Welcome to our updated Garden Crossings Garden Blog. Some of our loyal followers have been reading our blog posts at www.gardencrossingsblog.com for over three years. There are many great and informitive posts that will remain there, but going forward all new posts to our blog will be posted here on our website. We hope you will continue reading and following our blog at this new location.
We have reached the time of year when our annual containers and combination containers are starting to look, well, less than desirable. There is a solution, a rather easy one at that. There are several fall plants that can be used alone or in combination with one another to freshen up your containers. Using more than one of the same plant, or using a combination of different plants, can create a fall container that will leave your neighbors in awe at the look of your new fall decor. There’s no better time than now to get started on those creations.
Planting shrubs in the garden or landscape can be an easy solution to deer problems and high maintenance plants. Barberry Shrubs are a particularly good choice if deer are a constant problem for you. Bring a variety of color to your garden, as well as low maintenance, with SunjoyⓇ Barberry shrubs from Garden Crossings.
There is a new Proven WinnersⓇ perennial that is so awesome you will not want to miss out! Beautiful blooms to adorn your landscape and for you to enjoy. Rich, bright color to add eye catching interest to your garden or yard. A sense of the tropics right in your own habitat. SummerificⓇ Hibiscus ‘Berry Awesome’ will put on a show in your landscaping.
Are you looking to get into the 'Flowering' world but the thought of 'Gardening' is scary to you? Take the advice of Walt Disney, "All of your dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them". Gardening can be large scale or small scale, no matter what you are looking to do gardening can be successful and fun!
Spring is almost here and many of you are probably thinking about your garden(s) or landscaping. An avid gardener is always thinking of ways to add a new garden area or to freshen up their current landscaping. While touring Four Star Greenhouse during the summer of 2015, I observed a beautiful idea for an annual landscaping trio. Graceful Grasses® 'Fireworks' Pennisetum, Supertunia® Bordeaux Petunia, and Luscious® Pinkberry Blend Lantana are three beautiful choices to plant together to make a colorful statement with movement in the landscaping.
Succulents are so popular right now for any age group. Whether for home décor, the office or even in your dorm room or apartment, succulents are easy to grow and fun to have around.
We always think about adding color to our gardens, but why not add texture also? Wouldn’t it be fun to hear people ask, “Wow, what kind of grass is that in your garden”? Why not add movement, rich color, and texture to your garden? Try Panicum virgatum Prairie Winds™ ‘Cheyenne Sky’.
Nothing is more welcoming than the beauty of a vibrant sunrise at daybreak. Take that beauty to the garden with the vibrant color of SupertuniaⓇ Daybreak Charm Petunia. This Charm series of SupertuniaⓇ displays colors as vibrant as the sunrise, The bright pink flowers with a sunshine yellow center that is separated by a thin white margin. A refreshing mix of color to add to your garden, plant by itself, or in a combination container or hanging basket of your choice. This new 2016 annual is a favorite of mine.
You may be familiar with the Big BANG™ series of Coreopsis, which offered excellent disease resistance, and habit, we now introduce the LI'L BANG™ series which offers new and improved colors, a compact habit about half the size, and long lasting blooms. The LI'L BANG™ series is new for 2016, and with it comes 4 exciting new varieties: ‘Starlight’, ‘Red Elf’, ‘Daybreak’ and ‘Enchanted Eve’. All offer a distinct different color option, with the compact stature.
“What is that flower?” is a question that I often get asked when people see these huge flowers in my garden. When my answer is a Hibiscus they often feel let down, let down because people often associate Hibiscus with the tropical kinds that can only be grown in the South.
If you love butterflies and hummingbirds and want to attract them to your garden, butterfly bushes are your answer! With several varieties and colors, you can select your favorite color or colors and enjoy watching butterflies and hummingbirds flock to your garden. There are three larger sterile varieties that will bring fabulous color, scent and attraction to your garden.
When you decide to plant a shrub, you are more than likely thinking about a shrub that will last for quite some time or one that will provide some type of interest in your landscape. With Black Lace™ Sambucus you will get those benefits as well as an edible treat. If you enjoy planting and baking, you will enjoy this Proven WinnersⓇ Color ChoiceⓇ Flowering Shrub.
If you look closely (at the white flower) you will notice one of my favorite creatures that come and visit the garden, a hummingbird! Are you looking to attract more fluttery friends to your garden this summer? Let me show you 3 of my favorite ‘Miss’es.
Holy Moly!™ is what you say when something has a staggering effect on you. I love SuperbellsⓇ and their petunia like appearance. Actually, that is exactly what they look like, mini petunias. It is often hard to resist adorable little flowers and this new annual for 2016 will be one that you will want to add to your containers, hanging baskets and landscape or gardens. Let’s take a look at one of the new 2016 Proven WinnersⓇ annuals, Superbells® Holy Moly!™
Excellent habit, beautiful foliage and blooms that are breathtaking, all of which are attributes to the three new Dianthus in the FRUIT PUNCH® Series. New for 2016 ‘Maraschino', ‘Sweetie Pie’ , and ‘Cranberry Cocktail’ are perfect as a border, in mass or to add a splash of color here and there in your landscapes and gardens.
Meteor Showers and the color purple! Need I say more? Absolutely not! But I will. The most requested flower color of customers is purple. One of the most brilliant sights seen in the night sky are meteor showers. Put the two together and you have a masterpiece. Exactly why we need to talk about a new 2016 annual, Meteor Shower™ Verbena.
2016 Pantone Color(s) of the year, Rose Quartz 13-1520 and Serenity 15-3919 a great combination and easily found in the garden. One plant variety that come to mind that offers both of these great colors in potentially one plant is the Big Leaf Hydrangea. Creating a soothing sense of order and peace, the hydrangea offers a perfect balance for your garden.
The phrase I hear a lot of lately from my toddler is, “Me help”. The task can be making a meal, bringing in the groceries, or planting up a new combination in a pot, and the list goes on. How can I resist the sweet little voice asking to help? Kids of all ages love to play in the dirt. So why not include them in your planting and let them experience the joy of planting a beautiful arrangement that they can take pride in.
Getting the 'coop' ready, Chick Charms® are here! We are so excited to introduce to you hand picked Hen & Chick selections that compliment each other as well as your garden. Drought tolerant and easy to grow it is time to start filling your 'coop'.
Looking for a plant to fill in those empty spaces in front of your low level windows? Do you want a clear view to your backyard or front landscape without obstructions? There are three miniature hostas that come to mind. Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears, ‘Fireworks’ and ‘Sparkler’.
A fresh spring day leads to a walk around the neighborhood. On this walk you see a large, beautiful shrub that is blooming yellow. You love the look of it but again, you just don't have a yard or garden that will fit it. No worries, we carry Forsythia in several size options.
You're walking through your neighborhood and you see a shrub that you just love, but then it hits you, I don't have a spot for something that large. Let me tell you just because the shrub you fell in love with is out of your 'league', doesn't mean that there isn't a smaller more compact option.
There has been alot of talk over the past few years about the decline of habitat for the Monarch Butterfly thus resulting in fewer and fewer Monarch butterflies. As a gardener myself, and if you are reading this you probably are also, let's do our part by creating our own Monarch habitat in our garden spaces.
An amazing plant that performs all summer long, Lobularia 'Dark Knight' is a standout new annual for 2015! In several applications such as in garden beds and combination designs, 'Dark Knight' added that superb splash of light I was hoping for.
Flowers add beauty to your garden, but why not bring a little more beauty to your garden with the addition of butterfly attracting perennials. Butterflies add a constant motion of color as they flutter around your landscape.