Plants

  • The top 6 things to know about the Philadelphia Flower Show, before you go!

    This is Philadelphia Flower Show time!

    For most people living in the mid-Atlantic region, March is a bitter cold time of year often with snow on the ground and temperatures that make hibernation sound like a good thing.  But luckily for those within a reasonable distance of Philadelphia, there is something that takes place each and every year unlike any event anywhere else.  And that's The Philadelphia Flower Show.  There may be frozen rain and chilly temperatures outside.  But on the floor of the Pennsylvania Convention Center for nine days in March, you'll see nothing but nature's beauty, specimen plants, and flowers from all over the world.  Before you make your way to the show, remember these few important tidbits.

    BulbsinGarden Bulbs are blooming at the Philadelphia Flower Show!

    1- Bring a camera!

    You will be seeing thousands of gorgeous living flowers, plants, trees, shrubs and more.  And with all of them in perfect bloom at exactly the same time, this is not something you will see in your backyard!

    2- Check the theme.

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society does a magnificent job of coming up with an interesting and memorable theme for each year's show.  Previous themes included Articulture, Springtime in Paris and Jazz it up!  This year's theme is Explore America which focuses on our country's National Parks.  Knowing the theme in advance is a great way to build up excitement, anticipating what you may see at the show!

    Bonsai at Philadelphia Flower Show Bonsai can live for hundreds of years.

    3- Wear comfortable shoes.

    There's a lot to see which means there's a lot of walking.  But don't worry, there are plenty of seating areas throughout the show where you can take a break, enjoy a beverage, and plan what to check out next!  Your most comfortable pair of sneakers or shoes will be your best friend for the day.

    4- Don't forget the Marketplace!

    As you make your way through the show, you might wonder what all the bright lights and buzz is about at the far end of the room.  That's the marketplace!  You'll find everything from flowers to plants, sheds  to hoses, pictures to potpourri!  It's a nice change of pace during your stroll through the show and often a favorite for many show-goers.

    5- Take the train.

    Why worry about driving and parking when you can take the train?  The Jefferson train stop is literally in the basement.  You won't even have to set foot outside!  Simply go up the escalators and you'll be smelling the roses before you know it.  Talk about convenient!

    Philadelphia Flower Show Booth Be sure to see us at the Philadelphia Flower Show!

    6- Take a piece of the show home!

    After a day of seeing so much beauty, the last thing you want is to head home with no flowers.  I mean... it's called the Flower Show, right?  Luckily, the Flower Show is a great place to pick up the most gorgeous flowers at spectacular prices!  Every year, you are guaranteed to get a show special at one of the Kremp Florist booths.  Their roses are the favorite every year and when you see them in a rainbow of colors, you'll agree!

     

    We hope this information helps you enjoy the show to the fullest!  So with or without your green thumb, be sure to visit this year's Philadelphia Flower Show.  There's truly something for everyone!

  • Reap Rewards of Flowers & Plants in the Workplace

    There is no better change in the seasons like the weeks before spring. There’s heightened anticipation, not just of warmer weather, greener grass and longer days, but also for the season’s blooms! Its time to enjoy the rewards of flowers and plants-- in the workplace.

    rewards of flowers and plants What a work environment!

    Legendary professional golfer Walter Hagen is credited with the following, first published in his 1956 book, The Walter Hagen Story, "You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry. Don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way."

    It’s this sentimental wise advice that I feel as spring approaches. Spring brings a zealous sense of joy, a time when life slows down a tad and being present just comes a little more easily.

    Ironically, it is the same advice that I share with my customers every day on enjoying and reaping the rewards of flowers and plants. As Key Account Specialist at Kremp Florist, I work with our business clients supporting their floral, plant and gift giving needs. Many of which are looking to bring corporate flowers and plants into the workplace.

    reap rewards from flowers Flowers for a meeting

    It wasn’t just Walter Hagen’s eloquent cliché on life. There is plenty of research out there that proves that flowers can have a positive impact on our productivity, health and wellbeing … no matter what the season.

    reap rewards from plants in office This little spider plant has great powers toward productivity!

    Specifically, one recent study conducted at Texas A&M University found that while on the job, workers' idea generation, creative performance and problem solving skills improved substantially in a workplace environment that included flowers and plants. More creative thinkers and working harder … that’s pretty powerful! Talk about reaping the rewards of flowers and plants in the workplace!

    My customers looking for corporate flowers and office plants love another compelling study that showed that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

    The evidence suggests that just being in the presence of flowers has an immediate impact on happiness, can help reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated in the presence of flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction. Now what CEO or Office Manager wouldn’t want that for their team!

    It was also found that simply having plants in the office can benefit ones health by improving air quality and removing certain toxins.

    Granted, Hagen had the luxury of working in the lushest plant and floral workplace environment ever, most likely in spring time temperature. It’s no surprise that his wellbeing and outlook on life was effected by his beautiful surroundings. Come to think of it, you’d think working at a florist might have some positive impact on my golf game. No such luck!

    Fortunately, no matter what the workplace environment or what the climate outdoors may be, by bringing in a pretty vase of blooms, or spreading out a few bright green ficus trees, you can reap the rewards of flowers and plants in the workplace and have an immediate positive effect in the staff’s productivity, health and wellbeing.

    With the help of Kremp Florist, every business can reap the rewards of flowers and office plants in their surroundings. If you are looking to enhance your space aesthetically and you want the added benefit of improving your staff’s creativity and productivity, contact me today, laura@kremp.com or 215-657-6702!

     

    Submitted by Laura Kremp, Key Account Specialist

  • Getting Ready for Spring

    Getting Ready For Spring! With deep snow and cold temperatures outside, it’s hard to believe that we will be out in the garden with dirt on our hands in no time. There’s no better way to beat cabin fever than to get a jump on planning the great things that you are going to do in your yard to get ready for spring. Grab a cup of coffee, curl up in front of the fire with your dog, a blanket and your ipad or laptop and start dreaming. Make getting ready for spring something that you look forward to each year.

    Remember that section of the yard that didn’t get as much sun as you thought it would where your petunias didn’t do so well? How about that hook on the porch where you couldn’t decide what to hang there and it stayed empty all summer? Where’s the best place to hang that birdhouse that your kids made for you at school?

    A really cute bird house help you getting ready for spring This hand made bird house is perfect for your garden and the visiting chickadees.

    The internet has all of the answers to questions about getting ready for spring and now is the time to find them. Start out by searching for answers to your specific questions and see where it takes you. You’ll not only find that petunias don’t do well in the shade, but also that there are countless options to bring color to that area that you never knew existed. That empty hanger? There are so many more options than the same old hanging baskets that you see on all of your neighbor’s porches. The birdhouse? What size is the hole on the house and what birds will use it? How high and where should it be hung so that the birds will find it an attractive place to call home?

    Every year, plant breeders release new improved varieties of all of your favorite plants, as well as brand new introductions that have never been available before. Whether it’s a new color of an old standby, a new trailing growth habit on a plant that has always grown upright or a hybrid that takes a shade plant and allows it to grow in full sun, you are sure to find something that will perfectly fit your needs. Some suggestions to make getting ready for spring easy: Draw a rough sketch of your gardens with dimensions and notes on sun exposure. Surf through garden sites to find what you would like to plant in each area and how many of each plants you will need. By putting a list together now you’ll spend less time reading labels and scratching your head at the store and more time planting the perfect garden.

    Getting ready for spring with beautiful hanging baskets Alyssum hanging baskets in gorgeous colors.

    Old standbys like fuchsias, geraniums and new guinea impatiens make for some great hanging baskets, but there are lots of exciting options available today. Names like lobularia, calibrachoa, portulaca and scaevola won’t be any more confusing or intimidating than impatiens, petunia or begonia if you take the time to learn about them now. You’ll find that there will almost certainly be plants that will out perform those same old duds that you stick there each year.

    You will feel a sense of accomplishment when that wren or chickadee starts checking out that house that you hung in that spot intending to specifically attract that bird. While learning about their housing preferences, take some time to research what the best food is to put out for them. You’ll find that suet and peanuts are often a better choice than plain old bird seed. A bird bath will likely attract as many birds as the feeders so find a good place for one of those too! Putting together a good plan now goes a long way towards getting the garden ready for spring. Take the time to figure things out now while youre stuck inside so that you can better enjoy being outside in a couple of months!

    Article submitted by Steve Kremp, Head Grower for Kremp Florist/Kremp Cutting Gardens and Greenhouses.

  • Foliage Plants in Winter

    Foliage plants in winter.

    One of the easiest ways to get through the dark days of winter and brighten up the room in your home is with foliage plants. Foliage plants in winter can do very well with minimal care and should be at the top of your list for a great decorating solution.

    foliage plants winter zz One of our most popular foliage plants, the ZZ plant or Zamioculcas zamiifolia require very very little water

    If you are redecorating with foliage plants, remember that there is much less light during these months so you can put them in sunnier spots. With the heat on in your home, the air is much drier than before, so you will have to water the plants more often. Watering plants is the most important care activity and should be taken seriously. Over watering is just as detrimental as under watering and maybe more so. The best universal guide for watering is to water the plant well and allow to soil to feel dry to the touch before watering again. This may mean watering everyday or once a week. The size of the plant and size of the pot are the principle factors. A large plant in a small pot has lots of roots that pull the moisture from the soil to support all the foliage. Conversely, a small plant in a large pot is not drawing nearly as much so the soil will stay wet longer. One must be very careful that the soil doesn’t stay wet, for the fine fibrous roots of the plant will rot and since there will be no way for the plant to get water it will wilt and look the same as if the soil was dry. It really is better to err on the side of dryness and even let the plant wilt a little before re-watering. Keep in mind that the main stimulus for growth is the roots reaching out for moisture. If the soil is always wet, the roots will not grow and neither will the plant.

    Since the foliage plants in winter are not as actively growing as during the rest of the year, they will not need as much plant food. Generally, half the dosage is sufficient. All purpose plant food will usually be fine for all plants.

    foliage plants winter home decoration Assorted foliage plants are ready to brighten your home this winter

    This is also a good time to trim out all of the old straggly parts of the plant or just cut away stems that are growing in the wrong direction. If there are a few brown edges you can cut the brown parts off with a pair of scissors. There is no need to take off the whole leaf. In a couple of months as the days get longer, new growth will sprout and the plant will be very robust. It would be a good idea to also check the soil. If it is hard or discolored, break away some of the old soil ball surrounding the plant and put it into a pot with new potting soil. Don’t just use dirt from your yard. The plant needs to be in a soil mixture that contains materials like peat moss and something to keep the soil loose, like vermiculite. If the root ball is a solid mass of roots when you take it out of the pot, you should move it up to a larger pot. Select a new one that is not too much larger than the original pot. If the new pot is too big, the soil will hold too much moisture and the plant will rot. Hold the plant at the same level as in the old pot and fill with soil. Water the soil well, at least a couple of times, to be sure it settles.

    When you are going out to buy a new plant, there really are no hidden secrets with foliage plants. If you buy one that looks healthy it will continue to grow for you. Select a plant with firm foliage, good color, and no signs of stress. If the leaves are wilted, the plant may have root damage or if it was too dry for too long, the tips of the leaves will turn brown. Most importantly, buy the plant from someone you know and trust.

    Here at our store, in our two story greenhouse, we have lots of foliage plants to choose from!

    Contributed by Charles F. Kremp, 3rd

  • The Different Colors of Poinsettias

     

    Christmas is almost around the corner and you better have all your decorations set straight. You can get on with the holiday décor and keep up the holiday spirit up with plenty of colors strewn around the house. And if you want to combine those colors with the natural beauty of plants and make use of all the reliable gardening you did this past year, then put in use some of the poinsettias from your garden. The poinsettia is actually one of the best Christmas decors you can get and even give as a present, as is often the case, especially if you are aware of the traditional relation between the plant and the holiday. And the best about them beside the easy planting and growing? All the wonderful colors of poinsettias you can get.

    Two toned poinsettia Unique Poinsettia Colors

    The red poinsettia is the most common one. The red bracts (yes, they are bracts and not leaves or petals) can grow in any shade of the red spectrum, from crimson to scarlet to burgundy to bright red and so on. It is the color of passion and one much needed and preferred during the holidays to match the high spirits of the family and the celebratory mood. And surrounded by red poinsettias is probably the best place to stumble under a mistletoe.

    You can also have a blue poinsettia. Those are a rarer variety and hardly kept within the house, but with some care and a subtle knowledge of garden maintenance tricks, you can keep them away from the winter frost – yes, contrary to popular belief, poinsettias can actually live in the open cold air of the cold seasons, even if it does require a certain amount of work. And the blue bracts don’t necessarily have to signify glumness and sadness, it can merely reflect the outside season you are keeping away from the warm atmosphere inside.

    White Poinsettia Beautiful White Poinsettias

    And what a joy cream and white poinsettias are! Christmas is often associated with angels and cherubs and the white bracts can be bright enough to symbolize the winged creatures watching over the house while giving the home the brilliant aesthetics your Christmas mood requires.

    Then there are also the bright yellow to dark golden colors. They are also colors of Christmas, in a way. It is a sign of the wealth you have in terms of family and joy, and the one that awaits you come next year. The yellow poinsettia is a promise and therefore a symbol for hope – and just as Bob Cratchit would tell you, what better time to have hope than in the holiest of holidays?

    Poinsettias can also be orange, pink, pale green, and even purple. Those might not be associated with the holiday, but all of them are brilliant images that can occupy your home’s main décor in any other part of the year.

    Hot Pink Poinsettia Bright Pink Poinsettia Plant

    There you have it, a flower, as legend has it, practically made for the Christmas days up ahead. They barely need a lot of attention, with no need of weed control, nor wasting time in trimming and hedging. Give it some sun to shine upon the colorful bracts and water it occasionally, and your perfect decoration piece will flourish to gift you with its own holiday cheer.

  • The Best House Plant Gifts for Christmas

    As exciting as the holiday season can be, finding the right gift for your friends and loved ones can be a daunting task. If you’re looking for a house warming present, then a beautiful potted plant is a great idea, not only for those with a green thumb. A flower or a mini shrub is both a simple and unique gift that can last for years.  Looking for inspiration? Keep reading to find out the best house plant gifts for Christmas.

    Close-up of poinsettia flower Poinsettia Bloom

     

    Potted Plant Gifts

    Not all indoor plants are created the same. Unless you’re buying present for someone you know has an experience with gardening, you should to keep things simple. The best greenery to give as a gift should be both beautiful and easy to maintain. So what types of plants make a good present?

    Here’s a list of some of the most popular Christmas house plants that look great and require minimal care.

    Amaryllis– The amaryllis blooms in the winter and produces beautiful bell-shaped flowers in red and scarlet, as well as in pink, salmon, rose, white and bicolor.

    Succulents– Succulents are not only a huge trend right now, but also demand very little care. These plants are ideal for people who tend to forget about watering or have time for indoor gardening. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be collected into an attractive and personalized arrangement.

    Aloe– Speaking of succulents, aloe deserves a special place in this list. This popular plant can survive with little amount of water and has amazing hydrating and soothing properties.  You can use it to treat burns and bruises or to moisturise your skin.

    Cyclamen– This is another great option for the cold weather choice. With its unique and attractive look, cyclamen can be a stunning gift for someone special.

    Orchid– This elegant and sophisticated plant can please anyone, but only if the recipient is familiar with orchid’s specific care.

    Lucky Bamboo– Bring luck and joy to your loved ones by giving them this plant as a gift. Not exactly a bamboo so much as dracaena, the lucky bamboo plant can grow in a vase full of water or a decorative pot near a sunny window. It is believed that the greenery brings happiness and prosperity.

    Air Plants– Do you want to make a really unique gift? Air plants are the best choice for lazy gardeners because they require neither dirt nor watering. A regular misting will keep them healthy and happy wherever you place them.  Be sure to click this link of you are looking to buy Christmas air plants.

    Christmas Poinsettia Plant Christmas poinsettia in pot

    Poinsettia– An all time Christmas classic, the poinsettia will bring cheer and holiday spirit in every home.

    Lavender– Who wouldn’t love to have this beautifully fragrant plant at their place? The lavender blooms will add gorgeous purple accent indoors or in the garden.

    Potted Herbs– Combine functionality and aesthetics in one gift with a set of versatile potted herbs. Oregano, rosemary or peppermint can add some plant life into the setting and will provide fresh cooking ingredients.

    This Christmas, make a really meaningful and special gift with one of these beautiful house plants.

    Festive Christmas Garland Christmas Garland
  • Flowers that Smell Better at Night

    If you work at a typical 9-to-5 job, you may feel that you are cheated out of garden time. But with a night garden, you don't ever have to feel this way again. There are a wide variety of flowers that dazzle in a night garden, and some of the best ones are the scented night-blooming flowers. I think one of the greatest pleasures in life is relaxing in a moonlit garden with a jasmine-scented summer breeze cooling me off. Many scented night-bloomers tend to be hidden from common knowledge, so I have provided a list of some of the best ones here.

    Night-Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum)

    Night Blooming Jasmine Night Blooming Jasmine

    [Photo by Incredible India! (Flickr)]

    Night-blooming jasmine, also known as night-scented jessamine and queen of the night, is more famous for its scent than its flowers. The small, tubular, star-shaped white or green flowers appear in clusters among evergreen foliage. Night-blooming jasmine is a tropical shrub that can reach up to 8 feet tall, and it is actually not a true jasmine at all. It thrives in a warm climate and does best in full sun; if you live above USDA zone 8, you will need to bring the shrub inside to overwinter. Night-blooming jasmine is widely used in India and Asia for perfume-making and religious ceremonies. Although this shrub is sweetly scented, it is toxic and produces berries that could be tempting to children. I would describe the scent as sweet and powerful; some say the scent can be overpowering, so if you are sensitive to fragrance, you may not want to plant this close to your window.

    Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata)

    Flowering Tobacco Flowering Tobacco

    [Photo by Carl Lewis (Flickr)]

    Flowering tobacco smells similar to jasmine and is more fragrant at night than during the day. The leaves are fuzzy and sticky like petunia leaves, while the trumpet-shaped flowers open to a five-petaled star and come in most shades except blue. The flowers attract hummingbirds and night pollinators like moths. Although flowering tobacco can reach up to 5 feet tall, the plants range in size depending on the variety; even dwarf varieties are available, but some varieties are more strongly scented than others. Plants flower more in full sun but will tolerate some shade, and they need regular watering.

    Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)

    Moonflower is in the same genus as morning glories, and they, too, are a vine with saucer-shaped flowers. Moonflower grows vigorously and produces large 5-to-6-inch fluted white flowers with an alluring perfume. The flowers bloom at dusk and last until morning, living only one night; however, the plant produces masses of flowers to make up for their short lives. I love planting moonflower near my windows so that I can open my windows and smell them in the evening. It is a tropical perennial in the south but is grown as an annual in colder regions. If starting from seed, be sure to nick the seed coat and soak before planting; also, the soil must be warm for the seeds to germinate. Plant the flowers in full sun to part shade, and be sure to provide supports for the plant to climb on. There are multiple plants called moonflower, so be sure you are buying Ipomoea alba; some other moonflowers are extremely poisonous.

    Night-Blooming Water Lily, (Nymphaea species)

    Night-Blooming Water Lily Night-Blooming Water Lily

    [Photo by Ben Yanis (Flickr)]

    You may be surprised to learn that there are water lilies that bloom at night - I know I was when I first found out. Imagine gazing upon your pond in the evening and seeing these beauties in full bloom! They are definitely attention-getters in the night garden, particularly the white ones. They open at dusk, releasing a light fragrance, and close at mid-morning. There are several varieties of night-blooming water lilies, and they are all tropical, requiring water temperatures of 70 degrees or more to live and thrive. Nymphaea "Dentata Superba" is a nice white variety to try for the night garden.

    Evening Primrose (Oenothera species)

    Evening Primrose Evening Primrose

    [Photo by free photos & art (Flickr)]

    This plant is famous for treating multiple health conditions - is there anyone who hasn't heard of evening primrose oil or capsules? However, evening primrose is equally useful in the scented night garden. Evening primrose is a hardy perennial with cup-shaped pink, white, yellow, or purple flowers that smell like honey or lemons. Be sure to choose a species that blooms at night for a night garden - Oenorthera caespitosa, or tufted evening primrose, bears white, fragrant, night-blooming flowers and only reaches 6 inches tall. This primrose would be perfect for rock gardens or the very front of a border. Evening primrose is native to the United States and is considered to be a weed by some.

  • The 13 Best Flowers for a Butterfly Garden

    Do you love butterflies? Well, it is time to show your love by helping them to survive. You and I may be attracted to exotic, high-priced plants, but butterflies require nothing so fancy; in fact, butterflies are attracted to many native plants that are considered weeds by many and eradicated with herbicides. If you want to attract butterflies to your garden, here are a few tips. First of all, do not use any pesticides or herbicides near your garden, as they are toxic for the butterflies and other pollinators. Second, plant a garden with a wide variety of plants that will provide flowers throughout the season. Third, plant nectar-rich flowers that are colorful and flat-topped or clustered with short flower tubes. Here are 13 such flowers that butterflies find irresistible:

    5860091172_8c86f647bd_o Butterfly Weed

    Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa [Photo by Wayne National Forest (Flickr)]

    Butterfly weed is a member of the milkweed family and thus is a host for monarch larvae, which only eat milkweed. It serves as a host to grey hairstreak and queen butterfly larvae as well, in addition to being a favorite nectar source for monarchs and many other types of butterflies. Butterfly weed is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant perennial with bright orange flowers that are great for cutting. It starts blooming in late spring and continues blooming all summer, providing a long-lasting buffet for butterflies as well as hummingbirds.

    3828830534_9975467dbc_o Butterfly Bush

    Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii [Photo by Jim, the Photographer (Flickr)]

    This summer- and fall-blooming shrub is a butterfly magnet as well as a sweet-scented beauty. Choose from shades of purple, white, and pink flowers, which attract bees and hummingbirds as well as butterflies. Butterfly bush is hardy in USDA zones 5-10 and may die back to the ground in the north, or you can take the initiative and cut it down to the ground in winter or spring if you prefer; it is a fast grower. Some varieties can reach ten feet tall, but there are now miniature cultivars available.

    Bee Balm Bee Balm

    Bee balm, Monarda species [Photo by raymondgobis (Flickr)]

    Scarlet bee balm is very popular as an ornamental plant, but purple-, pink-, and white-flowered varieties are also available. The leaves of this perennial are highly fragrant and edible to both humans and all types of butterflies. It is susceptible to powdery mildew, so consider a resistant variety.

    Milkweed Milkweed

    Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca [Photo by Dave Bonta (Flickr)]

    Common milkweed used to be seen all over fields, roadsides, and ditches but has been largely eradicated by herbicides. This is very unfortunate, as plants from the milkweed family are the only food source for monarch caterpillars, and they are a primary food source for other insects as well. Milkweed may be considered a weed, but I find its pink clustered flowers and seed pods to be beautiful.

    Phlox Phlox

    Phlox, Phlox paniculata [Photo by Patrick Standish (Flickr)]

    Tall phlox are an old-fashioned favorite, and it is no wonder; they are hardy, beautiful, sweet-scented, and have a long bloom time. Heights and colors vary greatly, but butterflies love them all! American painted lady, sulfur, cloudywing, and swallowtail butterflies all enjoy feasting on phlox.

    Anise Hyssop Anise Hyssop

    Anise Hyssop, Agastache foeniculum [Photo by chipmunk_1 (Flickr)]

    Anise hyssop, which is also considered an herb, is a food source for butterflies, birds, and people; the white checkered butterfly especially enjoys the tiny tubular purple flowers of anise hyssop. The fragrant leaves and flowers taste and smell of anise, but the plant is actually a member of the mint family. Anise hyssop is heat-resistant and drought-tolerant, and rabbits and deer don't like it - wow, what more could you ask for? The flowers last from the middle of summer until frost, and the perennial is hardy in zones 4-10.

    Blazing Star Blazing Star

    Blazing star, Liatris spicata [Photo by Drew Avery (Flickr)]

    The unique vertical shape and the fluffy flower texture of blazing star will give your garden added interest and extra butterflies. Blazing star is a tall, moisture-loving, heat-tolerant perennial that blooms in July and August. Aphrodite fritillary, tiger swallowtail, orange sulphur, and wood nymph butterflies are just a few that enjoy feeding on blazing star; it is also host to Glorious Flower Moth caterpillars, and goldfinches enjoy the seeds.

    Asters Asters

    Asters, Aster species [Photo by Maja Dumat (Flickr)]

    Asters are a valuable addition to the garden because they are one of the plants that bloom in fall when most other flowers are dying. This is great news for any remaining butterflies, especially migrating monarchs. Pearl crescent larvae use the aster as a host plant, which makes the aster especially valuable in the butterfly garden. The small star-shaped blooms come in pink, purple, blue, white, and yellow, although the yellow ones suffer from an untreatable virus. Some asters can reach up to eight feet tall, so be sure you pick one that is the right size for your garden.

    Goldenrod Goldenrod

    Goldenrod, Solidago species [Photo by Dendroica cerulea (Flickr)]

    When I hear the word "goldenrod," I can't help but think of the vivid yellow crayon named after this plant. Yes, goldenrod is famous for its sunny yellow flower stalks, but it should be famous for its service to insects as well. Goldenrod can be invasive in the garden, so you may want to plant it in pots before putting it into the ground to keep it from spreading. This plant attracts monarch, clouded sulfur, American small copper, and gray hairstreak butterflies.

    Autumn Joy Autumn Joy

    Autumn Joy Sedum, Sedum x "Autumn Joy" [Photo by Leonora Enking (Flickr)]

    "Autumn Joy" stonecrop is one of the most popular perennials in my area; I see them everywhere, and it is not hard to guess why. The deep coppery-pink flower heads seem to last forever, and the plants bloom from August to November; even the dead flower heads provide interest in winter. The flowers are flat-topped and brightly colored, which is perfect for attracting butterflies, especially the variegated fritillary. The plant is extremely hardy and easy to care for.

    Joe-Pye Weed Joe-Pye Weed

    Joe-Pye Weed, Eupatorum purpureaum [Photo by InAweofGod'sCreation (Flickr)]

    Joe-Pye weed is another valuable plant that blooms in later summer and autumn when other plants have stopped for the season. It is naturally a very tall plant for the back of the garden, reaching up to seven feet in some cases, but smaller types are available. It does require moist soil, especially when planted in full sun. It is quite hardy and deer-resistant; in addition to this, Joe-Pye weed attracts butterflies such as tiger swallowtails and black swallowtails.

    Zinnia Zinnia

    Zinnia, Zinnia species [Photo by liz west (Flickr)]

    Zinnias are colorful, old-fashioned annuals that are very easy to grow from seed. They remind me of jewels with their bright colors and varying shapes. However, not all zinnias attract butterflies equally; the taller ones with the bigger blooms seem to attract butterflies the best. Tall "State Fair Mix," "Cut and Come Again," and "Zowie! Yellow Flame" are some types that butterflies like to frequent. Monarchs, swallowtails, and painted ladies are some of the butterflies seen sipping nectar from these beauties.

    Lantana Lantana

    Lantana, Lantana species [Photo by Jason (Flickr)]

    Let's just say that there aren't many butterflies that don't enjoy drinking nectar from lantanas. With their flat-topped, brightly colored flower clusters, lantana practically screams "drink me!" to butterflies. Lantana has the added benefit of being fragrant, beautiful, and versatile, working well in a flower bed or in a container. Although we usually treat lantana as an annual flower, it is in truth a tender perennial.

  • Our Summer Blooming Hanging Baskets Are Loving This Heat!

    Summer is a time for barbeques, fireworks, the beach, and relaxation time.  While we enjoy the beautiful weather, our surroundings help contribute to the beauty! Patios, front porches, backyards and storefronts are showing off our colorful blooming hanging baskets. Our Summer Blooming Hanging Baskets Are Loving This Heat! Vibrant reds, purples, pinks, yellows and blues! Check out some of our favorite varieties here, all grown at our local greenhouse! These pics were taken today in front of our showroom.

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    Our plants are really soaking up the bright Summer sun. The healthy plants and flowers are due, in large part, to the abundance of sunshine which stimulates photosynthesis and help keeps them looking great. But, don't forget to water your plants thoroughly several times a day during this heat wave. Plants need plenty of sunshine and water to keep healthy. Make sure you are adequately watering your plants during this intense Summer heat! We water our plants about 3 times a day when it stays this hot out for this long. We try to avoid mid-day watering when water splashed on the leaves can attract sunlight and burn the leaves. When in doubt you can always spot water the garden for anything that looks wilted or a little too dry.

  • 11 Unusual Uses For Flowers

    A flower is the perfect embodiment of both beauty and function. When gazing upon the beauty of flowers, most of us are too spellbound to think about how useful they are. In fact, I’ll bet that some flower uses will even surprise you! Here are 11 unusual uses for flowers to entertain you.

    Air Cleaners

    It is easy for air pollutants to build up in indoor spaces. One way to reduce air pollution is through the use of houseplants, which NASA has found reduce volatile organic compounds. Plants absorb the VOCs through their leaves and break them down in their root systems. They also reduce dust and increase humidity. Some flowering plants that are especially good as air filters are orchids, florist’s mums, and Gerbera daisies.

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