Archive for October, 2011

I recently got a first hand look at the wonderful  Proven Winners annual introductions for 2012.  The first one I will talk about is Supertunia “White Russian”.  This petunia will give you continuous color all summer long. The white flower has nice chocolate brown/purple veining.  Match ‘White Russian” with the dark foliage of Ipomoea and the veining looks black, mix with pink it takes on a pink color, and when paired with purples… you guessed it, it looks purple.  ”White Russian” is a trailing petunia and does not need to be dead headed( alot of petunias need to be deadheaded) this is a much cleaner and less sticky type of petunia. “White Russian” is a great plant to use in hanging baskets or patio planters. We do have one very huge to tip to give you when planting up your planters and want to have good results. Fertilizer!!!! You must fertilize and water your plants regularly for the very best results. Also we do recommend that the beginning of July and also early to mid August that you give your plants a ‘haircut’. I generally trim my plant back to the bottom of the pot. It may sacrifice blooms for a week or so, but the end result is a much nicer/fuller plant. Another great product that I use at my house is the WaterWise system. It is a self watering system that hooks up to my faucet. I do have a timer also so I can set it and forget it.

I will leave you here with a few photos . Enjoy Supertunia ‘White Russian’

Supertunia 'White Russian'

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Goldilocks Rocks™ Bidens

The fall season is all around us here in Zeeland, Michigan at Garden Crossings. The leaves are just starting to change color, the landscapes are looking tired, but there are still a few signs of summer all around us.  There are a couple annuals that still have outstanding color despite being hit by several early frosts. One in particular that really stood out to me this weekend (10/1) was Goldilocks Rocks™ Bidens. The deep yellow flowers still looked just as nice as they did when they were first planted. And the mass of blooms has been a constant all season long also. Even the foliage is still green and lush. I will be perfectly honest here, these have not seen much fertilizer either for the past month or more. I have been really impressed by the performance of Goldilocks Rocks™, one thing in my mind that really makes a great annual is when it last well past the season it is intended for. And here in Michigan, if you can keep your annuals looking good until Labor Day you should get a gold star for your efforts. Now I will follow that comment up with if you put the effort into your plants your will get the outcome that all home owners with plants desire. My top 3 tips for annual longevity… Fertilizer!!! every 10-14 days, water consistently, and give them a good hard ‘haircut’ when needed!

Goldilocks Rocks Biden

Goldilocks Rocks Bidens

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