It’s best to plant your Clematis in spring after the risk of frost has passed. It requires at least 6 hours of sun per day. Plant in a well-drained, fertile soil. Mulch should be replenished each spring. The roots should be shaded either by using mulch or placing perennials near its base. A cool dormant transition in winter is helpful. This plant grows large and is a climber. Make sure you provide a climbing surface such as a fence, trellis or pole.
Clematis can be slow to establish. Larger plants cost more initially, but will give you quicker returns.
We like to jokingly say, “the first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap.”
Once established, care of clematis vines is minimal with the exception of watering. They should be watered about an inch or so weekly, and more deeply during dry spells. Be weary of powdery mildew that often affects plants with poor air circulation. Aphids and spider mites can be a problem as well. You may also plant your Clematis outside. They are usually planted in fall or early spring, depending on the region and variety. Annual pruning may also be required to keep clematis plants looking their best. Large-flowering types that bloom in mid spring should be cut back to the topmost buds in late winter/early spring.
Common Names: Traveller’s Joy or Western Blue Virginsbower
Origin: Native to China and Japan
12″ Mixed Planter
Keep your Mixed Planter in partial sun to sunny conditions. Avoid placing pots in the full hottest afternoon sun. Make sure the pot is kept evenly moist. Do not allow the pots to dry out, check the soil moisture often especially in high temperatures. It may be necessary to water twice a day in higher temperatures. For best results, use a well-balanced water soluble flowering plant fertilizer every other week to increase flowering, health, and vigor. Remove old flowers and seed pods to encourage new growth.
Plants Included: Petunia, Calibrichoa, Verbena
12″ Lavender Bush
Lavender plants are perennials and will tolerate many growing conditions. They thrive in warm temperatures and full sun. Lavender is a tough plant and is extremely drought resistant, once established. However when first starting you lavender plants, give them a handful of compost in the planting hole and keep them regularly watered during their first growing season
Common Names: lavender, true lavender or English lavender (though not native to England), garden lavender, common lavender, and narrow-leaved lavender.
Origin: The Mediterranean, the Middle East and India
Water the geraniums deeply when soil is dry to the touch; in addition to watering, fertilizing is usually necessary. Use a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer or a 5-10-5 fertilizer with additional organic matter every four to six weeks throughout their active growing season. The Geranium may require repotting once they become overgrown, usually noted by wilting between waterings. Pinch off any dead ends to encourage new growth. When watering it’s best to avoid overhead irrigation, as this can lead to pests or disease issues.
Common Names: Geraniums, Pelargoniums, or Storksbills
Origin: Native to South Africa
Hydrangea is a shrub that should be planted in the Fall or Spring. They should be planted in a place where they will have sunny mornings and shaded afternoons. The soil should provide good drainage. To prevent root rot, do not allow it become soggy. Add mulch to keep the soil moist and cool. It will also break down and provide nutrients to the soil.
These plants should be deadheaded to ensure blooming into the fall. In the fall, leave the blooms so as not to encourage growth.
Common Names: Bigleaf hydrangea, French hydrangea, lacecap hydrangea, mophead hydrangea, penny mac and hortensia.
Origin: Native to both Asia and the Americas
12″ Tomato Planter
Keep in light with a half day of sun and half day of shade. Morning sun and afternoon shade is ideal. Keep the soil evenly moist and do not allow to dry out. Watering should be thorough with water coming out of the holes on the bottom of the pot. On exceptionally hot days, watering twice a day may be necessary. Lightly fertilize plants with a general vegetable formulation every other week for best results. Harvest fruit when it is ready as this will stimulate more fruit production.
8″ – 2 Pack Hanging Strawberry
Hanging strawberries need at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun per day. Water daily ensuring you do not get the fruit wet.
Fertilize once a month until blooming with a controlled release fertilizer that is high in potassium and low in nitrogen. Fertilization is required because of the limited amount of nutrients in a small planter.
The fruit should be harvested as soon as the berries turn red.
For the best results, repot each year with fresh soil. Strawberry plants should be replaced every three years.
8″ – 2 Pack Hanging Jalapeno
Jalapenos grow best in full sun in warm temperatures. They require well-drained soil with plenty of organic material. Allow the plant to dry out between waterings. Do not overwater! Water at the base of the plant; do not water the leaves. Water on the leaves can cause them to become scorched.
Use a half strength fertilizer for the first 3-4 weeks. Be careful not to over-feed.
If you want red jalapenos, leave them on the plant until they turn red. They will go from green to black to a deep red. Red jalapenos are often more spicy than the green.
10″ Living Bokay
This beautiful bouquet makes a beautiful gift or an addition to any home. Provide lots of indirect bright light. These plants do best with the soil dry to moist. Check the soil often to make sure it does not get too dry but do not water too much where the soil becomes soggy.
Fertilize every 2 weeks using a well-balanced water soluble flowering plant fertilizer.
Plants Included: Calandiva, Pink Splash, Violets and Daisy Mums.
12″ Hanging Basket
This will do best in partial sun to full sun conditions. Avoid placing the pot in the full hottest afternoon sun. Water the pot thoroughly keeping the pot evenly moist not allowing the pot to dry or wilt. Check the container’s soil moisture often, especially as temperatures rise.
For best results, fertilizer is vital. Use a well-balanced water soluble flowering plant fertilizer every other week to increase flowering, health, and vigor. By removing old flowers and seed pods, you will encourage future blooms and fresh new growth.
Plants Included: Petunia, Calibrichoa, Verbena and Lobeli
Violas thrive in full sun to partial shade. In the summer, though, it’s best to keep them in partial shade to prevent the flowers from fading. Keep them in a moist well-drained soil supplemented with compost. Do not let them dry out but also do not allow them to sit in water. They do best with a regular watering schedule.
Fertilize lightly each month for best growth. Deadhead blooms to encourage fresh blooms. They can be trimmed back in the fall to revitalize the plant and encourage fall blooming.
Common Names: Viola, Johnny-jump-up, Pansy, Violet, Sweet Violet
Origin: Western Europe
Marigolds require lots of direct sunlight. In very warm regions though, they will need shade during the hottest part of the day. They should be planted in a good quality commercial potting soil in a pot with drainage holes.
Marigolds are drought tolerant and don’t do well in soggy soil. When watering, water thoroughly and allow to drain through drainage hole. Water again when the top inch of the soil is dry.
Fertilize weekly using a water-soluble fertilizer. Follow instructions on the package.
Pinch off (deadhead) spent blooms regularly to encourage more blooming. Don’t wait until the blooms are completely dead. Do it as soon as they wilt. Deadheading will encourage the plant to bloom until the fall.
Common Names: Pot Marigold, Marygold, Poet’s Marigold, Scotch Marigold, Scottish Marigold
Origin: Indigenous to Mexico and Guatemala
11″ Gardenias and 12″ Gardenia Tree
Gardenias are beautiful and have a very fragrant flower. Enjoy glossy foliage and white blooms for several months in any area of the home or outside as long as the temperature is above 35 F. They can be grown either indoors or outdoors in full sun or partial shade. If growing indoors, put it in a bright window. Once you get it where you want it, do not move it around. Moving it can cause it to drop leaves.
They are not drought tolerant and need to be kept moist but not wet. Do not overwater. If kept indoors, set in a pan of water; replenish the pan with fresh water when empty. Keeping your plant very moist will keep buds producing fragrant flowers for several months. If planted outside, water every day with 1 cup of water.
You will want to put a layer of mulch over their roots to keep the soil cool.
Common Names: common gardenia or cape jasmine
Origin: Native of China, Taiwan, Japan