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.
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.
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
Watching butterflies in the garden is such a joy! They really bring a landscape to life as they flutter from flower to flower. It doesn’t require a lot of work to attract them to your garden either. And what’s good for the butterflies adds beauty to our gardens. Read more
If you come to the farm, you’ll notice that I’ve planted SunPatiens just about anywhere I could. They are low-maintenance and grow in sun or shade. If you follow a few simple growing tips, your SunPatiens will flourish! Read more
If you love the fall tradition of decorating with pumpkins, you’ll enjoy this great way to get maximum usage out of harvest time’s favorite gourd. Why not use a pumpkin as a vessel for veggies, herbs and flowers to get your money’s worth? Read more
If you’re in the Dallas area on April 8, come see me at Calloway’s Nursery. I will be doing a container garden demonstration, breaking down the secrets to creating successful and sustainable container gardens using plants from my Proven Winners® Platinum Collection.
The Platinum Collection features a variety of annuals, perennials and shrubs designed to attract pollinators and support a sustainable lifestyle. Each of the plants have been grown and tested in my garden.
Just about any kind of berry you can name, I’m crazy about. I especially love blueberries. You might call these nature’s little superheroes when it comes to nutrition. They’re packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. Read more
Though most herbs prefer to bask in the summer sun, many will grow well on a windowsill in the winter, too. But choose your indoor herbs wisely, some will perform better than others, and don’t want to waste time and money on herbs that won’t produce. They may grow taller than outdoor plants and may not be as full and bushy, but you can still collect enough herbs to get you through. It’s best to start with established plants, rather than trying to grow from seed. You can also dig up herbs in the garden before winter hits, pot them and let them overwinter inside. Here’s a few more quick tips to start your indoor herb garden. Read more