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The Best Annual Flowers of 2014
Annuals add instant pops of color to any garden. Replace your tired pansies and petunias with the best annual flowers that hit the market in 2014, including annuals for shade and multi-colored blooms that will add depth and interest to virtually any
The Best Perennial Flowers of 2014
Perennials are a popular choice for gardeners looking to get more bang for their buck. Add interest to your perennial garden with these top new varieties, including a hardy hibiscus and colorful coneflower.variety that survives as far north as zone four. Its huge, pale pink flowers are delicately etched in dark cherry. These plants can grow five feet tall and four feet wide. Prepare to be blown away by Illumination Flame Digiplexis. Related to fox glove, this award-winning new hybrid develops stocks of large reddish-orange flowers with yellow throats. The plants only downside is that it's not hardy in Northern climates. The bold blooms
Must-Try Hydrangea Varieties
Hydrangeas are perfect for every level of gardener. We show you top new varieties, including oakleaf hydrangea, blue hydrangea, white hydrangea, and other varieties that produce outstanding hydrangea flowers.grow, and more floriferous than ever. Gatsby's Star hydrangea is a new oak leaf type that produces lacy cresses of double white star-shaped flowers in a dramatic fall finale. Gatsby's Star can withstand a mixed bag of weather conditions. And it's also disease and insect resistant. BloomStruck is the newest member of the endless summer line of reblooming hydrangeas. This amazing plant produces large pink, violet, or blue flowers throughout the summer. Let's Dance Diva is a reblooming lace cap hydrangea that produces giant pale blue to soft pink flowers . It's a vigorous, compact shrub that does equally well in either the landscape or in containers. Bobo is a delightful dwarf hydrangea with large, white summer flowers on strong, upright stems. This early blooming variety won the Gold Floral Award for best novelty plant and is an asset to any small garden. With such an eclectic mix to choose from, even a novice gardener can find a hydrangea to plant and enjoy.
The Best Flowers for Hanging Baskets
Hanging flower baskets are a front porch staple. Put a fresh twist on yours with new varieties of flowers for hanging baskets that are sure to boost your curb appeal and make your hanging baskets pop.is the development of new trailing varieties, giving gardeners wonderful options for hanging baskets . To start, consider Torenia Summer Wave. The star quality behind this plant, is that it blooms more throughout the season than other Torenia varieties. You'll love the Million Kisses Begonias, including yellow , orange , and pink versions. These very vigorous growers go all summer and never stop blooming. Trailing Pansies have emerged in the last few
How to Grow Your Own Superfoods
Superfoods don’t have to be exotic -- or expensive. Our list of top superfoods, including green superfoods, are perfect for growing in your own backyard, allowing you to save money on groceries and know exactly where your food comes from.
Plant amaryllis bulbs for a dazzling holiday bloom, then keep them coming back year after year with proper care.
Beautiful Annual Flowers for Summer
Planting annual flowers in your garden is the perfect way to get a beautiful summer show. Here are some of our favorite annuals for adding to your garden. Coleus tops our list because its color comes from the leaves, not the flowers. The plant appears in nearly every color from lime green to rich purple. Lots of varieties are very good, too. Most old fashioned coleus need some shade from the hot afternoon sun, but newer varieties can handle full Sunday. Lantana is one of the most heat and drought-tolerant annual flowers around. The dark green leaves are a perfect accent for the colorful clusters of red, orange, yellow, pink, purple or white flowers. Many varieties of lantana have multi-colored blooms. Zinnia is an old fashioned annual and is as popular today as it was in your grandmother's time. Newer varieties such as the profusions and zaharas, they've perky flowers in shades of orange, red, yellow, white and pink, and resist disease better than old fashioned varieties. Angelonia, sometimes called summer snapdragon, count on angelonia to offer blue, purple, pink or white flowers on spiky stems nonstop all summer long, no matter what the weather's like.green leaves are a perfect accent for the colorful clusters of red, orange , yellow , pink, purple or white flowers. Many varieties of lantana have multi-colored blooms. Zinnia is an old fashioned annual and is as popular
How to Plant Perennials
Plant perennials and get them off to the best possible start using these great tips.wider than your pot but no deeper, especially if you're planting in clay soil . Then, slip your plant out of its container. If it's well-rooted, the root ball will come out in 1 unit. If the
How to Grow Roses
Roses are some of the most beautiful garden plants around. They offer lush romantic blooms in just about every color you can imagine and many are delightfully fragrant. Use these simple tips to grow gorgeous healthy roses in your yard. The 1st step is to select the right roses for your climate. Do a little research to find out the varieties that are best suited to where you live. This is an important step because, roses that aren't suited to your area, cannot survive the winter or will suffer from lots of pest and disease problems. Also, look for disease-resistant varieties such as easy elegance roses or knockout roses. The best place to grow roses in your yard is one that sees whole Sunday or at least 6 hours of direct light or day. The more sun, the better. Unfortunately, while some roses will tolerate some amount of shade, there are none that will thrive in shade. It's also important to plant your roses in open spot where there's good air flow for this helps prevents disease. When planting roses, make sure there's plenty of room between each other and between other plants so that the breeze can flow freely. Roses love a little mulch from the soil over their roots. A couple of inches of mulch which are weeds helps keep diseases from splashing up on the leaves and allows the soil to hold moisture better during times of drought. When you plant roses, be sure to enrich the soil with organic matter such as compost. A healthy layer of compost helps the soil hold moisture and nutrients better and encourages beneficial microbes in the soil. They encourage your roses to grow better and resist disease.also important to plant your roses in open spot where there's good air flow for this helps prevents disease . When planting roses, make sure there's plenty of room between each other and between other plants so that the breeze can flow freely . Roses love a little mulch from the soil over their roots. A couple of inches of mulch which are weeds helps keep
Dahlias in Bouquets
Hi. I'm garden editor, Jane McKeon. Today, we're prepping dahlias for bouquets. Did you know that blooms will last longer if you condition them first? Dahlias are one of the few flowers that won't open further once they're cut. So, wait until the buds are fully open before you gather them from the garden. Harvest them in the early morning, the coolest time of the day. To condition the stems, pour two or three inches of very hot water into a metal bucket. Use a candy thermometer to check if the water is hot enough, between 160 and 180 degrees. Make sure you strip off the bottom leaves before you put dahlia stems in the hot water. Keep the flower heads well above the rim of the bucket to protect them from steam. For short stems, you can use a coffee can. Once the water has cooled-- in about an hour-- dahlias are ready to arrange. To keep dahlias looking fresh, change the water every day. With these simple steps, dahlias can last up to a week in a vase. Enjoy.day. To condition the stems, pour two or three inches of very hot water into a metal bucket. Use a candy thermometer to check if the water is hot enough, between 160 and 180 degrees. Make sure you strip off the bottom leaves before you put dahlia stems in the hot water . Keep the flower heads well above the rim of the bucket to protect them from steam. For short stems, you can use