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Annuals

Celebrating Canada's 150th with Red and White Plantings!

 Celebrate Canada's 150th!

Cheers Canada ~ You’re Looking Good!

 

This spring a lot of gardeners are planting red and white annuals to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. 150 years is kind of a big deal and what a party it will be all summer long! Whether you are interested in doing a single planter, or if you are making a whole theme of red and white flowers I have a few ideas to get the plan going.

A couple of the plants that we expect to be the backbone of the red and white theme are red and white geraniums and red and white Proven Winner Supertunia and Surfinas. Classic and gorgeous these two will be well represented in the gardens nationwide this summer. Some other selections to consider are red tuberous and fibrous begonias, snapdragons, salvia, verbenas.

I always like to think of designing planters like floral arranging on a larger scale. So to compliment those large flowers mentioned above look to add smaller flowers like bacopa, lobelia, alyssum and from the Proven Winner lineup Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' and Nemesia 'Cherries on Ice'.

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Thriller Filler Spiller

 When it comes to annuals, the plants from Proven Winners® are hands down my favourites! The people behind the brand, Proven Winners, seek out, select and develop plants that are long blooming, easy to go and highly rewarding for the home gardener. And they are oh so beautiful! Now you know why half our greenhouse is full of all these gorgeous plants.
 
When they came out with the Thriller Filler Spiller idea, it was groundbreaking for gardeners to have a plan to put together easy containers with lots of Wow Factor! Read More

How to Make Beautiful Moss Baskets

How to Make a Beautiful Moss Basket

Materials

14-inch wire basket frame wire hanger (hook or eye) Sunshine or MySoil potting soil 1/2 bag or moss 2 tbsp fish meal 2 tbsp 14-14-14 Osmocote slow release fertiliser

Plants for a Sunny basket

1 Geranium (Zonal) for the top 3 Proven Winner trailers for the top 3 fillers for the top 24 plants (trailers & fillers) for the sides (We can show you what we use)

Plants for a Shady Basket

1 Tuberous Begonia for the top 3 Proven Winner trailers for the top 3 fillers for the top 24 plants (trailers & fillers) for the sides (We can show you what we use)

Method

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Proven Winner Osteospermum

Wow! That's the comment most people make when they first see blooming Osteospermums (or Osteos as we like to call them). They really do make a stunning display of colourful daisy-shaped blooms so prolific you can hardly see the foliage.

Osteos bloom from spring to frost and though they are thought of as annuals, they sometimes winter over when they are planted in sheltered locations; such as under the eaves of a west facing wall.

They come in a full range of colours including white, cream, yellow, peach, pink, mauve, purple and orange. Whew! So, what else can I tell you.? Oh yes, the deer don't like them (Yippee!).

They like hot sunny locations and are best in large containers or in the ground because they grow to about 14" in height. They also look great in window boxes and paired up with other Proven Winners such as the creeping verbenas.

One of our customers has planted her window boxes, for the last few years, with Orange Osteos and "Tapien Blue Violet" Verbena, which makes a stunning combination.

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What's New & What's Hot 2011

Bedding Plants

Petunia 'Black Velvet' 

Brand new and velvety black;this petunia is going to get your creative side excited!What will you combine it with? Tiny white flowers of bacopa or 'Diamond Frost' Euphorbia, shimmery pink Osteospermum, or dramatic chartreuse potato vine? It's the little black dress of petunias. Goes with everything and adds drama to all occasions.

Roses

Colorific  

Very large flowers of peach, coral and salmon tintedwith scarlet and burgundy edges make each flower interestingand uniquely beautiful. Strong long stems with a light fragrance make it a lovely cutting rose also.

  

Dick Clark  

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