Posts Tagged ‘Butterfly’
A 2013 must have annual! Superbells™ Lemon Slice is a wonderful new addition to the Proven Winners® family of plants. The bi colored, yellow and white flower, is a breeding breakthrough. Lemon Slice is a great choice for combination planters. Mix with Superbells™ White and Ipomoea ‘Sweet Caroline Light Green’, together these great plants make “Sugar Cookie” combination!
Superbells™ Lemon Slice has a mounding trailing habit. It stands 8-10 inches tall and can spread and trail up to 12 inches. Superbells™ prefer to be grown in a full sun to part shade location. Once established they an tolerate a little drought., although we do recommend that you water your plants daily and fertilize every 1-2 weeks during the summer. Superbells™ Lemon Slice attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. The first year out, Superbells™ Lemon Slice has been chosen by P Allen Smith to be a part of his Platinum Collection.
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’
Butterfly Bush Peacock™ Buddleia davidii ‘Peakeep’ has got to have one of the biggest blooms I have ever seen on a Butterfly bush. Right now we have some wonderful 3 gallon pots in bud and bloom and they are just amazing. Each flower is at least 8″ long and much wider than what I can wrap my fingers around. And scent… amazing! Every time I walk past them the smell over takes me and I go back for another whiff. The butterflies are just now arriving in our area, I have seen a few yellow and black swallowtails. And the hummers are also enjoying this garden beauty.
Butterfly bush now come in a range of sizes from the compact, mounding form of Butterfly Blue Chip to the tall and mighty varieties or Miss Molly, Purple Emperor, and Peacock just to name a few. Butterfly bushes have a very long bloom time making them a great addition to butterfly gardens or even as a landscape plant.
(Oakleaf Hydrangea) Hydrangea ‘Little Honey‘ a dwarf oak leaf hydrangea has bright gold foliage the is set apart by its deep reddish- brown stems. All summer long ‘Little Honey’ has gold foliage, then in the fall turns bright scarlet. The 6″ white flower heads mingle among the gold foliage. For best color protect from afternoon sun.
(Rose) Oso Easy™ Peachy Cream Rosa is a lovely new variety from Proven Winners® that delivers clouds of blooms from late spring until frost! The large, double flowers open peach colored with a light lemon-yellow center and then mature to pastel cream. Oso Easy™ Peachy Cream exhibits the same wonderful attributes as the rest of the series including; dark, glossy green foliage, self cleaning flowers, and excellent disease resistance. A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrub.