Gardens Galore

by on April 27, 2011

Get Instant Answers to Your Gardening Questions

Bonnie Plants How many times have you seen a cool new veggie plant at the garden center and decided it’s a must for your garden, even though you don’t know the first thing about it?

Bonnie Mobile, the new mobile website from Bonnie Plants, takes the guesswork out of veggie gardening.

Just use your smartphone browser or scan the QR code (those squares that look kind of like checkerboards) on the Bonnie Plant sign racks at your local nursery. Right then and there, the site will tell you whether the plant will work in your garden—before you spend any time or money.

From detailed plant profiles to planting, care, and harvesting tips, Bonnie Mobile has you covered. Check out the project and garden plans—including great container-gardening tips—and the tasty recipes that bring your harvest right to your dinner table.

Forget the Fuss with This Orchid

AShowy lady's slipperOrchids have a bad rap for being fussy and difficult to grow.

Not so with showy lady’s slipper, a lovely terrestrial orchid that’s perfect for a shady rock garden or woodland setting. Here’s how to make sure it thrives in your garden:

Common name: Showy lady’s slipper
Botanical name: Cypripedium reginae
Plant type: Perennial
Zones: 2 to 7
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Family: Orchidaceae

Growing conditions
• Sun: Dappled or partial sun
• Soil: Humus-rich
• Moisture: Moist

Care
• Mulch: Mulch to preserve moisture in the soil.
• Pruning: None needed.
• Fertilizer: None needed.

Propagation
• By division and seed.

Pests and diseases
• Susceptible to leaf spot, rust, and gray mold.
• Vulnerable to slugs.

You’ll Love This Flower

Blood flower

It can be a real challenge to keep the color going in your garden from spring through fall.

Blood flower is one sure solution for lasting color. The vivid red and orange flowers, which bloom June through October, are nestled above long, slender, bright green leaves. Learn how to grow this gorgeous bloom in your garden:

Common name: Blood flower

Botanical name: Asclepias curassavica

Plant type: Perennial

Zones: 9 to 11; usually grown as an annual

Height: 2 to 3 feet

Family: Apocynaceae (formerly Asclepiadaceae)

Growing conditions

• Sun: Full sun

• Soil: Moist, well-drained

• Moisture: Average to dry

Care

• Mulch: Mulch to preserve moisture in the soil and prevent weeds.

• Pruning: None needed.

• Fertilizer: None needed.

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