Archive for the ‘Annuals’ Category

Superbells® Cherry Star Calibrachoa

It was love at first sight when I first layed my eyes upon this new Annual from Proven Winners, Superbells® Cherry Star Calibrachoa. The intense pink color combined with the bright yellow star creates a shocking color combination. Planted alone or in combination, Superbells® Cherry Star is sure to turn a few heads. The mounding trailing habit of Cherry Star makes a statement in hanging baskets, planters and the landscape. Superbells® prefer to be planted in full sun and have well drained soil. To maintain a stunning planting all summer long we recommend using Water soluble fertilizer at least every other week. When your Calibrachoas start to look a little tired, we recommend giving them a slight trim to promote additional branching which will also encourage additional flowers. Try Planting Cherry Star with Ipomoeas, petunias, or other calibrachoa for great combinations.

 

To perfectly honest flowers in the orange/peach family are not my first go to plant. I tend to go purple and pinks in many of my combinations. BUT… I really think that I can see myself using the new Verbena ‘Royale Peachy Keen‘  in a combination planter. I am envisioning this planted with a purple Sweet Potato vine and with the new Supertunia ‘White Russian‘. I did a little ‘playing’ with the flower samples that I have and made a mixture of these varieties and was pleased with the look. I like how the flower color of  ’Royale Peachy Keen’ changes as the flowers age, it shows shades of intense orange to a faded peach color. The flowers open real wide for a big full blooming flower. There were a ton of blooms off of one plant for a lot of color. The habit was more of an upright type although as the plant grows and ages it will have a little bit of trailing habit. Verbena are great in hanging baskets and planters, but also make for a great landscape plant. They are fairly drought resistant, and can tolerate many planting conditions.

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'

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

Pennisetum messiacum ‘Red Bunny Tails’

Pennisetum 'Red Bunny Tails'

Pennisetum messiacum ‘Red Bunny Tails‘ adds constant movement to your gardens and containers with it’s fluffy burgundy red plumes that blow gently in the breeze. The burgundy green foliage stands 18’36″ tall and grows best in the full sun. ‘Red bunny Tails’ is a tender perennial grass (zone 7-11). This drought tolerant grass would make a wonderful addition to your garden.