Green Circle Growers Blog

Ground Covers Offer Ideal Solution for Problem Garden Areas

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ground covers offer an attractive alternative to turf grass in many locations around the yard. Heavily shaded areas and slopes that are difficult or dangerous to mow are generally better planted with ground covers than grass. Ground covers are low-growing leafy, grassy or flowering plants that exhibit a naturally-spreading growth pattern. A wide variety of ground covers is available from local garden centers. ...read more

How to Choose the Right Support for Climbing Plants

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, June 21, 2012

Climbing plants and vines can add beauty and visual interest to your garden landscape. Flowering plants growing up the side of a pergola or climbing an arbor create a colorful focal point for garden displays. Vining plants can turn a shed or garage wall into a floral canvas. When planted to climb a fence, climbing plants can create a beautiful living privacy screen.  ...read more

More Tips for Growing Healthy Indoor Plants

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, May 24, 2012

Indoor plants bring a touch of the outdoors into your home. A splash of bright yellow Daffodils (Narcissus) turns a dreary room warm and sunny in an instant. Baskets of trailing English Ivy (Hedera) transform a quiet bedroom into a lush, relaxing oasis. Adding a pot of old-fashioned Primrose to a quiet corner gives a room a cozy feel. There is something about living plants that makes us feel good...read more

Design Tricks for Container Plantings

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, May 24, 2011

To create pleasing container arrangements, floral designers use what is called the thriller-filler-spiller technique. In selecting plants to be combined in a container or hanging basket, florists look for plants that will fill each role: ...read more

Royal Wedding Flowers Carried Personal Message

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, May 03, 2011

When Kate Middleton walked down the aisle to marry Prince William, Britain’s future queen carried a delicate bouquet that may have seemed small by royal standards but held tremendous meaning for the bride. In keeping with royal tradition, Kate carried an all-white bouquet but eschewed royal ostentation for a simple bouquet of Sweet William, in tribute to her prince, mixed with fragrant hyacinths, charming lily-of-the-valley and myrtle. The same flowers were used in the bridesmaids’ bouquets. The young flower girls wore wreaths fashioned of English Ivy (Hedera) and lily-of-the-valley, a gracious nod to the wedding bouquet Kate’s mother carried when she wed Kate’s father. ...read more

How to Create Indoor Container Plantings with Pizzazz

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, April 14, 2011

Combination plantings are the hot new trend in indoor container design. Mixing several different plants in a single container allows indoor gardeners to create stunning displays with impact. The diversity of plant colors, heights, shapes and growing behaviors allows for an infinite number of interesting combinations when planting indoor containers. To ensure that all of the plants will thrive when combining plants it’s essential to select plants with similar light, water and temperature requirements.  ...read more

Hanging Baskets: Space-Saving Gardening

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, March 03, 2011

Table or floor space can be hard to come by in smaller living spaces like apartments and condominiums. Even in more spacious homes, active children, furniture arrangements, pets and the “stuff” we all accumulate can make it difficult to find table space for a cheerful pot of Reiger Begonias or floor space for a container of Kimberly Queen Ferns (Nephrolepis). The solution is to move your garden upward. Hanging baskets filled with lush green plants create a space-saving garden that will chase away the winter blues and bring year-round pleasure.  ...read more

Green Plants Chase Away Winter Chill

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, February 01, 2011

After the lush green beauty of summer, color slowly fades from the garden. Bit by bit, the world turns brown and dreary and cold, a perfect reflection of your drooping spirits. Fortunately, you can chase away winter’s chill with beautiful green plants from your local garden center. Filling your home with green and flowering plants during the winter will lift your spirits and make spring seem just a little closer.  ...read more

Holiday Plants that Endanger Pets: Separating Fact from Fiction

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, January 04, 2011

In American, we consider our pets to be part of our family. Most of us include a package for Fido or Muffy when we place family presents under the Christmas tree. To keep pets safe during the holidays, owners should watch for potential hazards, including some popular holiday plants. Veterinarians say few holiday plants are toxic enough to cause serious illness, but it’s wise to keep certain holiday plants out of your pets’ reach. Here’s a helpful guide to the toxicity of common holiday plants:  ...read more

Keep English Ivy Under Control

Green Circle Growers - Monday, November 01, 2010

Attractive and easy to grow, English Ivy (Hedera) is a common feature in many gardens. A prolific grower with beautiful, star-shaped evergreen foliage, English Ivy is particularly attractive when allowed to encircle the base of a tree. Thriving equally well in full shade or bright sun, it is often used to stabilize garden slopes against erosion or fill in large shady areas where other plants fail. ...read more