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Think Outside the ‘Box’
This photo was sent to me by a fellow gardener and all I could say was ‘wow’! Every year this gardener sends me pictures of her beautiful Pamela Crawford baskets. Typically she plants them up with Superbells® and Supertunia® for her summer garden, this year was no exception. But when I received this photo in November I was in awe, she did a follow up Fall planting. Here she used kale, pansies, and cabbage for this great Fall look. The color combination is truly stunning. So my advise to you… just because the planting season seems like it is done, it may have only begun. Make sure when you are ready to be ‘done’ planting for the season, that you ‘Think outside the ‘box’.
When you think of colors to add to your garden, green probably is not the first color that comes to mind. Green is an obvious color, the leaves and foliage, mostly taken for granted . Here we have a unique Echinacea, ‘Green Jewel’. Each flower of ’Green Jewel‘ is approximately 2 inches across packed with a double row of green petals. The fragrant green blooms make a great cut flower. Echinacea Coneflowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and songbirds. In the fall leave the spent blooms, the birds will enjoy the seeds. Enjoy a taste of going green, with Echinacea ‘Green Jewel’.
New Perennial Plants for 2013… Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum‘. This plant not only stood out with fabulous color during my summer trials but it also is amazing in my fall/winter garden. Heucherella give a great variation of color from spring through fall. They are a semi evergreen perennial which means they will give your garden in all season. Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum’ is a heat and humidity tolerant variety that does well in not only northern climates but also in the south. This is a stunning Heucherella to add to your part shade garden.
A Garden Crossings new introduction for 2012, Peony Bartzella is really showing its colors. The butter yellow, 8″ double blooms load this beautiful plant full of color. Peony Bartzella has an extra long bloom time, the plants send out new growth from the side creating more blooms for later blooming. Bartzella is a new cross of the herbaceous garden peony with the woody tree peonies. Due to this excellent breeding, staking is NOT needed. ‘Bartzella‘ would be a great choice for landscape design because of its tidy habit.
If slugs seem to be winning the battle in your Hosta Garden, we recommend giving Hostas one more try. Hosta ‘Rhino Hide‘ is as tough as nails! The thick substance of ‘Rhino Hide‘ make this a real match for slugs. The extra thick leaves have extra wide blue margins with a splash of light green up the center. The leaves are cupped shape, giving this Hosta more dimensional look. Although ‘Rhino Hide‘ can withstand full sun, it is recommended that it be planted in a more part shade location. In mid summer watch for the white flowers to emerge.