At the end of every rainbow, there’s a pot of gold and by that we mean a pot full of fragrant flowers and foliage. Container gardens are easy to maintain. They’re practically in the palm or your hand and, oftentimes, moveable so who doesn’t want to garden in pretty pots? Whether they’re for show on your front porch or for the veggies that you’re hoping to start early in the back, take a look at these five easy tricks of the trade to be sure you say no to pot rot and yes to a pot of gold...
I'm back today to share more of the beautiful blooming plants we have waiting for you down at Garden Supply. If you're thinking that your patio and container gardens could use a little pick-me-up in this intense July heat, we have plants for you. And lots of them. Even in the full heat of summer, we are receiving fresh shipments of bloomers every week that are just perfect for adding a spark of interest to the tired summer landscape. Just look at the burst of color this tropical pink mandevilla vine adds to a simple container planting. They really are easy to care for, and add color wherever they are growing. This sunny tropical really enjoys sun....and we all know we have plenty of that these days.
Another great choice for the patio garden is the ever-popular Wave petunia, and we have some fabulous choices in stock at the garden center right now. Anyone interested in a little "Double Wave"? of spreading petunias?
Double Wave petunias offer fabulous, frilly flowers with Wave performance perfect for mixed containers, baskets and gardens. Look for these lovely flowers in white, purple, and blue velvet varieties at the garden center.
Another petunia that really caught my eye this week is this unusual Black Velvet variety. Black Velvet presents the world’s only black petunia. It is a perfect fit for premium containers and baskets as this petunia partners well with many other sun lovers, and the rare color form is sure to add a ton of visual interest to the garden.
These upright, mounded petunias are early to flower, have a tightly branched habit and are filled with color all season. Black Velvet is easy to grow with no special culture needed.
And don't forget........if you have considered adding a fountain or pond to your landscape, this is a great time. From now, until the end of the month, ALL fountains and pond-building supplies are 20% OFF. We have a wide array of fountains from “table-top” styles to grand statements. We offer delivery and installation of fountains as well as design and installation of ponds and waterfalls. Come check out our fabulous selection.
Hi everyone! We are so looking forward to this evening and our first ever Wine & Design Trunk Show. We will be bringing you some of the latest fashions and current trends along with tips and advice on what to keep in your closets this spring and what to let go. Moon and Lola from downtown Apex will be sharing their unique hand-crafted jewelry, and Lynne Ogburn Designs will be here to share their one-of-a-kind "gems from the garden" jewelry as well. Come share a glass of wine with us and enjoy a different kind of evening in the garden. Festivities are from 6-8 pm. Please RSVP to 460-7747 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I also wanted to share with you a few updates on some of the gardening projects I've been working on at my home. You all may remember my Topsy-Turvy tomato planting test garden from one month ago. We receive so many inquiries about the unique Topsy-Turvy planters down at Garden Supply, that I decided to give it a try and see how well they work. I was initially quite charmed by the whole concept, and found my planters rather easy to set-up, even working on my own. And now one month later, I still find the Topsy-Turvy planter to be a fun little gadget. All you need to get started is a planter, one bag of good potting soil, and your plant.
Here is what my planter looked like on day one.
And here it is 4 weeks later. As you can see, it has grown tremendously, and is setting its first tomatoes. Look at how healthy the foliage looks. One benefit to this growing style is it keeps the plants up above the ground where most garden pests reside, greatly reducing the chances of having a buggy plant.
The key so far has seemed to be selecting a nice sunny spot for the planter, and making sure it receives adequate watering. Remember, the Topsy-Turvy is a container and needs to be watered on a regular basis. As temperatures heat up, that means checking your planter every day. To decide if your planter could use more water, heft the bag. If it's heavy, leave it alone another day, but if it feels light as a feather, it's time for more water.
We also have the Topsy-Turvy Strawberry Planter and the Hot Pepper Planter in the garden center. I've planted strawberries and a tomato together in my second planter at home, which I will share with you soon. but we also have test planters of the Tomato and Hot Pepper Planters down at Garden Supply. Stop by and take a peek next time you're there.
And now, here's an updated photo of my Mother's Day Garden I've been creating against the back foundation wall of my house. Mom and I have a few plants left to get in the ground, but you can really see how the border is coming together.
If you would like to see more information on my shady Mother's Day garden, please go here. I've got tips on getting started and plant selection for those of you with similar planting opportunities in your yard. And as always, the experts at Garden Supply are standing by to help you with all your landscaping needs.
Hope to see many of you tonight at our Wine & Design! And I'll be back soon for more snippets from the garden.