June 2024

THE PERFECT FLOWERING SHRUB TO BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT

Julie Thompson-Adolf for Proven Winners® ColorChoice®

Are y’all melting yet? Summer heat and humidity do give us the vapors. We watch in agony as our precious plants droop in drought, mortgaging our souls to pay the water bill to keep them happy. But there are better options. For fabulous color and multi-season interest, many shrubs will tolerate high heat, drought, and wacky soil conditions. Read more

VERSATILE VINCA - SMALL AND MIGHTY - SOIREE KAWAII IS CUTE!

Delilah Onofrey, Suntory Flowers

When it comes to bedding plants, bigger isn’t always better. Soiree Kawaii vincas are tiny but terrific! Tidy mounds of smaller flowers create continuous color all summer. The word “kawaii” means cute in Japanese. The full Soiree Kawaii assortment is available in eight great colors – Blueberry Kiss, Coral, Coral Reef, Light Purple, Lavender, Red Shades, Paprika Red and White Peppermint. Mix the colors together in planters and beds. Two fun blends are Berry Blast and Lady Liberty! 

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PENSTEMONS ARE THE PERFECT POLLINATORS

Dan Heims, Terra Nova Nurseries

Leathery serrated leaves and voluptuous purple flowers on upright spikes are the ideal descriptors of a perfect Penstemon. Planting Penstemons in well-drained soil in a sunny location will upgrade your garden and invite pollinators from everywhere. The silvery-white, laced throats also add intricacies for all eyes to enjoy! Read more

KIDS IN THE GARDEN: BEST LIFE LESSONS

Dramm Gardening

Encouraging kids to garden, even just tending to a single flower pot on your patio, offers many health benefits. Gardening is another form of play and discovery that promotes many positive outcomes. Gardening is therapeutic, educational, encourages responsibility, and gives kids confidence. Read more

 

GREAT TIPS FOR PLANTING SMALL

SPACES & CONTAINERS

Wayside Gardens

Gardening in small spaces can be a delightful challenge, transforming tight spots and containers into lush, thriving gardens. Whether you have a narrow strip by a path, a sunny balcony, or a cozy patio, here are expert tips and plant recommendations. Read more

SILVER HOUSE PLANTS ARE TRENDY!

Justin Hancock, Costa Farms

We are sharing with you six stunning silvery house plants. One reason silver-leafed plants are trendy is that they go with everything. Silver is considered a neutral color in design because it goes with everything. It helps tone down hot colors like red, orange, and yellow, and it’s a complement to cool colors like blue, pink and purple. Indoors, it also has a brightening effect as it reflects a bit of light. Read more

HOW TO CONTROL TOMATO BLOSSOM END ROT

Gardener's Suppy

Blossom end rot is a common garden physiological disorder caused by a lack of calcium within the plant. It can occur in pepper, squash, cucumber, and melon fruits as well as tomatoes. It is NOT caused by an insect (so don't attempt to apply insecticide all over your garden).

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LIVING FOOD: RESTORE & DEFEND YOUR HEALTH

Ashleigh Smith, True Leaf

While many diets have come in and out of style, people always seem to overlook the power of living foods. What are living foods? They are fresh fruits, vegetables, sprouts, microgreens, and other foods that are consumed while actively growing or within 48 hours of harvesting. Produce bought from grocery stores is often harvested several days and weeks earlier before being shipped across the country or from international farms. While raw foods are great, living food is better. Read more

SWATHS OF SPLENDOR AT GIBBS GARDENS

Barbara Schneider, Gibbs Gardens

June magic fills Gibbs Gardens as the 376-acre estate garden transforms into nature’s most spectacular bouquet. Flowers of all sizes, shapes and colors bloom everywhere—from fields of poppies, larkspur and coreopsis in the Wildflower Meadow to fields of daylilies, stands of Magnolia blossoms—and a feast of roses everywhere. 

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TOP 10 FLOWERING PLANTS THAT ATTRACT AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES

GrowJoy

The brilliant yellow and black coloration, along with that smile-producing, sing-songy voice of the American Goldfinch makes it one of the most desirable backyard birds. However, the elusiveness of these wild canaries makes them a bit of a challenge to attract. Here’s how you can create a Goldfinch haven, simply by providing the basic needs of food, shelter, and water.

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GARDENING JOBS IN JUNE

Matthew Biggs, Hartley Botanic.

Photographs courtesy of Hartley Botanic

In June there is plenty to do. Aubergines, peppers and chillies should be transplanted as they grow into pots one or two sizes larger when there is a good root system but before they become pot bound, finally transplanting into 23 cm pots or two per growing bag. Read more

JUNE IS POLLINATOR MONTH

Melinda Myers

Photographs, Melinda Myers

June is National Pollinator Month and it’s a great time to celebrate all the pollinators that play an important role in producing food, fiber, medicine, and more that we rely on. When you think of pollinators, bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are likely the first that come to mind. But moths, wasps, beetles, flies, bats, and some other birds also help pollinate our gardens. More than 80% of all flowering plant species, including 180,000 different species and more than 1,200 crops, rely on them for pollination.Read more

THINK YOU CAN'T GROW LAVENDER? THINK AGAIN!

Monrovia Nursery Company

Choosing the right variety makes all the difference. Lavender is the on-trend plant for gardeners this year, and Monrovia has the top choices to provide the perfect addition of both beauty and fragrance for this season and beyond. If you’ve struggled with lavender in the past or shied away from adding it to your garden, we have a top-tier selection to ensure success. Read more

ATTRACTING WONDERFUL AND REALLY TOUGH WOODPECKERS

Wild Birds Unlimited

Woodpeckers are truly wonderful. They are some of our most loyal feeder visitors and always bring an entertaining array of activities and excitement to our backyards. But you might also call them wondrous. This is due in no small part to their amazing assortment of adaptations which allow them to live a punishing existence that most other birds would probably think of as a life condemned to hard labor. Read more

TOP HYACINTH TIP

How do they get the hyacinths at The Netherlands-based garden of Keukenhof to stand up straight? They stuff an iron pin in the top of the plant at the flower, then run it down through the stem. Not only does it stand up straight but you can keep them fresh for one week or ten days. It's an outstanding tip.Watch the video...

KEUKENHOF GARDEN - ASTOUNDING SIZE AND SCOPE

In this episode, GardenSMART tours the botanical garden of Keukenhof in The Netherlands. When one walks through the entrance you can tell immediately this is a beautiful display garden. It's over 85 acres, and every year, they plant seven million bulbs. Learn more...

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