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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.

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Much of the flower color for the holiday season comes in the form of the Poinsettia.  Poinsettias now come in such a vast array of colors, it is no longer the traditional Red, White, and Pink. They have speckles, have been died, and even come in peach, burgundy, a white and pink mix and so much more. Every Christmas we like to have Poinsettias around for their color and the joy they add to the season. But this year we wanted to add a little spice to the plants that we bought ( yes bought, we do not grow Poinsettias). We found a decorative pot that we carry at Garden Crossings and added a little flare. For the center piece in this combination planter we choose Amaize n’ Blue™ ChamaecyparisAmaize n’ Blue™ is an evergreen variety that generally is planted outdoors. The soft silvery blue foliage is very ‘touchable’ as it does not poke. This is a compact evergreen growing only 1-3″, it would make a very cute border plant.  In addition to the Chamaecyparis, we added 4 boxwood plants, 2 of each variety North Star™ & Wedding Ring™. North Star™ Boxwood is an evergreen shrub that has a nice mounding habit and reaches only 3″ tall, little to no pruning is needed with this variety. Also in the mix is the second Boxwood, Wedding Ring™.  Wedding Ring™ has shiny green foliage with a chartreuse green edge, in the summer it turns to gold. A great variegated choice for both planters and in the landscape. Again, this Boxwood only reaches only 1-3″ tall.  All the great shrubs that we used in this colorful combination  A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Evergreen Shrub.

The reason I wanted to share with you my holiday combination is to just show you that sometimes when decorating( for any season) you have to think outside the box and put together some not so traditional arrangements. The first person who came over to our house and saw this said “Wow! Where did you get that? I want one!”  and that my gardening friends in the comment we all want to hear when we are planting our gardens and containers!

Peace, Love & Joy!  Merry Christmas!

How to Spice Up Your Holiday Arrangemets

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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.

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Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort’

Heuchera Southern Comfort

Heuchera Southern Comfort

(Coral Bells) Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort‘ brings out the warm feelings you experience when you head south. The beautiful array of colors that change from cinnamon peach to burnished copper to amber leave you breathless when you see this beauty. The large mounding foliage make ‘Southern Comfort‘ a must have Heuchera for your part shade gardens.  Heucheras are deer resistant and attract the butterflies and hummingbirds that you desire.

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Graceful Grasses® Toffee Twist Carex

Carex 'Toffee Twist'

This was not love at first sight when I first saw Toffee Twist. I was hesitant about the brown foliage. I decided that I had to give it a chance, so I planted it up in a combination planter with reds and oranges and it is looking great! The foliage stands tall with a flowing/sweeping look. I really think that this ‘brown’ grass is going to be a hit.- Heidi

(Toffee Twist Sedge Grass) Graceful Grasses® Toffee Twist slender, iridescent leaves offer an elegant sweeping, trailing habit. The bronze foliage makes a great addition to combination planters, it is a thriller that adds height and interest to your planters. Toffee Twist also looks magnificent in borders, or cascading over walls. Carex Toffee Twist prefers moist soil and sun to part shade. Toffee Twist is a cool-season grass. Where temperatures get colder than 5 degrees F, the plants should be treated as annuals.

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