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Plant of the Month: Verbena

Our June Plant of the Month is Verbena (Verbenas or Vervains).

This stunning small size flower with five petals is mostly shades of blue and purple, but can be found in white or pink. They require little care and are great for attracting butterflys and hummingbirds. Once they have matured they will spread out to make a good ground covering for your landscape.

Verbena plants are drought-resistant and will do well in either partial or full sun. They prefer well-drained, average soils.

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Video of the Month: How To Decorate A Patio

Are you wondering how you are going to decorate your patio this year? Wonder no more… AvantGarden® has all the answers! Watch our video to find out great expert tips and advice.

Suggested Plantings for Sun and Shade

Typically, when most of us think about gardening, we’re thinking about plants and flowers planted, cultivated and grown in full sunlight. But there are abundant opportunities that can produce pleasant results when we expand our planting to partial sun and shade.

Some definitions: Full Sun means at least 6 full hours of direct sunlight. Partial Sun / Partial Shade are used interchangeably to mean 3 – 6 hours of sun each day, usually better in the  morning and early afternoon.  Partial Shade means the plant need some relief from intense late afternoon sun. Dappled Sun is similar to partial shade but sunlight is filtered through the branches of a deciduous tree.  Examples are some Continue reading

Balcony Gardening

Plants can add privacy and add a design touch all your own to a balcony no matter how large or small.

You can use plants to create some screening between you and the rest of the world without taking up precious floor space.

If you have a balcony, you can introduce trailing foliage in railing and horse trough planters along the railing.  If feasible, fill hanging baskets with cascading foliage and trailing plants, then suspend them from a ceiling or building facade.

All natural coco liners used with wire and metal planters, stands and hanging baskets exhibit a lighter, open design style that fits well into a smaller space while the rich, Continue reading

Design & Decorating Tips

Decorating with outdoor plants is a great way to introduce visual interest and a personal, creative touch to your home. The variety of shapes, the range of color, and the natural textures of living elements make your design choices as unique as they are limitless.

Using Containers
Container planters, available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes, offer you a wide range of design versatility. Choose containers that will complement the landscaping design style of your outside space.

Think about using eco-friendly, all natural coco liners. They make great container liners, particularly for wire and metal planters, stands and hanging baskets. They keep Continue reading

Vertical Planting Design

When many people hear the word “gardening,” they probably summon a vision of a landscaped yard, a large lot filled with blooms, foliage or even vegetables, or maybe an English cottage surrounded by flowers. Most folks think about things growing “out,”  not “up.”

Vertical Planting Design

If you have a deck, patio, porch or even just a balcony, it may be time to think about vertical planting. You can design a secluded place to relax, or block out an unwanted object with some screening between you and the rest of the world. Add height to your gardening efforts using vertical planting design to help you achieve that goal.

An ideal way to grow “up” is a modular vertical planting system that utilizes a framery system accommodating stacking planter boxes for flowers and foliage. These versatile modular Continue reading

Container Gardening

What’s the best thing about gardening using containers? The answer? Anybody can do do it!

Beginner or advanced gardener. Homeowner or renter. Large yard, small yard. No yard. Deck, patio, porch, front steps, balcony, roof…window boxes. Grow flowers, foliage, vegetables and herbs for display and decoration, fragrance and recipe ingredients. Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you want to grow…the opportunities for container gardening are limitless.

Container planters, available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes, offer you the most gardening versatility.

Virtually any container can be used: wire and metal baskets lined with coconut coir, Continue reading

How to Grow Climbing Plants

If you want to add a truly unique touch to the outdoor landscaping of your home, think about adding in some climbing plants.

Climbing plants can serve a variety of uses. You can use them to camouflage walls, sheds, structures or fencing. Use climbing plants with trellises, arbors, obelisks and other supports to create create privacy screens and block unwanted and unsightly views. Since most climbing plants grow quickly they offer an almost instant solution depending on your need and your desired effect.

Most of all, climbing plants can add character and soften the appearance of your home and garden while creating a beautiful and unique touch that’s all your own.

Many plant groups offer a climbing variety so they’re not hard to find. Among the more Continue reading

Plants and Privacy

Plants can be the perfect solution if you want to bring a little privacy to your backyard deck or patio.

Assuming you don’t have a major problem that requires fencing or the long term planting of hedges and screening plants such as evergreen, cypress and arboretum, some strategic planning and gardening may be all you require.

You probably don’t want your deck or patio enclosed on all sides. Perhaps you only want to create a secluded place to relax, or to block out an unwanted object on the perimeter. The main idea is to use plants to create some screening between you and the rest of the world. Adding height, creating corners and using blocking elements can Continue reading

Growing Flowers Outdoors

Want to give the outside of your home a truly one-of-a kind appearance and make a statement of your own personal taste and style? Then plant flowers to add splashes of color throughout the growing season.

Since planting and cultivating your flower beds requires patience and care…and some work…to achieve successful results, there are some basics you should know from the start.

Spend some time doing some planning and research before you begin preparing the soil for sowing seeds. A key part of the planning phase is the selection of the right plants and flowers for your gardening beds. Some factors need to be kept in mind when Continue reading