Spring Garden Tips
Vote for Your Favorite Flower (American Garden Awards)

Be a part of the American Garden Awards and vote for your favorite annual flower now through the end of August.

JavaScript is disabled!
To display this content, you need a JavaScript capable browser.

mgm_audio_540_amer_grdn_awardsSome of the world’s most prestigious breeders are showing off a few of their best at seventeen highly respected public gardens.

These include the Compact Electric orange sunpatiens. Good in sun and shade the vibrant color is a standout in containers or gardens. Cherry Zahara Zinnia is a fast growing, long blooming annual that has good disease resistance and is drought tolerant. Surfinia Summer Double Pink petunia is heat and rain tolerant. And the unique red and white flower pattern of Verbena Lanai Candy Cane inspired this varieties name.

Stop by a participating public garden and text or mail in your vote. Or visit americangardenaward.org to see photos of the entries, find out more about each plant and to cast your vote.

A bit more information: Last year’s winner was the Santa Cruz Sunset Begonia. This cascading plant is perfect for hanging baskets, containers or mass plantings. The plentiful scarlet/orange blossoms brighten your garden and the plants are tolerant of full sun and partial shade, heat, drought and rain. For more information on the 2012 winners, listen to my Melinda’s Garden Moment audio tip.

Share
 

Related Garden Moments for Radio

2012 American Garden Award

Gardeners across the country cast their ballots and selected their favorite of six new flower varieties entered in the American Garden Award competition.

Listen to American Garden Award...

All-America Selections Flower Winners

Add some color to the garden with the 2015 All-American Selections flower winners.

Read more...

Attract Hummingbirds with Flower-filled Hanging Baskets

Help attract hummingbirds to your feeders with a few flower-filled hanging baskets.

Read more...

Attracting Birds and Butterflies to the Garden

Add a little extra color, motion and interest to your landscape by attracting birds and butterflies to the garden. Make sure your yard provides all the essentials - food, water, shelter and a place to raise young. And be sure to avoid the use of pesticides that can harm the wildlife you are trying to attract.

Listen to Garden Moment...

Caring for Garden Fresh Cut Flowers

Bring a bit of your garden’s beauty indoors for all to enjoy. Fresh cut flowers right from the garden make everyday a special occasion.

Listen to Fresh Cut Garden Flowers...

Contrast Colors and Texture to Add Pizzazz to the Garden

Is your garden looking a bit drab? It's time to liven things up with a few new plant combinations.

Read more...

Create a Bit of Serenity in Your Garden with the 2016 Pantone Colors

Add some peace and calm to your garden with the 2016 Pantone colors of the year.

Read more...

Create Instant Beauty in Your Garden

We all need a pick me up now and then and so do our gardens. Here are a few things you can do to add a bit of instant beauty to your landscape.

Listen to Create Instant Beauty in your Garden...

Create Some Pizzazz with Coleus

Add a little pizzazz to your indoor or outdoor garden with a unique variety or interesting display of coleus.

Read more...

Deadheading Flowers for Maximum Beauty

Keep your flowers blooming longer and your garden tidier with a bit of deadheading.

Listen to Garden Moment..

Dealing with Small Seeds

Carrots, lettuce, begonia and other small seeds can be difficult to plant at the proper spacing. Reduce wasting seeds and time spent thinning seedlings.

Listen to Dealing with Small Seeds...

Eco-friendly Powdery Mildew Control

Don’t panic when you find your zinnias, lilac, bee balm or phlox leaves are covered with a white powdery substance. This fungal disease, known as powdery mildew, is often a yearly problem on a variety of plants.

Listen to Garden Moment...

Get Outdoors and Improve Your Family's Health

June 12th is National Get Outdoors Day. So gather the family and head out to the garden.

Listen to Garden Moment...

Heat Loving Annuals for the Garden and Containers

Give summer gardens and container plantings a boost by incorporating a few heat-loving annuals.

Read more...

Heat Stall: Caring for Non-blooming Annuals

As the temperatures rise many annuals slow down or stop flowering. Don’t let heat stall stop you from enjoying your summer garden.

Read more...

Herbs for Grilling

Make it fun and convenient to add some homegrown flavor to your cookouts. Grow a few herbs in a pot or garden right next to the grill.

Read more...

Holiday Gifts from the Garden - Heirloom Seeds

Start your holiday gift shopping early with a trip to the garden. Collect seeds from your favorite heirloom annual flowers and vegetables to share with friends and family.

Read more...

Include Some Tall Plants in the Garden (Look to the Sky)

Change your garden perspective. Include a few tall plants in the landscape and start looking skyward.

Listen to Grow Tall Plants in your Garden...

Jewelweed Pain Relief for Stinging Nettle and Poison Ivy

Take the sting out of stinging nettle and itch out of poison ivy with the help of Jewelweed.

Read more...

Kid-Friendly Gardening

Whether you garden with your own children or those of family and friends consider making a portion of your landscape kid friendly.

Listen to Kid Friendly Gardening...

Plant a Patriotic Red, White and Blue Garden or Container

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a little red, white and blue in the garden.

Listen to Plant a Patriotic Garden...

Planting Bulbs Right Side Up

Green side up is the direction new gardeners receive when planting trees, shrubs and perennials. But it is not as clear which side goes up when planting bulbs, corms and rhizomes.

Read more...

Pollinator-friendly 2017 All-America Selections National Flower Winners

Brighten your garden and containers and bring in the pollinators with these 2017 All-American Selections national flower winners.

Read more...

Propagating Snake Plants (Sansevieria)

Expand your indoor plant collection and have fun by starting snake plants from just a three-inch section of a leaf.

Read more...

Removing Faded Flowers for Better Looking Plants

Removing faded flowers can promote repeat bloom and more compact, healthier growth.

Listen to Removing Faded Flowers...

Reviving a Flower Garden

Don’t panic if your spring garden lacks the vim and vigor the past. You can improve the health and beauty of your garden without starting over.

Listen to Reviving a Flower Garden...

Saving a Few Annuals for the Indoor Winter Garden

Part of the fun of gardening is trying new plants and pushing the growing limits. This fall try moving a few of your favorite annuals indoors to brighten your indoor garden.

Read more...

Starting New Begonia Plants from a Leaf

Expand your houseplant collection with leaf cuttings of Rex, angel wing and other large leafed begonias.

Read more...

Stop the Itch of Poison Ivy with Jewelweed

Stop the itch of poison ivy and sting of stinging nettle with a little help from nature.

Read more...

Storing Cannas, Dahlias, Caladiums and other Non-Hardy Bulbs for Winter

Keep your cannas, caladiums and other non-hardy bulbs from season to season with a bit of special winter care.

Listen to Storing Non-Hardy Bulbs for Winter...

Take Cuttings Now to Overwinter Annuals

It’s never too early to start preparing for winter. Start taking cuttings from annuals and herbs you want to overwinter indoors. Your garden plants are healthier and will root faster now than they will later in the season.

Listen to Taking Cuttings from Overwinter Annuals...

Trimming Overwintering Leggy Annuals

Some of your impatiens, geraniums and other annuals overwintering indoors may be looking a bit unkempt. Break out the pruners and get busy with a little grooming.

Listen to Trimming Annuals..

Tuberous Begonias Brighten Shady Gardens

Brighten up those shady spots in the garden with tuberous begonias.

Read more...

Vote for Your Favorite Flower

There is still time to cast your vote for your favorite flower.

Read more...