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BAHAMA BEACH: Proven Winners Combo of the Year

Do you BELIEVE in LOVE at first sight? If so, get ready to fall in love with Proven Winners combo of the year -- Bahama Beach. This delightful treat combines three garden must-haves into one blooming masterpiece. Full of purple Bordeaux petunias, blue lobelia, and a pop of yellow million bells, this planter is the spring and summer season's must-have. This bright and colorful combination is available in almost every configuration possible, from hanging baskets to container plants. Add this plant to any sunny spot and enjoy! Each combo contains:

Superbells® Lemon Slice Million Bells - Looking like little petunias, the pinwheel pattern of alternating slices of yellow and white is really striking and quite unique. These yellow flowers pop and provide a lovely compliment to the purple and blue flowers.

Supertunia® Bordeaux™ Petunias - Supertunia petunias are vigorous with slightly mounded habits that function as both fillers and spillers in containers. They are also excellent landscape plants, best suited to be placed near the front of beds. They have medium to large sized flowers.

Laguna™ Sky Blue Lobelia - These soft blue flowers will bloom all season. This stunning annual offers cascading, well-branched flowers and is the perfect trailer in this combination. A great summer performer and low maintenance, these blues will make you happy.

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Plant of the Week:

BACOPA BLUE BUBBLES

This NEW bacopa gets a big green thumbs up from us! ‘Blue Bubbles’ will add sparkle to your garden with its thick, double blue-purple flowers. This Proven Winners' annual does well in combination plantings, hanging baskets and as ground cover in your garden. Pick a spot that will give bacopa light shade to full sun. The trick to non-stop flowers is avoiding drought stress - just don’t overwater as you aim for that goal. Instead, plant bacopa with something that wilts easily when dry, like coleus. When the coleus wilts, it’s time to water. Blue Bubbles will grow 3-6 inches in height, and can trail up to 14 inches -- making it a great cascading spiller plant in containers. When planting in a flowerbed, we recommend spacing them approximately 14 inches apart. With the proper care, loads of lavender-blue double blooms flower all summer long!

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March into Spring

EARLY SPRING BLOOMERS

We're all on pins and needles awaiting the big day... this Friday - the first day of SPRING! Yes, the season we've all been waiting for is almost upon us. While temperatures are getting warmer, days can sometimes slip into cooler temperatures. Early in the season, we recommend flowers that tolerate the cooler early days of spring. So, break out the gardening gloves and get things in full spring! These flowers will work great in the early unpredictable days of spring and last all the way until the heat sets in, in May.

Bush Daisy
Add a burst of sunny yellow flowers in spring with this bright bloomer. Not only will this plant give you flowers now, but it will reward you again with flowers this fall. It is very tolerant of cold and can go down to about 28 degrees, so on these cold nights that we are having now, they will handle these nights near freezing. They will not come back reliably outside over winter but they are great as container plants, on their own or in a combo. Just set them in a protected spot in winter (garage is fine) for more flowers in spring!

Scabiosa, Pincushion Flower
This charming perennial is easy to grow and produces loads of large blossoms. Almost frilly in their look, the blooms sit atop a long graceful stem. These are long and profuse bloomers that begin flowering in early spring and go long into summer. For repeat flowering you do need to dead head. With its compact, tidy habit, it is ideal grouped together as a border and the more you plant together the more impact they make! We love these as cut flowers and left it in the garden to attract butterflies. Scabiosa prefers full sun and well drained soil. Mariposa Violet is a double violet color but Butterfly Blue (one of the most popular) is a single bloom in a chambray color.

Pansies
Pansies are one of the best ways to add color to those 6 months of cooler Hampton Roads weather that we experience from October to April. These tough, vibrant flowers come in all the colors of the rainbow ~ including red, purple, blue, bronze, pink, black, yellow, white, lavender, orange, apricot and mahogany. Pansies are easy to grow, are hardy and provide a burst of cool weather color.... a great way to kick off spring with color!

Candytuft
A small evergreen shrub with clusters of small flowers, Candytuft thrives in full sun areas with well-drained soil. Candytuft is great for a rock garden where they can tumble about and over rocks. They are also excellent as edging in a border and are well-suited to growing in pots.

Dianthus
This perennial offers a long blooming season. They will begin in early spring and continue all the way until frost, if deadheaded regularly. Blooms stand up above the grassy blue-green foliage with sturdy stems. These bold blossoms sparkle in borders, beds, window boxes and containers. Prefers full sun and well drained soil. Available in a range of colors from coral to red to pink to even white, some Dianthus also carry a scent.

Snapdragon
This vertical annual, offers great hues in a variety of colors. The abundant spikes of lovely flowers come red, yellow, orange, pink, white and crimson. They are excellent in beds, edging and in containers and they are popular as cut flowers too. Plant in full sun, well drained soil.

Primrose - Flowers come in shades of amethyst, citrine, garnet, sapphire, and pink tourmaline. These early-bloomers shine in the garden or in containers from March until May- they also look great indoors as a houseplant. This shade loving perennial is easy to grow, low-maintenance and is a vigorous grower. Plant them in masses for real impact in borders in a garden bed. Pinch off spent blooms to extend blooming time.

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