Discover the Fun of Gardening
October 6, 2011
This is the weather we've all been waiting for. Cool mornings and sun-kissed afternoons . . . it's the perfect time to get out in the garden. If your landscape is looking a little run down after the summer, we've got your color fix! Geraniums, petunias and gaillardias have arrived at the nursery just waiting to brighten up your gardens this fall. And if you really want to add some elegant color to your porches or patios, come out this Saturday at 10am for our Fall Porch Pots workshop. We'll show you how to plant lovely container gardens that will brighten the entryway to your home and really invite guests in this holiday season. See below for information on this workshop and other fun events we have planned for this fall, including the pumpkin patch and the fall festival.
Kim, Joey and Mark
In This Issue
Fall Seeds &
Onion Sets are In
New Shipment of Camellias
Contain Yourself: Creating Fall Porch Pots
An easy way to make a dramatic statement in your landscape is to add a beautiful porch pot. All you need is a stylish pot and colorful plants to give your porch or patio some extra zing and really welcome guests into your home this season.
The easiest way to think about container gardening is in three parts: thriller, filler and spiller.
First, you want a Thriller. This is the focal piece for the container garden and it is usually a taller plant. A colorful croton, or a wispy grass makes a great centerpiece.
Second, select the Fillers. These are plants or flowers that take up the middle height of the container and make the garden full. Try an assortment of winter annuals for beautiful, seasonal color.
Lastly, choose a spiller. This is a plant or plants that cascade down the front or sides of your container and add an extra dimension. Some of our favorite spillers are wire vine or ivy.
To plant the garden, start by filling your container with a good planting soil about two-thirds full. We use either Kerby's Planting Soil or Fafard Complete Planting Mix. Now arrange the plants on top of the soil until they are just right. Fill in the spaces between plants with soil and add a good control-release fertilizer. Make sure that you remove any air pockets by pressing down on the soil. Water in well.
Container gardens have endless possibilities. Create simple, easy themed gardens by choosing plants of the same color or with a particular theme. Why not create a pizza garden, with bright red petunias, oregano, basil and a tomato plant or a Jurassic garden with ferns, ivy and impatiens. Let your imagination go wild, but always try to contain yourself!
wonderful year to discover the fun of gardening! Below is the
schedule for our Fall series of events and workshops. We look
forward to seeing you there.
What a wonderful year to discover the fun of gardening! Below is the schedule for our Fall series of events and workshops. We look forward to seeing you there.
Fall Porch Pots
Kerby's Pumpkin Patch
Bring the family out
to select this year's jack-o-lantern while enjoying the beauty of fall at
the Kerby's Pumpkin Patch. You'll find cool pumpkins and great ideas for
decorating your garden for fall.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, come out and learn about herb gardening and all the cool herbs that grow well in our area. Plus we'll sample some delicious treats made with fresh herbs and share recipes for Thanksgiving.
2311 S. Parsons Ave.
Seffner, FL 33584