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 Annuals - Impatiens (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Friday, December 14, 2012

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Groundcover - Dwarf Mondo Grass (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Monday, December 03, 2012

planting dwarf mondo grass Versatile, easy-to-care-for, attractive; these are adjectives that describe the ground cover, dwarf mondo grass. Dwarf mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus) can be used in a variety of situations, such as beds and borders, but is an especially good choice for areas that either you don’t want to mow and/or are difficult to mow, like perhaps under a tree or in uneven terrain or a slope where mowing can be difficult. Read More

Groundcover - Pachysandra/Japanese Spurge - (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Monday, December 03, 2012

planting pachysandra Japanese spurgeYou might say that pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis), aka Japanese spurge, is the tough guy in the neighborhood. Once established, pachysandra can take a beating: from the kid’s dropped bikes, drought, you name it. Pachysandra is one of the most common ground covers used in zones 4 and aboveRead More

Planting Annuals - Begonias (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

begoniasEasy to grow, petite and beautiful, these are adjectives that describe begonias. Wax begonias (not to be confused with tuberous begonias, which are normally grown in flower pots and planters) are a perennial flower that can be started from plugs in the spring or planted in the fall for winter flowering in areas of the country that don’t experience prolonged freezing temperatures (they can handle a light frost). In the northern regions of the country they’re planted as annuals, although they can be brought inside in the fall and overwintered as a houseplant. Read More

Planting Bulbs - Scilla (with video)

ProPlugger Co - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Planting Bulbs - Scilla (with video)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