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Forty Fort, PA


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The Biggest and Best Flowers for your XL Garden

Just a few more weeks until the official start of spring. It’s time to start thinking about what you can add to your garden. We came up with a fun theme for your new garden: extra large flowers.

Plants that have extra large flowers are great for adding vibrant colors and scents to your space. Using large flowering plants will allow you to have some fun with your theme too. You can have a ‘through the looking glass’ theme with huge flowers and small decorations. You can make it a kid’s garden (kid’s will love the flowers) or the theme can simply be large flowering plants.

No matter what theme you chose, you may need some guidance on what plants to chose. Here is a list of plants with large flowers and buds.

Perennial Hibiscus
Hardy enough to survive tough winters, the Perennial Hibiscus comes in red, pink, and white on stems that reach 7 feet or more tall. It’s is slow to start growing in the spring, but  the beautiful flowers will make up for it once it gets going.

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Delphinium
The biggest varieties can reach 6 feet tall, though there are dwarf selections. Cut down spent blossoms to coax another flush of blooms. This summer flower comes in blue, white, purple and pink.

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Hollylock
Known for its tall spires of colorful blooms, hollyhock is the perfect back-of-the-border plant. Old-fashioned selections can easily grow more than 6 feet tall in a spot with full sun and moist, well-drained soil. You may need to stake the stalks if you live in a windy area.

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Giant Lily
Not known for being grown in cooler climates, your friends will be very impressed if you can manage to grow Giant Lilies in NEPA. It bears spikes of up to 20 big white flowers with maroon stripes and a rich scent. The plant itself can easily reach 10-12 feet tall and thrives in moist, well-drained soil in partial shade.

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Queen of the Prairie
The Queen of the Prairie’s fluffy, cotton-candylike heads are full of fragrant pink flowers. This easy-growing wildflower has toothed, dark-green foliage that’s a great accent to the blooms — and a striking backdrop for other perennials.

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Gardening Trends for 2016

The 2016 gardening season will soon be upon us so we wanted to write a little bit about what we see as an upcoming trends. As always, if you have any questions about the projects or the plants used, ask one of our wonderful staff.

Container Gardens
All container gardens will continue to be popular this year, probably due to their diversity and versatility. You can use so many different plants in such a small space and you can move these gardens to any spot where you need to add a little life. Our Diane is an expert container gardener. If you need help choosing plants or deciding how to arrange them, she is the perfect person to help you.

Terrarium Garden - Edward's Garden CenterTerrariums
Housed in glass vessels, this miniature gardens offer a unique look that will spruce up any space. There are many benefits to building a terrarium. First, building it can be a lot of fun. Planning and making a terrarium is a great project to do with the kids. Another benefit is that they are easy to care for, especially if you use succulents. We aren’t finished planning our workshops for this season yet, but you may see a terrarium class pop up on the schedule.

Naturalistic Landscapes
For some of you, this will be a trend that never reaches your garden. Naturalistic landscape are trending this year. What do we mean by that? The beautiful untidiness that comes with a wild, natural landscape. This doesn’t mean you just throw some seeds and never touch it again. You still weed these gardens, but you don’t have to make sure everything is the same height or a certain color. You just let it grow naturally. For those of you who are very set on pristine gardens, this trend will make you crazy.

Berry Bushes in Containers
We all know gardeners love to vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Berry bushes that come in pots are perfect for the gardener just starting out or the gardener that is out of room because the other plants are taking up all your space. If you find a berry bush in a pot, grab it. Yielding some berries for your fall pies will show it was worth it.

Petscaping or Dogspacing
Petscaping or gardening with your beloved pet in mind is the perfect blend of favorite things. Although dogs and plants don’t often go together, what could make a gardener happier than creating the perfect spot in the yard for a four legged best friend. Chose plants that are nontoxic and train your pets to enjoy this part of the garden, instead of the entire garden.

 


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2016 Event Dates Announced!

Here they are! Mark your calendars. We have another great season planned. The dates for Garden Center events are set.

Open House: June 11 and 12

Fall Festival: September 24 and 25

Holiday Celebration: December 3 and 4

As always, we will have lots of food, sales and plenty of fun for the kids at each of our events.

 

2016 Events Edward's Garden Center

We are excited to announce something new this year: Food trucks at the Garden Center every weekend! Edward’s Garden Center will truly be a place to spend the day with the family. Plan a day trip to the Garden Center for a few weekends this season!

Food trucks will begin rotating in late April and will continue through the fall. Make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for the schedule of your favorites like the Cup Cake Camper, Panana Man and Jay’s Smokin BBQ.

Our list of classes and seminars for this season will be out between late February or early March.

We hope you are looking forward to this season at Edward’s Garden Center as much as we are! Can’t wait to see all of you soon.


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Spring is in the air!

Spring is in the air…..or so says Punxsutawney Phil. According to the little rascal, spring will come early this year. We are certainly glad to hear that!

Here at Edward’s Garden Center, even the most mild winter feels too long. We just can’t wait to start bringing in the flowers and visiting with our friends and customers. Luckily, we are down to less than a month until we open.

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Our event list is almost complete and will be announced later this week. Make sure to keep an eye on the website and on the Facebook page for the list. We are excited to bring back many favorite events and add some new hands on seminars.

In other news, we want to thank everyone who participated in our last Facebook contest. It is so exciting to have more and more participation each time we have a contest. That being said, look out for another contest next week. Start thinking about your favorite thing to do at the Garden Center, because the contest will center on it.

Can’t wait to see everyone back at the Garden Center in a few weeks! Enjoy the rest of “winter” this year. 😉