Best Perennials for Pollinators

Best Perennials for Pollinators By Rob Sproule Salvia Monarda (Bee Balm) Thyme Hollyhocks “The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.” – Elizabeth Lawrence We all love bees, but getting them into your yard doesn’t happen on its own. Beyond the good feeling from having them there, they bring the massive benefit of increased edible production across our yard (and our neighbors’ yards). Filling the yard with exotic annuals won’t get you there, but perennials will. Here are a few of the best perennials, all of which are hardy, easy to grow, and readily available. Salvia: This is…

April 18, 2018 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

Top New Annuals 2018

Top New Annuals 2018 By Rob Sproule Pink Sky Petunia Can-Can Bumbelbee Pink Lantana Luscious Royale Cosmo “In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.” – Kozuko Okakura Petunia “Sky Pink”: If Han Solo were here, he would say this was the strangest petunia in the galaxy. The “Sky” series took the garden world by storm in 2017, and the line continues to grow. This year, the cosmic mysticism of “Night Sky Blue” is joined by a free-spirited pink. Versatile and bright, the pink is a fair-sized plant at 1’ high with a 2’ spread. It will perform best…

April 11, 2018 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

Container Gardening Trends

Container Gardening Trends By Rob Sproule Colour of the Year Water Garden Containers Succulents Galore “The earth laughs in flowers.“ – Ralph Waldo Emerson Gardening is, at once, unchanging, yet always in motion. The essentials of why we do it, like the urge to nurture and express our story through the earth, never change, but how we do it is as seasonal as fashion trends. Container Gardening is the dominant art form in gardening trends. It is the art of creating living, dynamic sculptures. It’s also, especially with our short summers, very non-committal! Here are a few of the dominant trends…

April 3, 2018 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >

Houseplants & Anxiety

Houseplants & Anxiety By Rob Sproule Lavender Rosemary Aloe Vera Dracaena Snakeplant Gerbera Daisy English Ivy “Time spent in nature heals your mind, body, and spirit.” – Katrina Mayer As anyone nurturing their own indoor jungle will tell you, houseplants reduce anxiety. They’re easy to care for, look amazing, and have many other benefits, like: • Lowering your blood pressure • Improving your mental productivity • Helping to fight mild depression • Improving sleep quality • Increasing your creativity With amazing effects like these, houseplants are an obvious addition for any home. Here are a few favourites: Lavender: The first…

March 27, 2018 by admin; Comments 0 Read More >