Annuals

APRIL
17
2015

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Color Your World

PACK A PUNCH OF COLOR WITH ANNUAL PACKS

It's time to plant those spring & summertime annuals we've all been waiting for! Annual packs are the easiest way to instant add color to containers and flowerbeds. And, with four plants in one pack, this is surely an economical way to add color to your landscape. There's so many options when choosing annuals. Check out our favorites for sunny and shady spots.

SUN TO PART SUN:
These plants need six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day. Remember that with all the sunshine these plants will require water often. We recommend watering these every other day. Soak thoroughly until water runs from drainage holes.

  • Dianthus - grass-like foliage and star shaped blooms in pink, red and white.
  • Verbena - the perfect plant to spill over a container in a combination with large clusters of flowers.
  • Petunias - trumpet shaped flowers and branching foliage are easy to grow.
  • Marigolds - Ruffly orange yellow blooms all through the summer. Perfect companion plant for edibles to keep the pests away.
  • Begonias - The fancy leaf of the bronze leaf begonia if perfect for bright sun with blooms in red, pink and white.
  • Salvia - Spikes with loads of small densely packed flowers. Easy to care for with aromatic foliage.
  • Celosia - Eye catching blooms in a flame shape offer bold summer color. Celosia loves the sun and the heat.
  • Portulaca - Heat and drought tolerant make this is a winner in the garden. Beautiful double blooms sit atop the needle-shaped foliage.
  • Zinnias - Daisy like flowers on a single stem love the heat of summer. Perfect for a cutting garden.

SHADE TO PART SHADE:
These plants need less than 4 hours of direct sun. They should also be planted to avoid hot, afternoon sun. We recommend watering every other day. Soak thoroughly until water runs from drainage holes.

  • Coleus - Fancy and colorful foliage in shades of pink, green, yellow, red and maroon.
  • Impatiens - Excellent bedding plant that thrives in shade. Bright colored blooms in orange, pink, white and purple.
  • Dusty Miller - Silvery white foliage that pairs with just about everything. Easy to grow and easy to love.
  • Polka Dot Plants - This little plant packs a punch when paired with other plants. The standout polka dot pattern in either white or pink makes the leaves of this plant a showcase.
APRIL
10
2015

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All About Petunias

Petunias are sun-loving annuals that bloom spring through summer. You can find petunias in just about every color with growing habits that mound in borders or trail down containers. These garden favorites are heat tolerant and easy to care for. A thorough watering once a week should be sufficient (unless there are prolonged periods of drought). However, spreading types and those in containers require more frequent watering. We recommend fertilizing your plants monthly to ensure good growth. Try McDonald Greenleaf, a slow-release fertilizer specifically formulated for Hampton Roads. You'll also need to remove faded flowers to prolong blooming and keep them performing their best.

Petunias fall into two categories: Mounding Growth Habit and Trailing/Spreading Growth Habit


TRAILING/SPREADING (cascading growth habit)
Use as a spiller in containers, window boxes or hanging baskets.

• Supertunia: great colors, vigorous grower; self-cleaning & no dead heading required
• Wave: low growing and tolerates heat well
• Shockwave: smaller flowers and more weather resistant; tolerates heat
• Easy Wave: fast-growing and blooms early spring to late summer; doesn’t require cutting back
• Plush: mid-size blooms with show of color all summer long
• Suncatcher: large flowers in a wide range of colors that bloom repeatedly

MOUNDING HABIT(grow in a clump)
Use in the landscape, in containers and in combination planters.

• Potunia: early spring bloomer in bold colors
• Sophistica: one-of-a-kind flowers that bloom early spring - late summer

We are crazy for these spring and summer favorites. Check out a few NEW varieties in stores now: (see above photos)

  • Black Cherry Supertunias - Medium to large flowers of deep red with black accents.Vigorous growing with a slightly mounded habit. Great filler for combination plantings or a stand alone in the garden.
  • Rose Blast Charm Petunias - Compact, small flowered petunia similar to million bells, great for container combos and baskets. No need to deadhead for continuous blooms.
  • Limoncello Supertunias - Medium to large sized flowers with deep yellow veins. Vigorous growing with slightly mounded habit. Great filler for combination plantings or a stand alone in the garden.
  • Morning Glory Charm - Colors like an old fashioned Morning Glory. Compact, small flowered petunia similar to million bells, great for container combos and baskets. No need to deadhead for continuous blooms.
  • PHOTOS: from Proven Winners

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APRIL
7
2015

Plant of the Week:

BAHAMA BEACH: Proven Winners Combo of the Year

Do you BELIEVE in LOVE at first sight? If so, get ready to fall in love with Proven Winners combo of the year -- Bahama Beach. This delightful treat combines three garden must-haves into one blooming masterpiece. Full of purple Bordeaux petunias, blue lobelia, and a pop of yellow million bells, this planter is the spring and summer season's must-have. This bright and colorful combination is available in almost every configuration possible, from hanging baskets to container plants. Add this plant to any sunny spot and enjoy! Each combo contains:

Superbells® Lemon Slice Million Bells - Looking like little petunias, the pinwheel pattern of alternating slices of yellow and white is really striking and quite unique. These yellow flowers pop and provide a lovely compliment to the purple and blue flowers.

Supertunia® Bordeaux™ Petunias - Supertunia petunias are vigorous with slightly mounded habits that function as both fillers and spillers in containers. They are also excellent landscape plants, best suited to be placed near the front of beds. They have medium to large sized flowers.

Laguna™ Sky Blue Lobelia - These soft blue flowers will bloom all season. This stunning annual offers cascading, well-branched flowers and is the perfect trailer in this combination. A great summer performer and low maintenance, these blues will make you happy.

Photos from Proven Winners

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APRIL
1
2015

Plant of the Week:

BACOPA BLUE BUBBLES

This NEW bacopa gets a big green thumbs up from us! ‘Blue Bubbles’ will add sparkle to your garden with its thick, double blue-purple flowers. This Proven Winners' annual does well in combination plantings, hanging baskets and as ground cover in your garden. Pick a spot that will give bacopa light shade to full sun. The trick to non-stop flowers is avoiding drought stress - just don’t overwater as you aim for that goal. Instead, plant bacopa with something that wilts easily when dry, like coleus. When the coleus wilts, it’s time to water. Blue Bubbles will grow 3-6 inches in height, and can trail up to 14 inches -- making it a great cascading spiller plant in containers. When planting in a flowerbed, we recommend spacing them approximately 14 inches apart. With the proper care, loads of lavender-blue double blooms flower all summer long!

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MARCH
16
2015

March into Spring

EARLY SPRING BLOOMERS

We're all on pins and needles awaiting the big day... this Friday - the first day of SPRING! Yes, the season we've all been waiting for is almost upon us. While temperatures are getting warmer, days can sometimes slip into cooler temperatures. Early in the season, we recommend flowers that tolerate the cooler early days of spring. So, break out the gardening gloves and get things in full spring! These flowers will work great in the early unpredictable days of spring and last all the way until the heat sets in, in May.

Bush Daisy
Add a burst of sunny yellow flowers in spring with this bright bloomer. Not only will this plant give you flowers now, but it will reward you again with flowers this fall. It is very tolerant of cold and can go down to about 28 degrees, so on these cold nights that we are having now, they will handle these nights near freezing. They will not come back reliably outside over winter but they are great as container plants, on their own or in a combo. Just set them in a protected spot in winter (garage is fine) for more flowers in spring!

Scabiosa, Pincushion Flower
This charming perennial is easy to grow and produces loads of large blossoms. Almost frilly in their look, the blooms sit atop a long graceful stem. These are long and profuse bloomers that begin flowering in early spring and go long into summer. For repeat flowering you do need to dead head. With its compact, tidy habit, it is ideal grouped together as a border and the more you plant together the more impact they make! We love these as cut flowers and left it in the garden to attract butterflies. Scabiosa prefers full sun and well drained soil. Mariposa Violet is a double violet color but Butterfly Blue (one of the most popular) is a single bloom in a chambray color.

Pansies
Pansies are one of the best ways to add color to those 6 months of cooler Hampton Roads weather that we experience from October to April. These tough, vibrant flowers come in all the colors of the rainbow ~ including red, purple, blue, bronze, pink, black, yellow, white, lavender, orange, apricot and mahogany. Pansies are easy to grow, are hardy and provide a burst of cool weather color.... a great way to kick off spring with color!

Candytuft
A small evergreen shrub with clusters of small flowers, Candytuft thrives in full sun areas with well-drained soil. Candytuft is great for a rock garden where they can tumble about and over rocks. They are also excellent as edging in a border and are well-suited to growing in pots.

Dianthus
This perennial offers a long blooming season. They will begin in early spring and continue all the way until frost, if deadheaded regularly. Blooms stand up above the grassy blue-green foliage with sturdy stems. These bold blossoms sparkle in borders, beds, window boxes and containers. Prefers full sun and well drained soil. Available in a range of colors from coral to red to pink to even white, some Dianthus also carry a scent.

Snapdragon
This vertical annual, offers great hues in a variety of colors. The abundant spikes of lovely flowers come red, yellow, orange, pink, white and crimson. They are excellent in beds, edging and in containers and they are popular as cut flowers too. Plant in full sun, well drained soil.

Primrose - Flowers come in shades of amethyst, citrine, garnet, sapphire, and pink tourmaline. These early-bloomers shine in the garden or in containers from March until May- they also look great indoors as a houseplant. This shade loving perennial is easy to grow, low-maintenance and is a vigorous grower. Plant them in masses for real impact in borders in a garden bed. Pinch off spent blooms to extend blooming time.

OCTOBER
9
2014

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Pansies for Every Taste

We have a pansy to compliment every taste. With so many colors and "flavors" to choose from, use this menu to select the perfect pansy for your decorating taste. And, don't forget, pansy flowers are even edible... although, we can't guarantee you'll want to eat these little beauties. But, you'll sure love looking at 'em!

Fizzy Frizzle Sizzle
A tantalizing bloom with ruffled edges in shades of blue, burgundy, and yellow. This unique, prolific bloomer will steal the show in any garden or container.

Fizzy Lemonberry
A frilly flower with lemony yellow blooms and ruffled berry-colored edges. A real show stopper by itself, or make a bold statement by pairing it with ornamental grass.

Blueberry Thrill
A berry perfect addition to any fall flower bed or container. This yellow or white flower etched in varying shades of blue will product tons of gorgeous blooms all season long.

Dynamite Strawberry
Scrumptious blooms that add a blast of vibrant summer like color to any deck or garden. Each bloom reveals its own unique pattern making them spectacular.

Matrix Sangria
This cool season thriver will remind you of a refreshing summertime treat. With deep, rich burgundy blooms this pansy is sure to steal the spotlight.

OCTOBER
8
2014

A New Twist on an Old Favorite.

BLUEBERRY SWIRL PANSIES

Pansies are one of the most popular fall and winter flowers. The name pansy is derived from the French word, pensée, meaning "thought", as the flower was regarded as a symbol of remembrance. Pansies are available in a huge array of colors, patterns and sizes. The best thing about these tough little beauties is that they'll keep their blooms all through winter and even give you an early spring show!

On of our favorite pansies this season is the Coolwave Blueberry Swirl. As its name suggests, this variety features beautiful swirls of blues, purples, lavenders and bright yellows. The cool wave series offers a trailing habit that makes it an excellent choice for containers, baskets and window boxes. With medium-size blooms, this cascading pansy will bounce back from rainy weather and fill your garden or patio with beautiful blooms throughout fall, winter and into spring.

Plant pansies in sun and feed regularly to promote lush, vigorous growth and continues blooming -- we recommend feeding your pansies with McDonald Greenleaf Fertilizer.

SEPTEMBER
10
2014

Fill fall containers with...

PLECTRANTHUS 'Mona Lavender'

A great plant for fall in Hampton Roads, Plectranthus offers lavender blooms from late summer well into the autumn. This annual offers ornamental foliage of deep green leaves with dark purple undersides that compliment the oranges, yellows and reds of fall. In addition to its stunning leaves, Plectranthus spikes tubular lavender flowers that last for a long period of time ~ making deadheading almost unnecessary. The slender blooms grow about 6-inches long giving you beautiful fall color.

Belonging to the mint family, this plant does not spread but forms a neat low, upright form. We especially love 'Mona Lavender' in fall container combos. You can even mix this fall favorite in bedding areas and in fall hanging baskets. Growing this annual is fairly easy and virtually trouble free, just be sure it gets full sun to light shade. When it receives more sun, Plectranthus tends to stay more compact and the leaves exhibit a more intense purple color on the undersides. And, for those of you who are always warding off deer, this one considered deer resistant.

Now don't get us wrong, we love mums. In fact, we adore them. But for those of you thinking that your only option for fall flowers is mums - here's an alternative, Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender'

SEPTEMBER
3
2014

Pleasing Purple Color!

CELOSIA INTENZ

We just love the extreme color of Celosia Intenz! This annual features showy, purple plumes which bloom throughout the summer and transition right into fall offering you amazing color. This versatile plant does well both indoors and out. It looks great on a patio table, in mixed baskets, clustered in the landscape or in a large pot as a filler plant. These also make a great cut flower for indoor arrangements. Celosia will grow to about 14 inches tall at maturity with a spread of 12 inches. It is considered to be drought-tolerant and prefers sunny spot. And did we mention that butterflies love it too! So consider these pleasing, purple plumes to add and ‘intenz’ pop of color both indoors and out.

JULY
30
2014

Low Maintenence, High Returns

PORTULACA

Try Portulaca if you need a plant that flowers where it's hot and dry. Portulaca, sometimes called moss rose, is a popular drought-tolerant annual that loves those hot, dry days of summer. These plants are low-growing spreaders with thick succulent leaves and vibrant, cup-shaped flowers. Flowers come in a wide range of jewel-tone colors, including neon pink, red, orange, and yellow.

They adapt to average garden conditions and really do not need a lot of care. Just give them full sun and well-drained soil. You can even plant them in poor, sandy, soil. Water after planting and watch them grow. They'll grow 4 to 8 inches high and spread 6 to 18 inches. You don't even have to deadhead. If plants get scraggly, you can cut them back. Don't fertilize too much; it will encourage plants to produce thick foliage but fewer flowers.

How to use them:

  • Because they thrive in dry conditions, they're a good choice for strawberry jars.
  • Great planted in crevices of rock walls or on the edges of gravel paths.
  • Notoriously good container plants that do not languish if you forget to water them one day.
  • Plant them in a rock garden for season-long color.
  • Plant masses in flowerbeds for dramatic impact.
  • Reserve your problem areas for Portulaca as they make a great groundcover for hot, sunny areas.