Green Circle Growers' Blog

How to Plant Your Own Herb Spiral

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rising from a corner of Cleveland’s Midtown Learning Farm like the coiled shell of a gargantuan snail is a swirl of rocks and green-leaved herbs. An “herb spiral” is a carefully planted microcosm designed to be a self-sustaining ecosystem. An outgrowth of permaculture, which promotes living and gardening in harmony with nature, herb spirals are becoming popular not only for their sound ecological design, but also for the visual interest they add to gardenscapes. more

A Garden Good Enough to Eat!

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, April 03, 2013

A few pots of herbs on the back stoop or an herb garden under the kitchen window—cooks who love to flavor their food with fresh herbs have always managed to find a spot to grow the aromatic plants, which add a spicy kick to meals. Herbs, like vegetables, have traditionally been relegated to their own domain in the garden landscape; but in one of today’s hottest gardening trends, they are going rogue and breaking out of their narrowly defined spaces to pop up between the petunias and daisies! more

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

Creating Attractive Plant Partnerships in Your Garden

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Creating attractive plant partnerships is the key to creating an attractive garden bed. In deciding which plants to group together, it is important to consider the following: more

Tiers, Plant Partnerships Key to Attractive Gardenscape

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, March 14, 2013

There are many approaches you can take when planning garden beds, but taking a tiered approach and thinking in terms of pleasing plant partnerships will put you on the fast track to creating an attractive gardenscape. Of course there are a few general, but critical, rules to keep in mind when choosing plants for any garden location: 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

Green Circle Growers Sustains Fire Damage to Growing Space, Business Will Continue Running Smoothly

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Green Circle Growers Sustains Fire Damage to Growing Space, Business Will Continue Running SmoothlyGreen Circle Growers sustained significant damage to a one acre production barn and five acres of greenhouse structure in an early evening blaze that took firefighters 10 hours to extinguish last night. Cause is yet to be determined, but the fire originated in an outdoor area is used to store materials. more

Colorful Plant Combinations Make Beautiful Container Plantings

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, September 13, 2012

Plant selection is one of the keys to planting successful container gardens (see our previous post). Because plants in a container planting must co-exist in the same small environment, it is essential to select plants that have the same light and watering requirements. Before purchasing plants, decide where the container will be displayed so you know whether to choose plants that require full sun, partial shade or shade. more

How to Combine Thriller, Filler and Spillers into Attractive Containers

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It’s fun to get creative with container gardening. As long as plants share the same light and watering requirements, you can combine any number of them to make an attractive container planting. To achieve a harmonious plant arrangement, professionals use the thriller-filler-spiller method of container design. more

How to Create a Hand-Tied French Bouquet

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, August 30, 2012

To make a stunning hand-tied French bouquet, you will need: more

Create a Picture-Perfect Flower Arrangement

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

To create a picture-perfect flower arrangement, you will need: more

How to Make a Flower Pomander (Kissing Ball)

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, August 16, 2012

To make a flower pomander, you will need: more

Coleus Adds Pizzazz to Summer Gardens

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Bold, bright and colorful, Coleus adds instant pizzazz to garden and container plantings. A summertime favorite, this hearty annual is prized for its lush, colorful, textured foliage. Available in a wide variety of exuberant colors ranging from lime green to brilliant fuchsia to deep chocolate, Coleus is most often used as a bridge plant to tie together garden flowers with clashing colors. Coleus also performs beautifully as both an attention-getter and backdrop for other plants. Its thick, cushiony leaves add desirable texture to mixed garden plantings and container groupings. Available in a variety of sizes from tiny minis suitable for terrarium plantings to large plants that can reach the size of small bushes at maturity, Coleus is one of the most versatile summer annuals available. more

Diverse Celosia Shines in Garden and Vase

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, August 02, 2012

A florist favorite in fresh and dried flower arrangements, Celosia also shines in garden plantings. This showy summer annual blooms in three very distinct forms. Some varieties of Celosia are topped with elegant feathery plumes and can reach a height of 4 feet. So called “wheat” varieties bloom in more compact, upright spires shaped like stalks of wheat. The most unusual Celosias are the crested varieties that have a unique thick and twisting flower formation that resembles a rooster’s comb. It is from this variety that Celosia gets its common name, cockscomb. more

Lilies Are a Mainstay of Summer Gardens

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lilies in all their beautiful forms are a mainstay of summer gardens. Blooming from early summer through late fall, these colorful perennials with the trumpet-shaped flowers are a carefree garden choice. Highly adaptable and extremely hardy, lilies can be found blooming everywhere from dank roadside ditches to the world’s most beautiful gardens. Lilies typically prefer sunny locations but will also bloom in partial shade. They prefer soils that are evenly moist but will generally survive bouts of drought or soggy weather without damage. more

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. more

Containers and Trellises Expand Small Garden Options

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Small garden spaces can be expanded by using containers to create additional planting areas or by using trellises to make use of vertical space. When planting small gardens, select plants that will provide multi-season displays, and consider foliage as well as flowers. Plants that flower, such as Heuchera, commonly known as Coral Bells, and Hosta, or Plantain Lily, provide beautiful foliage from spring through fall. more

Gardening Solutions for Small Spaces

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, July 05, 2012

You don’t need a large yard or massive garden beds to create a beautiful garden. You can surround yourself with nature’s beauty by creating a lush oasis or a serene garden retreat in a small space. Small gardens abound in cityscapes where garden space is at a premium, but they can also be a joy for home owners with larger yards. In larger landscapes, small gardens can be used to frame entry areas, showcase prized plants, differentiate outdoor “rooms” or create intimate corners that invite pleasant conversation and quiet reflection. more

Ground Covers Offer Ideal Solution for Problem Garden Areas

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ground covers offer an attractive alternative to turf grass in many locations around the yard. Heavily shaded areas and slopes that are difficult or dangerous to mow are generally better planted with ground covers than grass. Ground covers are low-growing leafy, grassy or flowering plants that exhibit a naturally-spreading growth pattern. A wide variety of ground covers is available from local garden centers. more

How to Choose the Right Support for Climbing Plants

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, June 21, 2012

Climbing plants and vines can add beauty and visual interest to your garden landscape. Flowering plants growing up the side of a pergola or climbing an arbor create a colorful focal point for garden displays. Vining plants can turn a shed or garage wall into a floral canvas. When planted to climb a fence, climbing plants can create a beautiful living privacy screen. more

2012 Is National Garden Year of the Geranium

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

America’s favorite bedding and container plant, the ubiquitous geranium is getting its year in the sun. The National Garden Bureau has named 2012 “The Year of the Geranium.” Since the 1920s, the non-profit National Garden Bureau has been promoting the joys of home gardening through public awareness and education. This year, the bureau has turned its spotlight on an old-fashioned favorite and much-loved American classic, the more

Create a Butterfly Garden in Your Backyard

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, June 07, 2012

Watching a butterfly flit through your garden is one of summer’s delightful pleasures. As these delicate creatures alight on a flower blossom and slowly fan their wings, you have but seconds to admire their striking coloration before they take flight again. If you find yourself mesmerized by these beautiful insects, you can encourage them to visit your backyard by creating a butterfly garden. more

Must-Have New Garden Flowers Announced

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Every year the National Garden Bureau announces its selection of the 100 best new garden plants introduced that year. While the list includes new varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables, it’s usually the annual and perennial flowers that receive the lion’s share of the attention from home gardeners. In past years, new varieties of Petunias and Impatiens have sold out quickly at local garden centers as gardeners rushed to add the latest must-have flowers to their garden beds. This year’s crop of new annuals and perennials promises to generate just as much gardening excitement. more

More Tips for Growing Healthy Indoor Plants

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, May 24, 2012

Indoor plants bring a touch of the outdoors into your home. A splash of bright yellow Daffodils (Narcissus) turns a dreary room warm and sunny in an instant. Baskets of trailing English Ivy (Hedera) transform a quiet bedroom into a lush, relaxing oasis. Adding a pot of old-fashioned Primrose to a quiet corner gives a room a cozy feel. There is something about living plants that makes us feel more

Indoor Plants Transform Home into Relaxing Oasis

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The simple act of placing a pot of delicately-flowered Cyclamen (Sowbread) on a table or hanging a basket of silver-leafed Wandering Jew in a kitchen window or adding a bright green potted Sago Palm (Cycas) to an empty corner instantly transforms a room into a relaxing oasis. Indoor plants bring the soothing colors and scents of nature into our homes. more

Tips for Growing Beautiful Roses

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, May 10, 2012

One of America’s favorite flowers, roses grace gardens with their beauty and heady fragrance all summer long. From June to September, rose bushes bloom with a profusion of colorful flowers from pale pinks to luscious salmons and sunny yellows to deep reds. Roses do require attention but are not the prima donnas of old. Modern rose varieties are hardier and more disease and pest-resistant than the roses your grandmother may have fussed over. Today, gardeners of all experience levels can grow roses successfully. more

Science Proves Flowers Have Power to Boost Mood

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Feeling depressed? Anxious? Overstressed? Stop by your local garden center and pick up a pot of posies. A new study on the emotional impact of flowers by behavioral researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey proves scientifically what we know empirically: Flowers make us feel good! Rutgers researchers found that flowers have a remarkable power to improve emotional health. Simply being in the presence of flowers was found to elevate mood significantly, measurably increase feelings of life satisfaction, and promote positive social behavior. That’s a lot of power for a pot of pansies, or Viola Wittrockiana, the happy-faced flower’s scientific name. more

USDA Recalculates Plant Hardiness Zones

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, April 26, 2012

Indicative of changing weather and temperature patterns, March set high temperature records across much of the U.S. Chicago, where early spring temperatures rarely climb above 50, saw the mercury rise to 80 degrees F. an unprecedented eight times during March. From America’s eastern plains, across the Midwest and South and into New England, unseasonably warm temperatures caused bulbs to bloom and perennial plants to start growing a full month ahead of schedule. more

Easy Care Plants for the “Plant Challenged” Person

Green Circle Growers - Friday, August 05, 2011

Plants add a touch of green and beauty to any indoor environment. Not only can plants be decorative, but they can bring out the nurturing spirit in each one of us. You don’t have to be a gardener to love indoor plants. In fact, even the person who claims that they have a “black thumb” can enjoy and grow these easy to care for plants. more

Essential Spring Gardening Tips

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, August 04, 2011

Many avid gardeners are chomping at the bit to get planting after having been trapped inside for several months of winter cold.  There are some preparatory steps that you should be ready to focus on prior to diving right into spring planting if you want the most successful and beautiful garden possible though. 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

Vacation Care for Hanging Baskets, Containers and Houseplants

Green Circle Growers - Friday, July 29, 2011

When you go on vacation, your plants will suffer unless you make arrangements for plant care while you are away from home. In our previous post, we discussed vacation care for outdoor garden plants; but you’ll also need to make vacation arrangements to protect container plantings, hanging baskets and indoor plants. Container-grown plants are far more exposed to the dangerous drying effects of heat and evaporation than garden plants. Constantly bombarded by summer heat on all sides, the soil in containers and hanging baskets dries out quickly. Even in only mildly hot weather, container-grown plants rely on daily watering for the moisture they need to grow and thrive. more

Going on Vacation? Make Sure Your Garden Is Ready

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer vacations are wonderful for gardeners but not so wonderful for their gardens. While you’re spending a delightful week or two at the beach or in the mountains, your garden is on its own and at the mercy of the elements. If the weather is mild and rainfall is consistent while you’re away, your garden should manage just fine without daily ministrations. You’ll have a few more weeds to pull and some deadheading to catch up on, but well-established plants can tolerate a week or two of mild neglect. However, with the dog days of summer nearly upon us, the weather while you’re away is likely to be broiling hot and desert dry. To protect the investment you’ve made in your garden – not to mention the sweat equity you’ve poured into your little piece of heaven -- you’ll want to add a few garden care chores to your vacation to-do list to ensure that when you return from your travels your garden will be just as beautiful as it was when you left. 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

How to Protect Yourself from Poison Ivy

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

An encounter with poison ivy while gardening can lead to weeks of itchy misery. (See our previous post on how to identify poison ivy.) All parts of the poison ivy plant -- leaves, stem, roots and berries -- are poisonous to humans. Allergic reaction is caused by urushiol, a caustic chemical in the plant’s sap. Gardeners rarely react to their first poison ivy exposure. However, even the slightest contact with urushiol stimulates the production of antibodies that provoke an allergic reaction during subsequent exposures. more

Watch Out for Poison Ivy in Garden

Green Circle Growers - Monday, July 11, 2011

An enjoyable day of gardening can turn nasty if you encounter poison ivy while weeding between the Gerbera Daisies (Gerbera) and Petunias or behind the Hydrangeas. Poison ivy’s blistering rash may not erupt until the next day, but by then the damage is done and you’ll be in for a miserable week or two of intense itching. The best way to avoid the misery that poison ivy brings is to know what this poisonous plant looks like and how to safely remove it from your garden. more

Stock up on Marigolds to Protect Vegetable Plants

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, July 07, 2011

Summer’s barely begun, but garden centers are already marking down popular annuals. If you’re a vegetable gardener, this is the perfect time to stock up on Marigolds (Tagetes). These colorful, low-growing annuals with the tightly-ruffled pom-pom heads are the super hero of vegetable gardens. more

How and When to Prune Clematis

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, July 05, 2011

A beautiful vining plant that produces large, colorful flowers from late spring through fall, Clematis is a garden favorite (see our previous post). With proper pruning this old-fashioned perennial will produce years of thick, lush foliage and abundant blooms. But there’s the rub. After a few years of improper or negligent pruning, clematis vines can become top heavy, the greenery and blossoms bushing out above unattractively barren stems. Unfortunately, pruning clematis is not a simple matter. This flowering vine is divided into 3 pruning groups based on peak blooming period and whether flowers are set on old or new growth. more

Pruning Clematis Produces Showier Display

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, June 30, 2011

Large palm-sized blooms in vibrant purples, pinks and bright whites set against a background of thick green foliage; Clematis provides a stunning garden display from spring through fall. Trained to a trellis, this flower-covered vining plant adds color and visual interest to blank exterior walls. When planted to twine up a patio fence, the flower-laden tendrils of this attractive vine create a dramatic natural screen. A clematis-covered pergola can provide an enchanting entrance to a well-planted garden or can be used to create a quiet oasis of shady seclusion along a sheltered garden path. more

Columbus Park Inducted into Rose Garden Hall of Fame

Green Circle Growers - Monday, June 27, 2011

The Columbus Park of Roses in Columbus, Ohio was recognized as one of the world’s outstanding rose gardens last weekend when it was inducted into the Great Rosarians of the World Rose Garden Hall of Fame. The Park of Roses has the distinct honor of being the first garden in the U.S. Midwest to be selected for inclusion in the international Rose Garden Hall of Fame. The Central Ohio park joins an elite company of the world’s most famous gardens, including world-renowned rose gardens in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, France, Belgium and Germany. more

Garden Pals Boost Vegetable Flavor

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Like peanut butter and jam, some things just taste better together. Melding flavors by pairing foods elevates the taste experience to new heights. Gardeners have discovered that the taste blending usually performed in the kitchen can also be accomplished in the garden. Planting vegetables with complementary herbs in the same garden bed not only augments the flavor of the vegetables, it can have the added benefit of warding off problematic insects. Called companion planting, the tried-and-true gardening method is gaining new attention from organic gardeners and home gardeners concerned about pesticide use. more

Think Flowers for Father’s Day

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, June 16, 2011

Every Father’s Day, it’s the same old dilemma. Do you give dad ties or tools? Fishing lures or golf balls? Grill accessories or car wax? Like every other year, dad will smile and say thank you, trying not to sigh as he stows the new items away with the dozens he’s already accumulated from past Father’s Days, birthdays and Christmases. What is it about shopping for dads that keeps us so narrowly focused on the same tired gift list we’ve been using for decades? Tools, ties and car stuff have been the staples of the male gift list since your great-grandfather’s day. more

How to Identify Plant Fungal Diseases

Green Circle Growers - Friday, June 10, 2011

The wet spring is taking a toll on garden plants. In many gardens, fungal diseases seem to be blooming faster than the flowers (see our previous post). The forecast of more wet, humid weather doesn’t bode well for garden lovers. Once fungus takes hold, horticulturists say that, in most cases, there is little gardeners can do but wait it out. Even though plants look unsightly, well-established plants should weather the storm without permanent injury. Removing heavily diseased plants and giving your garden a good dose of broad-spectrum fungicide early next spring should return your garden to its normal beauty next year. 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. more

Hydrangeas Put on Spectacular Summer Show

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, June 02, 2011

Mopheads, snowballs and lacecaps are funny names for flowers but very descriptive of the different types of Hydrangea they describe. An old-fashioned favorite and perennial garden staple, hydrangeas are a flowering shrub with attractive foliage and large, showy flowers. Flower heads are composed of dozens of tiny, 4-petaled florets that grow in a variety of shapes -- sphere, panicle or flat – depending on variety. While America does have native hydrangea species, the large-blossomed plants that first captured the interest of 19th century gardeners were imported from Japan and China where hydrangeas were not only prized for their beautiful flowers and lush green foliage, but were also used to brew a sweet herbal tea. more

Eco-Landscapers Choosing Gardens Over Grass

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The hallmark of American suburbia for decades, the well-manicured lawn is gradually giving ground to expansive gardens and mini-prairies filled with Asters, Rudbeckia (Brown-eyed Susan) and other native plants. The move to replace grassy lawns with flowering gardens was recently named the hottest new trend in yard landscaping by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Like tendrils of crabgrass slowly creeping into a thick, green blanket of Kentucky Blue grass, eco-gardening is gradually gaining favor with U.S. home owners. more

Plant Choices Make Confetti Containers Pop

Green Circle Growers - Friday, May 27, 2011

There’s a trick floral designers use to create attractive hanging baskets and container plantings. Called thriller-filler-spiller, it’s an easy method for creating pleasing, balanced arrangements that attract attention. more

How to Create Confetti Containers

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, May 26, 2011

Confetti containers are making a colorful splash at nurseries and garden centers this year. Sold as both hanging baskets and planters, confetti arrangements feature a happy jumble of different brightly-colored flowers that appear to have been tossed together with joyful abandon like floral confetti. The look is appealingly chaotic; but if you look carefully, you’ll discover a surprising amount of order in the chaos. 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: more

2011 Named Year of the Zinnia

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, May 19, 2011

When the Spanish discovered Zinnias growing in Mexico in 1519, they called these colorful, multi-petalled flowers “mal de ojo,” Spanish for “evil eye.” The name derives from the startling appearance of the flower’s large, unusual center which is edged with tiny, yellow, star-shaped flowerets. Named for the mid-18th century German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn, Zinnias are in the spotlight this year, which has been named the Year of the Zinnia by the National Garden Bureau. more

New Rose Hybrids Feature Heady Fragrances

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The scent of roses in the air tantalizes the senses. It is the smell of summer. Coming into full bloom from early to mid-June, roses continue to bloom all summer long, scenting the air with their heady perfume. Originally cultivated as much for their scent as for their beauty, old fashioned roses may produce smaller, less showy blooms than modern hybrids; but their intoxicating fragrance is unsurpassed. more

Sod-Grass Provides Quick Solution to Lawn Problems

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, May 12, 2011

A lush, thick, green lawn is a pleasure in and of itself; but it also provides a verdant “frame” for a picture-perfect garden. Bare spots in your lawn detract from the total landscape by drawing the eye away from the pleasing symmetry of floral plantings and focusing attention on those stark brown patches of barren earth. The effect is unpleasantly jarring, but correctable. more

Edible Front-Yard Gardens Please Palate and Senses

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Most front-yard gardens feature a mix of flowering trees, shrubs and bright-colored flowers; but the growing trend is to add edible vegetables and herbs to the front-yard landscape. Once strictly relegated to back-yard vegetable plots, herbs and vegetables are being tucked between the yews and petunias to add color, texture and practicality to formerly staid, decorative front-yard garden arrangements. Bright red tomatoes and dark green peppers, broad-leafed basil and curly parsley, dense clumps of chives and lacey dill are becoming as popular as geraniums and impatiens along front-door walkways. more

Garden Gifts Make Delightful Mother’s Day Surprise

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, May 05, 2011

Flowers have long been a traditional Mother’s Day gift. What better way to recognize your mother than with a floral bouquet as beautiful as she is. But cut flowers don’t have much staying power. As beautiful as they are when presented, cut flowers fade away in a week or two. This year why not give your mom flowers she can enjoy all year long? Whether you select a lovely indoor plant or an outdoor garden favorite, the gift of a growing flower or plant will delight your mother for months, possibly even years, to come, providing a daily reminder of your love. more

Royal Wedding Flowers Carried Personal Message

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, May 03, 2011

When Kate Middleton walked down the aisle to marry Prince William, Britain’s future queen carried a delicate bouquet that may have seemed small by royal standards but held tremendous meaning for the bride. In keeping with royal tradition, Kate carried an all-white bouquet but eschewed royal ostentation for a simple bouquet of Sweet William, in tribute to her prince, mixed with fragrant hyacinths, charming lily-of-the-valley and myrtle. The same flowers were used in the bridesmaids’ bouquets. The young flower girls wore wreaths fashioned of English Ivy (Hedera) and lily-of-the-valley, a gracious nod to the wedding bouquet Kate’s mother carried when she wed Kate’s father. more

Pansies Good Choice for Changeable Spring Weather

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Freezing winds and snow flurries one day, sunny skies with balmy 60-degree temperatures the next. The unpredictability of spring weather is hard on growing plants. Bulbs are one of the few flowers hardy enough to survive Mother Nature’s mercurial spring temperament. Daffodils (Narcissus) and Tulips grow and sprout on warm days, sending tender green shoots poking through the ground. When a blast of cold or late snow freezes the garden, bulbs hold steady and wait it out until the next burst of warmth starts them growing again. more

Tips for Planting Easter Lilies Outdoors

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, April 21, 2011

The traditional Christian symbol of Easter, white trumpet-shaped Easter lilies symbolize hope, purity and rebirth. These “white-robed apostles of hope,” as they are often called, are said to have sprung up in the Garden of Gethsemane to mark the spots where Jesus Christ’s sweat fell during his final hours. 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

How to Create Indoor Container Plantings with Pizzazz

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, April 14, 2011

Combination plantings are the hot new trend in indoor container design. Mixing several different plants in a single container allows indoor gardeners to create stunning displays with impact. The diversity of plant colors, heights, shapes and growing behaviors allows for an infinite number of interesting combinations when planting indoor containers. To ensure that all of the plants will thrive when combining plants it’s essential to select plants with similar light, water and temperature requirements. more

Combos Are Hot New Trend in Indoor Container Plantings

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Taking a cue from their outdoor cousins, indoor container plantings are finally embracing diversity. Combination plantings that combine several different plants in a single container have been popular in outdoor containers and hanging baskets for some time, but indoor container plantings have remained staidly traditional with a single plant per pot. No more. Combos are the hot new trend in indoor container plantings. more

Edible Alliums Flavor Spring Gardens

Green Circle Growers - Monday, April 11, 2011

As scrumptiously edible as they are beautiful, alliums are a delightful – and flavorful – addition to spring gardens. These exotic members of the onion family, including chives, leeks, garlic and shallots, are identified by their spicy, onion scent. Attractive spring bloomers, alliums have distinctive pink, purple or white pom pom-like flowers that rise on long, thin stems from low-growing green foliage. Tolerant of cold weather, their long maturation period makes early spring the best time to plant alliums. Some allium varieties can take as many as 4 months to reach edible maturity when grown from seed. Purchasing allium plants from your local garden center and adding them to your garden in early spring can cut growing time nearly in half, allowing you to start enjoying these savory plants by early summer. more

Spring Weeding Pays Summer Dividends

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, April 07, 2011

As soon as the snow melts, gardeners start checking their gardens for signs of spring. Cheerful yellow and purple crocuses decorate the ground, splashes of bright paint on the garden’s still barren canvas. The green tips of spring Tulips and Daffodils (Narcissus) can be seen emerging from the soil. The tiny flowerettes of the Sedum that will color the fall garden can be seen clustering around the dry stalks of last year’s growth. And spotted between your favorite plants, already green and growing are the first weeds. more

This Summer’s Hot Plant Picks

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, April 05, 2011

New plants are beginning to arrive in local garden centers and gardeners are itching to see what’s new. Every year brings an exciting selection of new flowers and new variations on old favorites. Commercial growers are constantly working to produce plants that will provide maximum beauty with minimum care. Plants available this year promise longer-lasting floral displays, greater color variety and more robust foliage. In this year’s plant selections, gardeners will also be pleased to discover a wider variety of plants bred to be exceptionally heat- and drought-tolerant and disease- and pest-resistant, decreasing the need for watering, fertilizing and pesticide application. Less work for gardeners; kinder to the Earth. 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. more

How to Select Plants for Your Garden

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The right plant in the right place; that’s the key to creating a beautiful garden that will flourish with minimal care. Think of your yard as a picture puzzle of interlocking ecosystems. Each piece of your yard is a small ecosystem all its own, providing a different mini-environment for growing plants. more

Houseplants that Appeal to Manly Men

Green Circle Growers - Monday, March 21, 2011

Men may not admit it, but they enjoy plants and flowers as much as women do. The testosterone-charged male psyche is not immune to the allure of a soothing green potted plant or a cheerful burst of colorful flowers. Yet, despite the fact that some of the world’s greatest gardeners are men, flowers and plants have always had a distinctly feminine cachet. Perhaps it’s because our society tends to associate the delicate, curving forms and soft pastel shades of many plants with female traits. However, there are many bolder plants available that have a decidedly masculine air. more

Most Popular Wedding Flowers for 2011

Green Circle Growers - Friday, March 11, 2011

After her dress, the selection of her wedding flowers is the most important decision a bride makes when planning her wedding day. Wedding flowers reflect and enhance the bride’s wedding theme and colors and set the mood for the wedding celebration -- romantic, joyful, cheerful, whimsical, traditional or flamboyant. more

Fragrant Houseplants Add Scent of Spring to Your Home

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Bring the fragrance of spring into your home by displaying houseplants known for their fragrant scents. more

Hanging Baskets: Space-Saving Gardening

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, March 03, 2011

Table or floor space can be hard to come by in smaller living spaces like apartments and condominiums. Even in more spacious homes, active children, furniture arrangements, pets and the “stuff” we all accumulate can make it difficult to find table space for a cheerful pot of Reiger Begonias or floor space for a container of Kimberly Queen Ferns (Nephrolepis). The solution is to move your garden upward. Hanging baskets filled with lush green plants create a space-saving garden that will chase away the winter blues and bring year-round pleasure. more

Deicers Can Damage Garden Plants

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, March 01, 2011

After spending the summer feeding, weeding and watering your garden, a bad winter can destroy those hours of hard work in an instant. It’s not usually the cold or snow that does in carefully-nurtured garden plants; it’s the application of rock salt and salt-based deicers on ice-slicked walkways and driveways that turns spring shoots brown and causes emerging plants to shrivel up and die. more

Houseplants Guaranteed to Be No-Fuss and Easy-Care

Green Circle Growers - Monday, February 21, 2011

Houseplants bring a welcome touch of nature indoors to brighten gray winter days. Many of the most popular houseplants are so easy to care for that they will thrive even in the hands of first-time or somewhat neglectful plant owners. For houseplants that are easy-care and no-fuss, try one of these varieties: more

Use Secret Meanings of Flowers to Express Yourself on Valentine’s Day

Green Circle Growers - Friday, February 11, 2011

“Love is a flower that is made to bloom by two gardeners.” - Anonymous more

Use Rose Color to Convey Your Feelings on Valentine’s Day

Green Circle Growers - Friday, February 04, 2011

According to ancient legend, when the gods created roses, they colored their petals white as a symbol of purity. All the roses that grew in the world were white until the night a nightingale fell in love with a rose. His passion inspired the bird, which had been ridiculed by other birds for his ugly croak, to burst into a beautiful and melodious song. As the singing nightingale pressed ardently against the rose, a thorn pierced his heart and drops of his blood colored the rose red. Forever after, red roses have symbolized passionate love. more

Green Plants Chase Away Winter Chill

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, February 01, 2011

After the lush green beauty of summer, color slowly fades from the garden. Bit by bit, the world turns brown and dreary and cold, a perfect reflection of your drooping spirits. Fortunately, you can chase away winter’s chill with beautiful green plants from your local garden center. Filling your home with green and flowering plants during the winter will lift your spirits and make spring seem just a little closer. more

Tropical Touch Warms Winter Rooms

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, January 27, 2011

After the Christmas decorations have been wrapped and put away, the house always seems a little dull and empty in January. January’s gray skies and cold, snowy days dampen the spirits. The contrast between December’s warm reds and golds and January’s cool grays and whites makes the interior of your home feel suddenly stark and gloomy. What your home needs is a tropical makeover! more

Overwatering Is Biggest Threat to Indoor Plants

Green Circle Growers - Friday, January 21, 2011

Caring for indoor houseplants requires avid outdoor gardeners to change ingrained habits. Scaling back the urge to water may be the toughest habit to change. During the summer months, gardeners spend pleasant hours watching their plants grow and flower during nearly daily waterings. Gardeners associate copious amounts of water with healthy, vibrant plants. While that is usually true of outdoor flowers, it’s a practice that spells disaster when applied indoors. Compared to their outdoor cousins, indoor plants have meager water requirements. Rather than aiding robust growth, too much water can kill indoor plants. more

2011 All-America Flowers & Vegetables to Watch For

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Spring may still be long, dreary months away, but devoted gardeners are already immersed in garden planning. The National Garden Bureau’s recent announcement of its 2011 All-America Selections gives gardeners several exciting new plants to look forward to and include in their garden plans. more

Houseplants Require Different Care in Winter

Green Circle Growers - Friday, January 14, 2011

Short days and chilly temperatures signal birds to fly south, squirrels to build up their nut supply, and bears to curl up in their dens. Outdoor plants also enter a state of hibernation during the winter until spring warms the earth and triggers new growth. Most people think that because indoor plants live in the same environment year round they maintain a constant rate of growth and require the same care throughout the year. This misconception can take a toll on houseplants and lead to their failure. more

Rose Parade Puts Flowers in Spotlight

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In its annual celebration of all things floral, the 122nd Rose Parade shined the spotlight on an amazing bouquet of beautiful flowers and unusual plant materials from every corner of the globe. Along with a flotilla of bands, flag-waving color guards and historically garbed riders on horseback, a total of 47 floats rolled down the parade route, enthralling audiences in Pasadena and on television with one stunning floral display after another. more

Holiday Plants that Endanger Pets: Separating Fact from Fiction

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, January 04, 2011

In American, we consider our pets to be part of our family. Most of us include a package for Fido or Muffy when we place family presents under the Christmas tree. To keep pets safe during the holidays, owners should watch for potential hazards, including some popular holiday plants. Veterinarians say few holiday plants are toxic enough to cause serious illness, but it’s wise to keep certain holiday plants out of your pets’ reach. Here’s a helpful guide to the toxicity of common holiday plants: more

How to Care for Holiday Poinsettias

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, December 22, 2010

You know it’s Christmastime when Poinsettias, also called Euphorbia, arrive at your local garden center. Known as the Christmas Star for its star-shaped petals, the poinsettia plant is native to Mexico and Central America where it grows as a shrub or small tree that can reach heights of 2 to 16 feet. The poinsettia plant’s, pointed, bright red “flowers” are actually elongated, modified leaves called bracts. The actual flowers, or cyathia, are quite tiny and can be found hidden in small clusters among the bright yellow structures in the center of each leaf clump. more

Beautiful Plants Make Thoughtful Holiday Gifts

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, December 21, 2010

There are only 3 more shopping days until Christmas! If you’re starting to panic, take a deep breath and “say it with flowers.” Indoor plants make a wonderfully thoughtful holiday gift that will continue to delight recipients long after the holidays are over. While everyone else rushes from store to store fighting holiday traffic and dodging harried shoppers, you can complete all of your holiday shopping in a single leisurely trip to your local garden center. By giving seasonal plants to everyone on your holiday gift list you can even avoid one of the least-liked holiday chores – gift wrapping. Wrapped in their own lush green leaves and decorated with colorful blossoms, indoor plants come in a stunning natural gift wrap that will make your gifts stand out under the tree on Christmas morning. more

Decorate Your Home with Holiday Poinsettias

Green Circle Growers - Friday, December 17, 2010

Poinsettias in the home are an American holiday tradition. The stunning contrast of the Poinsettia’s brilliant red “flowers” (actually modified leaves called bracts) clustered above a bounty of deep green leaves beautifully showcase the season’s most festive colors: traditional Santa-suit red and snowy white. more

Bring Christmas Cactus into Light to Promote Holiday Blooming

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Commonly used as Christmas trees in hot southern climates that are too warm to nurture traditional Christmas pines, the Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) makes a beautiful stand-in for the Scotch and White Pines we North Americans decorate during the Christmas season. Around Christmas time, bell-shaped red flowers sprout from the tips of the plant’s flat, branching green leaves, creating a colorful, natural decoration that needs no embellishment. more

This Holiday, Say It with Flowers

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, December 08, 2010

If you dread tramping through the malls searching for that elusive “perfect” gift, if distracted drivers and rude shoppers sap your holiday spirit, if you want to rein in holiday spending and stay within your budget this year, the perfect solution is waiting for you at your local garden center. 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. more

Gardening Focus Shifts Indoors as Winter Approaches

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, November 30, 2010

With freezing nights and the first snow flurries heralding the approach of winter, it’s time to shift your gardening focus indoors. Indoor plants stir memories of sweetly-scented summer air, making the journey through the coming cold, dark months a little brighter. A gentle reminder that spring will return, indoor plants warm winter rooms with a soothing wash of verdant green, providing a pleasant counterpoint to the stark winter landscape outside your kitchen window. more

Mulch Enriches Garden Soil

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Some people mulch garden beds each spring and fall to give their outdoor landscape a professional appearance. But mulching your garden offers many benefits beyond the cosmetic. Adding mulch to flower beds helps to protect delicate garden plants, deter weed growth and enrich the soil, resulting in a more successful blooming season next spring and summer. more

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. 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

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

Providing Support for Climbing Plants

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, October 07, 2010

Climbing plants quickly outgrow the support capabilities of their slender trunks. As vines grow and flowers bloom, the weight of all that growth makes plants top-heavy. If climbing plants are not adequately supported, plant stalks can bend or snap, damaging and in some cases killing the plant. more

There’s Still Life Left in the Fall Garden

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall gardens don’t exhibit the lush greens and riotous colors of summer gardens in full bloom, but there are still plenty of plants and flowers to enjoy in the fall garden. In a thoughtfully-planted garden, fall-blooming flowers can create a colorful display that rivals the leafy fireworks of Sugar Maples. The trick to planning a garden that will provide color from spring through fall is to select plants with an eye to their peak blooming times. more

Fall Is Here; Time to Bring Indoor Plants Back Inside

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, September 23, 2010

Many indoor plants thrive outside during the warm summer months. Potted indoor plants make delightful additions to patio groupings and deck plantings. As soon as spring nights warm up, most gardeners make the effort to give indoor plants a taste of fresh air and sunshine over the summer. But now that nights are becoming cooler and trees are beginning to drop their leaves, it’s time to reverse the process and bring indoor plants back inside before fall’s first killing frost arrives. Move plants indoors gradually so temperature changes do not shock the plants. Move containers from garden settings to unheated sheltered areas like your garage or screened porch for a few days before bringing them indoors. more

Plant Flower Bulbs Now for Beautiful Spring Display

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, September 16, 2010

As your fall garden lays aside its colorful summer cloak to wrap itself in the drab browns of winter, gardeners are already preparing for spring when gardens will again burst with colorful displays. Spring-flowering bulbs are now available at local garden centers; and avid gardeners are stocking up on Tulips, Daffodils (Narcissus), Hyacinths (Hyacinthus) and other spring favorites. more

Fall Is the Time to Stock Up on Perennial Flowers

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, September 08, 2010

One of the delights of planting perennial flowers like Echinacea (Echinacea, also Coneflower) and Gaillardia (Gaillardia, also Blanket Flower) in your garden is that they return every year to bloom anew. The purchase of perennial flowers such as Coreopsis (Coreopsis, also Thickseed) or Leucanthemum (Leucanthemum, also Shasta Daisy) from your local garden center adds beautiful color and fragrant blooms to your garden, providing years of enjoyment. Gardeners have a particular fondness for easy-care perennials because they thrive with so little effort. Unlike annuals, perennial plants do not die or require re-planting every year. As their name implies, perennials continue to live and thrive in your garden year after year. more

Colorful Chrysanthemums Are Perennial Fall Favorite

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, September 02, 2010

A perennial fall favorite, Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum), commonly referred to as mums, add beautiful color to fall gardens, patio plantings and container arrangements. Looking for all the world like bright, colorful bouquets that have sprung up amidst the shriveling leaves and dead stalks of fading summer flowers, Chrysanthemums revitalize garden landscapes. more

Harvest Garden Seeds for Winter Birds

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

As fall comes closer, migrating birds will start winging their way south to warmer climates. The first Vs of Canada geese have already split Midwestern skies. Quite a few birds, however, spend their winters in Midwestern and northern states. As unlikely as it seems, among our native winter dwellers will be some birds that have traveled south from their chilly summer habitats in the northern wilds of Canada to spend their winters in the relative warmth of the snowy Midwest. more

Plan Now for Fall Garden Beauty

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, August 26, 2010

As gardeners know, to everything there is a season. Many gardeners focus on bright spring bulbs and graceful summer blooms but fail to consider what their gardens will look like when fall arrives. Failure to plan ahead will leave your autumn garden beds dull, brown and lifeless, sadly bereft of beauty. However, careful planning now will ensure that your garden remains filled with a bounteous display of colorful blooms all through the fall until winter’s frosty fingers tuck it in for winter sleep. 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

Many Perennial Flowers Thrive as Fall Plantings

Green Circle Growers - Friday, August 20, 2010

It’s never too late in the season to start exercising your green thumb. While some plants are best planted in the spring, most perennial plants will still have plenty of time to become established before winter’s killing frosts if planted in the late summer to early fall. Some perennials do not begin flowering until late summer when they revitalize gardens with new color and texture after summer blooms fade. These fall-blooming perennials will continue to brighten your garden until winter’s killing frosts arrive. more

Flowers that Beat the Heat

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The U.S. and many other parts of the world have suffered through an abnormally hot summer this year. If the heat wave continues, climatologists at the National Climatic Data Center say 2010 is on track to become the hottest year on record. July was the second hottest month since record keeping began a century ago, topped only by the searing heat of July 1998. The heat has certainly taken its toll on plant life. Some trees are turning early and already starting to drop their leaves. Grass that isn’t watered frequently has gone dormant, turning lawns a dry, dusty brown. Garden plants are wilting, leaf edges curling and burning black under the hot sun. The beautiful white balls of Hydrangea (Hydrangea) blossoms protrude from leaves that have turned a brittle brown. more

Use Plants to Spruce Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

When houses go on the market, realtors encourage home sellers to improve their home’s curb appeal. Real estate agents know that a house that looks attractive from the curb will attract a greater number of potential buyers. Good curb appeal is something every home owner should strive for. You want to be proud of the way your house looks as visitors walk up to your front door. Why wait until you sell your home to spruce up its street-side exterior? Add plants to the front of your home now and you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor for years to come. more

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

Colorful Plants Attract Hummingbirds

Green Circle Growers - Friday, July 30, 2010

Hummingbirds are one of the more amazing visitors to summer gardens. One of nature’s tiniest birds, hummingbirds appear to hover in the air, their wings a blur, as they suck nectar from flowers with their long thin beaks. Their mid-air hovering is made possible by the extreme speed at which hummingbirds flap their wings – up to 90 times per second. The staccato beating of their wings actually makes the air hum, the characteristic that gave these marvelous garden visitors their name. 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

Planting Vegetable Garden Makes for Fine Summer Eating

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, July 07, 2010

One of the true joys of summer is the abundance of fresh, delicious produce. Crisp snap beans, sweet peas, refreshing melons, buttery lettuce leaves and succulent berries are among the many delicious summer treats that await home gardeners and local farm stand shoppers. Even folks who don’t claim a green thumb or don’t have space for a home garden, enjoy growing peppers and tomatoes. Peppers and tomatoes can be grown in unused corners of flower beds, along an empty garage wall or as container plants on patios, balconies and decks. 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

Count on Coleus to Add Color and Texture to Garden or Patio Displays

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Grown for its vibrant and attractive foliage, Coleus (Coleus), also known as Solenostemon, is one of the most unique and varied plants in the summer garden. This colorful, leafy plant makes an attractive container plant or showy addition to garden beds but also serves nicely as an indoor plant, brightening rooms with its remarkable foliage. Its foliage is what makes Coleus such a versatile garden favorite. Growing in attractive, bushy mounds, this leafy ornamental plant offers gardeners an amazing selection of color choices from solid-color deep maroons and bright reds to beautifully variegated combinations of brilliant greens, radiant reds, hot pinks and pale yellows. 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

Roses Make Unique Father’s Day Gift

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, June 17, 2010

There’s something about the care and pruning of Roses (Rose) that appeals to men. Men that express the barest passing interest in the daisies, coneflowers, asters and other blooming beauties that fill the garden beds flanking the yard will toil for hours over rose bushes, pinching and dusting and spraying and pruning. Unlike local garden clubs, generally presumed to be the purview of women, rose societies usually boast a robust male membership that often outnumbers members of the gentler sex. more

Colorful Daisy Varieties Capture Summer Spotlight

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, June 15, 2010

“She loves me; she loves me not.” Plucking the slim petals off a fat daisy head while reciting that ancient children’s rhyme is one of youth’s universal memories. Everybody’s favorite summer flower, daisies add bright patches of cheerful color to summer gardens. With their big heads of brightly-hued, finger-thin petals and their large, velvety centers, daisies are the sweethearts of summer. This versatile summer favorite can take center stage in a well-designed garden bed or provide a wash of soft color behind showcase plants. Cheerful daisies provide beautiful, long-lived garden displays that last throughout the summer. more

Beautiful Hydrangeas Create Garden Interest Year Round

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Huge beautiful globes of colorful blooms nestled between vibrant green leaves make Hydrangea (Hydrangea) a stunning addition to your garden year round. Hydrangeas begin blooming in late spring and continue their showy pink, blue or white displays throughout the summer. In fall, color fades from the blooms, leaving large, attractive brown balls drooping gracefully from leafless stems, adding interest and elegance to the winter landscape. more

Aquilegia Dances Across Late Spring Gardens

Green Circle Growers - Friday, June 04, 2010

Like ballerinas, Columbine blossoms dance on the soft breezes that caress the late spring garden. Rising on slender stems from a deep green stage of scalloped tri-lobed leaves, the delicate flowers of Aquilegia (Aquilegia), commonly called Columbine, look like cheerful dancers, their colorful, long, oval-petalled “skirts” draping elegantly down from a perky, protruding yellow stigma at the center, surrounded by a tiny collar of pale round petals. more

Coneflowers Are Colorful Mainstay of Summer Gardens

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The daisy-petalled Echinacea (Echinacea), also known as Coneflower, is a colorful mainstay of summer gardens. These large-blossomed elegant beauties get their name from their prominent cone-shaped seeded centers. A distinctive coppery orange, the flower’s large 1-inch center contrasts delightfully with long, oval pinkish-purple petals. Echinacea’s 3 to 4-inch diameter blossom heads rise on long, thin 24 to 30-inch stalks to sway regally over smaller garden plants like skirted dancers. more

Spiky Salvia Adds Height, Drama to Summer Gardens

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, May 27, 2010

Salvia (Salvia) is one of the summer garden’s most dramatic flowers. Slender spikes covered with a profusion of thin, oblate trumpets rise from a base of dark green leaves to add color and drama to garden plantings all season long. Salvia’s spiky vertical growth adds height and visual excitement to gardens as it pokes above the horizontal plane of lower-growing plants. A reliable garden favorite, Salvia provides an abundance of bright-colored flowers all summer long and into early fall. more

Tips for Planning Your Summer Garden

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In northern and Midwestern states, this weekend marks the official start of gardening season. By early May, snow is finally a memory and nighttime temperatures can be expected to stay above freezing. Gardeners who have spent their winters pouring over home and garden magazines and watching websites for new plant announcements are ready to descend on local garden centers and fill their carts with colorful plants for the garden from Green Circle Growers. more

Elegant Old-Fashioned Peonies Add Drama to Garden

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, May 18, 2010

In late spring, garden drama moves into its second act when the scene-stealing Paeonia Peony (Paeonia Peony), also called Peony, take center stage. Once daffodils and tulips fade in the spring, the garden stage takes a short intermission before summer’s second act begins. more

Easy-Care Petunias Add Cheerful Color to Gardens

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, May 13, 2010

A favorite of American gardeners, the cheerful Petunia (Petunia) adds bright color to any garden. A low-growing annual that spreads on trailing stems, petunias have colorful trumpet-shaped blooms, often accented by a lovely deep star-like white center. Plants grow in low bushy clumps, the colorful blossoms surrounded by beautifully ruffled green leaves. Petunias bloom from late spring planting, throughout the summer and into fall, making this flower a charming addition to any garden. more

Lilies Enjoy Sunny Exposure

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lilies are one of summer’s loveliest flowers. Prolific bloomers with colorful trumpet-shaped blooms, lilies are easy to grow and many bloom from early summer through late fall. Although lilies love sunny exposures, they will also bloom nicely in partly shaded areas of your garden. A bright, sunny flower, lilies come in a profusion of colors, mostly in shades of yellow, orange, red and white. There are several popular lily varieties: more

Just Add Ice Orchids Make Elegant Mother’s Day Gift

Green Circle Growers - Friday, May 07, 2010

Mothers and flowers just seem to go together. In the United States, only Valentine’s Day surpasses Mother’s Day in flower sales volume. Flowers come in such a wonderful variety of colors, varieties and scents that they’re guaranteed to bring a smile to your mom’s face on her special day. This year, why not pass up the traditional bowl of Pansies (Viola Wittrockiana) or hanging basket of Petunias and surprise mom an elegant Just Add Ice Orchid (Orchid) on Mother’s Day. more

Aloe Vera: The First Aid Plant

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, April 29, 2010

Did you know that the bottle of aloe vera you keep in the medicine cabinet to soothe sunburn, small cuts and burned fingers comes from an actual plant? The Aloe Vera plant, also commonly called Aloe, is a fleshy-leaved succulent common in tropical climates. The thick, oozing white sap that drips from the thick leaves of this unusual plant is a natural balm that has been used by native people for centuries to soothe cuts and burns. more

Tips for Creating Beautiful Hanging Baskets

Green Circle Growers - Monday, April 26, 2010

Hanging baskets are a delightful way to bring the essence of a summer garden or a cool forest glade into your home. Verdant green leaves spilling down from a hanging basket add a soothing natural touch to any décor. A hanging basket filled with bright colored flowers adds a bright spot of color to indoor rooms. Outdoors hanging baskets make a lovely focal point for porches and lattice-covered patios. more

Lovely African Violets Are Easy to Grow Indoors

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tiny delicate flowers in pastel hues nestled against deeply-veined dark blue-green leaves make African Violets (Saintpaulia) a beloved indoor houseplant. Although they have a reputation for being hard to grow, African Violets are actually fairly easy to care for and are well within the capabilities of novice indoor gardeners. Enjoyed for their stunning foliage, these low-growing potted beauties bloom periodically with lovely small pastel-colored blossoms. Available in shades of pink, blue, lavender and white, many African Violets bloom in a becoming mixture of shades with some flowers bearing deeply hued petals and others, petals that are pastel pale. more

Heavenly Hostas Add Beauty to Garden

Green Circle Growers - Monday, April 19, 2010

One of the most versatile and attractive perennials in the garden, the leafy green Hosta (Plantian Lily) is also one of the easiest plants to grow. Grown for their attractive leafy foliage, hostas grow in mounding cushions low to the ground. Bell-shaped flowers in white or shades of blue or lavender are produced on long thin stems from the center of each leafy clump in mid- to late summer, depending on variety. more

Hardy Pansies Add Delightful Color to Early Spring Gardens

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, April 15, 2010

The multi-colored Pansy (Viola Wittrockiana) with its broad laughing face is a cool weather favorite. The ability of these hardy outdoor plants to withstand chilly spring nights and the occasional late-season blast of winter air makes pansies a perfect addition to the early spring garden and a delightful choice for porch and patio planters. (Watch for pansies from Green Circle Growers in the fall too. The same attributes that make pansies a good choice for cool spring gardens also make them a popular fall favorite.) more

Spring Flowering Bulbs Let You Bring Outdoor Beauty Inside

Green Circle Growers - Monday, April 12, 2010

There’s no reason to limit spring flowering bulbs to outdoor gardens. With plants from Green Circle Growers you can bring the beauty of spring indoors. Pots of bright yellow-trumpeted Daffodils (Narcissus) add a sunny spot of cheer to any room. Pastel-colored Hyacinth (Hyacinthus) displayed in ceramic bowls add soft color to any room and scent your home with the lovely perfumed fragrance of a spring garden. more

Dress Up Porch Containers with Spring Blooms

Green Circle Growers - Friday, April 09, 2010

The sun is out, trees are blooming and early tulips and daffodils are poking through the ground and bursting into bloom. It’s time to sweep the winter dirt off the front porch, drag your porch containers out of storage and plant them with bright-colored spring blooms. Nothing brightens up your front door or welcomes visitors better than a cheery pot of colorful spring flowers. Green Circle Growers has a wonderful selection of bright spring blossoms that are sure to bring a smile to your face. more

Move Plants Indoors for Year-Round Beauty

Green Circle Growers - Saturday, September 26, 2009

Fall is already turning the garden brown and brittle, but you can continue to enjoy the lush greenery and fragrant blooms of your summer garden by moving favorite plants indoors. Some plants can be planted in large decorative pots and moved inside in stages to allow them to adjust to the warmer indoor climate. more

Turn a Sunflower Head into an Instant Birdfeeder

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, September 24, 2009

In summer the delightful Sunflower (Helianthus) towers over the garden, its huge, yellow head bobbing cheerfully in the breeze. Among the garden’s tallest plants, sunflowers can reach an astounding height of 10 feet on their thick green stalks, their gigantic flower heads growing to nearly a foot in diameter. more

Hostas Thrive in Shady Garden Spots

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It can be difficult to find plants that will thrive under mature trees, along walls that lack sun exposure and in other shady spots in your garden. The beautiful Hosta (Plantain Lily) with its low-growing, lush green leaves is the perfect plant choice for shady garden areas. more

Protecting Bulbs from Munching Critters

Green Circle Growers - Sunday, September 20, 2009

When you visualize your spring garden, you may picture a sea of yellow Daffodil (Narcissus) cascading down a hillside, their orange and yellow trumpets nodding in the spring breeze. You may envision beautiful stands of bright red Tulip (Tulipa) marching tall and stately across evergreen borders. more

Ornamental Grasses Attract Attention in Autumn Garden

Green Circle Growers - Friday, September 18, 2009

Ornamental Grasses add texture and motion to the garden in any season, but it is in autumn when seed heads form that ornamental grasses and their look-alike cousins sedges and rushes are most intriguing. From the gracefully arching, six-foot plumes of Stipa (Giant Feather Grass) that tower over the garden to the fuzzy dusters protruding from clumps of Festuca (Fescue) that tickle our legs as we weed, the seed pods of decorative grasses charm and delight. 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. 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. 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. more

Fall-Planted Roses Add Fragrance to Next Year’s Garden

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The flower of poets and love, Roses (Rosa) add beautiful, rich bursts of color and a lovely, heady fragrance to the garden from their first blooms in June through the final days of summer. more

Consider Tree's "Sensitivity" Before Planting Bulbs

Green Circle Growers - Monday, September 07, 2009

Garden centers at local stores are setting up their bulb displays, encouraging gardeners to start planning spring gardens. After a long, dreary winter, spring-flowering tulips, daffodils and other bulbs are a cheerful harbinger of the fragrant annuals and perennials to come. more

Late Summer Blooms Need Extra TLC

Green Circle Growers - Saturday, September 05, 2009

As we swelter through the final days of August, it's easy to give up on the few heat-bowed flowers still struggling in the garden and turn our thoughts to fall gardening chores and cooler weather. 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. more

Additional Tips and Tricks for Flower Drying

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Preserve the beauty of your summer garden for year-round enjoyment by drying flowers for later use. Dried flowers make lovely, carefree arrangements or can be used to make fragrant potpourri. more

Practice Healthy Gardening

Green Circle Growers - Monday, August 24, 2009

Gardening regularly throughout the summer to maintain your plants and flowers can take a toll on your body! Don't let the gardening time you enjoy become a chore. Here are easy and quick ways to enjoy your garden while keeping your body healthy and active all summer long: more

Keep Your Child Safe: Identifying Poisonous Plants

Green Circle Growers - Friday, August 21, 2009

Summer camp season is upon us. Before you send your little one off on an adventure, make sure they know how to identify the following plants. 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. more

How to Choose the Right Pot

Green Circle Growers - Monday, August 03, 2009

Choosing the right pot for your house plant goes beyond the appearance of the pot. The right pot plays an essential role the development and growth of a happy and healthy plant. Above and beyond the appearance of a pot, the most important thing to keep in mind is that plants need good drainage in order to prevent root rot. There are several different kinds of pots available from plastic, ceramic to clay and terracotta. more