Posts Tagged ‘Proven Winners’

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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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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Sonic Bloom™ Weigela

The bells shaped flower of  Weigela are a beautiful addition to the spring landscape. But what would you think of the idea of enjoying the blooms all summer long? Well now you can! Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Shrubs has added three wonderful colors of  Weigela that bloom all summer, they are Sonic Bloom Pearl, Sonic Bloom Red, and Sonic Bloom Pink. The Pearl(white), red and pink blooms contrast beautifully with the bright green foliage. These new additions are easy to grow and would make a great hedge. Their reblooming qualities would give you season long color from a shrub. The  Sonic Bloomseries stand 4 to 5 foot tall and wide. Be on the lookout for butterflies enjoying a tasty treat.

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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.

 

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