How to keep ‘em blooming

Plan Ahead

Prepare soil

Choose heat tolerant varieties

Mulch well

Anticipate irrigation

Be aware of cultural needs & growth habits:

height
sun/shade
moisture requirements

Deer Resistant

Ageratum

Begonias

Calla

Coleus

Dusty Miller

Lantana

Marigold

Salvia

Snapdragon

Verbena

Vinca

Zinnias

Profusion
Star

Maintain

Know when to prune:

deadheading

light pruning

shearing

Feed, feed, feed

Use adequate & appropriate fertilizer

Nitrogen for foliage

Phosphorous for flowers

When in doubt, use balanced fertilizer, e.g. 13-13-13

Time release or liquid?

Heat Tolerant

Begonia

Coleus

Fan Flower

Lantana

Petunias

Salvia

Mexican Sage
Red Sage

Tropicals

Verbena

Helpful Hints

Deadhead at planting

If you are brave enough – shear newly planted annuals

Mix in foliage plants

Watch for bugs

Plan now for the Fall

Attract Butterflies

Cosmos

Lantanas

Marigolds

Mexican Heather

Petunias

Pineapple Sage

Verbena

Zinnias

Foliage Favorites

Asparagus Fern

Boston Fern

Coleus

Geraniums

Ivy

Ribbon Grass

Silver Falls Dicondra

Sweet Potato Vine

Call 479-253-7466 for more information on any of the new introductions reviewed in this article.

Bear Creek Nursery

“ Along with a selection of new annuals, perennials, herbs and grasses, the Bear offers many native trees and shrubs as well as a number of aquatic plants to enhance the pond. Landscape materials and a comprehensive selection of glazed & terra cotta pots round out the products available at your friendly neighborhood garden center. Sound advice is always available from the well informed staff, who will be happy to help you find just the right plant to compliment your garden. Landscape services are available year round.”