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Spring Flowers = Spring Fashion

by Brian Wheat on March 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

Colorado State University Trial Garden — Photo Courtesy All-American SelectionsWith the new and fresh planting season, our thoughts turn to new explosions of color and resurrection. Marching into spring, Mother Nature delights us with bulbs’ noses emerging, buds swelling on branches and the occasional warm breeze. Oh yes, the spring flowers, they’re coming.



The flower world is a lot like the fashion world. Trends abound. There are new styles, new colors and new textures. What was old, is now revamped and new again.

Welby Gardens — Photo Courtesy All-American SelectionsWe are blessed in our flower world with hundreds, more likely thousands of new cultivars and varieties introduced every year. The Internet allows us to search out the newest plants for our unique locations, styles and tastes.  All-American Selections (AAS) is an independent, non-profit organization that tests new varieties and introduces only the best-proven garden performers as AAS Winners. Test and trial gardens from across the country are there to help the gardener get informed and earn trust of the AAS Winners. My favorite trial gardens, which I visit annually, are at Welby Gardens in Denver, and at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Petunia “African Sunset” — Photo Courtesy All-American SelectionsSo to wet your whistle for the gardening season, I’d like to introduce you to a few new flowers and a vegetable.

Petunia “African Sunset”-2014 AAS Winner! Wow! The shades of bright orange flowers cover the entire plant. A great color, it has it all: excellent mounding habit, strong stems, exceptional vigor, tons of flowers and humidity tolerant. It grows 7”-12” tall and spreads up to 20” wide in full sun with average to dry watering. Read More

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Special Love for Spring Bulb Flowers

by Ardith Beveridge on March 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

Tulips and HyacinthsSpring comes into our hearts and minds long before the first tip of green peeks out of the soil and is warmed by the sun. I admire bulb flowers even at this early stage. When the bulbs burst into bloom, most produce big flowers in the most beautiful colors — yellow, orange, red, pink, white, purple — and some are bi-colored.

Whether you get your spring bulb flowers from your florist, or cut them from your own garden, they are indeed a treat to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of spring! It’s important to keep in mind taking caring of cut bulb flowers is a bit different from roses, lilies and tropical varieties. Here are a few notes on how to care for some popular cut bulb flowers.  Read More

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Enjoy Tropical Paradise on Your Patio

by Brian Wheat on July 22, 2013 at 8:56 am

Just because you live in a land-locked state or have a small outdoor area doesn’t mean you can’t sip a fruity drink surrounded by flowering tropical beauties this summer. You can easily transform your outdoor summer space to reflect the ambiance of an island paradise with just a few plants from your local garden center.

There are a variety of tropical plants that can be potted and placed on your patio. In the fall, bring them indoors. Most tropical plants love hot, sunny locations; all you have to do is water when dry and fertilize monthly to keep them blooming all summer.

Listed here are my top five favorite tropical patio plants and the climate zones where they thrive:

Mandeville (Zones 10-11): This vine with its red, white, pink, yellow or bi-color blooms looks wonderful spilling out of a colorful pot and its green glossy leaves can climb up to 20-feet. It is deer resistant and easy to grow.


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Cool Plants for Kids

by Brian Wheat on July 11, 2013 at 8:36 am

Venus Fly Trap

“Mom, can we get a Venus flytrap? Please, please, please?!” I hear this plea in the garden center almost daily. Kids love carnivorous plants.

Carnivorous plants are cool and a great way to teach children about plants and how to care for them. They are not dangerous and do not bite; but they do eat insects and spiders. The three most popular and most available are the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant and octopus plant.

Of the three, the exotic Venus flytrap is the most popular. Native to sub-tropical wetlands in North and South Carolina, it attracts insects to eat, but it’s okay to feed it other bugs, but just not hamburger or other processed meat. Insects will crawl into an open trap, triggering the hairs and it will snap shut. The trap will remain closed for a few weeks as its digestive juices consume the intruder. They can go two months without food. To care for your hungry friend, keep it in a sunny window with high humidity. It loves moist soil, so place the pot in a tray of water with a half-inch of distilled or rain water. Read More

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3 Good Bugs for Your Garden

by Brian Wheat on June 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm

LadyBugsNot all insects are bad and annoying; many are beneficial to your lawn and garden. From pollinating to protecting your flowers, some will take care of pests that infect, damage and feed on your valuable landscape. Here are my three favorite good bugs to help tend the garden.

Our good friend the ladybug, with her round shell of orange with black spots, feed on soft-bodied insects. They dine on aphids, whiteflies, mites and insect eggs, and some, even on fungus and mildew. Their larvae resemble tiny alligators and are hungry allies for us. Release at dusk at the base of plants that are infested with bad bugs. Read More