This warm weather has me thinking about the beach. Not the sea and sand, variety, though. I’m talking about this Bahama Beach combination from Proven Winners. This gorgeous container planting was inspired by the bold colors of a Caribbean beach.
gbirds. Who doesn’t want more of those little guys in the garden?
Here’s what I love about the flowers in this combination.
Supertunia®Bordeaux™– They won’t get leggy or break open, and they won’t suffer from the balding effect in the middle of a planting. No deadheading is needed. As my friends at Proven Winners say, “They bury their own.” The light purple bloom with the deep purple center make it perfect for just about any combination. And what’s even better is they’re both heat and cold tolerant.
Superbells®Lemon Slice™Calibrachoa – This little “slice” of heaven is low maintenance, and you may have guessed, it, no deadheading needed. It’s a perfect color annual, in my opinion, with the yellow and white pinwheel pattern. They do best in containers with well-drained soil. I like to use them in window boxes and hanging containers.
Laguna™ Sky Blue Lobelia – I’m not one to pick favorites, but I do love the color blue. This has to be the best heat-tolerant lobelia on the market. In my very Southern garden, I can grow this gorgeous sky blue flower. They’re so perky and bright. I like to plant extras of these to make sure the blue color shines through all summer.
I think we all love to make a great first impression. When it comes to our homes, the entryway and porch are usually the spaces guests encounter first. I use SunPatiens to create inviting spaces. After all, the porch is the first room of the house, as I see it.
Who knew that going out to eat tacos could do so much good? Austin and Ashton Samuelson, owners of Tacos 4 Life, built a restaurant with the mission to help alleviate world hunger—one taco at a time. Read more
What’s not to love about these fun, whimsical plants? Our friends at The Horticult have some great tips on taking care of your tillies here. Not to mention, there’s no limit on fun ways to display them. Check out these display from Sea & Asters.
I like to start off spring with clean stuff and clean spaces, both inside and out. You probably have a stash of all kinds of cleaners for designated purposes, but I like to use vinegar as a fix-all because it’s a safe, inexpensive, all-natural household cleaner.
There are so many things you can do with vinegar when it comes to cleaning up your house and garden apparatus, and it evaporates quickly so you don’t have to worry about your clean items smelling funky. Read more
Is there anything that can’t be made better with a little thyme? There are so many uses for this herb, and not just in the kitchen.
Thyme is easy to grow in the garden or a container. I recommend starting with a planting or a cutting from a friend. It should go into the ground a couple of weeks before the last frost, when the soil is around 70˚F. Thyme thrives in the sun and requires little water after the initial watering. You may want to place thyme next to rosemary since their needs are the same. Read more
While spring cleaning, don’t forget about what you can’t see—your air. Since many of us spend most of time indoors, it’s important to offset the junk we breathe in. By placing certain houseplants in your home or office, you’ll be taking in better air in no time. Read more
Jennifer Burcke from 1840 Farm shares with us her favorite uses for eucalyptus oil.
I like to keep a toolbox of essential oils for mixing up homemade cleaning solutions to freshen up our home. Among my favorites are eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass and peppermint. Each of them has a distinct and refreshing scent, helping to infuse the farmhouse with a pleasant, light aroma. They pair wonderfully together, allowing me to use a combination of oils to keep our home clean all year long. Read more
P. Allen Smith will be sharing garden design tips and his love of flowers during his presentations at Disney World in May. He is a featured presenter on May 12-14 as part of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival in Orlando, FL. Read more