Category Archives: annuals

Feed Matters

The plants in the upper left corner of each group were not fed. All others were, with varying ferts. Take home message: Feed is critical to your success.
The plants in the upper left corner of each group were not fed. All others were, with varying ferts. Take home message: Feed is critical to your success.

Plants have an uncanny knack for survival, but if you want the ones in your landscape, garden or containers to really thrive, fertilizer is key. These photos, from Greenhouse Grower magazine, show the results of a fertilizer study conducted at Cornell University in 2014. They give a stark illustration of what happens when plants are fed and when they are not. Researchers trialed five different fertilizers¬† with differing results, but the result of no fertilizer at all was consistent, as the plants in the upper left corner of each picture shows.¬† No feed- no growth.¬† Just like with people and pets, good nutrition for plants– consistently and in moderation– is a major key to health and performance–and your gardening and landscaping success.

Pretty in pink

Coleus Redhead, pink caladium Carolyn Whorton, white euphorbia (foreground), begonia Babywing Pink
Coleus Redhead, pink caladium Carolyn Whorton, white euphorbia (foreground), begonia Babywing Pink

Our power pole bed at the nursery is looking pretty good considering how recently it was planted- as in the last couple of weeks. When we wait that late we have to use whatever is leftover, and any “plan” is actually more of a crapshoot. An unexpected and pleasant surprise is how nicely Coleus Redhead goes with pink Carolyn Whorton caladiums. Who knew?

Alyssum, coming soon to a garden shop near you!

The fragrance of this Alyssum Lavender Stream is amazing! The white alyssum behind the lavender is Silver Stream.
The fragrance of this Alyssum Lavender Stream is amazing! The white alyssum behind the lavender is Silver Stream.

The fragrance of this Alyssum Lavender Stream is amazing! The white alyssum behind the lavender is Silver Stream. Both varieties will be moved outside the greenhouse to toughen up in the next couple of days. Coming soon to a garden center near you!

Pansies and violas

Pansies and violas are remarkably tough plants. Even after the harshly cold temps and heavy rains this winter, there are quite a few beds of these hardy flowers around town that are starting to show some color again and are going to put on a colorful show from now until late April or May.

Can you imagine sitting outside in that weather and then bouncing back to bloom for a couple of months? Amazing! But if yours have thrown in the…petal… and you need to freshen your container or beds up a bit, we have a really pretty crop ready for planting.
pansies
Several local Birmingham independent garden centers are stocking up, including Oak Street Garden Shop and Local Market, Collier’s Nursery, Andy’s Creekside Nursery, Leaf & Petal, Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery, Garden Shop of Homewood, Sweet Peas Garden Shop as well as Cedar Creek in Montevallo, so check them out if you want to add some cheer by your front door or mailbox or in your container out back. If you are a landscape contractor, give us a call!