Green Circle Growers Blog

Tips for Planting Beautiful Container Gardens

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, July 19, 2012

Container gardens are a wonderful way to add color and a touch of nature to entry areas, patios, decks and balconies. Soil preparation, plant selection and watering are the three keys to successful container gardening.  ...read more

Wet Spring Taking Toll on Garden Plants

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, June 07, 2011

It’s been an unusually wet spring. April showers have continued into June and brought with them more than May flowers. Gardens are blooming with color but not all of it is floral. Colorful molds and leaf-spotting fungi are taking a toll on garden plants and shrubs. Leaf diseases thrive in wet weather, and this year’s soggy spring has provided them with optimal growing conditions. Once they get a toe-hold in your garden, fungal diseases can spread rapidly, infecting multiple plants.  ...read more

Design Tricks for Container Plantings

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, May 24, 2011

To create pleasing container arrangements, floral designers use what is called the thriller-filler-spiller technique. In selecting plants to be combined in a container or hanging basket, florists look for plants that will fill each role: ...read more

What Are Plant Hardiness Zones?

Green Circle Growers - Friday, April 01, 2011

When shopping for plants at your local garden center, you may have noticed a zone number listed on the identification tag. Plant hardiness zones were developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1960 to assist farmers in selecting crop plants that would thrive and over-winter successfully in their local area. Each zone indicates the geographic area where climatic conditions are suitable for the successful growth of particular types of plants. Plant growers soon adopted plant hardiness zones as a handy way of indicating to consumers where a particular plant would thrive. ...read more

Plant Amaryllis this Winter for a Magnificent Bloom

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, December 02, 2010

In the garden, nature provides the variations of light and warmth that trigger plants to rest during the winter and begin growing again in the spring. Indoor plants that are too fragile to be exposed to Mother Nature’s whims need some assistance to create a sense of seasonal change.  ...read more

Fall Is Time to Plant Spring Bulbs

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

After the long, gray days of winter, life and color return to the garden each spring as the first green shoots of flowering bulbs push through the earth. Soon the spring garden will be in full bloom: the golden-trumpeted Daffodil (Narcissus) dancing in the breeze, cheerful Tulip (Tulipa) cups adding splotches of bright color, elegant Iris regally unfurling and the jasmine scent of fragrant Hyacinth (Hyacinthus) perfuming the air. But the beauty of the spring garden depends on fall planning and planting.  ...read more

Time to Plant Fall Containers

Green Circle Growers - Monday, September 14, 2009

The approach of fall means it's time to redo the containers that grace your front porch or backyard deck. Out with the bedraggled Ivy Geranium (Pelargonium) and wilting Wave Petunias (Petunia); it's time for a fall makeover.  ...read more

Rejuvenate Garden Beds With Fall Favorites

Green Circle Growers - Friday, September 11, 2009

As fall approaches, lush summer gardens seem to lose their luster. Gone to seed are the once-bright Echinacea (coneflower). All that's left of the Petunias is a leggy tangle of twisted vines. Barren stalks protrude from the earth where blossoms used to bounce on the breeze. But it's too early to give up on Mother Nature. There's still life left in your garden; it just needs a little rejuvenation. Revitalize your fall garden by adding some lovely late-blooming flowers, a few decorative grasses and exotic ornamentals.  ...read more

Fall Garden Tip: Apply Grub Control Now

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, September 03, 2009

When you take pride in your flower beds and lawn, nothing is more irritating than waking up to see the beautiful lawn you spent a summer perfecting peeled back in ugly, lumpy strips. ...read more

Planting Bedding Annuals

Green Circle Growers - Monday, August 10, 2009

Planting your bedding flowers can be an easy and enjoyable part of your landscaping! Annual flowers only last through one growing season and typically die off when cold weather comes. Bedding plants come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes that can be mixed and matched to create wonderful-looking flower beds.  ...read more