20 April 2017
It’s so nice spring is here and it’s finally time to stop dreaming about gardening and start planting! Have you visited your garden center for ideas? A spring trip to the nursery to see what’s flowering and what’s new is a great way to be inspired and get started. While there, you might be tempted to pick up a plant full of buds and blooms. Do it! Put it in a pretty container on the front porch and tell the world you are ready for spring. If a cold snap comes your way, it will be easy to bring it inside overnight or for a day or two. As soon as the weather improves, back outside it goes. Once it is finished flowering, your plant can find a permanent home in a landscape bed. First Editions® Rainbow Sensation™ Weigela Container gardening is an easy, versatile way of adding a pop of color to a front porch, patio, and outdoor dining area. In the spring for the front porch, First Editions® Centennial Blush Star Magnolia and Rainbow Sensation™ Weigela are great choices. Fiji™ Hibiscus will add a bit of the tropics to a sunny patio during the summer. Do you garden in a colder climate? It isn’t a concern with container gardens. You can grow gardenias and crapemyrtles just like your southern friends. If a classical, elegant container is more your style, go with Endless Summer® Hydrangeas. Reblooming Endless Summer® Hydrangeas have beautiful flowers from late spring through fall. Flowering on last year's growth and the current season's means minimal pruning in spring and nothing in fall. In warmer zones, they are best in a place where they will have afternoon shade. And, since they are in containers, it will be easy to move them to that perfect spot. Do you have a favorite color? With Endless Summer ®Hydrangeas, you have options. Blushing Bride has large white round clusters of flowers atop sturdy stems. It’s very elegant and great for cut flowers. Twist-n-Shout® Bigleaf Hydrangea has lacecap flowers that are blue in acidic soil and pink in alkaline soil. You can easily adjust the soil’s pH with container plants and get the color you want! BloomStruck® is our newest selection. It is both cold tolerant and heat resistant. The large mophead flowers will be pink or blue depending on the soil. Or, go with The Original Endless Summer® for gorgeous, classic 8” pink or blue mophead flowers all summer long. If you are new to container gardening, visit the First Editions® or Endless Summer® websites for more tips and tricks. You will find tips for selecting a container, planting, plant selection, watering, and fertilizing. For additional help with your container garden, don’t hestitate to #AskAmy your questions! And, we’d love to see your container garden pictures. Be sure to post them on Instagram and tag them with #endlesssummerhydrangeas or #firsteditionsplants.