Hello again!

Yellows, reds, pinks, purples, and all shades and mixes of colors are a big part of summer! Along with the green of our turf, flowering plants in landscape beds as well as containers add so much to our time spent outdoors. Think about the colorful leaves on annuals such as coleus or the leaves of our perennial heuchera. There is no reason we cannot have color outdoors starting with Lenten rose as early as February and landscape roses blooming well into November. There really aren't too many weeks where we are void of color from our plants. If you count the fruits and berries of our deciduous plants that persist throughout the winter, a landscape certainly can have 12 months of color!

One group of plants to not forget would be plants from the tropics. Both foliage tropical plants and blooming tropical plants add to our palette of plants for summer. Large-leaved banana plants reaching up to 8-10’ are great additions to our patios or landscapes. With green and red/green leaves, banana plants give us yet another color option. Another option for height in a grouping of containers are palms with their branches that add texture as well. Palms shouldn’t be relegated to the den indoors!

Our summer blooming tropicals area has to be one of the most popular spots in the garden center in the month of May as gardeners are looking for color options for the long, hot summer months. Tropical hibiscus are daily bloomers and a crowd favorite. We have them in containers ranging from 4” up to several gallons and in about whatever color you desire. With clear or straight colors to flowers with dark centers there are so many hibiscus bloom options. From bush growth to trained standards (trained with a 30” trunk), these plants will bloom until a hard freeze, or during the winter months if brought indoors.

Late last fall, Jeremy brought in cuttings of bougainvillea for large baskets this season. After months of care, these summer tropicals are spectacular with their many colors of blooms and green or var iegated foliage. Consider one for a sunny spot!

Tropical plants are heavy feeders naturally. For continued blooms, they will require regular feeding with fertilizers containing valuable trace elements that are blended specifically for foliage or blooms. Showy tropical hibiscus bloom best when fertilized with ferti-lome Hibiscus & Tropical Plant Food. This fast-acting plant food enhances the color, size, longevity, and number of blooms. It works for other tropical plants, too! Use every other week until blooms appear, and then once a month while blooms are present.

ferti-lome Bougainvillea & Flowering Vine Food enhances the size, color and quantity of bougainvillea blooms, as well. Use it on plants in landscaped areas and container grown plants.

It’s really a fun time to be at the garden center, especially if you love blooms and color. Come see what new and exciting plants we have available for you!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center