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Huge Hibiscus Blossoms Create Stunning Garden Display

Green Circle Growers - Friday, August 06, 2010

A common plant in tropical and subtropical climates, huge-blossomed Hibiscus (Hibiscus) commands star billing in U.S. gardens. An old-fashioned favorite, Hibiscus blooms in deeply-trumpeted flowers that open into huge, soft-lobed petals. Hibiscus are available in a variety of beautiful colors from deep, solid fuchsias, reds, oranges, purples and yellows to delicate whites, their petal edges tinged with a pale blush of color. Over-long, elegant pistils and stamens protrude from the deep, richly-colored trumpet throats of these eye-catching garden stars. more

Flowers That Will Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Watching colorful butterflies dancing on the breeze as they flit from flower to flower in your summer garden is one of the true joys of gardening. There are a number of flowers you can add to your garden to attract butterflies: more

How to Protect Heat-Stressed Plants

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

With summer temperatures soaring into the high 90s yet again, the summer of 2010 is predicted to be the hottest summer since the U.S. first started keeping records in the 1880s. Unrelenting heat can take a toll on garden plants. Flower heads can wither and die before reaching full bloom. Leaves may become pale and discolored or start to drop early. Leafy plants like Hosta [] can begin to look scorched, their edges turning a brittle brown. Your beautiful summer garden can start to look a bit scraggly and lifeless if you don’t take steps to protect heat-stressed plants from permanent damage. more

Herbs Make Attractive, Edible Landscape Plants

Green Circle Growers - Friday, July 23, 2010

Herbs are often relegated to a corner of the vegetable garden or a kitchen window sill, but many edible herb plants provide unique and fragrant displays when added to flower gardens or used as landscaping features. Incorporating herbs into landscape plantings is a growing trend called “edible landscaping.” Herbs like Chives, Basil, Oregano, Dill, Parsley and Sage not only add interesting foliage and a pleasant fragrance to garden plantings, they can be harvested throughout the summer to spice up family meals. Come suppertime, cooks can wander through their gardens, snipping a leaf here and a stem there to add fresh flavor to their culinary creations. more

Pinch Back Sedum Now for Robust Fall Display

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, July 20, 2010

One of the staples of the fall garden, red-headed Sedum (Sedum), also known as Stonecrop, should be pinched back now to ensure a robust fall display. Sedum rises on 24-inch tall fleshy stalks lined with thick, succulent leaves. Large, tightly-packed flower heads that look much like flat broccoli florets bloom in early fall through frost. Left to its own devices, Sedum can become leggy and straggly looking, the stems unable to support their heavy flowering crowns. Stems can bend and break, the colorful flower heads dragging unattractively in the dirt. Pinching back Sedum as the plants start to gain height in July will produce sturdy, bushy plants in the fall that are capable to supporting colorful upright blooms. more

Cheerful Sunflowers Add a Smile to Your Garden

Green Circle Growers - Friday, July 16, 2010

Their huge, cheerful heads rising high above even the tallest plants in your garden, like a queen surveying her subjects, bright yellow sunflowers are sure to bring a smile to your face. Annual plants common in the Americas, regal Sunflowers (Helianthus) typically grow to heights of 5 to 12 feet. Scientific records note a sunflower plant in Padua, Italy that grew to the amazing height of 40 feet in 1567. more

Iceland Poppy Good Choice for Poor Soil

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It can be exceedingly difficult to find an attractive flowering plant that will thrive in poor soil areas. Because most plants grow poorly in poor soil, becoming either stunted or straggly, these sections of your garden can look anemic and uncared for. Many gardeners decide to throw in the towel after several years of failed plantings and plant these areas with indestructible English Ivy (Hedera) or cover them over with Sod-Grass. more

Red, White and Blue Flowers Add 4th of July Sparkle

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, July 01, 2010

The 4th of July is the perfect time to gather friends and family for a patio picnic or backyard barbecue. Set a patriotic table with red-checked tablecloths set with white plates and blue-starred napkins. All you need is some quick and easy decorations and you’re ready to entertain. Floral container plantings make easy outdoor decorations for Independence Day celebrations. Live plant arrangements will not only add sparkle to your July 4th festivities, they’ll continue to grace your patio or backyard with brilliant blooms all summer long. more

Exotic Bromeliad Adds Exotic Tropical Touch to Summer Patios

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, June 24, 2010

A cousin of the tasty Hawaiian pineapple, the exotic Bromeliad (Bromeliad) adds a tropical touch to outdoor gardens during the summer. An unusual tropical plant that adds exotic color and texture to interior décor, Bromeliad plants can be moved into patio containers or outdoor garden beds in early summer when nighttime temperatures are dependably above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. more

Delphinium Lets Your Garden Soar to New Heights

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Its stately stalks soaring skyward, Delphinium (Delphinium) adds majestic height to gardens in mid to late spring. An old-fashioned garden favorite, Delphinium produces masses of large, delicate, bell-shaped blossoms on tall, sturdy spikes that rise from compact mounds of dramatic, deeply cut foliage. Available in both white and lavender shades, many gardeners use deep purple spikes of Delphinium to add bold drama and contrast to plantings. more