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Every year we plant pansies, violas and other fall plants in the flower beds in front of our office. I wanted to do a post about how they performed.
First all you need to know that we had an exceptionally cold winter with several weeks at or below freezing. Among the Pansies, Panolas and Violas, I think that the Panolas and Violas recovered quicker and have more color than the Pansies.
These are the Stepables we planted last fall.
This is what’s left of one of the Plentifall Pansies we planted in our planters. I do need to say that these were regularly neglected and went through some very hard freezes very dry. The fact that that made it through with the neglect is a testament to their toughness. Properly watered before freezes and they would probably look much better. As it is, they look rough but are still alive. Some pruning and sunshine and they will be looking good again in a few weeks.
I like pansies almost as much as I don’t like mums. They have all the attributes that mums lack and their only drawback is that they don’t like it hot.
What other flower can you plant that will last for seven to even nine months? You can plant them in September (if it cools off early enough) and they’ll look good until April or even May (if it doesn’t get too hot). In additions to that, you have a lot of vibrant colors to chose from and here in the south if the winter is mild enough, they will bloom all winter long especially if you live in Zones 8-9.
The biggest challenge to growing pansies it the timing. When will your sales peak? Last year it was late October. This year we needed them all ready the third week of September. Next year, who knows? So much goes into determining how many to grow and when to try to have the pansies ready. We rarely have perfect weather for growing them so we are constantly either trying to keep them short, bushy and blooming or pushing them to hurry up and bloom while simultaneously growing the perfect plant. Our growers and waterers do a great job doing this, and we have great crops of pansies each year.
So this year, with the hot summer two things happened. First, the heat impeded the pansies uptake of nutrients which put all of our crops a week or two behind. Second, the heat cooked everyone’s flower beds so EVERYBODY wanted them replaces as soon as possible. These two conditions led to what I call The Great Pansy Famine of 2010 also known as “Shoot, we’re sold out of pansies and the next crop won’t be ready for another 10 days.”
But it looks like the famine may be nearing the end. We have parts of tow crops of J6 ready with one more coming on that will be ready in about 10-14 days. Plus two more crops of #4 pansies. We also have #6.5 and #12 mums that are still in Bud or are Cracking some color with a few that have some Light Color, plus the ornamental cabbage and kale to go with all of them.
New this year from BALL are three varieties of Black Petunias. Apparently they got a lot of attention at the OFA show and one variety, Black Velvet, won the Greenhouse Grower’s Industry Choice Award.
Here are the new varieties Black Velvet (left) and Phantom:
All of these are supposed to have a more mounded growth habit similar to regular petunias. I think these will be better suited to container growing but they may also do well in the flower bed.
So what do you think of these new additions to the petunia market? Is this something that you will want to plant in your garden or patio pots?
We are trialing these this fall. I think they will be pretty good for fall color and Halloween flower bed and container patio decorations. We are trialing them in both gallon and #10 deco pots.
My personal opinion is that they are better suited as accent color to combination planters and baskets. I think I can come up with some pretty cool color combinations with these petunias. I will have to see how well they do in the flower bed.
Here is a picture of the petunias we have growing now. We will plant some more next week.
We still have vegetables but quantities are starting to run low. Come and get them while they last.
Our color bowls are very popular every year especially around Mother’s Day.
Ornamental grasses are becoming popular for use in landscapes and containers for their ability to add colors, textures and height. We have blues, greens, reds and bronze colored grasses.
This yellow osteospermum has looked awesome in every combo we have used it in. I think we will see more of it next year. Unfortunately we only used it in combinations and do not have them available in pots by themselves.
Here are some pictures from our wholesale area where we load our trucks to deliver to other garden centers across the south.
Ready to do some landscaping? Here are some suggestions for you. These plant picks are based on our years of experience growing them in the greenhouses and using them in our own flower beds. Plus these are some of the plants the professional landscapers are using, and they only use the toughest plants.
Most begonias need to be planted in a shady spot, but there is one that can handle the sun. The bronze leaf red variety performs well in both full sun and full shade. In the sun the foliage turns very dark and the blooms become a deep red.
Angelonia is quickly becoming a favorite of professional landscapers. The Serena Purple variety is the most impressive in the landscape. Each plant blooms all summer with spikes of deep purple blooms.
Cora Vinca is a new disease resistant vinca (also known as periwinkles). Vinca does best in hot, dry summers so when we have a wet summer that is cooler than usual, vinca tends to struggle. Cora Vinca is the new breeding break through that improves vinca’s ability to survive these types of conditions. Also new for 2010 is Cora Cascade Vinca, a series of trailing vinca that looks great in hanging baskets, containers or any where the plants can spread out and show their stuff.
Based on the current weather forecast, I’d say the you all are good to go on planting what ever you want except for peppers, cantaloupes and watermelons. I’d wait a few more weeks until the night temperatures are in the 60’s before you plant them.
On the flower side of things, you might wait to plant your periwinkles for a few more weeks like the peppers but otherwise I think it’s warm enough to plant what ever you want.
Here are some suggestions: