- Model Number: 0531
Deriving their name from the five-pointed petals on the flowers, Pentas are warm region tropical blooming plants. They come in a profusion of colors, with flowers that are a variety of pink, red or white, but new cultivars have introduced tones of purple and lavender and mixed blooms such as pink with red centers. When you know how to grow Pentas, you have a foolproof way of attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, too.
Big, heart-shaped leaves that display amazing color combinations of white, pink, red and green best describe caladiums. They love hot, humid weather and grow best in full to partial shade, though most varieties can also be grow in full sun as long as they get plenty of water. This provides multiple options for planting caladiums in gardens, landscapes, and combining them with other sun loving annuals, perennials and bulbs. Decorate outdoor sitting areas with caladiums since they grow well in pots and planters and are the perfect solution for brightening a shady porch or a covered deck. They also brighten up window boxes and hanging baskets and make a colorful border along a sidewalk or flowerbed.
- Model Number: 9314 A
Beautiful and extremely popular flowering plants that grow well both in the garden and in containers, Geraniums are popular for their bright and sometimes fragrant flowers, but they bring with them the extra bonus of being especially good companion plants. They come in a wide range of colors, from white and red to various shades of pink and purple. Growing geranium plants is easy as long as you can give them what they need. Depending on where or how you grow geranium plants, their needs will be somewhat different. Indoors, geraniums need lots of light for blooming but will tolerate moderate light conditions. These plants need to be grown in well-draining potting soil as well. When growing geraniums outdoors, they require moist, well-draining soil similar to that of indoor potting soil with equal amounts of soil, peat, and perlite. Locate your geraniums in an area with at least six to eight hours of sunlight. Mulching the plants is also recommended to help retain moisture.
- Model Number: 4703
Growing snapdragons provides cool-season color and a mid-sized plant to balance tall background plants and shorter bedding plants in the front. Numerous varieties of snapdragon exist with dwarf, intermediate and tall flowering stems that provide a wide range of colors to work with. Height of the snapdragon may reach 3 feet or as short as 6 inches. This fragrant specimen can handle frost and needs to be kept keep moist for the first few weeks. Once established, snapdragon care includes regular watering. Water near the crown of the plant and avoid overhead watering to keep your snapdragon healthy. Once established, let the soil dry about an inch deep before watering. Remove spent blooms and mulch is appropriate.
- Model Number: MG7154
Cyclamen is part of the Primrose family and the plant was a favorite of artist Leonardo Da Vinci, who used them to decorate the margins of his manuscripts at the beginning of the 16th century. They are generally winter and spring flowering plants that are available in a wide array of colors including white, red and ranging from light to dark pink. It is a perennial plant that is versatile, as it can be used as an indoor plant or can form part of flowerbeds in the garden or containers. With flowers typically appearing between December and May, they enjoy potted positions with a good degree of light, but away from direct sunlight. They also benefit from adequate ventilation. Natives of warm countries in the Mediterranean and parts of Asia and Africa, Cyclamen can be challenging to cultivate but will reward efforts with their delicate flowers. Usually found in wooded and rocky habitats as well as some alpine meadows, they can be adaptable when potted but need a level of care and attention to flourish. They need careful watering. Too much water can affect the flowering and also cause other problems. By waiting until the soil feels dry before adding water, the plant is ab
- Model Number: 2105
One of the most popular annuals, petunias add masses of color to gardens and containers. These tough plants are capable of putting on loads of blooms all season long and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns with an almost endless range of options. The blossom size selection is quite diverse as well. Whether you're looking for a low-growing groundcover, a mounding type for containers, or a rambling wild plant to fill up some space, there is a petunia for every situation.
The most popular flower grown in the U.S., impatiens flowers are bright and cheerful annuals that can light up any dark and shady part of your yard and growing them is quite easy. They can be used as bedding plants, border plants or in containers as well as making beautiful hanging baskets. When done in mass plantings, they make quite the colorful impact. They enjoy moist but well-draining soil and partial to deep shade. They do not do as well in full sun, but if you would like to plant them in full sun, they will need to be acclimated to the harsher light. You can do this by exposing the impatiens plants to increasing amount of sunlight over the course of a week.
Dianthus, also known as “pinks”, belong to a family of plants which includes carnations and are characterized by the spicy fragrance the blooms emit which is hints of cinnamon or clove. They can be found most often in pink, salmon, red and white hues. Dianthus are small and usually between 6 and 18 inches tall and also called Sweet William. The foliage is slender and sparsely spread on thick stems. Blooming typically lasts from May to October but known to last much longer. Plant in full sun, partial shade or anywhere they will receive at least 6 hours of sun and they need fertile, well-drained soil that is alkaline. Water them only at the base of the plant to keep the foliage dry and prevent mildew spotting. Deadheading is extremely important to reduce volunteer plants and to encourage additional blooming.
Pansies are cheerful, multi-colored flowers that among the first of the season to offer winter color and will continue to bloom into the early spring. Today’s hybrid versions are more adaptable to heat than those of the past with larger blooms displayed and more vigor. They prefer a full or part sun location and are happy in hanging baskets, combination containers and flower bed borders. Proper preparation of the soil goes a long way in helping keep your pansies happy. Work in organic material such as compost or well-rotted leaves to a 4-inch depth before planting. This accommodates the growing pansy’s need for well-draining soil and provides nutrients as the organic material decomposes. When growing pansies in well-prepared soil, the need for fertilization will be minimal. Pansies also prefer acidic soil and for longer blooming periods and the equation is simple: water and deadhead them.
Beautiful and extremely popular flowering plants that grow well both in the garden and in containers, Geraniums are popular for their bright and sometimes fragrant flowers, but they bring with them the extra bonus of being especially good companion plants. They come in wide range of colors, from white and red to various shades of pink and purple. Growing geranium plants is easy as long as you can give them what they need. Depending on where or how you grow geranium plants, their needs will be somewhat different. Indoors, geraniums need lots of light for blooming but will tolerate moderate light conditions. These plants need to be grown in well-draining potting soil as well. When growing geraniums outdoors, they require moist, well-draining soil similar to that of indoor potting soil with equal amounts of soil, peat and perlite. Locate your geraniums in an area with at least six to eight hours of sunlight. Mulching the plants is also recommended to help retain moisture.
Originating in South America, petunias come in an almost unlimited assortment of colors, shapes, and sizes. From compact types with dime-sized blooms to trailing types that form massive, large mounds, there's a petunia to fit any garden situation. Petunias can be used on their own in beds and borders or add them to containers and baskets with other sun-loving bloomers. Trailing types can also be used as a colorful annual groundcover. In addition, many petunia varieties are delightfully fragrant. Hummingbirds and a plethora of pollinating insects will also flock to your garden to feast on the nectar-rich petunia blooms.
If you're looking for ways to add bright color to your landscape, salvia can't be beat. Also known as sage, salvia comes in a variety of colors including blue, lavender, red, pink and white, and are known for their fragrant foliage. There is an amazing diversity of varieties, each one with its own level of hardiness but they all have one thing in common--they are gorgeous! Most forms of salvia can be counted on to produce tall spikes or an abundance of nectar-rich blooms favored by butterflies and hummingbirds. They thrive in hot weather and are relatively drought and disease resistant. Heights vary by variety, but most grow between 18 and 36 inches tall. Salvia is deer resistant