Archive for February, 2012

Salvia  ‘Black and Blue’

and start to see some green (hummingbirds) and orange and yellow(butterflies) and…

One of the most popular annuals for hummingbird attraction is Salvia ‘Black & Blue’. Although it is not the typical color for hummingbird attracting , which is red, this Salvia does a wonderful job! The intense blue flowers bloom off of black stems. This tall, 30-40″ sun loving annual is great for in those hard to grow dry areas in your garden. The butterflies, hummingbirds, and song birds just love hanging out on this annual. Hardy for zones 7-10 this may also be considered a tender perennial in some areas of the country.  Salvia  ‘Black & Blue’ makes for a great garden addition along with a great thriller for your combination planters. The best part of this plant for those of you with deer problems, it is deer resistant!

Here are a couple comments from other gardeners like yourself who have tried and love this variety.

Brenda, Zone 6 -This is my 3rd year growing these salvia’s. I live in zone 6, so I have to reorder each year. I don’t mind at all though, because they are beautiful blue color and bloom all summer. The hummingbirds absolutely love this blue flower.

Jaime Zone 8- Really, really nice plant! Bloomed for months – non-stop! I will always have 1 or 2 of these in the garden.


Retro Chic Birdhouses

All of our retro chic birdhouses are hand crafted and have tons of detail. The hand painted birdhouses are adorned with a  tin roof and a whimsy beaded flower or bird on top. The tin roofs are screwed in and have been insulated along with ventilation holes to provide a cool space for birds during the summer months. Cleaning is a breeze, with the easy to open clean out door on the back. Use this retro flowers bird house for indoor decoration or enjoy the beauty and practicality of it in your backyard. Birds will love the new home that you provide for them.


Combination Hanging Basket Design Tool From

Garden Crossings

Create your own beautiful hanging basket in minutes with Garden Crossings easy to use design tool. You plan out the masterpiece and we will grow it and ship it out to your door step. Our new ‘tool’ allows you to select the plants you want for your design and see what they will look like together. One you have the perfect looking basket we will plant the basket up for you and within 4 weeks it will be filled out and shipped to your door. Here is a video explaining the process. Relax and enjoy the experience!



L.A. Dreamin’™ Hydrangea  ‘Lindsey Ann’

L.A. Dreamin’ Hydrangea is a brand new  ‘can’t go wrong’ macrophylla Big Leaf Hydrangea. It offers the best of both worlds-blooms on new and old growth  AND blooms both pink and blue with no soil altering! L.A.Dreamin’ is a very reliable bloomer, you start off by getting blooms from the previous seasons growth and then as new growth emerges, you will get blooms from the new growth.  This also means that you will have a longer bloom cycle. Another REALLY cool feature of L.A. Dreamin’ is that it flower both pink & blue. This happens naturally on this plant and does not require any acid to turn the blooms blue. Standing 24″-30″ this compact bloomer does not require alot of valuable space in your garden. This mass when you think L.A Dreamin’, what a lovely sight it would be to have a whole border or garden full of the wonderful blue and pink flowers. Hydrangea also make for a wonderful cut or dried flower. Enjoy the beautiful blooms in a vase on your table or hang them to dry so you can enjoy them all season in a beautiful dried flower arrangement. No matter how you dream it, L.A. Dreamin’ is a sure bet dream come true!

As a side note, as of this writing Garden Crossings is one of 2 companies to carry this exclusive variety for 2012.






Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream’

In a recent walk through the greenhouse I found this Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream‘ blooming. I took this picture in my hand so you can see how large these blooms are. I love the double row of petals on this bloom. The butter yellow color of ‘Banana Creme‘ make this different from the traditional Shasta Daisy. Blooming from summers beginning to summers end, ‘Banana Creme’ will add a beautiful splash of color all summer.  Take a different twist with your perennials, try planting them in a container as a thriller and adding annuals in as fillers and spillers. Be sure to check out all the great Proven Winners Plants that are part of the P Allen Smith Collection.