Archive for April, 2010

With careful planning and a good understanding of proportion and vigor your container combination’s will be eye catching and demand further examination. Your plants should have similar growth habits so that dominate plants won’t overtake those with much slower growth habits.

It is good to consider the maximum height of your plant in proportion to your container size. Low growing plants in a large tall container may not give the proper proportion you desire. Think thrillers, fillers, and spillers in proportion to your containers. A thriller is the tall center showpiece with medium height fillers around it. Spiller plants will trail down the edges of your container.

Texture is another dimension in container gardening. Texture adds movement and interest to containers. Grasses and lacy foliage are just a few possibilities. Texture will encourage the viewer to want to touch and admire your combination containers.

Plant placement may be determined on how your container will be displayed. Will it be seen from all sides or will it be set against a wall or fence? Your garden center professional is available to help and answer all your questions.


A Garden is the best Alternative Therapy!

-Germaine Greer

Bijou™ Clematis

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My first thoughts on  Bijou™ Clematis were that I really did not know if this would be a popular item. After all people buy Clematis to climb trellises, walls, fences, and any other things. I really thought that the whole point of a Clematis was for it to be a climber. Well I was wrong! People are loving Bijou™ Clematis! The short nature of this plant is opening up many other options as to what to do with Clematis. I really for see this being a great ground cover. When Bijou™ started to bloom in the greenhouse(picture above) the mass of cover that was just a few inches above the pot was amazing! I can only imagine what this will look like as a front border to my garden. Simply amazing.

(Clematis) Bijou™ Clematis, a new dwarf Clematis, is very free flowering and packs a big punch for such a short plant. The violet/mauve pointed petals bloom from May-July and keep their shape well. Bijou™ makes for a great container plant, or put it in the ground for a nice mounding ground cover.


Illusion™ Emerald Lace Ipomoea

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Illusion™ Emerald Lace Ipomoea is not your everyday Sweet Potato vine. This new variety from Proven Winners provides that same great trailing punch with a more delicate feel. Illusion™ Emerald Lace Ipomoea has bright chartreuse fine lace like foliage. Illusion™ Emerald Lace works great in large containers and landscapes. This plant is quite vigorous and nicely trails over in combination planters.


The Love of Gardening is a Seed once Sown that Never Dies.

-Gertrude Jekyll