Plant Savvy

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May 6, 2014
 
Contents
Makes Mother's Day Oh So Easy
A Rose that Hits the Spot
Spread the Love
Everything's Coming Up Roses
Colorful Bloomers for Mum
Worth Every Peony
NIC’S PICS  Our Nicholas Staddon travels the country speaking to gardening groups and visiting botanical gardens. This month’s inspiration is the stunning Felix Jury Magnolia, which just received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Jolly Good!

Our Hypnotica® Dahlias have big blooms in an amazing array of colors. Certain to make mom smile!

Red Riding Hood Penstemon is loved by moms and hummingbirds alike!

Our Tiny series of Lilies are compact but loaded with flowers.Tiny Rocket has two-toned deep red flowers.

 
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Tune in Sundays at 8 p.m. (7c) for the very exciting American Dream Builders design reality competition. Featuring Monrovia plants!

You can now shop for many Monrovia plants online. They’ll be shipped free to a neighborhood garden center.Give it a try!  

 
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Plant One on Mom!
 
Pink Lily Lilies are a favorite in cut flower arrangements; so why not buy a Lily plant so mom can cut her own flowers all summer? This Love Story Oriental Lily has huge, plentiful pink blooms and they are oh, so fragrant.
 
Dear Savvy Gardener,
Did you know that Mother’s Day accounts for one-fourth of all holiday sales of flowers and plants? So head on down to the garden center to get a beautiful flowering plant for mom – one that she’ll be able to enjoy for months or years. While you’re there, pick up some gardening gloves, a book for inspiration or perhaps a bird feeder to hangĀ in her garden. Dahlias make a great gift plant. They are loaded with brightly colored blooms that last for months. What mom wouldn’t enjoy that?

  Healthier & hardier  
Makes Mother's Day Oh So Easy
 
OSO EASY® PAPRIKA ROSE With the introduction of Flower Carpet® Roses, the bar was set pretty high for easy care, prolific blooming, and pest and disease resistant Roses. But there are fantastic newer varieties eager to earn similar accolades. We’re excited about Oso Easy® Roses. They are cold hardy, require no pruning and they rebloom without deadheading! Mom will love them. Try the ruby-grapefruit colored Mango Salsa, the bright orange Paprika with its sunny yellow center or the dreamy, yellow and pinky Honey Bun.

 
A Rose that Hits the Spot
 
SWEET SPOT™ YELLOW ROSE New for 2014 are the compact, Sweet Spot™shrub Roses – named for their distinctive brightly colored centers. TheYellow variety has golden yellow flowers with intense red-orange centers. The eye-catching blooms of Peach have dark pink sweet spots; and Ruby’s hot pink flowers have deep ruby centers. These gems are known as “decorator” roses, for their interesting colors and prolific blooming. You can decorate your garden with plenty of color.

 
Spread the Love
 
SUNROSA™ SOFT PINK SHRUB ROSE Another fantastic gift plant for that gal who brought you into the world…Sunrosa™ compact, yet bushy Roses are loaded with flowers all season. These easy-care Roses are highly disease resistant and perform well in heat and humidity. They’re ideal for small to medium landscape spaces and patio containers. Yellow has delightful, double yellow flowers with a wonderful fragrance; Soft Pink has dainty blush, semi-double blooms; and the double blooms on Red are an intense, true red with a mild, tea-rose scent.

 
Everything's Coming Up Roses
 
APRICOT DRIFT® GROUND COVER ROSE Drift® Roses are the result of a cross between groundcover roses and miniature roses. From the groundcovers they get their toughness, disease resistance and winter hardiness. On the miniature side of the family, they inherited a well-managed size and repeat-blooming nature. These are perfect for growing in containers, at the front of landscape beds or, if you want to be generous with Mom’s gift, give her enough so she can plant in mass as a groundcover. Apricot has lovely double blooms and Coral is loaded with vibrant flowers.

 
Colorful Bloomers for Mum
 
BOWL OF BEAUTY PEONY More plants that should be on your gift list for Mom…Peonies. These big, showy flowers come in all sorts of colors, from snowy white and yellow, to pinky-pink and deep reds. Herbaceous Peonies will die back to the ground each winter, but are very long-lived plants and will provide enjoyment for many years. For extra wow, look for double bloom varieties like Bowl of Beauty, Lady Orchid, Madam Emile Debatene or the delightful Raspberry Sundae.

 
Worth Every Peony
 
BARTZELLA ITOH PEONY Very exciting in the world of Peonies are the Itoh Peonies, which are a hybrid of the herbaceous and tree varieties; and claiming the best traits of each. They have an extended bloom season and disease resistance, plus are available in an array of colors. When first developed more than 65 years ago, they were highly prized but very expensive. Thanks to modern breeding techniques, they are affordable gems for your garden. Bartzella has bright yellow double blooms with a slight spicy scent. The vivid pink flowers of Morning Lilac have strong stems and are ideal in a cut arrangement.

 
   
 
 
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