONE. TWO. THREE.

Looking for easy ways to add pizazz to your deck or patio? There's nothing better than a container garden to jazz things up. Just follow this classic formula for guaranteed success! First, choose a container as it will set the tone for the space. Container options are limitless, including pots, boxes, baskets, urns, hanging baskets, and window boxes... just get creative.

Once you've selected your container, start selecting the real stars of the show, the plants.

  1. THRILLER. Choose a super showy thriller plant to go center stage. It should be taller than the rest and stand out due to it's color and strong stature.

    Shade Thrillers: Ivy Topiaries • Rita's Gold Fern • Majesty Palm • Red Sister
    Sun Thrillers: Juniper Topiaries • Hibiscus Standards • Geraniums • Ornamental Grasses

  2. FILLER. Select flowers that fill in the area directly around your thriller. These will really add sparkle and depth to your planter.

    Shade Fillers: Impatiens • Green Leaf Begonias • Ferns
    Sun Fillers: Diamond Frost Euphorbia • Marigolds • Petunias • Lantana • Vinca • Bronze Leaf Begonias

  3. SPILLER. Finally, add blooms or foliage that gently cascades over the edge of your container. Spillers add dimension and a little added drama... extending the container into it's surrounding space.

    Shade Spillers: Trailing Coleus • Ivy • Lotus Plant • Asparagus Fern
    Sun Spillers: Bacopa • Sweet Potato Vine • Verbena • Trailing Petunias • Million Bells

MAY
23
2012

Good Golly Miss Molly

MISS MOLLY SUMMER LILAC

Our Plant of the Week is the gorgeous Miss Molly Summer Lilac. Also known as Buddleia or Butterfly Bush, this plant pushes the color spectrum with blooms boasting rich hues of dark sangria-red. Flowers will appear from June until frost. To encourage re-blooming, deadhead the spent blooms. This beauty is nice and neat with compact branching. And, is a fast grower reaching 4-5 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. It prefers well-drained soil and can even tolerant drought once established. Prune in late fall or early spring for best results. It is sterile and will not produce unwanted seedlings like some of the other Buddleias. Other non-seeding cultivars include ‘Blue Chip’, ‘Purple Haze’, ‘Miss Ruby’ and ‘Asian Moon’. Butterfly Bush is top butterfly attractor and appeals to many different types. Bring butterflies to your garden with this summer stellar!

MAY
22
2012

Blast the Bugs

Due to the warm winter we’ve had in Hampton Roads, the bugs are expected to be a nuisance this summer. Try treating your lawn to not only make your outdoors more enjoyable for your family but to keep your pets safe too.

Bug Blaster is the perfect solution to fight ants, fire ants, fleas, ticks, crickets, chinch bugs and many others. Available as either a granule or a ready to use hose-end, this product will provide a broad spectrum of control. We suggest using the product on lawns, landscapes, and perimeters around homes and buildings.

Available as both a granule and a hose end, this product will help control pests. To use the granules, simply pull out your spreader and apply all around the perimeter. Check the bag for application rates and watering rates for specific insects. Be sure to wash your hands after each use. To use the hose end, simply hook it up to your outdoor hose and start spraying the area that you would like to treat. Be sure to walk backwards away from the sprayed area when applying. Let the area dry 24 hours before pets and children enter the treated space.

Looking for an organic solution, there are several options to help beat the bugs. We recommend:

Natural Guard Lawn Shield ­- is the invisible cedar fence that repels nuisance insects including; mosquitoes, ants, and fleas. Use it, in flowerbeds, vegetable gardens and lawns. Made with cedar oil it has a pleasant scent. Safe to use around children and pets when used as directed.

Bonide Mosquito Beater - is comprised of geranium oil, cedar oil, and lemongrass oil all together for a pleasant scent. This all natural, residual formula repels mosquitoes, gnats, flies and other nuisance insects for up to 2 weeks. Great for lawns, patios, gardens, barns or any outdoor area.

Citronella Geranium - Surrounding your patio or deck with containers of these lemony-scented geraniums will keep those noxious insects away that don’t care for that pleasing aroma.

MAY
16
2012

Culinary Delight

BOXWOOD BASIL

Fulfill your culinary delights with classical design. Boxwood Basil resembles a miniature boxwood plant with its tight structure and upright shape. And, best of all it is edible. The 12- to 16-inch-tall plant has small, aromatic leaves and, like all basil, grows best in full sun on fertile, well drained soil. It also tolerates heat well and can be shaped into a topiary form.

This unique plant is excellent in containers with its formal appearance and structure. Or, let it form tight mounds to use as a highly ornamental edging plant for a deck or patio. Bred in France, this basil with small leaves was originally used for pesto. Try using the leaves in salads, pesto and pasta dishes. Or, get creative and spice up veal, lamb, fish and poultry, as well as adding zest to rice, cheese and most vegetables. To harvest, we suggest using the whole stem, as opposed to just removing a few leaves here and there. This way you can preserve the classical shape of the boxwood basil.

MAY
7
2012

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Make a Splash!

Add a stylish, focal point to your garden design and give a spot to your fine feathered friends.

A bird bath is an artificial "puddle" or small shallow pond, filled with water. It offers a spot for birds to bathe and 'cool off' as well as, offering a spot for birds to drink from. It is an attraction for many different species of birds, especially during the heat of the summer and during drought periods. A birdbath can also be a garden ornament to add interest in the landscape.

Birdbaths often times are a central feature of an overall plan for a garden setting. They are placed where they may be viewed through the windows of a home or from a deck or patio. They also may be placed on a small patio, deck, or terrace.

This season, we are featuring our Michael Carr Birdbath collection. These beautifully glazed ceramic bird baths infuse color and modern design into your landscape... and they make excellent gifts. Consider adding a bird bath to your outdoor space and you will be rewarded with visits from the fine feathered friends for years to come. We promise you'll love it as much as they do!

MAY
3
2012

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Pack a Punch with the Knock Out

Pack a Punch in your garden with easy to grow Knock Out Roses. This stunning shrub rose has great disease resistance with little to no maintenance required. The blooms range from cherry red to bubblegum pink to sunny yellow and will bloom repeatedly until the first hard frost. What’s not to love!

No need to deadhead this beauty, it is self-cleaning. Plant in full sun for vibrant color all summer long. It will grow to be about 3-4 feet wide and 3-4 feet tall. Try planting Knock Outs in containers or in the landscape. This garden treasure is mother approved and is a great choice for Mom!

With superior drought tolerance once established, it has the toughness and resistance for which the family is known.

  • Red Knockout - rich cherry red/hot pink blooms
  • Pink Knockout - single petals in a beautiful shade of bright bubble gum pink
  • Sunny Knockout - a fragrant member in The Knock Out® Family of Roses, this rose has a slightly more compact and upright habit with bright yellow flowers that fade quickly to a pastel cream color
  • Double Pink - full double flowers in bright bubble gum pink
  • Double Red - full double flowers that look just like a classic rose
MAY
1
2012

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Climbing in Popularity... Blooming Vines

Things are 'looking up" in the garden this summer and classic vines are 'climbing' in popularity in the gardening world. Vines can add a finishing touch to any landscape, by providing color and vertical interest. Vines are ideal for hiding eyesores, providing privacy, softening the monotony of plain fencing and transforming a plain arbor or pergola into a focal point of your garden. They are also the perfect choice in tight spaces since they grow vertically. Most require low maintenance and often draw the attention of colorful butterflies and delightful little hummingbirds.

Consider these show-stoppers for an amazing show:

Clematis
An easy-to-grow, flowering climbing vine that is a favorite of both seasoned and beginner gardeners due to its versatile beauty. This summer-bloomer is available in a colorful variety. Try 'Malaya Garnet' (rose), 'Jackmanii' (purple), 'Henri' (white), 'Ernest Markham' (fuschia), 'Multi Blue' (purple-blue). These beloved vines look beautiful cascading over walls and fences or winding their way up trellises, pillars and mailboxes. Clematis is sure to dazzle year after year. Grows best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

Madison Jasmine
This easy-to-grow, evergreen climber produces beautiful clusters of starry flowers you can smell from feet away. The butter cream blooms are what makes this evergreen vine stand out in a crowd. 'Madison' is a cold hardy variety with glossy, dark green leaves that change to a rich bronze-red in winter. Madison offers year-round beauty... especially in summer when it's flowering! It's the perfect addition to any trellis or arbor, or planted along a fence. Prefers full to partial sun and rich soil well-drainage soil.

Mandevilla
Mandelvilla is a true summer favorite! This blooming annual vine offers stunning trumpet-shape flowers in shades of pink, white, or red paired with dark green foliage. These vines are a perfect way of creating a lush, tropical look in a flash. Mandevilla is fast growing and blooms heaviest in summer and periodically throughout the rest of the year. Mandevilla does great in containers and is the ideal on trellises, arbors or gazebos. This plant can also be used as a houseplant if provided with bright light and care. Prefers full to partial sun and rich, well-drained soil.

Carolina Jasmine
This evergreen shrub offers fragrant one-inch golden yellow trumpet-shaped flowers in early spring. Although this vine has already had it's peak blooming season this spring, you may get lucky and enjoy a sparser second bloom in mild autumn weather. Each plant can grow 10 to 20 feet tall, dependent on the height of its vertical support. The lustrous green leaves are 1 to 3 inches long and will develop a slight yellow-green or purple-green cast in winter.

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