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Also known as Moss Rose or Purslane. Portulaca is the go to workhorse for hot and dry locations. Fairytales Cinderella works well in the landscape as well as in containers and is stunning in hanging baskets. The hummingbirds love it and so will you!

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New Plant Picks
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New Plant Picks
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PLANT A HEAVENLY HANGING BASKET
hAPPY GARDENS
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MARIGOLD NEW WORLD FIREBALL
There hasn't been much truly new and unique in the world of Marigold breeding for quite some time but this year we are realy excited about these new French Marigolds from Pan American Seed. Fireball and it's companion Strawberry Blonde feature flowers that change color as they mature offering the effect of contrasting color flowers on the same plant!
Marigold New World Fireball
PETUNIA CRAZYTUNIA CITRUS TWIST
One of three new Crazytunia selections added this season is Citrus Twist. With a mounded to semi trailing habit Citrus Twist will work equally well in your garden beds, your upright pots and your hanging baskets.
Petunia Crazytunia Citrus Twist
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PORTULACA FAIRYTALES CINDERELLA
Portulaca Fairytales Cinderella
SNAPDRAGON PEACHY DRAGON
The Dragon series of dwarf hybrid Snapdragons are noteworthy for their upward facing open faced blooms and their outstanding heat tolerance. A bonus is their exquisite fragrance. We trialed Rosey Dragon last season and were very impressed with their ability to flower profusely right through the hottest days of summer on our patio with afternoon shade. This season we add Peachy Dragon to our line-up. Try them both!
Snapdragon Peachy Dragon
A beautiful hanging basket is an essential element in creating a warm and welcoming porch or patio. You could buy one ready made or indulge your creative impulse and plant your own. In this article we provide helpful tips to help you create a heavenly hanging basket.
CHOOSE A CONTAINER. The traditional wire basket with a sphagnum moss or coconut fiber lining is one option. Moss offers great visual appeal when using mounding or upright plants that do not trail to obscure the lining. Preformed coconut fiber liners are easier to use. If moss is used be sure to moisten the moss well before pressing it into the wire from the inside. Both of these materials offer excellent soil aeration which is beneficial to plant health and vigor but they do dry out quickly. You may want to line the bottom 1/3 of the basket with a piece of plastic sheeting inside the liner to help retain moisture but be sure to punch a few small holes in the plastic to allow for drainage.
Another option is a container made from recycled paper such as our Rustic Round baskets. These also offer good soil aeration but do not dry out as quickly as moss or coconut fiber baskets.

The least expensive option is a basket made of plastic. While these donít breathe, they do hold moisture better than the other options.
DON'T SKIMP ON POTTING SOIL. Spend a little more and get the best quality. Keep in mind that the most expensive isnít always the best. Nationally advertised brands must include the cost of national advertising in their selling price.

The primary component of a good potting soil is peat moss with an aggregate such as pearlite. Some may include other organic ingredients such as compost or forest by-products up to 30%. Avoid those with higher percentages of other components.

Lightly moisten the soil before filling your container 1/3 full, and then add controlled release fertilizer according to label directions. We recommend using the low rate and supplement with water soluble fertilizer once every week or so. Lightly mix the fertilizer into the top inch of soil then fill the container about 4 inches from the top.