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Celebrate America!

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Create an effortless salute to red, white and blue blooms with these clever combination strategies!
 
 31352-Deconstruct-PlanterInstead of mixing colors in one pot, try a stepped skyline of containers, each holding a single color bloom.  The radiating shape of these daisies makes them feel like they are bursting out like fireworks.  Use different sizes of planters and heights.  It really adds to the character of the pots and creates a wonderful and colorful look.
 
 31354-Hanging-PlanterTo successfully marry plants in a hanging basket, do what the pro's do.  Combine one type of large flowers like the red petunia shown in the photograph with smaller scaled trailing accent flowers like the cobalt blue lobelias, periwinkle verbenas and white bacopa copa.  Create the perfect blend of impact and drape all inside a terracotta hanging planter or ceramic pot.
 
 31353-Color-Block-ContainerA bright patchwork of red marigolds and blue campanulas reads patriotic when planted in a shllow white pot or ceramic bowl.  The low bowl shape draws attention to the vibrant blooms rather than the container.  When placed on the ground near the door, the arrangement is the pefect way to greet guests!
 
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Post Last Updated: 6/3/2014 11:59:26 AM 
 
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July 2014 around the garden!

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Here are the list of things you should be aware of that need to be tended to in your garden area. 
 
 31348-Potted-BlueberriesGrow Blueberries NOW:  One of the simple joys of summer, potted blueberries are an excellent fruit for new gardeners.  Northern high bush blueberries are best for the upper and middle south.  Try selections such as Patriot and Liberty.  Rabbiteye blueberries are best in the lower and coast south.  Use climax or premier.  They all prefer slightly moist, well draining potting soil.  Place the planter in a sunny spot and rotate the pot for best coverage.  It's important to plant atleast 2 or more varieties so you will have lots of fruit.  Buy the starters at your local nursery or order online.  Make sure you pick a planter that is large enough so you don't crowd the plants root system.
 
Fertilize:  Feed potted veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash and 31349-Fertilize-Planters tomatillios.  Looking for some organic options?  Miracle Grow Organic Choice is available in granular or liquid form.  Dynamite Organic All Purpose or composted manure for easy feeding.  Just follow package directions and keep those veggies healthy all season long.
 
 31350-Potted-HerbsFragrance:  Add soem sweet scents to your potted garden this season.  The blooms of gardenias, ginger and lilies.  Honeybells hostas and tuberoses will all add a welcome perfume to this summers garden and planters.  Enjoy their fragrance inside by cutting a few stems for casual bouquets.
Herbs:  Cut potted basil, thyme and rosemary frequently to keep these plants in full production.  Keep a pot of your favorite herbs near your grill for a reminder to flavor your summer meals.
 
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Post Last Updated: 6/3/2014 11:25:39 AM 
 
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Stunning Floral Salute

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This independence Day floral designers are giving red, white and blue blooms a boost with fresh herbs.  The herbs add surprising texture and fragrance to this arrangement of asters, salvia and zinnias.  Plus the touch of yellow from the fennel adds a modern twist to the classic patriotic palette.
 
Cut 24 garden flowers, 8 each of red, white and blue to 10" in height.  Hold one red, one white and one blue stem in your hand, twirling the bunch as you add the remaining flowers once at a time, alternating colors. Set the bouquet into a water filled high glossy blue garden vase or planter. Let the stems fall naturally and then start filling in the gaps with fennel and sage.  The spiky buds of the fennel and fuzzy soft leaves of the sage not only add color, texture but a delightful fragrance that is lovely.
 
Garden blooms often have soft stems that will droop in the vase over time and during summers heat.  If your container's bouquet starts to look faint, simply slip three skewers into the heart of the arrangement, angling them to create a tepee in the center. This triangle framework provides a makeshipf trellis that will prop up the leaning flowers.
 
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Patriotic Pizzazz!

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 31343--PotsGrouping a trio of unexpected kitchen containers is a simple way to transform common flowers into an eye catching accent.  Here we used a red colander, white roasting pan and a blue ice bucket.  All simple things most of us have around the home.  Each one is holding petunias, lobelias and daisies, inexpensive plants available at most nursery and landscape centers.
 
For the most balanced display, match the proportions of the blooms to the size and shape of the pot!  A domed container like the colander looks best with a rounded mound of flowers, whereas a cylindrical container like the ice bucket requires a taller, narrower planting!
 
A ladder display is best for a small area!  Stepladders are great for displaying potted 31344-Ladder plants & flowers because they take up mostly vertical space.  You could place one on a deck or balcony without feeling crowded.  To prevent hiding too much of the A-frame try staggering the potted plants right to left, leaving the top two steps bare and choosing smaller, upright plants like geraniums shown.  And for a small scale display, skipping white ensures harmony.  In a tighter space, the stark contrast of white can be overwhelming. 
 
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How to Buy!

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Aside from the garden, the nursery is a gardener's favorite place.  It's where plants, pots & possiblities come together to form the cornerstone of a garden's future.  Figuring out what plants to buy can be a difficult thing.  The dark side of the nursery is the trepidation about whether your new plants will deliver on their promise to improve your garden.
 
 31363-PlantsA label is a must but flowers are not.  Gardeners shopping at the nursery get the most excited about plants covered in flowers.  There is no rule that says you have to buy the plant iwth the most open flowers.  Unless you are unfamiliar with the flowers color and concrened about how it will look in your garden planters, we sugggest you buy fall blooming plants in spring and spring bloomers in fall.   Your plants will then have more time to get established in your pots, focusing on growth instead of flowers. 
 
If you are unable to ignore the flowers, examine the leaves and stems of the plants. 31362-Healthy-Plants  Discolored leaves or signs of insects are good to notice before you bring them home.  The time o fyear affects a potted plants appearance, many look bedragled by late summer.  Look at the shape of the plant.  The more stems the better.  Numberous tems indicate that the plant is more mature than a plant with few stems and will immediately provide you with increased growth.  Finally inspect the roots.  Look for healthy, white roots and some soil.  Don't buy plants if roots are brown or mushy.  If you choose full, healthy growth over flowers, you will leave the nursery confident you made the best choice for your garden planters!
 
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