Staking Your New Sapling

Fall is Officially Here! You bought a new tree… now what? Recently we talked about transferring container-grown plants to your garden outside. Adding a new tree outside is easy too, and this is the best time of year to do it! Your tree might need to be supported to allow it’s root ball to become […]

How do you plant your container plants?

I started my plants in a container…Now what?

We talk about the ability to start growing your plants in containers, but how do you transfer these container-grown plants to your garden? Your need to gradually introduce your container-grown plants to direct sunlight before you plant them in your garden. First, place your plants outdoors in a sheltered, slightly shaded location then move them […]

September Gardening

September Gardening: Planning for next spring

As crazy as it may seem, it is time to plan for next spring with fall around the corner. After the soil temperature drops below 60°, you should plant your spring flowering bulbs like Daffodils, Crocus, and Hyacinths. Pro Tip: Add Bulb fertilizer or Bone meal into the planting hole You should dig up and […]

Ginger Lily

September Plant of the Month: Ginger Lily

Native to India and tropical Asia, these Southern, perennial beauties show off prominent, aromatic blooms framed by rich green foliage. The flowers resemble butterflies­, giving the Ginger Lily its other common name, “butterfly ginger.” There are many varieties with blossoms in hues of white, orange, yellow, salmon, and red. You can plant them to act […]

Pre-Fall: Preparing Your Garden For Fall

In Virginia Beach, we are accustomed to the dense humidity of the summer months. We know how to take care of ourselves. When September begins, we are more than ready to embrace the first breeze of autumn. Most of the plants in our gardens feel the same way. While some plants thrive in the summer […]

plumbago

Growing Plumbago

Meet the Blue Plumbago. It’s also known as “sky flower” because of its alluring blue flowers resting on slender stems that twist together to form vines with soft green leaves. The plumbago is a lush hub for native butterflies that are drawn to the scent of the blooms. It will bloom year round in warmer climates, […]

Moss Rose

Moss Rose

Planting moss rose is gorgeous way to fill in any gaps in your outdoor space that were left by spring blooms. Moss rose will grow over the bulbs without suffocating them or causing them to rot. Moss rose compliment flowers that also flourish in hot, dry, sunny locations. Dusy miller and zinnias look beautiful in […]

Growing Zinnias

Zinnias

Meet the Zinnia. These eye-catching summer flowers symbolize lasting friendship, goodness and remembrance. Zinnias bloom in shades of orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow with leaves of an olive green. The variety of shapes, such as stars, daisies, dahlias, buttons, and domes, of its bloom also make this flower unique. Their beautiful, solitary flowerhead makes […]

Caring For Your Tropical Hibiscus

Growing hibiscus is an easy way to add a tropical flair to your garden or indoor space. These plants are native to East Asia and bloom in colors of white, red, pink, orange, yellow, peach, and purple.   Basic Information Ideal Soil pH: 6.8 Mature Size: 15 feet if outdoors Plant Type: Evergreen perennial flower Common […]

Protecting Your Garden

We are all taking measures to take care of ourselves during these very hot couple of weeks, but you cannot forget to protect your plants! The extreme heat and humidity we are experiencing here in Virginia brings the threat of plant diseases. So, make sure to inspect your plants for any diseased foliage, remove it, […]