Get the most out of your shrubs with reblooming shrubs for loads of color all season long. Reblooming and continuous blooming shrubs enhance the landscape with an abundance of colorful flowers and usually offer an added bonus of attracting birds and butterflies to the garden. Be sure to research the care of your reblooming shrubs for pruning and trimming instructions to enjoy a full season of blooms. Continue reading
As beautiful and popular as hydrangeas are, they cause their share of confusion among gardeners. Not least of all because hydrangeas even have their own language – a set of terms that is uniquely associated with this widely grown genus. Here, we’ve tried to define the words that are often thrown around in conversations about hydrangeas and put them into a context that shows the real-world relevance to your own garden. Still have questions? You’re welcome to contact us any time. We’re here to help you achieve success with hydrangeas and every plant in your garden! Continue reading
It is time to start thinking about which bean varieties you want to grow in your garden. Sowing time is after the average last spring frost. Beans are one of those vegetables that are easy and
fun to grow. The largest selection of beans are bush types which produce their entire crop over a period of a couple of weeks – sow bush beans every two to three weeks in order to keep a steady supply on the table! Even though needing support, pole beans produce continually until the first fall frost. Beans can be frozen for later use. Our friends at Botanical Interests offer many of only the best bean varieties for your garden. The owners would like to share three of their favorites with you!
Bean Bush Jade: This 60-day bean has been a favorite since first introduced for its consistent long, straight, stringless pods that are tender and sweet with a beautiful, very dark green color. Upright, bushy plants hold the pods high so they don’t curl or have tip rot. In addition to being very productive, plants have good disease resistance to common bean mosaic viruses and are tolerant to rust.
Bean Bush Contender: This 50-day bean was recommended by a garden center customer when he was servicing a display. After testing them, Botanical Interests was sold! The flavor is excellent either cooked or eaten raw, and the plants tolerate heat and mildew better than other varieties (most beans won’t produce over 90ºF).
Bean Pole Yard Long Orient Wonder: This 80 day bean is known in the Orient as “dau gok”.Orient Wonder is a delicious and beautiful dark green pole bean. Seeds are slow to develop, so pods stay smooth and slender. Orient Wonder is of sub-tropical origin, but is better suited than other varieties for gardens in the U.S. It’s easy to grow, and almost indestructible. Beans are best harvested 12″ to 18″ long, even though they can grow as long
It is almost strawberry time! Visit your local farmers markets and farm stands for fresh from the farm strawberries to make your own delicious concoctions.
Proper watering of the plants in your containers is crucial to having them perform their best. Once you get a little bit of experience, understanding when and how much to water becomes almost second nature. The most common cause of early plant death is generally considered to be over-watering. Luckily for us, ninety percent of the plants out there will be happy if you follow these simple guidelines: Continue reading