It has been cold this weekend. -21 degrees actual temperature at 7:00 AM on Sunday morning. I can't remember when it has been that cold. So the question for me this morning, what am I going to blog about? Having a hard time finding things for the gardener this time of year. So decided I would share with you some of the information on plants that I will be growing this spring. Give you some hint that spring will come and I promise you spring will come.
This shade-loving beauty just doesn't know how to stop blooming! Big blooms of salmon-pink, with a fascinating "open" double or semi-double form, tumble profusely out of hanging baskets, planters, and window boxes. They won't slow down in summer heat, either, blooming right into the first days of fall.
These flowers open a full 3 to 4 inches across, really lighting up that dark corner or shady porch. Illumination is the trailing form of the popular NonStop® series of tuberous Begonias, and reaches 15 inches high and 3½ feet long. You'll love its free-branching habit and pendulous blooms! I personally love non stop begonias. My Mom would raise them so fond memories of her when I have them growing.
The NonStops® are renowned for their great heat tolerance and super-dependable garden performance. They grow quickly and beautifully every time, with a compact, many-layered dense habit topped with beautiful blooms. And they aren't called NonStop® for nothing -- these flowers begin in late spring and continue through summer and into fall, asking only for a bit of shade and regular watering. So few container plants do well in shade -- it's a pleasure to grow one that actually prefers it! Rely on Illumination Scarlet and Golden Picotee to grace your cool and shady patio, deck, and porch. Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa
Hi! My name is Becky and I am a Master Gardener. I own Becky's Greenhouse in Dougherty, Iowa.