Archive for May, 2011

Memorial Day is a day to reflect the freedom that we have been blessed with. Thank you to all the veterans past, present and future for your sacrifice that you have given. Thank you to all the families who have let their Men & Women go out to protect all that we have today.

May God Bless You and God Bless America!


Cone-fections™ ‘Hot Papaya’ Echinacea

Cone-fections™ 'Hot Papaya' Echinacea

If a BIG double Echinacea is what you are looking for Cone-fections™ ‘Hot Papaya‘ Echinacea is one to consider. The large two toned pom pom head sits atop the long ray petals. As the flower ages it continues to get bigger up to 3 “. Plant in mass for a tasteful addition to your garden, but beware you may have tons of butterflies that come to visit. Echinacea do well in full sun and can tolerate drought conditions. Make a beautiful native flower bouquet out of Echinaceas.


Autumn Charm™ Sedum

Sedum Autumn Charm

Sedum ‘ Autumn Charm‘ is a sport of  Sedum ‘Autumn Joy‘. There are other variegated varieties out there but the consistent variegation in Sedum ‘Autumn Charm‘ is like no other. Sedum are a great addition to a full sun garden and also tolerate drought conditions. In the late summer Sedum are a natural attraction for the butterflies. Deer on the other hand will generally stay away from Sedum, deer resistant they are. Sedum are a great addition for late summer color.


Simply Scentsational® Heliotropium

Heliotropium Simply Scentsational

Heliotropum ‘Simply Scentsational‘ an amazingly fragrant new annual from Proven Winners. The Scentsational scent is a light and refreshing smell of grapes. When I first came across this plant setting on the bench in the garden center I noticed a nice fragrance, the scent lead my nose to the bloom and I was amazed. When showing a customer this plant the first thing I do is stick it up to their nose, the smell draws them in and they take the bait. The plant is now sold, hook, line and sinker :-) I recently stated on face book if only a picture could be scratch and sniff. ‘Simply Scentsational‘  is a sun loving annual that also is drought tolerant. The hummingbirds and butterflies are naturally attracted to this native variety.


Clematis ‘Vyvyan Pennell’

Clematis 'Vyvyan Pennell'

On today’s walk through the greenhouse I saw this huge beauty. Clematis ‘Vyvyan Pennell‘ has extra large 8″ double violet blue flowers. ‘Vyvyan Pennell‘ is a reblooming clematis that blooms in the spring and then again with large single flowers in the fall.

Prune Group 2 – Prune lightly above the new leaf buds in early spring and remove any dead or weak stems. Early flowers appear on the previous season’s growth while late summer flowers appear on new growth.

Learn more about growing tips and caring for your Clematis ‘Vyvyan Pennell’ and other Clematis. More Info