Annuals are plants that bloom spring to fall and do not over winter outside. This is your colour punch for your garden.
Annuals are easy to grow, hold their colour, give you instant colour. They are a great colour choice while your perennials are growing. Annuals are generally carefree. Annuals are used in gardens, as well as hanging baskets, window boxes, and planters.
Explore our gallery of annuals at our Blooming Centre in Breslau, Ontario in the middle of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph.
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Mandevilla – A Tropical Favourite
Enjoy Outdoors for Spring and Summer
A popular patio plant, the Mandevilla brings to mind island life, sandy beaches, and lush tropical weather. For us Canadians, we can enjoy Mandevilla all summer long on our patios and in our gardens.
Mandevilla should be planted in well-drained soil that could include some sand. Put them in a location where they will get a lot of bright indirect sunlight. Make sure to fertilize approximately every other week. Use an all-purpose fertilizer (e.g., 20-20-20) or something with a high middle number, which will give you additional blooms, like Mircle-Gro Bloom Booster.
If your Mandevilla didn’t already come on a trellis, make sure you provide it with some support. Mandevilla are vines and will need a fence, arbour, trellis or other type of support to help them grow.
Overwintering Your Mandevilla Indoors
You can keep your Mandevilla outdoors all summer and into fall. When temperatures reach 10°c or lower, it’s time to bring your Mandevilla inside. Find a bright, sunny window so that your plant gets as much light as possible.
During the winter months you won’t need to fertilize. Your madevilla will also need less water since it will be in indoors in cooler temperatures. Wait for the soil to slightly dry out in between watering so that the top of the soil is dry to touch.
When it reaches 10°c in the spring, you can bring your mandevilla outside to enjoy for another warm season!read more...
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How to Make Your Own Planter
One way to get creative in your garden is to make your own planters. It gives you the opportunity to be creative, you can match your planters to your gardens, and you can save some money by doing it yourself, rather than purchasing something ready made.
One tried and true formula is the thriller, spiller, filler method. You can have a beautiful planter with lots of visual interest with as few as three plants!
A thriller is a plant with height, usually placed in the centre of your planter (viewable all around, 360°), or at the back of the planter if the planter will be placed against a wall or in a corner. Thrillers can be flowering plants, like snapdragons, or foliage plants, with the classic being a green spike (Draceana), or any decorative grasses (e.g., fountain grass).
Next you choose your filler plants. These are plants shorter than your thriller and generally grow in a rounded, bushy manner. This rounded growing habit will make your planter look full, filling in any gaps you may have. Filler plants are planted around the thriller, but away from the edge of the container (usually around mid-way). Some popular fillers include begonias, petunias or geranium.
Lastly, you select your spiller plants. These plants are ones that “spill” or trail over the edge of your planter. Much like your thriller, spillers add visual interest and dimension to your planter. They help to draw your eye and make the planter appear fuller and larger. For a planter that can be viewed from all sides, your spiller should be placed around the edge of the entire planter, usually at equal intervals. For a planter that’s only viewable from one angle, your spiller should be placed in the front and centre of the container. You can choose from foliage spiller plants, like potato vine, or from flowering ones, like million bells (Calibrachoa).
Have fun mixing textures and colours. Set out your small pots in your container to try out placement before planting everything. Be bold in your choices! Tag us in your planter pictures on social media (@greenwaybloom); we would love to see what you make!