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Forty Fort, PA

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What Blooms During the Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot out. And it’s dry. NEPA has been going days without seeing anymore moisture than the water in the humid air. Your evening ritual probably includes soaking your plants everyday to try and keep the plants from wilting.

This time of year it is tough to enjoy your garden. You may be wondering what actually blooms in July and August. Keep reading and we will give you a bunch of options to make your garden pop with color during the dog days of summer.

Begonias are pretty bloomers that come in varieties for every space, from flower beds to hanging baskets. Pluck flower heads off as the start to fade and your begonias will keep blooming from spring through late summer. The flowers can actually be grown as perennials if you take the extra step. Pick off flowers as they fade. When the plants begin to turn yellow in fall, withhold water. When the tops are completely dry, dig the tubers from the soil, and remove the tops. Dry them in the sun for a few days, then dust the tubers with sulfur powder or another fungicide to prevent rot. Store in paper containers in a cool, dry, dark place until planting time in spring. (DIY Network)

Edward's Garden Center Summer Bloomers

Scarlet Sage
Scarlet sage (Salvia splendens) is a perennial typically grown as an annual. Some varieties like full sun, while others like the shade. Watch where you plant them, and deadhead them when needed and these plants will glow bright all summer long.

Edward's Garden Center Summer Blooms


A bright, fluffy yellow flower grows atop tall stems and is often called ‘sunray’ or ‘tickseed’. They are very rugged plants and there are nearly 100 varieties with different colors and sizes. Coreopsis grow best in full sun, but will adapt to growing in partial shade as well.

Edward's Garden Center Summer Blooms

Growing in many vibrant colors, Dahlia’s are a very popular summer bloomers. They can be planted in sunny spots in your garden or added to a container garden. They thrive with lots and lots of water so on weeks like this one, you will want to water them thoroughly.

Edward's Garden Center Summer Blooms

White flowers cluster like butterflies atop tall spikes on these tall airy plants. Selected forms include ‘Siskiyou Pink’ (to 2 feet tall), with rose-pink flowers and ‘Whirling Butterflies’ (to 3 feet tall), with white flowers. The heaviest blooming occurs in late spring, but expect flushes of flowers to recur throughout the summer and into fall.

Edward's Garden Center Summer Blooms



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News and Events for Edward’s Garden Center

It may be the latter half of the summer, but things are still happening at Edward’s Garden Center! There are still many reasons to stop in and to follow us on our Facebook page.

Fairy & Miniature Garden Seminar (cost $20)
On August 9, our expert gardener Diane Donnelly will hold a miniature gardening seminar. Learn how to make a beautiful miniature garden that you can enjoy for years. Diane will give instructions from start to finish and you’ll be able to take home what you made! Learn the best types of containers to use, the right type of plants and how to make it your own, with special accessories. If you have any interest in container gardening or fairy gardens, this is a seminar you won’t want to miss. Call 570.287.4329 ext 1 to sign up.

More Plants have arrived!
Stop by and see our huge selection of plants that arrived this week. Just because the weather is hot, doesn’t mean you have to stop planting in your garden. We have lots of plants that would be glad to make your home, their new home.

Edward’s Helps Out Wyoming Valley Children’s Association
Our Ed always loves to help the community. This week Ed delivered a raised garden that his staff made for the children at Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. The children planted flowers and vegetables and learned how to take care of the garden. Ed and the kids had a great time playing in the dirt 😉

Next week, our staff will again be helping the kids out. Our staff will be delivering new mulch and installing landscaping around the children’s boat sand box.

Photos below are from the Wyoming Valley Children’s Associate Facebook Page.

Hope you stop by and check out all that is going on at the Garden Center this summer! Don’t forget to sign up for the seminar. 

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Tips for bringing outdoor plants indoors

Begonias in Fall - Edward's Garden Center

Bring your Begonia’s inside this fall.

The weather in our area is finally more like fall and less like an extended summer. Just because it got cold out, doesn’t mean all of your beautiful summer plants are ready to die off. Did you know you can actually bring some of those plants in to extend their life? Now you don’t want to go digging up everything that is still living outside, but we do have a few tips for what you can bring in.

  1. Keep only the healthiest plants. If it has been struggling outside for any length of time, let it go. Surely you have other plants that are thriving and you want to save them.
  2. Check your plants for bugs, pests and disease. Quarantining your plant in the house will actually cause the problem to spread quickly to the others.
  3. Play favorites with your plants. If you have a few that you have been coddling for years, give them the best spot in the front window.
  4. Some plants look just as good as house plants as they do in your yard. Many people have the light to successfully winter geraniums and begonias in full bloom.
  5. Some tender perennials like a period of dormancy in winter. You can winter over potted lavender and rosemary in your garage. If the temperature doesn’t go below 20 degrees F. or above 40 degrees F. they won’t freeze, but will stay dormant. Just don’t let the pots dry out.
  6. If you have the room, consider bringing in some small pepper or tomato plants. These are actually tropical perennials and given enough light, will continue to produce fruits all winter. You will want to chose a smaller variety of tomato plant since tomatoes need a lot of room to grow.
  7. If you don’t have a good amount of space of light, don’t fret. You can always start cuttings, which will take up significantly less space.

Don’t let the cool weather and frost get you down. You can get your garden fix by tending a smaller one in your home. Then when the weather gets nice you’ll have lots of plants ready to go.

What plants are you bringing in this year?

Info for this post came from: http://gardening.about.com/od/houseplants/a/BringIndoors.htm.