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Tuesday
Feb102015

Top 5 Red Flowers

Our color series continues with red. A great color for every season, and as much as red poinsettias make the holiday season, we are going to focus more on annuals and perennials to plant in your garden.

1. Monarda/Bee Balm: This native beauty is a great perennial for the garden and even better for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and bees alike.  The bold red color is one of many colors bee balm comes in, but it is definitely the most beautiful.  Monarda comes in a variety of heights, but the taller varieties make a great statement for the garden.  They want sun to part sun to grow the healthiest and they are drought tolerant.  They are great cut flowers and are deer resistant. Year after year, monarda will come back and thrive. 

 

2. Lobelia/Cardinal Flower: Another great native perennial that attracts hummingbirds, these tall lobelia have beautiful spikes of flowers.  Not to be mistaken with the lower growing annual of small blue flowers, lobelia likes full to part sun and can grow as tall as six feet.  It has a dark red, almost purplish foliage and grows best in moist soil.

3. Geranium: This may seem like a no brainer to a lot of gardeners, but we had to put it on the list.  The red geranium is a classic in containers and garden beds alike. While it may seem overused, this red beauty is low maintenance and gives you a lot of bang for your buck.  Planting it with other, more unusual flowers can help make it stand out even more.  The large, globe-shaped bloom loves the sun and is drought tolerant.  They are easy to deadhead and will bloom all summer long for you.

 

4. Lady in Red Salvia: Many people know and love the perennial blue salvia, but the annual red salvia is just as, if not more, amazing.  These flowers grow best in a sunny, dry area of the garden. The spikes of red flowers grow to be between one to two feet tall, bloom all summer long and attract loads of hummingbirds throughout the season.

 

5.  Begonia: Our final pick for the best red flowers is the wax begonia.  These beautiful flowers are great for sun or shade and come with green or red foliage.  Either plant seems to glow with mounds of red blooms throughout the summer.  Begonias are about as easy as it gets with bedding plants. They do not need to be deadheaded, and stay somewhat shorter, so they make a great “filler” plant.

 

 

 

Tuesday
Feb032015

Top 5 Yellow Flowers

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be posting our top five favorite flowersfor various color palettes. MAny of these flowers are popular among gardeners and others are a little less known.  No matter the flower, or the color, this list is sure to get you thinking spring--and mixingit up with your garden this year!

Top 5 Yellow Flowers

1. Marigold

 

Marigolds have made many of our lists, including being some of the easiest flowers to grow from seed. Marigolds make the list for top yellow flowers for the widevariety of heights and shapesthat they have, aswell asbeingow maintenanceand durable flowers.  They are rabbit and deer resistant, and do not need a lot of work to keep them happy and healthy during the season.  From the shorter Disco daisy-like flower to the tall, large spherical Inca marigold, there is one for any container or garden.

2. Rudbeckia


Rudbeckia is another popular flower for our lists.  This perennial is a native to Illinois and blooms later in the summer through the fall, giving you bright pops of yellow as teh leaves begin to fall.  Rudbeckia love sunlight and come in many different varieties.  Being a native plant, tey are low maintenance and come back year after year, continuning to give you their beautiful yellow blossoms.

3. Daylily

Another easy, low maintenance perennial that everyone is familiar with.  These flowers are the definition of easy, shooting their yellow blooms up above their bright green foliage to dancein the sun.  Daylilies may seem simple but recently, growers have developed newer varieties that bloom constantly throughout the season, producing more flowers than ever before.  Daylilies come in a variety of colors, but the yellow ones are particularly popular and are one of our favorite go-to perennials.

4. Tulips


One of the best things to see in the spring time is a bouquet of yellow tulips.  Tulips come in a lot of colors, and textures, but there is nothing happier than the yellow tulip.  Even the happiest place on world has a yellow tulip named after it's main mouse (pictured).  Next time you need to cheer someone up, bring them a bouquet of these beauties and yo uare sure to see a smile.

5. Mum

Yellow mums are a great way to finish out the growing season.  From golden hues to bold yellows, mums are perennials that come back year after year.  Mums in general are hardy plants with lots of color.  The yellows reflect the fall leaves and will keep color in your garden until the frost comes.

Tuesday
Jan272015

Easiest Flowers to Grow from Seed

With winter well under way, it’s hard to imagine gardening.  But with our 2015 seeds arriving soon, many customers have begun to plan out their gardens and deciding what to start indoors. Many people start their vegetables inside, but many flowers can be easily started indoors as well.  Here is a list of ten of the easiest flowers to start indoors.

Marigolds1.  Marigolds: Marigolds are an easy bedding plant that can be started from seed either indoors or directly in your garden. Their beautiful bright yellow, orange, red and cream colored flowers love sunny spots and are rabbit resistant. The seeds sprout in less than a week and with marigolds coming in all heights and various flower types, there is a marigold that will work for every garden.

2.  Nasturtium: Nasturtiums do well on their own or in a container with other plants. They do well sown directly into the soil after the last frost and grow very quickly. The come in bright jewel tone colors and will fill in any empty spots you have in your containers. A great way to get the seeds started is to soak them in water for 12 to 24 hours before planting them. This will help their hard shell crack sooner and allow the plant to sprout in about one week.

3.  Moss Rose: Moss roses are a great annual for sunny gardens. They are succulents and do not need a lot of water, making them great for the hot summers we Moss Roseshave had the past few years. They do not grow very tall, but are great for the edge of containers and as a ground cover. They come in a variety of bright colors and once sown, the seeds sprout in two to three weeks.

4.  Cleome: Cleome are also known as spider flowers. They have beautiful flowers in shades of white, pink and purple. These annuals are more like a tender perennial in the fact that they often reseed themselves in beds where they are planted. They are a tall flower and make great accent plants. Once sown the seeds sprout one to two weeks.

5.  Zinnia: These annuals sprout very quickly from seed and are some of the easiest to grow. They grow so fast, in fact, that you don’t necessarily have to start them indoors. Zinnias come in a wide variety of colors, heights and shapes, meaning there is a zinnia that works for every sunny garden. Once the seeds are sown, zinnias will sprout within a week. When starting seeds outside, be sure that the last frost has passed as they are tender.

Zinnia6.  Cosmos: Cosmos are another annual that loves the sun and are easy to start from seed. These generally come in pink, white and purple blooms that resemble a daisy. They have beautiful fern-like foliage and do well in hot, dry locations. These seeds generally sprout in one to three weeks and can reseed themselves in the garden.

7.  Sunflowers:One of the most popular flowers to grow from seed is the sunflower. They have many different varieties with different colors and heights, but all of these are easy to grow from seed. Sow the seeds straight into the garden with lots of sun. Being that most varieties grow quite tall, make sure you have some sort of support for the stems. Once the seeds are sown, the plants should sprout in about a week.

8.  Sweet Peas: Known for their wonderful fragrance, sweet peas are great for starting from seed. Sweet peas are a vine and need something to grow on in a sunny spot. While they do like their water, they also do best if you keep cutting them. They make great cut flowers for in the house and are easy to start from seed.

9.  Aquilegias: These beautiful flowers are easy to grow from seed and are perennials that will grow back every year. These do well if they are started indoors in smaller pots and then transplanted to your outdoor garden. The Violasgorgeous bonnet-like flowers come in every color combination and do well in full to part sun.

10.   Pansy & Violas: These flowers are a sure sign of spring.  Pansies and violas are some of the easiest flowers to start from seed and available in every color you can imagine. Start these indoors or out, pansies are some of the first flowers that can be planted in the cool soil and tolerate the cool spring temperatures.  The best way to keep them blooming is by snapping off the spent flowers.

So while the winter winds howl outside, start playing in the dirt and get your garden started indoors!

Wednesday
Jan212015

Top Terrarium Plants

CrotonTerrariums are a great gardening project for the winter to keep your thumb green all year long! There are a wide variety of terrariums that you can use, as well as plants to choose from.

Terrariums are a sealed glass container in which plants are grown.  These containers can range from hanging glass spheres (pictured) to beautiful tabletop terrariums that appear to be miniature greenhouses.  You may already have a container that you'd like to use for a terrarium, and if not, you can find large glass containers, either open at the top or closed at craft stores. We have hanging glass terrariums for sale at the greenhouse, as well. 

The difference between closed containers and open containers are the type of plants you can use. Closed containers hold more humidity and create a jungle-like atmosphere. Open containers are ideal for cactus and succulent gardens, as well as other plants that prefer less humidity. No matter the container you use, plants will typically need little care. The key is to choose plants that fit into the container you have chosen to use for your terrarium.   The following are the best plants to use in a terrarium:

Croton
Crotons add a lot of color to any terrarium. They have thick, colorful leavesthat come in a huge array of amazing colors and shapes. To grow the healthiest, crotons like bright light, and are best when growing them in open jars.

SucculentsButton Fern
Ferns in general do well in terrauims, but the Button Fern is an unusual folidage that is a fun texture to add to a terrarium. These ferns do not stand upright but are mop-headed. Button ferns like bright, filtered light and consistent moist conditions, which makes them perfect for a terrarium.

Baby's Tears
Baby's tears is a small plant with delicate foliage. In a terrarium, it is a lovely, low-growing plant that prefers bright light and consistent moisture.

Peperomia
There are lot of different types of peperomia. These are a slow growing plant that do beautifully in terrariums, prefering low to bright indirect light. Peperomia sometimes produce cool-looking flower spikes and have textured foliage.

 Pothos Vine
Pothos vine is the traditional houseplant, that is very low maintenance and can look fabulous in a terrarium. However, be careful not to over-water this plant and keep it in bright indirect light. Prune it back regularly so it doesn't become unruly and your pothos should look good for years.

Hypoestes
Also referred to as the Polka Dot Plant, Hypoestes come in pink, red and silver varieties. They are extremely easy to take care of and do well as a houseplant and in container gardens during the summer.  They like bright, indirect light and may need to be pinched back if they get too tall or start to get spindly.

Golden Clubmoss

Clubmoss is also known as Irish Moss at the greenhouse.  This great houseplant does not get very tall, making it ideal for terrariums.  It does, however, like to spread, so keep it trimmed inside a terrarium.  Keep the soil moist but not wet.

Succulents

Succulents are the easiest plants to use in terrariums and containers in general.  With terrariums, it is best to use containers that have an opening, as well as sandier soil in place of potting mix.  These require hardly any water but lots of bright light.  The different varieties that are out there will give you lots of plants to choose from.  Mixing the different varieties together will give you a great look as they each have different textures and shapes to combine into a beautiful terrarium.

Tuesday
Jan132015

Meet Our Customers

 

Each spring we love assisting you all with making your plant selections and designing containers, and now we want to see what you've done!
Goers Greenhouse is looking to feature some of our best customers each month on our blog.  We want to share your photos of your beautiful garden and containers and hear about your garden story. 
If you are interested in being featured on our blog, feel free to contact us here or stop in and speak with Sarah or Debbie.