Welcome to Gardening in Minnesota! Expand your gardening knowledge from season to season. The Gardener’s Guide books provide information on plant characteristics, habits, and basic requirements for growth. Information on the various climatic conditions of your area, general pest control, and landscape tips aid you in creating a beautiful and successful garden. A Gardner’s Guide Book is available for each state. Published by Cool Springs Press.
How to be Successful with Flowers Use flowers as the primary focal point in your landscape or as accents! This book is a great introduction to gardening. The broad category of flowers offers a complete range of plants from annuals to bulbs to perennials. It represents the category most beginners want to attempt and affords the most diversity…and it offers the best for success. Learn how to choose plants, create a border, properly handle flowers for bouquets, and more.
Welcome to Gardening in Illinois! Expand your gardening knowledge from season to season. The Gardener’s Guide books provide information on plant characteristics, habits, and basic requirements for growth. Information on the various climatic conditions of your area, general pest control, and landscape tips aid you in creating a beautiful and successful garden. A Gardner’s Guide Book is available for each state. Published by Cool Springs Press.
The Columbine that Thinks it’s a Clematis! These upturned columbines blooms arise for many weeks, attracting butterflies and compliments! Just for fun, plant this lovely Columbine at the base of your Clematis and see how many of your gardening friends ask where you found the delightful little herbaceous Clematis! These brightly colored, very abundant blooms look for all the world like Clematis, but the plant is pure Columbine. A delight for garden, container, and vase, Clementine should not be missed!The flowers are just 1 to 1 1/2 inch wide, but they arise so heavily on these compact plants that you’ll have plenty for cutting and for garden enjoyment, too. The butterflies love them, and they are so profuse that they simply spill over flowerpots and baskets, adding bright color to any setting. Give them full sunshine in the north, a bit of afternoon shade farther south and west, and you’ll be knee-deep in color for many weeks in spring and early summer!The plant is quite petite, just 12 to 18 inches high and
America’s Favorite Red Petunia Just Got Bigger and Better! Get swept away by early-blooming, bushy-centered Avalanche! Avalanche buries the competition with floriferous, early-blooming plants that always look fresh, thanks to an innovative growth pattern that sets blooms from the center instead of the end of the stems. (No more “flat-topped” baskets!) As if this weren’t enough, its most famous color — hard-to-find red — has just been improved for BIGGER,MORE ABUNDANT blooms!Red is a very rare color in spreading Petunias, and when the original Avalanche Red was introduced a few years back, it created a sensation. But the flowers tended to be a bit smaller and less profuse than other colors. Well, the breeders have been at work, and this Improved Red is every bit as floriferous, richly colored, and big as its cousins! The color is so vivid you’ll be able to see it in a hanging basket or windowbox from way down the street! The flowers are a deep, true red that won’t fade in the sun or darken into brown. Easy t
Coleus Limelight is one of the Giant Exhibition Series Coleus, a group of heirloom Coleus re-selected for better vigor, more uniform colors, and neater habit. These Coleus were at the heart of the “Coleus craze” that swept England around the turn of the last century — they were grown and adored by all, their brilliantly-colored leaves offering unheard-of winter color indoors. Well, things haven’t changed much — these gorgeously-sculpted 6- to 7-inch-long, 4-inch-wide leaves still make hearts flutter and gardens glow!If you like Limelight, you must try Palisandra, its velvety-black counterpart. And if you’re growing it indoors for winter color, Scarlet II adds lime-edged smoky red to the look! Or you might just want to break down and get the entire mix of 11 varieties. Plants this good are hard to come by, and since you can start the seeds indoors any time of year, the more the merrier!In the partly to fully shaded garden, Limelight is a zinger of a color beside the airy plumes of Astilbe and the frost-duste
This Ornamental Spinach Keeps You in Tasty Greens All Summer! The red stems really jazz up the plate! 55 days. The thick, dark green leaves of this edible ornamental provide tasty greens throughout the summer, when traditional spinach will not grow. The mild flavor makes Red Stem equally good cooked or fresh, and is more palatable to children than the peppery cool-season varieties.Heat-loving and vigorous, these attractive plants reach 6 feet or more if trained on a bean tower, trellis, lamppost, or any vertical structure with some porousness for twining. The plants sport scarlet stems that contrast beautifully with the deep green of the thick, broad leaves. Many people grow Red Stem for purely ornamental purposes, but there’s a lot of good eating on this productive plant!Start seeds indoors, then transplant into the garden or large container (with support) in late spring. Nothing is easier or more productive. Pkt is 50 seeds.
Giant Wine-Red Blooms on Vigorous, Fast-Growing Vines! 4 inches across and held wide-open, Scarlet O’Hara is a stunner! The most magnificent red Morning Glory we have ever had the delight to grow, and one that always draws gasps and stares from visitors to the trial gardens! Scarlet O’Hara’s blooms are a full 4 inches across, deeply colored and with a velvety texture that adds depth to their rich display. They arise in abundance in summer and fall, opening in the morning and tightly closed again by late afternoon. This vine is particularly vigorous and fast-growing–it’s the one you want to quickly cover that ugly chain-link fence, show off to the neighbors on the mailbox, or climb the patio trellis.Morning Glory is a breeze to direct-sow, but if you want even earlier blooms, start the seeds ahead indoors. It can tolerate a bit of shade–though blazing sun is its preference–and is especially useful in dry soils, where other plants have not been content. Drought-tolerant and ultra-easy, it climbs to about 6 f
Months and Months of Brilliant Blue Cacthfly Blooms! Catchfly starts flowering just 6 to 8 weeks after direct-sowing! If you love cutflowers but don’t enjoy the work of feeding, watering, deadheading, and otherwise fussing over the plants, This Blue Angel Catchfly is the annual you MUST grow! These blooms begin in late spring and continue all summer and right into fall, with long stems perfect for the vase and wide-open two-tone blue petals. And the plant is virtually carefree, thriving in any well-drained soil in full sun!The flowers measure 2 inches across, with bright blue petals starred with an eye-catching navy eye. They arise by the hundred on dwarf plants just 10 to 12 inches high and 10 inches wide. An award-winner in Europe, this powerhouse of a little annual is just perfect for your containers, sunny beds, borders, and edging! You simply can’t find this kind of flower power elsewhere!Blue Angel thrives in poor, dry, and sandy soils as well as good garden loam, and no seed is easier to grow. Direct-s
The Earliest Blue-Leaved Kohlrabi! Blue leaves on slender stems protect the yummy purple fruit. 80 days. The earliest blue-leaved Kohlrabi is also the most delicious, with tender, slightly flattened lilac-purple bulbs that never taste woody, even when harvest is delayed. Very resistant to bolting and able to withstand periods of drought, Azur Star sets a new standard for excellence in its family.These bright lilac-purple bulbs have a slightly flattened shape and bright purple stems, which rise up and out of all sides of the bulb to protect the fruit with enormous purple-veined blue leaves. Kohlrabi is not usually considered a very ornamental crop, but Azur Star could be admired front and center of the vegetable patch, so lovely and abundant are these icy blue leaves with contrasting purple accents! But the most important part of any vegetable is its flavor, and Azur Star takes top honors here as well, with absolutely delectable flesh. Raw or cooked, it is superb eating. And this plant is so vigorous and depen
The First to Bloom — Just 40 Days After Sowing! This tall, well-branched plant offers plenty of flowers over a long season. Why grow the first Tomato on the block when you can have the first Sunflower instead — and then many more to come, from a single plant?! Cherry Rose opens its blooms within 40 days of sowing, then continues for a long season of radiant beauty.These 3- to 4-inch blooms arise on tall, well-branched plants. They have a large chocolate-brown central cone and closely spaced deep red petals tipped in bright yellow-gold. Equally suited for garden and cutting, they make a lovely contrast to yellow- and gold-petaled Sunflowers.This plant reaches 5 feet tall and about 2 to 3 feet wide. Very floriferous, it is a splendid sight in the back of the sunny border or bed, its blooms welcoming summer into the garden. Pkt is 25 seeds.
Big Black “Acorns” on Semi-bush Plants! The earliest acorn to mature! 70 days. This semi-bush plant produces great numbers of nearly-black, smooth, tasty fruits. Looking exactly like giant acorns, they are wonderful for stuffing and very decorative!Winter squash has great storage ability. It is grown like summer squash (sown 1 inch deep after all danger of frost), but the seeds should be spaced 4 to 6 feet apart. Harvest it when the plants die back or just before frost. Cut and cure the fruit in a well-ventilated area, then store at 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Pkt is 20 seeds. Approximately 200 seeds per ounce.