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Container Planting

Celebrating Canada's 150th with Red and White Plantings!

 Celebrate Canada's 150th!

Cheers Canada ~ You’re Looking Good!

 

This spring a lot of gardeners are planting red and white annuals to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. 150 years is kind of a big deal and what a party it will be all summer long! Whether you are interested in doing a single planter, or if you are making a whole theme of red and white flowers I have a few ideas to get the plan going.

A couple of the plants that we expect to be the backbone of the red and white theme are red and white geraniums and red and white Proven Winner Supertunia and Surfinas. Classic and gorgeous these two will be well represented in the gardens nationwide this summer. Some other selections to consider are red tuberous and fibrous begonias, snapdragons, salvia, verbenas.

I always like to think of designing planters like floral arranging on a larger scale. So to compliment those large flowers mentioned above look to add smaller flowers like bacopa, lobelia, alyssum and from the Proven Winner lineup Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' and Nemesia 'Cherries on Ice'.

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Thriller Filler Spiller

 When it comes to annuals, the plants from Proven Winners® are hands down my favourites! The people behind the brand, Proven Winners, seek out, select and develop plants that are long blooming, easy to go and highly rewarding for the home gardener. And they are oh so beautiful! Now you know why half our greenhouse is full of all these gorgeous plants.
 
When they came out with the Thriller Filler Spiller idea, it was groundbreaking for gardeners to have a plan to put together easy containers with lots of Wow Factor! Read More

How to Layer Bulbs

A great way to plant bulbs in containers is to Layer them. In addition to creating stunning combinations, layering your bulbs can also extend the length of bloom time for your container when you choose early, mid and later blooming bulbs. You'll be impressed with how much impact one container can.... well, contain :)

Bulb layering is such a simple technique, but each fall I get lots of question about how to do this, so I thought it was a great thing to tell you about this month. So get your Autumnal Garden Groove on and let's layer that container!

Supplies

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How to Make Beautiful Moss Baskets

How to Make a Beautiful Moss Basket

Materials

14-inch wire basket frame wire hanger (hook or eye) Sunshine or MySoil potting soil 1/2 bag or moss 2 tbsp fish meal 2 tbsp 14-14-14 Osmocote slow release fertiliser

Plants for a Sunny basket

1 Geranium (Zonal) for the top 3 Proven Winner trailers for the top 3 fillers for the top 24 plants (trailers & fillers) for the sides (We can show you what we use)

Plants for a Shady Basket

1 Tuberous Begonia for the top 3 Proven Winner trailers for the top 3 fillers for the top 24 plants (trailers & fillers) for the sides (We can show you what we use)

Method

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