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Shasta Daisies Add Flash of Brilliance to Any Garden

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, March 28, 2013

Daisies come in many shapes and sizes, from the elegantly-petalled Gazania, commonly known as the African Daisy or Treasure Flower, to the big-headed Gerbera Daisy and the tightly-fringed Bellis, or English Daisy. But no daisy is more highly prized than Leucanthemum, the Shasta Daisy. more

Old-Fashioned Favorites Add Charm to Modern Gardens

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, March 06, 2013

“Old-fashioned favorites” – the flowers that graced our grandmothers’ gardens – were made popular in another era, but look just as beautiful in our own gardens today. Lovely ruffled peonies, majestic foxglove, charming columbine and stately spires of hyssop have stood the test of time, proving to be both durable and beautiful. If you want to add elegance to your garden, look for these “old-fashioned favorites” at your local garden center: more

3 Steps to Creating Perfect Flower Arrangements

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A beautifully-arranged vase of fresh-cut flowers is a delightful way to bring a bit of your summer garden indoors. Now in full bloom, summer gardens are filled with a wonderful variety of flowers in every size, shape and color that are perfect for cutting. When cutting flowers for indoor display, most gardeners keep it simple. They fill a vase with a single flower such as cheerful, brightly-colored Gerbera Daisies. Or they cut an armful of fragrant mixed flowers and plop them unceremoniously into a vase to create a free-spirited, freeform display. Both are effective ways to showcase cut flowers from your garden; but you can create far more dramatic floral displays by employing three basic flower-arranging techniques. more

Type of Shade Determines Plant Choices in Shade Gardens

Green Circle Growers - Friday, July 22, 2011

Hostas and Hardy Ferns are the usual stars of shady garden areas. Their lush, green, leafy growth provides dependable filler in garden areas that receive little to no sunshine. However, over-use of these two shade garden stalwarts has diminished their star power. When we see a bed of hostas spreading under a shady maple, we’re more apt to think “ho-hum” than “wow.” There’s no reason not to use hostas and ferns in shade plantings, but perhaps it’s time to relegate them to the background chorus and introduce some new stars to shade gardens. more

Plants that Are Made for the Shade

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Most gardeners find shady areas a challenge to plant. Hostas, also known as Plantian Lilies, are a popular choice for shady garden spots. The green hues and variegated patterns of this leafy plant make an attractive filler under mature shade trees and along shadowy garden paths. Hardy ferns are another group of shade-loving plants that usually spring to mind when gardeners shop for plants that require minimal sunlight. But when planting a shade garden, gardeners need not limit themselves to these two popular standbys. There are quite a few shade-tolerant plants available at local garden centers that can bring a delightful variety of color and texture to shade plantings. more

Create an Easter Eggshell Garden

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This Easter turn some of your colored eggs into a charming Easter Eggshell Garden. The perfect kid-friendly project; these mini gardens will make a delightful Easter centerpiece. When the weather warms, plant them, eggshell and all, in your garden. more

Create a Garden ‘Map’ to Plan Next Year’s Garden

Green Circle Growers - Friday, November 12, 2010

While you’re in the garden hurrying to finish fall garden tasks before the snow flies, take a few moments to really look at your garden beds. Late fall is an excellent time to assess this year’s garden display and think about which areas of your garden looked great and where you need to make changes next year. A little preparation and planning in the fall will allow you to get the jump on garden chores next spring. more

Plant Bulbs Now to Ensure Beautiful Spring

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, November 09, 2010

These crisp fall days before the ground hardens with frost are the perfect time to plant spring-flowering bulbs like Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinths. Bulbs planted now will cover your spring garden with a fragrant blanket of soft pastels and bold color. more

Use Leafy Plants and Grasses to Create Unusual Fall Container Displays

Green Circle Growers - Monday, October 11, 2010

Porch and patio planters aren’t just for spring and summer posies. With attention to temperature tolerance and growing habits, gardeners can create interesting fall container plantings that go beyond the typical potted chrysanthemum. The selection of cold-tolerant plants that will retain their good looks past the early frosts that turn most autumn bloomers brown and brittle is greater than most gardeners think. Gardeners willing to think outside the box will discover an interesting variety of leafy plants and decorative grasses that will maintain their color and beauty through Thanksgiving and into the winter. more

Mulch Your Gardens Naturally with Lush Perennial Ground Covers

Green Circle Growers - Monday, August 23, 2010

As summer draws to a close, fall garden chores loom. Mulching the garden ranks high on the list of many gardeners. Mulching garden beds with wood mulch every fall helps protect plants from harsh winter weather. Covering garden beds with a layer of wood mulch 2 to 3 inches deep protects the delicate roots of flowers, trees and shrubs by helping the ground retain moisture. Mulch also provides plant roots with a warm blanket of protection against fall frost and winter’s freezing temperatures. more