Planting Bulbs - Ranunculus (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Friday, December 14, 2012

If you're looking to brighten up your yard and have eye-popping flowers available to display in a vase, plant ranunculus. Ranunculus come in a rainbow of colors for the home gardener and would-be florist. The flowers will bloom most of the summer and can be used to create a simple floral display. The plant will continue to bloom after the flowers have been clipped off; in fact, cutting them back encourages more blooms. Read More


Planting Bulbs - Scilla (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Scilla is the sweetheart of the woodland and rock garden. It grows well in partial shade and in less than perfect soil. It is even deer resistant! It belongs to a genus of 50-80 species of flowers. The nodding, somewhat star-shaped flowers, are commonly blue in color, but also come in white and pink. Look for this petite perennial to flower in spring, though some varieties flower in the autumn.  Read More


Planting Bulbs - Gladiolus aka Glads (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

gladioulusGladiolus, or Glads as they are often referred to, add greatly to the summer garden with their tall spikes of flowers that come in every color imaginable. They're also the king of the cut flower world. You can put together a nice arrangement of glads in a vase with no prior flower arranging experience! Read More


Planting Bulbs - Galanthus (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

galanthusAlso known as snowdrop, galanthus is a plant that flowers about the same time as crocus (March through May, depending on where you live). As the name implies, it is hardy in the cold climates, which is good news for our New England neighbors and other northern gardeners. Galanthus will also do well in the southern climates where it flowers a little earlier in the spring. Read More


Planting Bulbs - Crocus (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

crocus flowerJust about the time you think you can't take another day of the winter drabness, the colorful blooms of crocus appear. If you live in an area where snow blankets the winter landscape, you just may see crocus poke through the whiteness in late winter or early spring. Crocus will bloom ahead of tulips and daffodils. Though short in stature, they'll still be seen since they are the first plant to bloom in most gardens. Read More


Planting Bulbs - Allium (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Monday, November 12, 2012

planting alliumLike a skyscraper towering over townhouses in a big city, Allium will rise above the rest of the flowers in your flower garden (Allium Purple Sensation shown at right). This rather peculiar plant with its large globe shaped--flowers (measuring up to 8 inches in diameter), is a nice addition to a garden, especially when planted near a tall structure, such as a picket fence or foundation of a home. It also looks impressive rising out of the middle of a perennial garden. Read More


Planting Bulbs - Calla Lilies (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Friday, November 09, 2012

calla liliesIf you're looking for summer blooming flowers and a chance to fill a vase with a bouquet of cut flowers, you can't beat calla lilies. They're a nice addition to any summer garden. Calla lilies have a unique trumpet-shape pointing upwards as if they're playing music for God. They come in a wide array of colors and even the leaves are interesting with their silvery splashes of color. Read More


Planting bulbs - Hyacinth (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Thursday, November 08, 2012

hyacinth bulbsIf you're looking for fragrance in your spring garden, make sure you plant plenty of hyacinths. This stately spring flowering bulb has a pleasant aroma that will turn heads, directing the eyes to a beautiful cluster of blooms. Hyacinth come in shades of white, salmon, pink, red, peach, orange, yellow, blue, purple, and lavender. Read More


Planting Bulbs - Caladium (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Thursday, November 08, 2012

Caladium is a tropical foliage plant native to Brazil. It's considered an easy to grow plant, especially when planted in the warmer climates (zone 6-8) in the United States. In fact, 98% of caladium bulbs come from Florida, (Lake Pacid). Some folks grow them in the cooler, zone 4 climates; however, in cooler climates, they're treated more like a houseplant or grown outside in hanging baskets. Read More


Planting Bulbs - Muscari (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Planting MuscariMuscari, better known as grape hyacinth isn't a hyacinth at all, although it does resemble a miniature one. Find a permanent spot for muscari in the yard, because much like a tree, it will occupy the spot for decades. Fortunately, it doesn't spread easily so you don't have to worry about it overtaking a flower bed or other area where it's been planted. Read More