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Sunday
Apr052015

Planting this week

Big Bounce  (Impatiens hybrida)
 
Zone: 0.0°C
Height: 51-76 cm  (20 - 30")
Width: 51 - 91cm (20-36”)
Habit: Upright Mounding and Spreading
Exposure: Partial Sun, to Partial Shade
Moisture: Just Moist,

  • Blooming Season :
  • Autumn, Late Summer, Spring, Late Spring, Summer

These new shade alternatives offer the habit and flower count of Impatiens walleriana, but they’re resistant to downy mildew and thrive in sun and shade.

Like Standard Bounce...but BIGGER.
Even more, the well branched plants bounce back like magic,
   -----  after wilt!

Monday
Feb232015

Centaurea montana

Centaurea pullata b.JPG Commonly known as, Blue Cornflower, or Mountain Bluet. This easy to grow perennial, is low to medium in height and well suited to growing in any sunny border. It will double it’s size in a couple of years.

Zone: 3-7
Height: (24-70) cm
Spread:  (24-36) cm
Habit: Upright & Mounding
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist

The plant forms a bushy clump of grey-green leaves.Then develops a display of clear-blue shaggy flowers in early summer.

Removing the faded flower heads will encourage repeat blooming.

It may self-seed, so keep an eye out for seedlings appearing where they are not wanted. This plant can be pruned back hard, in mid-summer, to maintain a compact habit.

   --- Oh ya, it also blooms all summer!

Sunday
Nov092014

Jade Princess

Jade Princess is the latest millet, bred for it's ornamental qualities. It's a neat sun foliage plant, with intense chartreuse leaves that contrast with the fragrant dark brown upright plumes. It is sterile, so no seeds are produced.

  • Zone:Treat as Annual
  • Height: 36-48"
  • Spread: 20-24" Habit: Upright and Mounded
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Moisture: Just Moist.

 This beast is a perfect plant, when used as a point plant in large circuler beds. It also is a nice sized center plant, when used in a container, planted with up-right, and/or trailing plants. What I like is, it blooms for about fourteen weeks, and the fact that it's sterile.

    ---- so no seeds are produced!

Monday
Oct062014

KaBloom

Guess what new seed series is going to knock your socks off?

KaBloom! is the first seed produced calibrachoa.  KaBloom brings you all the benefits that seed varieties offer compared to vegetative propagated varieties.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: 12-18“
Spread: 10-12“
Habit: Upright, Mounding, and Trailing
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist, never Excessively  Wet

KaBloom has better disease tolerance, better branching, more economical production. Plus, KaBloom generates the same amount of colour as mid-vigour vegetative varieties. Hey, side by side, you can’t tell the difference!

Consider KaBloom as a Premium Product for mono-containers, or as a component in combos. The six core colours available at present are:  Rose, Deep Blue, Deep Red, Deep Pink, Yellow and White.

   ---  Yep, this is a fantastic seed breeding breakthrough!

Sunday
Oct052014

Calibrachoa Aloha

Calibrachoa Aloha Series
(Solanaceae Aloha)

Zone: Treat as annual
Height: 25-35cm (10-14")
Spread: 30-45cm (12-18")
Habit: Upright and Mounding
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist, Never Wet

Calibrachoa are some of the most popular bedding plants that we grow. Each new series appears to have at least one or more greenhouse growing problems. Which could be too dry, too wet, too hot, hey you name it. But get them rooted, and growing on in a large basket or container, then you have a fantastic show.

The Aloha Series, from Dümmen, are considered to be warm-season annuals to tender perennials, with more upright stems that create more of a mounding plant rather than the usual spreading, sprawling growth habit.

The Calibrachoa in this series produce slightly larger-sized flowers. These blossoms appear prolifically through out the growing season.

Heat-loving and ever-blooming, Calibrachoa grow best in, full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. The Aloha Series plants are a bit more forgiving of low-acidic soils. They should be fed regularly and do not require deadheading but bloom better into autumn if they are lightly trimmed back in late summer to rejuvenate.

What I like is these colourful bedding plants work perfectly in mixed containers, hanging baskets,
   --- and garden borders!

Friday
Sep262014

Osteospermum White

Osteospermum Akila® Daisy White F1

White Osteospermums are not unique, but a clear White Osteo with a Yellow Centre is a novelty. Especially, since it is also easily grown from seed.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: (10-24”)
Spread: (10-12”)
Habit: Compact and Mounded
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist

Akila® Daisy White is a tidy, uniform plant, with open flowers, that produces non-stop blooms all summer. Even the southern judges praised Akila’s ability to keep blooming in the heat and the fact, they also showed more drought tolerance than other osteos.

Akila is also the recipient of Europe's FleuroSelect Gold Medal award, for garden performance, and it's tidy mounding habit. Something one seldom sees, with most competitive Osteos in the market place.

   ----Yes it is on order for 2015!