Posts Tagged ‘Mass Planting’

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.

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This is the number one question we get from customers when they are trying to decide if they want to ‘try’ and hanging basket again this year…

For many,  growing Hanging Baskets, Planters, or even annuals in landscape design is a task they just don’t know if they want to take on again this year. Last season their annuals just did not ‘last’ all summer. They looked good for a month or so after they got home but then went down hill from there. Many people will say ” but I watered every day”!

If the above statement sounds like something that you may have running through your head, let me give you a few simple steps to succeeding at growing annual baskets and planter.

#1 “But I water every day” to that statement I would first ask you, ” When you are watering do you water enough that you see the water running freely from the bottom of your basket/planter?” If not, I dare say that you are under watering your plants. If the water is not reaching the bottom of the pot your roots are not able to evenly drink up the water that they require.

#2 My question to you is ” How often do your fertilize? Have you fertilized at all?” At Garden Crossings we recommend fertilizing your baskets/planters at least every other week, although weekly would be great with a low concentrate water soluble fertilizer. We recommend and personally use Proven Winners Water Soluble Fertilizer.  The reason you need to fertilize your plants is because every time you water you are flushing a little bit of the nutrients/fertilizer from the pot. Like humans, plants need nutrients to perform to their highest standards. The fertilizer will help keep your flowers flowering and your foliage nice and green. You may even feel like you have a plant on steroids if you keep up on the fertilizing. If you do start to feel like you have ‘too much’ growth we recommend giving your plants a ‘haircut’ or a trim to keep them nice and full. Don’t cut back on the fertilizer because this is keeping your plant healthy.

Now if you are thinking there is no way I am going to fertilize every one to two weeks we do have another option for you. That option is a continuous release fertilizer. Generally we recommend Continuous Release for ground planting as it will not flush away in the ground as fast as in a basket. But if you are feeling like “I will fertilize, but I am only going to do it one time” , This option is better than nothing.

And Lastly #3 if watering is a problem for you and you feel like you just can’t keep up or are always forgetting to do it, we recommend installing an inexpensive self watering system. We have found a system that is easy to use, and does a great job, it is the Waterwise System from Proven Winner. Basically all you need is the kit and a scissors. Here is a link to show how simple and easy it is to install the Waterwise System. You can go away on vacation for a week and come home to beautiful flowers.

If you have any questions on watering or fertilization of annuals please feel free to contact us at sales@gardencrossings.com

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Prairie Pixies™ Cranberry Cupcake Echinacea

Well maybe not at first BITE but for sure at first SIGHT

For the past few years Echinacea have been all the rave. So many new varieties that come out every year, and us having to choose which ones to keep, drop or add as a new variety. Echinacea also have become a true collection. One of the new varieties that we added this year is Prairie Pixies™Cranberry Cupcake‘. One thing that I think people are looking for in cone flowers is a shorter plant but with large blooms. (correct me if I am wrong) ‘Cranberry Cupcake‘ is just that, a compact variety reaching 14 to 22 inches with tons of  huge blooms. The large, double pom pom cone is a bright pink color with lighter pink rays that fall from it. Just the name of this plant may lead you to also think  that it is a fragrant variety, which it definitely is! And with fragrance comes… you guessed it butterflies and hummingbirds. This delightful variety is a sure bet garden treat!

Be sure to check out our other 40 Cone Flower Varieties!

Garden Crossings is a great place to start your Echinacea collection!

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Agastache ‘Blue Boa’

If a long blooming perennial is what you are looking for, Agastache should be a high on your list.  Agastache ‘Blue Boa‘ is a beautiful new perennial variety that has bright purple flower spikes that bloom all summer. The tall (2 -3 foot) upright habit of ‘Blue Boa’ and thick colorful spikes make this a great specimen plant. What I have done and recommend doing is planting several Agastaches together in mass to create a colorful long blooming ‘patch’ in your garden. The sweet anise smell is delightful on a warm summer night. Take a few cuts and bring this beauty in the house to enjoy. Agastache ‘Blue Boa‘ is a natural attractor for hummingbirds and butterflies, and because of its lovely scent the deer will stay away.

Be sure to check out our huge list of Agastache to start your long blooming variety list.

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Sweet Caroline Raven Ipomoea

There’s a new filler in town! Make ‘Sweet Caroline Raven‘ Sweet Potato Vine your go to plant for filling in your annual combinations. For many years the standard filler/spiller has always been Bacopa, Creeping Jenny, Licorice Vine, etc. , while these all make for a great filler, why not try some thing new and different?  ‘Sweet Caroline Raven‘ has gorgeous, lacy, black  leaves that can trail up to 3 foot if you let them. They intermingle well with Supertunias®, Superbells®, Geraniums and almost any other annual you can envision them with. The dark black foliage really makes other colors ‘pop’ from the contrast. Garden Crossings will be using tons of this Sweet Potato Vine in our baskets this year. Below are just a couple examples of combinations we will be using.

      

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