It wouldn’t be summer in the garden without basil, so go ahead and plant some now! It goes a long way in sprucing up a sauce or salad. Not just handy in the kitchen, there are many uses for this aromatic herb. Even better, it’s a cinch to grow. Read more
You ever wonder what’s just below the surface of soil? Some people call it dirt, but I call it soil. Soil is very important to me because it’s what makes everything in my garden grow. There’s so much complexity to soil, and that’s what I find fascinating. In fact, it’s its own little ecosystem, full of microbes and insects. The more we know about it, the better plants we can grow. Read more
Daffodils have become a bit of an obsession, I have to admit. I love these cheery flowers so much, I’ve planted hundreds of thousands of these narcissus bulbs over the years at Moss Mountain Farm. I tend to go overboard with daffodils and for good reason. The bright yellow beauties inspire me because so few flowers are as resilient. Read more
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.
Creating Your Bahama Beach Container
To create your own planting, combine Supertunia® Bordeaux™ Petunia hybrid, Superbells® Lemon Slice™ Calibrachoa, and Laguna™ Sky Blue Lobelia. Not only will you have a beautiful, heat-tolerant combination but these plants also attract butterflies and hummin
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.
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