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Hampton Roads Home Show promises plenty to see

It’s under a new name, but visitors still can expect a plethora of home and garden exhibitors at this year’s Hampton Roads Home Show.

The event will be at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, which has been the site of a home and garden show for the better part of two decades, according to show manager Chris Grubbs. Grubbs also manages the Williamsburg Home Show.

This is the first year Grubbs will oversee the show. The show has changed hands between local groups for a few years, Grubbs said. It previously was called the Coastal Virginia Home and Garden Show, according to Daily Press archives.

Nearly 100 exhibitors are planning to be at this year’s event to show off exterior remodels, bathroom remodels and landscaping from local and regional businesses. Participants include Newport News Master Gardeners, Innovative Spas and the city of Hampton Community Development Department.

Outside of the vendors, guests also can listen to a number of speakers giving seminars at the Guru Garden Stage. Saturday features a lineup of Theresa Augustin, a director at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, and Brent Heath, owner of Gloucester’s Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

Heath will discuss how to weave bulb plants into a tropical garden design, in addition to integrating them into window boxes and sculptures.

“He’s a legend in the area,” Grubbs said.

On Sunday, topics range from pollinators and pruning trees to sunrooms and pergolas.

It’ll be a wide range to see and hear over the weekend, with the event expanding even more next year, Grubbs said.

Black can be reached by phone at 757-247-4607.

If you go

What: Hampton Roads Home Show.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton).

Cost: $10. Coupons for $5 single-day tickets are available online. 18 years old and younger enter for free.

More info: or 804-467-7038.

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Myrtle Beach Spring Home Show returns for 37th year – WBTW

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Interior designer Holly Hollerbach and Santee Cooper solar programs outreach coordinator Nick Safay joined News 13 Now at 9 a.m. on Thursday. They previewed information sessions they are hosting during the Spring Home Show in Myrtle Beach. The Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association is hosting the show for the 37th year from Friday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 12.

Hollerback gave a taste of some current design trends, including Chinoiserie, mixing Glitz and Glamour with Natural Vibes, and new high performance fabrics.

Safay introduced the Santee Cooper solar programs. He covered details on how people can get started with installing solar at their homes and how much money can be saved through Santee Cooper rebates and credits.

Watch the videos on this page for more details and to hear when you can attend their sessions at the home show. You can find out more about the show at

The following is an excerpt from the show’s homepage:

Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association proudly presents, Home Show 2017.  If you are thinking about buying a home, making improvements to your existing home, or are just looking for great ideas – you’ve come to the right place!

This show has something for everyone as you visit over 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services.   This is the perfect opportunity to research many different high quality companies and products in a fun and friendly atmosphere over a short period of time.  Whether you have a specific project in mind or are just looking for ideas, this show has something of interest for everyone.  Enjoy impressive product displays by specialists in the fields of new home construction, remodeling, outdoor living, swimming pools, home security, hurricane protection, interior design, energy efficiency and much more.  These specialists are committed to their craft and can answer your questions face to face while giving you helpful ideas to obtain your goals.

Another of our popular show attractions are the informative workshops, seminars and special events.  Our seminars and workshops lineup includes industry experts giving advice on energy conservation, gardening and landscaping tips, interior design ideas and culinary demonstrations.  Sample some food, learn new things, ask questions, and have fun.  Check out the show schedule for a full list of times of the various events.

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Brown accepts the award from Mayor Pro Tem Mike Lowder. Photo from Myrtle Beach City Government Facebook page.

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New Ideas On Display At Home & Garden Show in Wheeling | News …


Mother Nature promises to cooperate this weekend and bring a bit of spring-like weather to the Ohio Valley, just in time for visitors to enjoy the 48th annual Home and Garden Show at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.

This three-day event is the largest of its kind in local area and is free to the public. The show is open from 3-7 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The home show is a project of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, and is sponsored by DeNoon Lumber and WTOV-9.

Chamber officials said this year’s show “will help you get inspired and ready to renovate.”

“We are very excited to have several new vendors to complement our returning favorites which will make the weekend a well-worth-it trip for everyone,” Chamber Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Jane Dombroski said.

The Home and Garden Show will feature vendors of a wide variety including decorating, remodeling, flooring, windows, outdoor furniture, kitchen, landscaping and more.  In addition, there will also be a craft show in the upper concourse of the arena.

Chamber spokeswoman Mary Fahey said this family-friendly event has something special for children on Saturday. She noted there will be a bounce house, a clown making balloon animals and face-painting for the younger set.

As for the number of booths this year, Fahey said, “We are full.”

In addition, there will be more food vendors on site during the three days and a variety of crafters around the concourse area.

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West Bend BID considers landscaping options

In this June 30 file
photo, A Volkswagen bus drives north on Main Street in
downtown West Bend.

John Ehlke/Daily News

Retailers and property owners may soon have additional
responsibilities aside from enforcing parking for their

During Tuesdays meeting, members of the Downtown West
Bend Business Improvement District said they are
considering measures to improve the landscaping in the
area, including an ordinance to require business and
property owners to maintain green space adjacent to
their store fronts.

think it depends on clarity from the BID Board to start
with, said Administrator Jay Shambeau, when asked of
the possibility of an ordinance by March. If you are
really honing in on a proposal or topic that you want to
move forward with regarding business owners taking it
(responsibility for green space) to the curb, if you
provide that direction to staff today, we can get it
drafted. It is not a complicated ordinance to get to the
Common Council.

Landscaping has been an ongoing issue for board members
dating back to the summer when Anthony Jasen presented a
series of photographs of green spaces that he considered
needed improvement, adding he felt it was adversely
affecting the ambiance and potentially hindering
potential customers from visiting the downtown area.

Others, including member Herb Tennies, have also
introduced the subject.

Until a few years ago the city maintained the
landscaping, but the service was discontinued. Economic
Development Manager Ashley Mukasa said the landscaping
contract was about $55,000 annually.

Public Works Director Doug Neumann said there is a weed
ordinance that states residents and businesses must
maintain it to the curb.

may be a modification or an addition to that ordinance
if you are going to specify the downtown area, but this
started this summer, he said. We were contacted about
the high weeds and some of the areas downtown, and
contacted Ashley and went through the BID to corral that

discussion began when Mukasa announced to board members
that she researched how municipalities in other areas
handled the issue. In some cases, their improvement
districts paid to maintain the green spaces.

also said staff had been identifying possible solutions
to the issue, including the renewal of a maintenance
contract, recruiting volunteers to perform the work and
identifying projects for them to do all that in
addition to what business owners could assist with.

Jasen said he inquired about pricing to maintain the
weeds in the downtown, and the contractor said it would
be about $8,000 to ensure they are removed. Landscaping
could be addressed by considering a mix of other

Board President Mike Husar wanted a partnership with
city officials for landscaping the area if owners are
going to be responsible for maintaining the beds on
their properties.

proposal to (Mayor Kraig Sadownikow) was to match
whatever we do with Roots and Branches, Husar said. I
dont remember what exactly we had in the budget but
that was the conversation, and he was going to look at
if there was money available for if they could do a
labor thing with that.

Shirley Decker, a representative from Roots and
Branches, asked for direction from board members. She
said volunteers had maintained the green spaces along
Main Street, but wondered if they wanted to expand it to
include other spaces.

could provide annuals, which we do for all of our
Adopta-Plots, and we could provide help with some
perennials and guidance, Decker said if owners are
asked to landscape their area. We have a lot of experts
involved with us. We can offer a lot, but we need some
guidance from this committee as to where you want us.

Craig Hoeppner, Director of Parks, Recreation and
Forestry, said he could also assist by providing
materials, specifically mentioning he could make mulch
available for business owners.

Toward the end of the meeting, Jasen summarized the

need the support of an ordinance, he said. We need the
support of volunteers just to offer the help. If
business owners dont know a plant from a weed, that is
what you folks can help with. If we have relationships
with nurseries that will do it for a discounted rate for
consistency, then really all they (landscapers) are
doing is maintaining it from a weed standpoint and

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Show your garden some love this February

Winter is coming to an end, though it did give us one last cool spell, and the days are slowly getting longer, lending plenty of time to show our gardens some much-needed love.

Mid-month is a good time to prune hybrid rose bushes. Choose four to five main canes to form the new shrub, and prune off the others. Then, cut the main canes back a third of the way and remove any dead, damaged or twiggy growth back to the main cane.

If your lawn has browned from the cold, continue to water it no more than once a week and celebrate the fact that you won’t need to mow again for a while. Don’t expect the grass to green up or try to make it do so until we get longer days and warmer temperatures. The worst thing to do now would be to fertilize the lawn because the turf isn’t actively growing. The nutrients will just leach into the nearest water body.

Check the vegetable garden for any diseased or insect infested plants and pull them out of the garden. After pulling them out, spread some organic matter like compost, aged manure or coffee grounds over the ground to keep any weed seeds from germinating. Plus, it will enrich the soil. If you find any old or non-producing plants, just cut them off at the soil line. This will leave the root system in the ground for the soil microbes to consume and the soil won’t be disturbed. That will prevent any weed seeds from germinating. If the soil is bare, spread some more organic matter.Vegetables that can be planted in February include arugula, beans, beets, broccoli, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, endive/escarole, English or snow peas, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, okra, onions- bunching (green and shallots), peppers, potatoes (Irish and sweet), pumpkin, radishes, southern peas, squash, sweet corn, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips and watermelons.

Vegetable seeds that can be sown in February for planting in March include beans, cantaloupes, Chinese cabbage, cucumbers, kohlrabi, okra, onions – bunching (green and shallots), peppers, Southern peas, spinach, squash, sweet corn and watermelon.

Some of the flowers that can be planted now for the warmer weather ahead include ageratum, amaranth, celosia, coleus, cosmos, Dahlberg daisy, gaillardia, gomphrena, impatiens, lisianthus, marigolds, melampodium, portulaca, red salvia, sunflower, vinca and zinnia.

Some of the herbs that can be planted now include basil, oregano, chives (onion garlic), dill, fennel, parsley, sweet marjoram, mint, sage and thyme.

Bulbs that can be planted this month include Agapanthus, Amazon lily (Eucharis grandiflora), Aztec lily (Sprekelia formosissima), caladium, canna, dahlia, gladiolus, gloriosa lily, kaffir lily (Clivia minata), walking iris (Neomarica gracilis), rainlily (Zepheranthus spp.), lily, African iris (Moraea spp.), society garlic (Tulbaghiaviolacea), Tritonia (T. crocata), tuberose (Policanthes tuberose), Watsonia (W. spp.) and spider lily (Hymenocallis spp.)

Sally Scalera is an urban horticulture agent and master gardener coordinator for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences.


gardening events

Florida-Friendly Landscaping Seminar: Saturday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. at Satellite High School. This seminar is free and will include four presentations on the following topics: Palm Care 101, Beautiful and Beneficial Native Plants for Your Lagoon-Friendly Lawn, What’s Ailing the Indian River Lagoon, and Grow Your Own Delicious Food – No Matter Where You Live. There will also be vendors to check out!

My Brevard Yard Workshop: Thursday, Feb. 16 at 3695 Lake Drive in Cocoa. In this workshop you will learn how to grow a healthy landscape and protect the Indian River Lagoon, all at the same time! Topics covered include stormwater runoff and the Indian River Lagoon, lawn and landscaping practices, irrigation and fertilizers. There will also be some hands-on training on calibrating a fertilizer spreader. At the conclusion of the workshop you will also be able to sign up for an optional one-hour My Brevard Site Visit to your yard, which includes a soil test, irrigation water test and answers to all of your questions. The cost of the site visit is $30.

Brevard County Farmers Market: Every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Wickham Park Equestrian Center in Melbourne. Some of the fresh produce that could be available include avocado, broccoli, cabbage, cansitel, carambola, carrots, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, endive/escarole, grapefruit, guava, honeydew, kumquat, mamey sapote, oranges, passion fruit, peppers, potatoes, pummelo, radishes, spinach, squash, strawberries, sweet corn, tangerines, tangelos and tomatoes.

For more information or to register, visit or call us at 321-633-1702.

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Expect plenty of seeds, sharing and socializing at Saturday’s Kaw Valley Seed Fair

Master gardeners and horticulture newbies alike are invited to this weekend’s installment of the annual Kaw Valley Seed Fair, slated for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

Now in its eighth year, the free event is expected to draw upwards of 1,000 people to the fairgrounds for a day of sustainability-focused seed sharing, educational demonstrations, kids’ activities, raffle prizes and more. Visitors can also purchase vegetarian fare from The Purple Carrot Co-op throughout the day.

Trina McClure, one of the organizers behind this year’s event, credits the Seed Fair’s enduring popularity, at least partially, to its accessibility for gardeners of all experience levels.

“We always see that ‘I’ve never done this’ anxiety. There’s something so intimidating about the idea of growing a plant,” McClure says. Luckily, more than 25 area exhibitors, including the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners, will be on hand Saturday to help ease those anxieties with a little knowledge and friendly conversation.

“They want people to grow gardens, whether they’re flower gardens or vegetable gardens or landscaping or container gardens, or just having house plants,” McClure says.

A key component of the fair is education — and organizers like McClure believe knowledge comes from sharing ideas, advice and resources. The big draw each year is the seed exchange, for which guests are asked to bring their own excess seeds (store-bought or from the garden) to swap with others, in addition to books, videos, catalogs and other seed-saving resources.

But even those without seeds are welcome to join in, McClure says. Envelopes and containers for storing the goodies are always recommended, but never required, at the seed swap table.

“You don’t have to bring something, but we do want to encourage this sense of coming together, in all these small ways, to share something,” McClure says.

McClure is one of only a handful of organizers behind the fair, which she says has maintained a consistently high turnout over the years, thanks in part to what she describes as the Lawrence community’s “deeper attachment to food.” And also, she adds, knowing where and how our food is produced.

Local businesses pledge each year to help promote the event, for which there’s very little spent on advertising, McClure says. Local artists chip in, too, creating a poster for the fair each year — this time around, it’s Douglas County teen Wil Mysilvy. Community members gathered for a “coloring party” last month to add their personal touches to copies of his poster, which were later distributed to local businesses and public sites around town.

“All of these little pieces come together, and we wouldn’t be able to do it if we didn’t have people coming together and helping in their own little ways,” McClure says.

For more information on the Kaw Valley Seed Fair, visit

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Home and garden events Feb. 11 and beyond – The Courier


Purdue Master Gardener Program Seeking NewVolunteers. The training session will be offered to residents of Floyd, Clark and Scott counties, and surrounding areas. Participants commit to volunteer 35 hours to be a certified Purdue Master Gardener sharing their knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities. Training will be held Mondays from 6 -9:15 p.m. through April 10, the Prosser School of Technology, 4202 Charlestown Road, New Albany. $175 ( $25 deposit is requested to hold your spot). Gina Anderson, 812-948-5470.

Workshop demonstration: How to tap campus maple trees. University of Louisville, Belknap Campus, 1 p.m. Monday. Begins inside the Cultural Center Multipurpose Room and move outdoors to the Garden Commons community garden for the tapping demonstration. Maple syrup expert David Barker will lead the workshop. Free. For more information,

Houseplant Seminar with Tom Huckaby. St. Matthews Feed Seed, 225 Chenoweth Lane, 10 a.m. today. Tom Huckaby will discuss the needs and care of houseplants. Bring ill houseplants and he will diagnose and suggest a treatment plan. 502-896-4473.

Seed Starting Workshop with Bethany Pratt. tension Agent. St. Matthews Feed Seed, 225 Chenoweth Lane, 10 a.m. Feb. 18. Learn how to start your own cole crops from seed. $5. 502-896-4473.

Succulent Workshop with Tom Huckaby: St. Matthews Feed Seed, 225 Chenoweth Lane, 10 a.m. Feb. 22. Learn how to how to plant and maintain succulents. Succulents and pots available at a discounted price for participants. Sio and other potting materials provided. 502-896-4473.

Louisville Nature Center Bird Walks. Lobby, 3745 Illinois Ave., 10 a.m. Feb. 18. Rod Botkins will lead the walk. Participants 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. If you have binoculars, bring them. Free, donations accepted. 502-458-1328.

Home, Garden Remodeling Show. Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. March 3-4; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 5. See the latest products and services for our home. $10, $9 seniors, free for ages 15 and younger. 502-367-5000.

The Gardens of Southern France: A Dinner Travelogue with Paul Cappiello. Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old Lagrange Road, Crestwood, 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 22. Features and evening with traditional French cuisine, wine pairings and Yew Dell’s executive director Paul Cappiello sharing his experiences traveling through the gardens of southern France. Catered by Red Hog, Blue Dog’s new Artisan Butcher Shop Restaurant. $80, $70 members. 502- 241-4788;

Louisville Nature Center Wonderful World of Weeds. The Louisville Nature Center and the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm is partnering to offer a two-part weed education series (10 a.m. March 25 and April 5). Registration is required by March 23rd. $40. 502-458-1328.

•March 25, Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave. Botanist, Patricia Haragan, author of Weeds of Kentucky and Adjacent States; a Field Guide will discuss key characteristics for identifying weeds that are found in Kentucky crops, pastures, fields and lawns.

•April 5, Oxmoor Farm, 720 Oxmoor Ave. This hands-on experience will involve exploring weeds growing at the farm and reinforce key identification characteristics learned in the classroom. A hand lens or magnifying glass is helpful, but not required.

Sunnyside Master Gardener Spring Lecture Series: The Road to a Beautiful Garden. Clark County REMC, 7810 State Road 60, Sellersburg, 9 am. to 2 p.m. April 1. Karen Bryant will discuss, A Spring Garden Calendar; Anitia Mosiman will discuss, Edible Landscaping; and Dr. Tom Turpin will discuss, Good Bug/Bad Bug. Reservations are needed by March 11. $30 per person, includes breakfast and lunch. Contact, Gina Anderson, 812-948-5470.


Gear Up For Gardening. Louisville Free Public Library, Main Branch, 301 York St., 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through March 23. Led by Master Gardener June Sandercock. Sandercok will discuss what is new, new plant introductions, new gardening and landscape design concepts, new ways of planting and maintaining spaces and new ways to approach everyday issues. Free. To register call, 502-574-1623.

Clark County Vegetable Gardening Class: The After Dinner Garden Conversation. Clark County 4-H Fair Grounds, Charlestown, Ind., Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 16 through Sept. 14. Gardening enthusiasts and beginners to gardening learn how to successfully raise vegetables in their communities and backyards. Registration is by Feb. 10. $20 for the series. 812-256-4591.

Smart Gardens and Landscapes. Research Center, Bernheim Forest, Exit 112 off Interstate 65, Clermont, 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 18. Make plans for your edible ornamental garden and learn about plant and site selection, garden design, site preparation, labeling and the care and maintenance of the garden. Registration is needed by 4 p.m. Feb. 17. $15, $10 members. 502-955-8512.

Fruit Trees and Shrubs. Research Center, Bernheim Forest, Exit 112 off Interstate 65, Clermont, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 18. Learn how to plan, care for and harvest from an edible landscape for years to come. Registration is needed by Feb. 17. $15, $10 members. 502-955-8512.


The Riverside Garden Club meeting. Riverside The Farnsley-Moremen Landing 7410 Moorman Road, 11 a.m. today. Speaker: Ray Rock, nursery manager for Stephenson’s Nursery and host of Gardening with Ray. Topic: Tools That Work For You In The Garden.

Hosta Society meeting. Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Road, 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Speaker: Alice Kimbrell from Yew Dell Gardens.

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Gardening with Susan

VALDOSTA — For a dozen years, Susan Grooms has grown a healthy readership by writing a weekly gardening column in The Valdosta Daily Times.

Grooms has published a book that takes readers through a year of gardening in South Georgia. She participates in a book signing this weekend.

“Gardening with Susan Grooms” is filled with tips ranging from preparing gardens for each season, to the best care for particular flowers and plants, landscaping, how cuttings can save plants, etc.

Each chapter has a weekly sidebar — month by month, space where readers can keep notes regarding the progress of their respective gardens.

The book is structured chronologically with gardening advice from January through December. Still, a reader can turn to the page — week and month — of whenever the book is purchased.

The book is filled with color photos taken by Grooms. Photos of vibrant flowers and plants from her garden.

Grooms has been around gardening throughout her life but she admits she wasn’t always interested in it.

Her mother had a large garden and young Susan “had to help out.” She liked parts of gardening but “there were certainly other things I’d rather be doing,” she writes in the book.

As a girl, she did not care for hoeing the long vegetable rows as the weather grew hot. Nor did she care for hunting under bushes to pick butter beans from the sand. Stinging wasps and bees flew around flower blooms. Sweat ran into her eyes. Tiny spines prickled her skin.

And in her introduction, the lady known for gardening through the pages of The Valdosta Daily Times makes a dramatic confession from her youth.

“I hated working in the garden or harvesting the vegetables,” she writes.

That was then.

Though a reluctant child gardener, Grooms said she didn’t realize how much she learned working in her mother’s garden.

“A lot of knowledge stayed with me,” she said. “So when I married and wanted to make the yard pretty, I knew what to do. But I hated it when I was young.”

She learned more as time passed. She became a member of the Amaryllis Garden Club, which is a member organization of the Garden Center Inc. at The Crescent. She attained vast knowledge concerning gardening.

Several years ago, Grooms called The Valdosta Daily Times. She wanted the newspaper to include articles on gardening tips. An editor asked if she would be interested in writing such an article. She agreed and began writing the weekly gardening column in what is now the Home Farm section of the Sunday edition.

Last year, Roberta George and Jean Arambula approached Grooms about creating a gardening book. George and Arambula operate Snake Nation Press, a Valdosta-based publisher.

The book was released a few weeks ago.

Amaryllis Garden Club hosts a book signing for “Gardening with Susan Grooms,” 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, The Crescent, 900 N. Patterson St. The book is also available via Snake Nation Press,


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2/9: February Garden Tips – WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

Eau Claire (WQOW) — It may be February, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to keep your green thumb going.

What can you do in February for the garden?

People can start planning now. Look for what you want to plant, plants you may want inside and out. Pick out seeds, but make sure you get them ready six weeks before you plant them in the garden.

What plants are easy to grow for brown thumbs?

Supertunia Vista Bubblegum is versatile as a ground plant or in pots. However, it is a very vigorous plant that may take over if other plants are too close.

Ole rose are very winter-hearty and are strong flowers.

Grape lollipop flocks will stay flowered for longer than most.

Where can I find these plants?

Check out your local garden centers.

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