Amaranthus Autumn’s Touch

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Dried Arrangements, Fall Color, Perennial/Annual Flowers, Unique Plants, Winter Interest | Posted on 02-02-2011

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Amaranthus Autumns’s Touch

When I see this flower I think of fall, and also the flower reminds me of the perennial astilbe flower and or looks kinda like a celosia flower too.

I am loving the color, and this will be my first year to grow from seed.

The plumage on this amaranthus stands tall  with torches a blazing.

When fall comes the colors will blend great in the autumn landscape. Giant 2 foot plumes with red amaranth foliage which is then combined with soft pistachio-green and bronze tones creating a airy beauty in the summer months.

Gigantic blooms last for many weeks,  as two added bonuses , perfect for cutting or fresh and to be used in dried arrangements. Plus, a ideal food source for the songbirds in the fall.

Attractive to bees, butterflies , and birds. A multi use plant , which in my eyes is a well worth growing plant.

The  plumes show their beauty from summer to fall months, and can even be beautiful if left for winter months.

The color shades of the plumes  have  intense green at the base to lighter celery hues and bronze at the tips. If you are looking for something unusual and different , this is it! 

Autumn’s Touch grows 31/2 – 4′ ft tall, beautiful dark green foliage that have thick stems . No staking here folks!

Plant in full sun area, with well drained soil.  No zone area given.

Plant as a backdrop or center of a flower bed. No doubt this will look good anywhere.

I have a feeling , this plant will be hot, hot, hot.

Happy Gardening

Diane Mumm :)

Dipladenia Red Riding Hood

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Houseplants, Long Blooming, Tropical, Unique Plants, Vines | Posted on 20-01-2011

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Dipladenia Red Riding Hood


Out in my patio  sits the Dipladenia Red  Riding Hood Vine.  I have had  this beautiful vine for probably going on 4-5 years . I keep  the dipladenia indoors year around and love to watch it bloom. We are in January right now and it has been blooming for a few months now. I must tell you that this patio ranges in temperatures of 40 F-60 F in the winter months , quite a difference but it doesn’t seem to bother this vine very much, in fact as I see it blooming this moment  I feel it is pretty tough tropical vine.

This variety is a cherry pink in color,  Very pretty!

The flowers are slightly fragrant reaching 4 ” wide which last 4-5 days in bloom.

Woody, twinning, evergreen vine with dark, glossy, oval leaves. Clusters of flared, trumpet-shaped flowers. Blooms year around. 

Prune as needed in summer or winter. Fertilize every 2 weeks with balanced fertilizer, or a fertilizer rich in phosphorus (10-20-10 for instance).

Scientific name is Mandevilla, but it does not have as large as flowers , nor the leave size of the normal mandevilla vine. Still is a noteworthy specimen of a plant .

A vigorous vine that grows 4-6 ft in size, making for a wonderful poted plant  or even works well in baskets.

Hardy to zone 10, can bring indoors if you have cold harsh winters.

Plant in sun to partial shade area, keep moist in the summer months and on the dryer side in the winter months. T he Mandevillas have tubers similar to a dahlia, and do not like over watering in winter.

This is a easy to grow tropical vine, as I have grown this one for years .. They do lose  their leaves but also manage new growth.

I will be trying my hand at propagation , take single single node hardwood cuttings dipped  with rooting hormone which hopefully  should start rooting  in 4 weeks.

I will place the cuttings in a 10×20 plastic tray , use a peat and  perlite or vermiculite soil, then one technique that may produce roots faster is placing  the planted cuttings on a heat mat and then place a clear dome plastic lid over the tray to keep the humidity high. This works for other cuttings  I have grown before. So I will see how this works out and hopefully create a video to show you.

Part 1 Propagating Dipladenia Mandevilla Vine

Part 2 Propagating Dipladenia Mandevilla Vine

Happy Gardening

Diane Mumm


Cobaea Cathedral Bells

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Unique Plants, Vines | Posted on 17-01-2011

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Cobaea Cathedral Bells

This cobaea vine will be a new one for growing here in Iowa, honestly I am not sure how well it will do, but I am willing to  take the gamble.  Cathedral Bells is  also know as cup and saucer vine.

I found two different photos online , one must be enhanced with color, and the other well probably is more like the end result, but  I will see for sure once I grow them beauty spring 2011. I hope to have my own photo  to add to this post later on.

The cobaea vine produces large and fabulous  exotic looking blooms . Buds open to a creamy green, then changes to a rosy violet and again changes to a mature rich purple. I don’t know about  you but this sounds like a very eye catching vine.

Cup-and-Saucer takes its name from the bloom form–the big cup-shaped blooms arise from a cluster of petals, surrounding the base like a saucer!

A charming effect, enhanced by frilly, curlicued anthers of chartreuse emerging from the white-streaked throats of these huge, silky blooms.

Grows to a length of 20 ft, and is considered to be very vigorous . Does not have many pest problems and is said to be trouble free.

Hardy in zones 9-10 , grow in a sun area, uses average watering  needs.

One thing about growing different and unusual plants , is  there seems to be many different results on growing in areas thoughout the world  , so the best way to know is to grow it yourself in your own zone  area  , to see if they indeed grow well .

This is what makes growing so much fun.

Happy Gardening

Diane Mumm

Echeveria Blue Rose

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Drought Tolerant, Succulent, Unique Plants, What is New | Posted on 17-01-2011

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Echeveria Blue Rose

New  2011 to my greenhouse  will be this  beautiful  Echeveria Blue Rose succulent , looks perfect in this picture setting. Don’t you think?

Stated to  be one of the most popular echeverias on the market today. 

Featuring beautiful centered saucer like rosettes , and deep blue ovate leaves. Bloom time is  in Spring/Summer months.

Plant in  bright sunlight in a very porous cactus like soil. Do not let get water logged and protect from cold and frost temperatures. Water when dry to the touch only.

Hardy in zone 10 with a minimum temp of 36 F, so just a annual in many parts of the states, but would  be worth a try to bring in and winter indoors.

As echeveria can stretch more indoors keep them a little cooler with bright light conditions.

Use blue rose as a patio plant, or in a rock garden area .

This succulent will do well  in combination planting  with other succulent species. I am pretty excited to grow and see how well they do in a greenhouse setting.

Let’s Dig in some Dirt!

Diane Mumm

Heuchera Kassandra

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Foliage Plants, Heuchera, Unique Plants, What is New | Posted on 16-01-2011

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Heuchera Kassandra

Another Heuchera with  great promise as the colors change throughout the season, making for a interesting changes and features .

Vigourous grower that shows  leaf changes through the seasons.

In the spring months it emerges in reddish brown tones  to orange yellow  brown tones in fall months.

Blooms white flowers in July on clump forming months that grow 20 inches tall.

As most heuchera hardy to zones 4-9, grow in a well drained soil and plant the crown slightly above ground, do not bury.

Will be new to the greenhouse Spring 2011.

Happy Gardening

Diane Mumm

Echeveria Pink Frills

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Drought Tolerant, Houseplants, Succulent, Unique Plants | Posted on 16-01-2011

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Echeveria Pink Frills

When it comes to succulents , can you really have enough of them?  well I  I have a true weakness for  them, since I started collecting them a few years.

What a beauty! I love the frilly edges which show a pink hue tone over blue  foliage.

Echeveria Pink Frills forms rosettes to 6 inches or more in diameter with frilly frosty like violet leaves that are margined in bright pink.

Use as color accents in rock gardens, wreaths, dish combination gardens, and patio plantings.

 In Spring months this blooms small apricot bell-shaped flowers  that have a arching habit.

Likes bright light  conditions, no colder than 36F degrees , and it hardy in zone 10 .

Work indoors too as a houseplant , but grow cooler and give bright light to prevent stretching.

 

photo courtesy of gardenlife

New for Spring 2011,  would think it will be a hit as it is such a pretty succulent, unique frilly leaves will definitely catch some eyes.

When I look at this succulent the first thing I noticed is the frilly leaves, what do you notice? or what catches your attention? 

Happy Gardening

Diane Mumm

Heuchera Miracle

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Foliage Plants, Heuchera, Landscaping, Perennial/Annual Flowers, Unique Plants | Posted on 16-01-2011

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Heuchera Miracle PP#20,274

You would think after over a dozen different heuchera’s I would have enough but really since they are coming out with more and more colors , shapes and textures, resisting is very tough.

Heuchera Miracle has a special name with much meaning and could be used for that special moment in people’s hectic lives where we all face some challenges, this  immediately was my thought and I love plants that have special names.

A Heuchera that emerges chartreuse with a central pattern of beet-root purple..

As Heuchera Miracle matures colors with change from a mature brick-red with a chartreuse -yellow margin.

Heuchera look great in a part sun to partial shade area, and must have well drained soil.

They look beautiful in the ground as edging , mass plantings ,  and pots with combination plantings ,  known for their beautiful eye catching foliage.

Pink flowers compliment  this beauty in late spring . Grows to a 12-18 inch clump and is Hardy in zones 4-9.

Again another Heuchera I am pleased to offer Spring 2011.

Happy Gardening

Diane Mumm

Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Drought Tolerant, Succulent, Unique Plants | Posted on 15-01-2011

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 Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg

What a  sweet succulent! Which means extra beautiful. Hoping to get some more photos soon, truly excited to have this added to my collection of succulents.

When it comes to succulents color and textures,  this one really stands out. Giving us such beauty as it grows and matures.

I don’t know about you , but succulents have become my weakness when purchasing plants. My basement is now taken over by them and hopefully will be able to thin them out come Spring.

Rosette forming succulent of pale grayish-brown foliage with pinkish highlights and a white powdery dusting on the leaves.

Coral flowers with a yellow center appear on a 1-foot long reddish stem in the summer.

Grows to 12 inches by 12 inches. For full sun in well-drained soil or in a container in full sun in zones 9 to 10, and Hardy to 25 degrees

Plant origin states from Mexico, and is in the family Crassulaceae (Stonecrops).

Noted as the most beautiful plant one can grow, easy care and low water drought tolerant plants.

Here is a little History on this succulent Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg.

This plant is a hybrid between Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Metalica’ x E. potosina (now E. elegans) that was created by Richard Graessner of Perleberg, Germany in the 1930′s, who was considered a famous succulent plant grower in his time.

Many succulents do well indoors as houseplants, but do prefer staying on the cooler side, especially those that tend to  stretch, but I have had really good results with most succulents only a few seem to require cooler temps to reduce stretching.

Enjoy your succulents, if you don’t have any, they are becoming very popular on the market. Most nurseries and garden centers  carry some varieties of succulents.. So watch for them!

Happy Gardening

Diane Mumm 

New Plant Picks for Spring 2011 at Picket Fence Greenhouse and Gardens

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Proven Winners, Succulent, SuperTunias, Unique Plants, What is New | Posted on 03-01-2011

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Each new year brings on exciting and new beginnings in planning for the Spring growing season.

Although I have planted a few herbs , lettuce and kale earlier, those were to keep my sanity in our winter months:)

As planting outside is a few long months away, I will be planting soon indoors from seed for the following season.

Getting a jump start on growing , seeds I will be planting first will be perennial seeds, and many annuals seeds that take some time to grow and mature.

So in a few weeks I will be sowing some seeds in my basement. Pretty exciting and fun way to enjoy growing with our winters still very cold.

Take a look at the many new plants I will be growing. Some you may be familiar with and others may be very new to the market .

Here is a small preview of  What is New 2011 at Picket Fence Greenhouse and Gardens. Click the link below to view the rest , nearly 80 new plants with more coming.

 Plant Picks for Spring 2011 at Picket Fence Greenhouse and Gardens

I think this year may be the year I have more new and unique looking plants than any other year,  so I hope to excite my friends and loyal customers when they walk through the door of the greenhouse.

Here’s to the New Year of planting , we have 4 months of planting seeds indoors , in  March we start moving plants in the greenhouse to transplant our seedlings.

Transplanting is truly my favorite part  of greenhouse growing.

Stay tuned to the goings on, as I will be updating , and video making along the way.

Happy Gardening

Diane Mumm

How to Grow Agave Desmettiana Variegata

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Drought Tolerant, Houseplants, Succulent, Unique Plants | Posted on 14-12-2010

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Agave Desmettiana Variegata is a easy care outdoor or indoor houseplant depending on where you live.

I was always in awe over the  Agave  Plant.  I’ve   seen the Agave in  books and magazine and honestly did not think I could grow them in our cold  climate, but I was wrong.

So  2 years ago I found someone selling tiny little offsets online , and I was reluctant at first, but always love a challenge and I loved the look so much I went ahead and purchased.

I grow many Agaves  indoors in my basement from pups and offsets , but I also transplanted some out in my greenhouse this Spring and they grew so beautifully, with no problems. 

This variety of Agave is considered a dwarf, but think the size is just right especially when growing indoors.

The leaves are bright green with yellow variegation along the margins. Spines are  nonexistent along the margins, but does produce a sharp point at end of their leaves.

They produce offsets, and grow to be 2-3ft in size. Very sturdy plant but make sure you keep out of reach , as the leaves can be easily broken.

Hardy  to 25 degrees so plant outdoors year around in zones 9-11 , Plant in a sun area,  being a succulent plant it requires little water.

There is many agave’s on the market , but this one keeps giving and giving and I love that about plants.

Propagation is easy and before long you will have many agave’s to give, sell , wonderful gifts too.

In this video I will be transplanting  and telling  you alittle more about this special Agave.

Growing and Storing Caladium Bulbs

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Posted by diane | Posted in Bulbs, Diane's Post, Foliage Plants, Shade, Unique Plants | Posted on 22-10-2010

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Caladiums are grown for their beautiful foliage color.

Caladiums standout  in shade gardens with their large, pointed arrow-shaped leaves splashed with shades of green, white, cream, pink and red.

They are considered a tropical plant, meaning they like to live in a warm climate area.

To get a head start in spring , start your tubers inside in a warm area 4-6 weeks before you last frost date , they do well with bottom heat and will take a few weeks to show signs of growth.

Wait until the soil warms  to around 6o degrees outdoors before planting your Caladiums.

You will enjoy foliage color all summer, mix them with Hostas, Ferns, shade loving plants.

To be used in containers or planted directly in the ground.

If planted in the ground they must be dug before a killing frost, you will know when they are stressed if they seem wilted and droopy from the cold. After you dig them , find a box or storage container of some sort , add some peat moss , cut the leaves down to the growing point and place in the container . Check them in the winter months not letting  the soil completely dry out , as the bulb will shivel up.

Containers can be brought in and place in a cool area to winter .  You can leave them in the containers, keep them on the dry side but do not let the soil completely dry out.. Don’t let the temperature get below 55 degrees, keep and eye on them over the winter months.

If you are fortunate and bring the container in before cold weather comes, then try your hand and use them as a houseplant. Inspect for bugs and place by a window for the winter months.

When spring arrives the following year, divide the tubers and place them in individual pots , place in pots that have a peat /perlite mix soil and plant  about 2 inches deep,  cover with soil , keep moist and keep them warm and wait for growth to appear.

Caladiums  Are hardy in Zones 9 – 11 , otherwise plant as a annual .

Grows 18 -24″ H, (Dwarf varieties 8 -12″), Width varies with cultivar and age

Suggested Varieties:

  • Caladium bicolor ‘Freida Hemple’ – Bright Red Centers and wide green margins
  • C. B. ‘‘Little Miss Muffet’- small, lime-green leaves with deep red speckles and often red veins
  • C. b. ‘Pink Beauty’ Pink centers surrounded by pink-speckled green margins, often with red veins
  • C. b.‘White Christmas’ white leaves with green veins.
  • Sun Tolerant Varieties Include: ‘Carolyn Whorton’, ‘Florida Fantasy’ & ‘Pink Cloud’

Caladiums do require some Maintenance:

Winter Care in Cold Zones: If grown outdoors in a cold climate, they can be considered annuals or you will need to dig and store the tubers over winter. Do not wait for them to be hit by frost.

Division: You can divide your Caladium tubers in the spring, to create more plants. Cut the tuber into sections that each contain at least one eye or knob and pot or plant as normal.

Houseplant Care: When growing Caladiums as houseplants, water whenever the soil feels dry and feed monthly. Begin watering less in autumn, as plants naturally stop growing.

Problems: Although Caladiums are carefree growers, they can be subject to the following problems if growing conditions are not ideal: tuber rot (especially if planted outdoors in cold, wet soil), Southern blight, leaf spot and root-knot nematodes. Indoor Plants: aphids and spider mites.

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Heucherella Sweet Tea

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Foliage Plants, Heuchera, Perennial/Annual Flowers, Shade, Unique Plants | Posted on 04-10-2010

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Heucherella Sweet Tea new for 2010

What is a Heucherella?? I love when they cross different species that then form a beautiful looking plant.. Heucherella is a cross between a heuchera and tiarella. 

Foliage of a Heuchera and flowers and cut leaves  of a Tiarella together they form this outstanding specimen of a plant.

With a added bonus of tolerating the heat and humidity.

Heucherella 'Sweet Tea'

Featuring:  Large cinnamon star leaves surrounded by orange tea colored borders. Possibly the most intense colored Heucherella to date.

The big,  cut leaves darken in the summer and lighten up again in the fall. Its H. villosa breeding gives it a big bold habit.

Can you imagine how this plant can and will look in your landscape , the color definitely will stand out wherever it is planted.

Heucherella Sweet Tea has  fast growth  and a mounded tight habit. Grows 28″w/20″h/27″ flower height.

Flowers in spring and resembles foam flowers and are white pinkish color.

Plant in part shade to morning sun area, and is hardy in Zones 4-9.

Landscape choices include shade gardens, woodland gardens, containers , and mixed bed areas.

Diane’s Notes: This has to be one of my new favorite plants, I was very impressed with it’s growth and it is all they say it is.. Outstanding color all season. Don’t hestitate on this plant , I love it and I am pretty picky on plant choices..

Have you tried this new Heucherella , please post your results and how you like it.. Love to hear from you..

photos  courtesy of terranovanurseries.com

Heuchera Electra

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Foliage Plants, Heuchera, Perennial/Annual Flowers, Shade, Unique Plants | Posted on 27-09-2010

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Heuchera 'Electra'

Heuchera Electra

Here is a beauty!  Electra shows off it’s blood red veins with golden leaves, that change throughout the season.

The red venation stays while the leaf changes from shades of yellow in spring, to chartreuse in summer and fall, and tan in the winter. Short, dense cones of white flowers.

Vigorous grower with a mounded habit.

Grows 14 w x 8 h x 12 flower height.

Heuchera 'Electra'

Blooms in summer months, likes a part shade to shade area.

Hardy in zones 4-9 , making a ideal perennial in those areas.

Great in containers, beds, mass plantings, or borders.

Heuchera’s coloring can vary depending on lighting, so that  means give them some good lighting to really bring out the beauty.

Heuchera 'Electra'
 
winter color
 
Heuchera’s are a must if you are looking for a pretty carefree plant that will add color all season long.

photos courtesy of terranovanurseries.com
 

How to Grow Cyperus Egyptian Papyrus King Tut

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Grasses, Pond Plants, Proven Winners, Unique Plants | Posted on 27-09-2010

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Grass like King Tut has been one of the most interesting plants for  pots , landscapes and water ponds. Not a grass at all but grass like in appearance.

King Tut is an evergreen or neutral grass. King Tut is also known as Giant Umbrella Plant, Egyptian Grass, and Cyperus papyrus.

It is a very fast grower and will quickly grow to impressive size, hence the name King

top two photos courtesy of proven winners
Features:
Large heads of pendulous leaves; greenish flower spikelets can measure 1′ across

• Best Seller
• Deadheading Not Necessary
• Foliage Interest
• Grass
• Heat Tolerant
• Landscape Plant
• Low Maintenance
• Water Plant

So  How to grow the King Tut Grass ?

Grows 48-72 inches tall, has a upright habit.

Grow as a annual except for Zones 10-11 , and is hardy to  35 degrees.

Likes a sun to part sun area, and normal to wet conditions.

Use as a Thriller in a pot , either in the middle or to the back of the pot . Makes a great centerpiece and will definitely make a conversation piece.

Especially loved the king tut grass near my pond area, also placed one in a pot , then submerged the pot in the water on the shelf in my pond .

This plant is a show stopper , grows fast and is uniquely different.

For the spring of 2010 I had the baby tut and really thought it was nice, for the year 2011 I will have the king tut if everything goes well..

In the spring of 2011 I did grow the umbrella Egyptian King tun  grass . Seemed easy to care for in the greenhouse and was very easy to grow outdoors provided some good moisture.

Let me know what you think of this unique show stopper grass like king tut..

Happy Gardening

Heucherella Golden Zebra

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Posted by diane | Posted in Diane's Post, Foliage Plants, Heuchera, Shade, Unique Plants | Posted on 25-09-2010

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Heucherella Golden Zebra

New for 2010  is this eye catching Heucherella.  This perennial plant is a cross between a heuchera and a tiarella.

What beauty is unfolding right before your eyes.   This Heucherella has beautiful shaped leaves with a combination of 2  colors .

Bright yellow, feathery leaves are boldly marked with dark-red.

A standout in containers or “Front and Center” of the border.

Heucherella is so much like Heuchera as you get color all season long.  They have a mounded habit

Grows 15″ w/8″h/18″ is the flower height

Hardiness zone is 4-9

Likes to be planted in a part shade to shade area.

White flowers appear in spring.

Use in Container, for contrast, edging in shade or woodland garden, mass, mixed planting, under shrubs.

Look for this beauty , and remember Heucherella add color and interest all season.. Such a unique color to add to your landscape.

Happy Gardening

Alternanthera Grenadine Calico Foliage Plant

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Posted by diane | Posted in Accent Plants, Diane's Post, Foliage Plants, Proven Winners, Shade, Unique Plants | Posted on 22-09-2010

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Alternanthera Grenadine

One of the things that you may look  for in a plant is color, color all season regardless of a bloom or not.

Adding color and contrast really can make a container “pop” so to speak. Really shine and make people ask what is that plant.

Alternanthera Grenadine also known as the calico plant may be a plant worth exploring. Foliage plants are becoming more and more popular in container plantings and really in all types of plantings.

When it may be hard to find plants that add color in a part shade to shade area,  Alternanthera Grenadine will and does carry it’s color throughout the season in just this area.

Features

Brilliant red foliage

• Best Seller
• Foliage Interest
• Heat Tolerant
• Landscape Plant

Alternanthera Grenadine grows 12-18 inches tall. Is considered a Thriller – Used either in the back or middle of a container. Usually a taller item that adds height and drama to the container.

Plant usually as a annual except for Zones 9-11, Hardy to 25 degrees.  Loves a partial shade or shade area.

Looks great in Landscapes and containers. Use in beds, baskets and containers.

Side Note: I am loving this new Alternanthera , showing it’s brilliant color all season. Doesn’t always have to bloom to look pretty.  Foliage plants  are fantastic,  pretty much everywhere they are planted. Can’t wait to see it’s performance in Spring of 2011.

What do you think? Place a comment below , love to hear from you.. :)

 

 

 

Pennisetum Variegated Red Fountain Grass Fireworks

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Posted by diane | Posted in Accent Plants, Diane's Post, Grasses, Unique Plants, Winter Interest | Posted on 21-09-2010

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Pennisetum Variegated Red Fountain Grass Fireworks

At last My plant Testimony 2011: Well after growing this grass all summer into the fall I am happy to report I am in love with this new fireworks grass .

It is just like the photo it grows great in container gardening as a thriller plant. It tolerates heat and should I say drastic heat conditions for extended period of time here in Iowa.

This grass has such a intense color variation , you will love it!

In this video I will show you the fireworks plant live  living in my containers and also in the ground.

In  this photo I am showing the fireworks grass with the rubrum purple fountain grass.  Can you tell there is two different thrillers?

Ornamentals grasses is something everyone should add to their landscape, because of the easy care and neglect most can handle through the season.

Features

• Deadheading Not Necessary
• Foliage Interest
• Grass
• Landscape Plant
• Low Maintenance
• New

Multicolored foliage and pink plumes, sounds like a great combination of color.

Grows 24-30 inches tall

Thriller – Used either in the back or middle of a container. Usually a taller item that adds height and drama to the container.

Treat as a annual except for zones 9-11, as Hardiness is to 25 degrees. Likes a sun location as most grasses prefer.

Plant this beautiful ornamental grass in Landscapes, containers and Great in beds, along walkways, and on patios.

This fireworks grass will be new for 2011, really can’t wait to see it perform and grow.

Write your comments below , what you think , thoughts and opinions would love to hear from you.

Be Happy
:)

Superbells Calibrachoa Coralberry Punch

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Posted by diane | Posted in Calibrachoa, Diane's Post, Long Blooming, Perennial/Annual Flowers, Proven Winners, Unique Plants | Posted on 21-09-2010

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 Superbells Calibrachoa Coralberry Punch

Another new introduction in the Calibrachoa world for 2011.

Unique color of salmon  and coral combination  make this one a head turner.

Loving the colors, so vibrant , for sure will be a best seller.

Features

Abundant, small petunia-like flowers all season on cascading growth; low maintenance

• Attracts Hummingbirds
• Deadheading Not Necessary
• Fall Interest
• Heat Tolerant
• Low Maintenance
• Needs Good Drainage
• New
• Pet Friendly

Calibrachoa do not like to be wet , if you are planting them in the ground good drainage is essential.

Great for container planting , as they only grow 8-12 inches , trails up to 36 inches

Grow as a annual , except for zones 9-11..  Hardy to 30 degrees, Plant in sun.

Loves to be fed , so fertilization is important to keep blooming and growth adundant.

Hummingbird and butterfly attractor.

 Exploding with popularity the Calibrachoa should make it way into everyone’s home before long.

 Ask for this plant wherever you go , and add to your list of plants.

You will be glad you did!

Be  :)

Superbells Calibrachoa Blackberry Punch

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Posted by diane | Posted in Calibrachoa, Diane's Post, Long Blooming, Perennial/Annual Flowers, Proven Winners, Unique Plants | Posted on 21-09-2010

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 Superbells Calibrachoa Blackberry Punch

Another new color in the Calibrachoa world . With so many on the market this superbells is yet another breakthrough in color.

Wow this Calibrachoa will for sure turn some heads.  What a Beauty!

This is by far one of the more asked for plants in the gardening world , more and more people are loving how they perform under all kinds of weather conditions.

So if  you are thinking they look a little like petunias well you are right there. Calibrachoas are a new type of plants that sort of look like little Petunias, which makes sense seeing as we’re related.

Oodles of flowers cover these beautiful trailing spiller plants, and with continuous bloom , they have what everyone  is looking for .

Features

Abundant, small petunia-like flowers all season on cascading growth; low maintenance

• Attracts Hummingbirds
• Deadheading Not Necessary
• Fall Interest
• Heat Tolerant
• Needs Good Drainage
• New
• Pet Friendly

 

Calibrachoa do not like to be wet , if you are planting them in the ground good drainage is essential.

Great for container planting , as they only grow 8-14 inches , trails up to 36 inches

Grow as a annual , except for zones 9-11..  Hardy to 30 degrees, Plant in sun.

Loves to be fed , so fertilization is important to keep blooming and growth adundant.

Hummingbird and butterfly attractor.

Superbells Calibrachoa Blackberry Punch is a Super Duper Plant that is going to explode in the gardening world.

 Exploding with popularity the Calibrachoa should make it way into everyone’s home before long. Ask for this plant wherever you go , and add to your list of plants.

You will be glad you did!

Make someone :)  and Give a Flower as a Gift.

Photo  courtesy of Proven Winners – www.provenwinners.com

GoldDust Mecardonia

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Photo courtesy of Proven Winners – www.provenwinners.com

GoldDust Mecardonia

Features
Small green leaves are covered with yellow nemesia-like flowers from May through October, excellent heat tolerance.

• Deadheading Not Necessary-Self Cleaning 
• Heat Tolerant
• Landscape Plant
• Low Maintenance 
• New

Great in landscapes and container combinations. GoldDust  has a trailing habit and is classified as a spiller plant.

Grows to just a height of 2-5 inches tall, Plant in a sun location.

Hardy to 25 degrees, and is a annual in most areas except Zones 9-11.

This plant looks to be a nice looking compact plant. People love yellow flowers and it has a excellent growth habit for growing in any containers .

Happy Gardening

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