Posts Tagged ‘Gardening’

Get some spring inspiration – perennials!

Need some help in picking perennials to give you all season color?  The Blue Crew is going to give you a quick list of some starters.  We are in zone 6 here in Pennsylvania, but stopping by your local Independent garden center or greenhouse for guidance tailored to your growing zone, is a good idea.   We have broken the year into 3 sections; Early (January-April), Mid(April- early August), Late( August- October).

  1. Early season selections include
    1. Hellebores
    2. Candy tuft
    3. Primrose
  2. Mid season
    1. Daylily
    2. Lupine
    3. Peony
    4. Poppy
    5. Veronica
    6. Coneflower
  3. Late season
    1. Bee Balm
    2. Black eyed Susan
    3. Dahlia
    4. Sedums


Still looking for ideas on some awesome perennials trending this year?  Check out this great article from our friends at Fafard!  And of course… don’t forget to feed with some Jack’s!



Top Five Gardening Trends for 2016

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is here, and spring planting is right around the corner. We have seen a lot of new plants and ideas over the years. This year we wanted to highlight five trends that we think will be big in gardening this year!

1. Incorporating the 2016 Pantone colors in to your garden and container plants – Varieties that show off the Pantone colors of the 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity. One of our favorite publications Greenhouse Grower has a slideshow of 13 varieties that work well with the colors of the year, you can check it out here. Here at Jack’s we are quite partial to all of the new blue varieties, especially the ‘Early Springs Sky Blue Lobelia’ from Ball.

Early Springs Sky Blue Lobelia’

2. Petscaping – Keeping your gardens safe for your pets and giving them an environment to explore. People spend about 60 million dollars on their pets every year. We are seeing more homeowners turning to chemical free lawns, pet safe ice melts, and designing landscapes where pets, plants and people all live in harmony. Two Women and a Hoe said it best “You don’t have to forego a garden if you have a dog. And, you don’t have to forego a dog if you have a garden. With a little planning you can have both”. Check out their tips on how to design a dog friendly garden here. There are so many great ideas out there on how to create a fun and safe place for your pets. Have you seen these outdoor cat runs?

Outdoor Cat Run

3. Edible gardening is hot! Many of the homeowners we talk to everyday are adding in vegetable plants, dwarf fruit trees, and berry bushes to their landscapes. People are concerned about food safety and growing as much as you can in your own yard is about as safe as it comes. Plant breeders are developing new varieties of tomatoes, eggplants and peppers to be grown in containers, BrazelBerry has developed a line of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, that not only bear fruit but are beautiful in containers and landscape
plantings. Centerton Nursery has an entire line of edibles called Chef Jeff’s check their Facebook page for great ideas.

4. Pollinator plants – What plants should you be planting to encourage pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Pollinator health is a big buzz phrase lately. Because of the serious issues facing honey bees, we must all do our part to encourage pollinators. Pollinator Health’s website has a wealth of information about encouraging pollinators and adding native plants to your gardens. Check it out!

5. Indoor gardening – Bringing the outside in with home hydroponics systems. Many homeowners in colder climates are looking to expand their edible garden to the indoors when weather turns cold. We have seen a large increase in the amount of homeowners calling looking for help in setting up their home hydroponic systems. The Tower Garden is a very popular unit and can be used indoors or out, to grow lettuce, herbs and other veggies. Check out Jack’s line of hydroponics products to help you get growing.