Green Circle Growers Blog

Fall Garden Clean Up Makes for Healthy Spring Garden

Green Circle Growers - Friday, November 19, 2010

Jack Frost has finally danced his chilly fingers through the garden gate and blown his frozen breath over those hardy late bloomers. The first frost turns gardens into a magical fairy land. Heuchera, also known as coral bells, acquire an icy white rim, and Asters appear to have been dipped in diamond dust, so brightly do they sparkle in the first rays of the sun. Unfortunately, the magic doesn’t last long. Heat from the rising sun quickly melts those frosty crystals, leaving behind a sodden mess.  ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read more

Brightly Color Asters Star in Late Fall Gardens

Green Circle Growers - Friday, November 05, 2010

When the other plants in your garden have turned brown and droopy and even the chrysanthemums are looking tatty, Asters (Aster) continue to star in the late fall garden. In fact, the name “Aster” is a derivative of the Greek word for “star.” Available from your local garden center in brilliant hues of deep fuchsia, bright white, sky blue, glowing lavender and royal purple, asters take the final bow before winter brings down its snowy curtain and the garden show is over for the year.  ...read more

Keep English Ivy Under Control

Green Circle Growers - Monday, November 01, 2010

Attractive and easy to grow, English Ivy (Hedera) is a common feature in many gardens. A prolific grower with beautiful, star-shaped evergreen foliage, English Ivy is particularly attractive when allowed to encircle the base of a tree. Thriving equally well in full shade or bright sun, it is often used to stabilize garden slopes against erosion or fill in large shady areas where other plants fail. ...read more

Tucking Your Roses in for the Winter

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Roses (Rose) are one of the most satisfying flowers to grow. Stunningly beautiful and wonderfully fragrant, these summer beauties must be adequately protected to make it through the cold winter months successfully. An end of summer pruning is all that’s needed to prepare hardy shrub roses for winter, but more delicate hybrid tea roses require a bit of TLC if you want to enjoy their colorful blooms again next year.  ...read more

Give Your Halloween Pumpkin a Floral Makeover

Green Circle Growers - Friday, October 22, 2010

At night the Harvest Moon hangs low in the sky, the perfect backdrop for screeching black cats and broomstick-riding witches. Yep, Halloween is creeping up fast, and Mother Nature is doing her part to create the proper atmosphere! Soon, ghosts and goblins, ballerinas and super heroes, and dinosaurs and princesses will wander zombie-like along neighborhood streets, weighted down by plastic pumpkins stuffed with goodies, crying “Trick or Treat” as they ring every doorbell. ...read more

Don’t Throw Out Dead Chrysanthemums; Plant Them in Your Garden

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum), or “mums” as they are often called, are America’s favorite fall flower. Everywhere you go you see pots of cheerful chrysanthemums, their densely petalled heads dancing in the autumn breeze. Home owners line their entry walks with pots of chrysanthemums or step them up front porch stairs. You’ll see them displayed in elegant pots on patios or in charming baskets set next to someone’s front door.  ...read more

Putting Your Garden to Bed for the Winter

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, October 14, 2010

There are still a few weeks left to enjoy your fall garden but killing frosts are fast approaching. It’s time to get your garden beds ready for winter. These final pleasant fall weekends provide an excellent opportunity to trim and prepare plants for the cold days ahead.  ...read 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. ...read more