Tag Archives : blooms


#SummerParade of Gorgeous #Flowers! #garden #gardening

It is officially Summer in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.A. and we have a bounty of gorgeous flowers joining our Summer Parade! White Four O’Clocks are the first to line up! The trumpet-like blooms open up in the evening … Yellow Four O’Clocks join White Four O’Clocks in our Summer Parade! Four O’Clocks Blooming […]

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Red Roses & Sonata in Blue Bearded Iris how to garden beginner gardener beginner gardening

Red #Roses & Sonata in Blue Bearded #Irises Share Spotlight!

      Due to cool and rainy Spring weather, our rosebush is much larger than usual. It is so large that it is crowding our Sonata in Blue Bearded Irises. The result is a stunning contrast of colors: red roses in the background and lavender Iris blooms in the foreground. We also love the […]


“Lady Friend” Bearded #Iris #Flowers! #raspberry #flowerpower

  It’s Spring in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and our “Lady Friend” Bearded Iris are blooming! These Irises are so beautiful in color that they remind us of raspberry lollipops! We have more Irises this year because it rained quite a bit this Spring. Therefore, we have learned that Irises like to stay […]

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6 Steps to Design a #Garden! #gardendesign

        When we turn the corner and walk down the hill, our Side Garden stands up and greets us everyday! I have always loved Side Gardens. When I was growing up, my parents had a Side Garden of Irises, Lilies, Roses, and Azaleas. Side Gardens are typically not as visible from inside […]


5 Reasons to #Grow Asiatic #Lilies! #orangeflowersarethebest

    We have so many favorites! Asiatic Lilies are at the top of our “maintenance-free” list! Here are 5 reasons to grow and enjoy Asiatic Lilies in your garden: Asiatic Lilies have large, stunning blooms that attract attention! Asiatic Lilies are durable, dependable perennials that multiply every year! Asiatic Lilies do not require fertilizer. […]

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Front Sidewalk #Garden is #LowMaintenance! #gardening

  Our Front Sidewalk Garden includes Red Potted Geraniums, Japanese Wildflowers, Euonymus Shrub, Tall Arborvitae Evergreens, and Irises. In our birdbath, we placed Hens and Chicks succulent plants. The Front Sidewalk Garden is very low maintenance … we prune the Euonymus a couple of times per year to keep it small. The Japanese Wildflowers require […]


Gorgeous Side #Garden Stands Up & Greets U! #gardening

        When we turn the corner and walk down the hill, our Side Garden stands up and greets us everyday! I have always loved Side Gardens. When I was growing up, my parents had a Side Garden of Irises, Lilies, Roses, and Azaleas. Side Gardens are typically not as visible from inside […]

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4 Reasons to Add #Yuletide #Camellia to #Autumn #Landscape!

  Our huge Christmas Camellia is ready for the holidays! It’s sporting bright red and yellow blooms and is standing 10 feet tall. We purchased the Camellia at a plant nursery in Chincoteague, Virginia about 7 years ago. It was about 18 inches tall at that time. It’s very easy to grow and maintain. We […]


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Turn Plain Deck/Patio Into #Garden Oasis! #gardening

What is a Garden Oasis? When you step outside onto your deck or patio to enjoy the weather and scenery, wouldn’t it be nice to have beautiful plants and flowers greeting you? Plants help soften the lines of a deck or patio. Plants add colorful interest to a deck or patio. Plants help beautify a […]


How to #Plant & #Grow #Irises! #iris #flowers

Why Plant Irises? Irises bloom in the spring and they love full sun! Their blooms are unique, with a colorful bloom on top and another bloom hanging at the bottom, hence “bearded” iris. Irises are very easy to maintain. How to Plant Irises The most important aspect of planting irises is they like for their […]

5 Stunning Bearded #Irises! how to garden beginner gardener

"Tinkerbell" Bearded Iris beginner gardener how to garden

#Irises Stopped Blooming? Here’s Why … #iris #flowers

Our Tinkerbell Irises have stopped blooming, and the reason is because Irises don’t like to be crowded. Irises multiply quickly, and if they get too crowded, they stop blooming. The secret to get them blooming again is to dig them up and divide them, as we demonstrate in the videos below. For beginner gardeners, the […]


#Magenta #Mum #Flowers! #autumn #chrysanthemum #flower

    It’s Fall in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. We have been eagerly awaiting the beautiful chrysanthemum blooms. During mid-Summer, we posted a video on pruning this mum to force fall blooms, and now we are about to get our wish. Take a peek below … The following video shows the Magenta Mum […]

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7 Tips to Get #Free #Red #Salvia Every Year! #flowers

We live in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.A. It rarely goes below 20 degrees in the winter. We have Red Salvia in containers that self-seed and return year after year! Here a 6 tips to get free Red Salvia every year: After the first hard frost, when the temperature goes below 32 degrees, do […]


5 Tips to Get #Tropical #Canna to Bloom Each Year! #flowers

    We have been waiting all summer for our Tropical Red Canna to bloom and it finally has! A beautiful red bloom tops the plant. Tropical plants like sun, water and humidity, so you wouldn’t think of them as perennials in the Mid-Atlantic area, but they can be … Here are 5 tips to […]

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#Blue #Succulent #Sedum Leaves & #Magenta #Flowers! #autumn

  Stonecrop Sedum! We love sedum plants because they are very easy to maintain; provide beautiful fall blooms, and interesting leaf textures and colors. Stonecrop Sedum has cobalt blue leaves with magenta blooms. The leaves feel good to the touch. If you lightly touch the leaves, they slightly tickle your hand! This is a perfect […]


4 Gorgeous #Chrysanthemums in #Autumn #Garden! #flowers #flower

                    We have been on mum watch during the past few weeks, waiting for our mums to bloom! We planted baby mums in the spring so we expect a pleasant surprise when the mums bloom and reveal their color!               […]

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Cora Cascade Peach Blush Vinca [Source: www.parkswholesaleplants.com]

#Drought-Tolerant #Vinca is #LowMaintenance! #flower #flowers

    We visited historic Williamsburg, Virginia and discovered a large container of Vinca and Arborvitae (evergreen). Vinca are drought-tolerant plants with glossy leaves and dainty flowers. They are a member of the impatiens family of plants. The miniature evergreen in the container is of a common variety that stays green year-round. Bonus Tip: @SacredGardenPDX […]


#Fertilize #Roses in #Autumn 4 Gorgeous #Spring #Flowers! #fertilizing

    Due to cooler temperatures, it’s a good time to fertilize roses in the fall to prepare for winter. Roots store up nutrients for the plant. The result is beautiful spring blooms! We use a special fertilizer that has the ingredients needed by roses: Espoma RT8 8-Pound Rose-Tone Plant Food For beginner gardener, roses […]

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#Tropical #Canna Watch! #flowerpower #flowers #flower

  We have waited all summer long for our Cannas to bloom, and finally, in early fall, they are blooming! Tropical Canna plants remind us of the islands, especially Bermuda, which has beautiful flora. Cannas like warm weather and humidity. Believe it or not, they can take cold weather and return the next year. As […]


3 Reasons #Pink #Begonias Make U Smile! #flowers #flowerpower

                  Try looking at this big round ball of Pink Begonias and not smiling! Pink Begonias are a big round ball of joy! We planted 2 begonias in 1 pot, which is why the blooms are so full. Three reasons to grow begonias in your garden are: […]

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Sedum Autumn Joy how to garden beginner gardener

#Sedum #Autumn Joy Blooms Pretty #Pink #Flowers! #plantforbees

  Sedum Autumn Joy is a large sedum, a succulent plant that blooms pretty pink flowers in the fall. It is very easy to maintain, just remove dead foliage in early spring. When the sedum is young and just planted, fertilize lightly with organic fertilizer, such as Espoma PT18 Plant Tone, 18-Pound. Attract bees to […]


Bumper Crop of #Begonias! #garden #flowers

    Begonias are very easy to maintain. They like full to part sun. Just fertilize with Espoma FT20 Flower Tone Plant Food, 20-Pound every few weeks during the growing season. The leaves retain water so only water when the soil is dry. The blooms fall of naturally, so it is not necessary to prune. […]

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Side Garden (Milkweed, Irises, Roses, Golden Yarrow) how to garden beginner gardener

Why #Fertilize & #Prune #Roses? #pruning #fertilizing #rose

  The two most important things you can do to produce beautiful rose blooms is to fertilize and prune regularly! Roses are heavy feeders, and they require certain nutrients, such as lime. We have had excellent success with an organic rose fertilizer (Espoma RT18 Rose Tone, 18-Pound). Dead blooms steal nutrients from your roses, so […]