Preparing your plants for winter



The temperatures are dropping and it has quickly become sweater weather. Sure, it’s easy for you to bundle up, but what about your plants? They may need an extra layer for winter, too.

Newer plants, ones in the ground less than five years, especially need extra TLC going into winter. On a day above freezing, give them a thorough soaking. Then, mulch with leaves, wood mulch or straw around the base of the plant. This will help protect the roots from freezing. If your area has a dry winter, on warm days give all your plants a good watering. A guideline to follow is a thorough soaking of 6-8” deep every few weeks.

When the days start warming up for spring, don’t be too impatient in removing the mulch. Wait until all danger of frost has passed.

For more help with your garden, take a look at the First Editions’ planting and care guide, how to videos on YouTube or send us your question at #LetsAskAmy! And, be sure to hang out with us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.  

What's Your Gardening Style?

So you have a yard. Now what?

We know that gardening can be a daunting task, especially if you’re starting with a blank canvas. With so many plants to choose from, how do you know which plant will fit your gardening style? Whether you have just enough time for a quick watering every day after work, or you enjoy dedicating long hours working in the yard, there’s something fit for every style – there’s even variations that thrive in containers for the concrete jungle dwellers out there!

NOW is a great time to garden. You can enjoy the beautiful weather outside and get your plants settled before the cold-weather months hit. Let us help you decide what to plant by taking our Big Bloom Theory quiz. After answering a variety of questions about your personality and gardening style, we’ll suggest plant varieties that we think would be a great fit. Don’t be surprised if it’s a match made in Heaven.

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Container Gardening in Spring

It’s so nice spring is here and it’s finally time to stop dreaming about gardening and start planting! Have you visited your garden center for ideas? A spring trip to the nursery to see what’s flowering and what’s new is a great way to be inspired and get started. While there, you might be tempted to pick up a plant full of buds and blooms. Do it! Put it in a pretty container on the front porch and tell the world you are ready for spring. If a cold snap comes your way, it will be easy to bring it inside overnight or for a day or two. As soon as the weather improves, back outside it goes. Once it is finished flowering, your plant can find a permanent home in a landscape bed.

First Editions® Rainbow Sensation™ Weigela

Container gardening is an easy, versatile way of adding a pop of color to a front porch, patio, and outdoor dining area. In the spring for the front porch, First Editions® Centennial Blush Star Magnolia and Rainbow Sensation™ Weigela are great choices. Fiji™ Hibiscus will add a bit of the tropics to a sunny patio during the summer. Do you garden in a colder climate? It isn’t a concern with container gardens. You can grow gardenias and crapemyrtles just like your southern friends. If a classical, elegant container is more your style, go with Endless Summer® Hydrangeas.

Reblooming Endless Summer® Hydrangeas have beautiful flowers from late spring through fall. Flowering on last year's growth and the current season's means minimal pruning in spring and nothing in fall. In warmer zones, they are best in a place where they will have afternoon shade. And, since they are in containers, it will be easy to move them to that perfect spot.

Do you have a favorite color? With Endless Summer ®Hydrangeas, you have options. Blushing Bride has large white round clusters of flowers atop sturdy stems. It’s very elegant and great for cut flowers. Twist-n-Shout® Bigleaf Hydrangea has lacecap flowers that are blue in acidic soil and pink in alkaline soil. You can easily adjust the soil’s pH with container plants and get the color you want! BloomStruck® is our newest selection. It is both cold tolerant and heat resistant. The large mophead flowers will be pink or blue depending on the soil. Or, go with The Original Endless Summer® for gorgeous, classic 8” pink or blue mophead flowers all summer long.

If you are new to container gardening, visit the First Editions® or Endless Summer® websites for more tips and tricks. You will find tips for selecting a container, planting, plant selection, watering, and fertilizing. For additional help with your container garden, don’t hestitate to #AskAmy your questions! And, we’d love to see your container garden pictures. Be sure to post them on Instagram and tag them with #endlesssummerhydrangeas or #firsteditionsplants.

Celebrating World Health Day

As we continue to work longer and harder, managing stress levels has become a daily battle for most professionals. In fact, 80% of workers report they are stressed out by work.1 Considering there are 261 workdays in a year, that’s a lot of time spent combating those stress demons.

Find a Balance

As we settle into spring, one way to curb stress is to channel your inner ‘yardener.’ A yardener is what we like to call the modern homeowner who puts most of their emphasis on curb appeal, rather than traditional gardening.

Yardening combats stress on both physical and mental levels. We recently conducted a survey and 30 percent of respondents said working in the yard provided them with their zen moments.

Spending time outdoors naturally boosts your mood and provides an escape from the demands of our daily lives. From planning and preparation to planting and growing, each stage of yardening has its own unique rewards and lessons, plus you’ll feel a renewed connection with Mother Nature.

Increase Zen by Decreasing Planting Anxiety

While planting, working in the yard and digging in the dirt offer zen moments for many our survey also showed that 70 percent had anxiety about proper care for their plants. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

Digital Help Desk

Get rid of any planting and maintenance anxiety by tapping into our new digital help desk, which offers everything from text messages reminding you to prune, water and more, to a real life gardening guru ready to answer all your questions.

Both our Endless Summer® Hydrangeas and Easy Elegance® Roses, which are designed to reblooom throughout the summer, now have text programs to offer monthly reminders and plant care tips. That means less time researching online and more time enjoying the fresh air! Plus, opting in is easy:

For Endless Summer®: Text Endless Summer to 730-95

For Easy Elegance®: Text Easy Elegance to 730-95

If you’re looking for answers to your yardening and landscaping questions, novices and experts alike can rely on Amy, our self-taught gardening guru for First Editions®. Ask away using our online form or on social media with #LetsAskAmy. Amy’s ready and waiting to answer your questions!

This spring and summer, embrace your inner yardener and don’t stress the small stuff. We’ve got your back!

1 American Institute of Stress

Get out and PRUNE!

The time has come to get out and PRUNE YOUR PANICLE HYDRANGEA! To avoid the flop and keep your stems strong, it's important to prune your hydrangeas back 30-50% in late winter or early spring. Since this type of hydrangea blooms on new growth, pruning this time of year won't prevent blooms from brightening up your garden this year. Click above to learn more and see how to prune your Vanilla Strawberry™, Strawberry Sundae™ or other panicle hydrangeas.

New Plants for 2017

It's our favorite time of the winter...planning our garden for next spring and summer! And what's more exciting than NEW PLANTS?! And this year, we've got some really interesting and beautiful varieties to grace your landscape. Whether you live in a warm climate region or in the colder north, we've got you covered. A couple highlights are shown below, and the full list is HERE! Enjoy, and happy planning!

Opening Day™ Viburnum: Shown above, this new viburnum will become a staple in the warm-climate garden. The baseball-size flowers emerge in April, followed by gorgeous variegated foliage that turns burgundy red in fall. It's a real stunner.

Diamond Rouge® Hydrangea: This new panicle hydrangea (the same kind as Vanilla Strawberry™ and Strawberry Sundae™) blooms white starting in mid-summer and then ages to red, unlike most that go to pink. It's a mid-size shrub, so it will do well in most gardens...even if you're in an urban environment!

Fiber Optics™ Buttonbush: Have a wet area in your yard that takes forever to dry out after a rain storm? What about a pond, lake or water restoration area? This native plant is a perfect solution for you. Not only does it thrive in wet soils, but is great for pollinators and waterfowl.

There are a lot more fun new varieties to choose from this coming season. Click above to see the full list, and don't hesitate to reach out or #AskAmy with any questions!

Planting a Multi-Season Garden

One of the many great things that makes planting with shrubs and trees is that you can extend the beauty of your garden beyond the window of color that annuals provide. Even for those that live in cold climates that are covered in snow all winter, color and texture is easy to achieve by choosing the right plants. The best part of using First Editions® shrubs and trees is that you can get four seasons of color and landscape interest with very little work. Let's dig in and look at some ideas of plants that keep your garden fresh all year long:

SPRING

Ah, spring. It's such a refreshing reprieve from the cold dark of winter. So you want to start the growing season with a bang. Make a statement with early-blooming color. Above is Lotus Moon™ Pearlbush, which is a great option for cooler climates. This shrub is hardy from zones 4-6 and is just covered in bright white blooms in April and May, attracting early butterflies to the landscape. It's deer resistant and takes almost no work to maintain. Other great spring-blooming options for cold climate gardens include the new Electric Lights™ Double Pink Azalea, Centennial Blush™ Star Magnolia and Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry. In more temperate climates, try Sweet Tea™ Gardenia, Sparkling Sangria™ Fringe Flower or Spring Lace Viburnum.

SUMMER

No matter where you are in the country, summer is the season of color. Ruffled Red™ Magic Crapemyrtle is a prime example of the excitement that a garden can provide in warm climates. Who wouldn't want that bright beacon of color in their landscape? As a bonus, the foliage turns a stunning red-orange in fall. Other ideas for most gardens include Diamond Rouge™ Hydrangea, Funky Fuchsia™ Butterfly Bush and Summer Ruffle™ Hibiscus. In cool climates, you can also try Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark and in warm climates Cinnamon Girl™ Distylium.

FALL

Following the dog days of summer, we can cool down with warm colors in the landscape. Matador™ Maple is a great example of the brilliance of fall, especially in northern climates. There is little more iconic of the cool-climate fall landscape than the blazing oranges and reds of maple trees. Other great plants for fall color in cool climates, especially after the summer annuals wither away, are Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea, Tiger Eyes® Sumac and the gorgeous Autumn Revolution™ Bittersweet vine. In warmer climates, the hydrangeas show brilliantly alongside the fall foliage on Opening Day™ Viburnum and blue blooms of Sapphire Surf™ Bluebeard.

WINTER

Just because the winter is cold and not really considered a time when you enjoy the garden, the right plant selection can make the winter garden really beautiful. Sky High™ Juniper (above) is a great example of a structural evergreen playing really well with white snow. The blue-green foliage is especially highlighted after a soft snowfall. Also, since we recommend NOT pruning your in fall, they beautifully collect snowfall and give great texture to your garden. No matter what part of the country you live in, red-twigged dogwood like Baton Rouge™ and Cayenne are a blazing burst of red that captures the eye immediately. If you live in a warmer climate, Distylium is a great year-round option, and really shows itself well in winter when they remain evergreen. The newest introduction, Cinnamon Girl™, has shown to be especially cold hardy.

Well, there you have it. Easy, right? Pick and choose a couple plants from each season and you'll impress yourself and your neighbors with how incredible your garden looks year round. Want more ideas? Just head over to FirstEditionsPlants.com and look around for yourself! We even have garden plans available to get you started.

Yes, you can STILL plant!

Spokesperson Ryan McEnaney spoke with the Minneapolis Star Tribune about fall planting trends and some of the best varieties to plant this time of year. Award-winning writer Kim Palmer dives into the story and gives great, actionable tips for planting in this great time of year. Click HERE or above to read the full story.

Plant of the Month: Autumn Revolution™ Bittersweet

Bittersweet is a beloved vine in colder climates throughout the US and Canada. The struggle for the home gardener is that you need 2 plants, male and female, to create berries. That makes it tough, especially if you have a small space garden. A revolution in decorating the yard with bittersweet came in the form of Autumn Revolution™ Bittersweet. This vine creates "perfect" flowers, meaning that it is both male and female and can create it's own fruit! On top of that, the berries are twice the size of the species. This variety was discovered in cold zone 4 Minnesota, but is also hardy up to zone 2 and to warm climates in zone 8. Plant in full sun for the best results. Want to learn more or see more photos? Click HERE!

Top Fall Landscaping Tips

Autumn is the perfect time to assess your landscaping needs and fill any gaps that exist. Here are the top fall gardening tips from gardening experts at First Editions® Plants:

- Take inventory: Decide what, and where, your landscape is lacking and plug the gaps now. Depending on plant type and local climate, you’ll be able to enjoy a full, bursting garden as early as next spring.

- Multi-season interest: Consider adding plants that offer color for more than one season. Examples include First Editions® Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac with chartreuse leaves in summer changing to stunning yellow, orange and scarlet in fall, and First Editions® Standing Ovation® Serviceberry with sweet white flowers in spring .

- Attention to temperature: Different plants react in varied ways to temperature swings, so minding your region’s weather patterns is a must. Bailey Nurseries’ plant tags and the U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone map show gardeners how to adjust to their particular climate.

- Look long-term: Achieving the ideal landscape doesn’t happen overnight. Establish a vision for what you want your garden to look like, then understand that many trees and shrubs take several years to reach mature size. The results last much longer and are well worth the wait.

Top 5 Plants for the Fall Garden

Believe it or not, autumn is an advantageous time to assess your landscaping needs, add immediate pops of color and plan for next spring and beyond. These five plants can help you do just that.

1. Dogwoods: Cayenne Dogwood’s bright red stems shine all winter, even in southern parts of the country. Blue berries form in late summer amid lush, green leaves.

2. Ninebark shrubs: Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark’s orange, yellow and golden hues are a perfect fit for fall. New spring leaves are also full of glowing tones and delicate white blooms.

3. Birchleaf Spirea: Exquisite pink flowers bloom on Pink Sparkler™ Birchleaf Spirea in early summer then re-emerge in fall. Additionally, fall flowers appear down the stem for a full, rich appearance and pop of pink, and the leaves turn burgundy red during autumn.

4. Hydrangeas: After providing great summer flower color, Endless Summer® BloomStruck® Hydrangeas leaves turn a rich, deep red – the ideal touch for a fall landscape. From the First Editions® collection, Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangeas and Jetstream™ Oakleaf Hydrangeas also provide fantastic autumn color.

5. Maple Trees: Homeowners can usher in fall early with Scarlet Jewell™ Maples; their crimson leaves show up a full two weeks before those of other red maples. In spring, bright red flowers appear. Matador™ Maples, on the other hand, hold their leaves longer and provide an even deeper red color well into autumn.

Beat the Heat with Potentilla

Potentilla may be a common landscape plant in cold climates, but they've remained popular for a good reason. The newest varieties from First Editions®, Crème Brûlée™ and Lemon Meringue™, are no exception. These varieties were bred on the Canadian plains, giving them cold hardiness to zone 2, yet they have the heat tolerance to survive and thrive in the warm summers of the Upper Midwest without losing flower power or becoming disease-ridden. Crème Brûlée™ (pictured above) brings a beacon of double, white flowers to the garden that stand out against the dark foliage. This shrub is a bit more upright, maturing to 3' - 3.5' tall. Also a double flower, Lemon Meringue™ (pictured below) has lovely light yellow flowers that are reminiscent of a rose. This variety is a bit more mounded, maturing to 2'-3' tall and wide. Both varieties maintain their shape with very little, or no, pruning, adding to their ease of garden performance.

Landscaping Tips for Creating a Border

Border gardens are exactly what you’d picture from the name: gardens longer than they are wide or wider than they are deep that run alongside (border) a walkway or house, or serve to separate one section of the yard from another. English gardens are famous for their lush, blowsy mixed borders full of interesting plant sizes and textures. These gardens look impressive when they grow in, so people assume they’re difficult to design. They’re not, though. Here are some landscaping tips for creating a border.

Choose a color scheme:

Borders planted with contrasting colors (colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel) such as red, yellow, and blue/purple, create dramatic visual effects in the landscape. Borders planted with analogous colors (colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, or shades of one color) are more peaceful to look at. Shades of pink, from hot pink to pastel pink, combined with white and silver would provide a more calming visual. Hot colors (red, pink, yellow, orange) are more dramatic and cool colors (green, blue, purple, silver) are more subdued.

Create a plant combination:

The secret to designing a sophisticated border garden is variety in plant material. That means, mix it up with perennials, trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, bulbs, and annuals. That can seem like a lot to juggle, and whether you can incorporate a tree or two depends on your space. If you’re new to design, start with perennials and shrubs.

You don’t have to choose 25 different plants, though. Make a combo! You are probably used to doing this with container gardens—picking one big feature plant, and then a couple of other plants to fill out the design and carry out the color scheme. Border gardens are the same, just on a bigger scale. Select plants with similar sun and water needs.

Here is a combo made entirely from First Editions® plants:

Cotton Candy™ Phlox: http://www.firsteditionsplants.com/the-plants/perennials/cotton-candy-phlox

Lambrusco™ Barberry: http://www.firsteditionsplants.com/the-plants/shrubs/lambrusco-barberry

Sky High™ Juniper: http://www.firsteditionsplants.com/the-plants/evergreens/sky-high-juniper

This plant combo of pink, burgundy, and silvery-green falls on the analogous color scale. They are all sun lovers with medium water needs. The Juniper likes it a little bit on the drier side, but should be fine with the other plants. The combo gives you varying heights, forms, and textures, and year-round interest.

Repeat the plant combination:

The way you make a border garden from a group of plants is to repeat the combo. Plant perennials in ratios of 3:1 for shrubs and 5:1 or 7:1 for trees. For example, one juniper to three to five barberries and one barberry to three to five phlox plants. Depending on how large your space is you can repeat that combo two or three times to instantly get that “professionally-designed” look.

If you have space, incorporate a few more plants into the combo. Ornamental grasses add movement and fine texture that few other plants offer. Selecting a few other pink-flowering perennials that bloom at different times than the phlox would round out the example combo nicely, as well.

The trick is to find a picture of a border you like and observe its characteristics. What colors are repeated? Are they repeated by use of the same plant, or a different plant with the same color of leaves or flowers? What forms are repeated? Are there lots of columnar shapes in the garden, and are they the same plant or different plants?

Border design is a balancing act between contrast and repetition. Don’t be afraid to set out your plant combo in the parking lot of the garden center to eyeball it. If it looks interesting, buy multiples and plant. If all of the plants look the same, go back to the sales area and look for something to make it pop!

How to Prune Panicle Hydrangeas

Spring is the best time to prune back your panicle hydrangeas! But what the heck is a panicle-type? How do you tell them apart from the others? These hydrangeas are the ones with a triangular shape that bloom white in summer and then turn a red, pink, or parchment in fall. Something like Vanilla Strawberry™, Strawberry Sundae™ and White Diamonds® Hydrangea.

We recommend pruning these types of hydrangeas back 30-50% of the way down the established stems. It may seem like a lot, but it's necessary to prevent flopping late in summer when the heavy flower heads are in full bloom.

Prune at a 45% angle just above a set of buds.

This type of hydrangea grows flowers in "new wood," which means the growth that will start in spring, so you don't have to worry about cutting off potential blooms from last year, like on some other mophead-type hydrangeas.

Click HERE or above to watch our video about how quick and easy it is to prune your panicle hydrangeas!

NOTE: If you have an older, more established panicle hydrangea that isn't developing the big beautiful blooms that it used to, give it a good hard prune in late winter/early spring. That means cutting down to the lowest set of viable buds, which is likely between 10" and 18" off the ground. This will help reinvigorate the shrub.

Cinnamon Girl™ Distylium: A Best Plant of 2016

Every year, major publications come out with their "Best of" new plants list. This year, the folks at Fine Gardening were no exception, and included First Editions® Cinnamon Girl™ Distylium as one of their Best New Shrubs for 2016. They call it "a disease-free alternative to boxwood." That's one great attribute of this plant; for those of you that deal with boxwood blight and other insect and disease issues, Distylium is a great disease-resistant alternative. Cinnamon Girl™ is also unique in that it has higher cold tolerance than the species. This variety has plum-purple new grown and then turns blue-green as the leaves mature. Click HERE to learn more about Cinnamon Girl™, or click HERE to read the digital issue of Fine Gardening.

Plant of the Month: Electric Lights™ Red Azalea

For those of you cold climate gardeners that love the Northern Lights series of azalea, you're in luck! First Editions® Electric Lights™ Red Azalea comes from the same breeder, so the cold hardiness and incredible color you trust is back...this time with a red flower! This variety has been tested and is a true zone 4 shrub that does well in full sun or part shade. In spring, it is absolutely covered in true fire engine-red flowers that have that unmistakable azalea fragrance. Electric Lights™ Red grows in an upright mound, but stays relatively compact with a mature size of 4-5' tall and 3-4' wide. Try them in the back of a border planting, especially with other perennials or shrubs that don't have as much spring color. This new variety will be something you and your friends will talk about all spring, and look forward to all winter long! For more photos and information, click HERE!

New Varieties for 2016


At First Editions® Plants, our goal is to continue introducing only the best new plants that make your garden and landscape a better place. We try to solve a problem by breeding and discovering plants that are a strong replacement for something that is already available in your local garden center. We travel the world looking for new plants, breed new species at our own facilities and do years of testing before introducing these new varieties to you. We do that so that you can be confident that each First Editions® Plant was truly Selected For Success™. It's not an overnight process, but one that has your needs in mind. With that, we are extremely excited to unveil the newest varieties in the First Editions® Collection, which will be available in your favorite garden centers this year. Head over to our Pinterest page for the full line up!

First Editions® Summer Ruffle™ Hibiscus Featured in Greenhouse Grower

Flowering foliage and tropical plants can be thought of as container or in-home plants many times. Thanks to Greenhouse Grower for including First Editions® Summer Ruffle™ as a wonderful garden variety that has incredible foliage. Blue-green foliage is accented by creamy white margins on this new hibiscus variety. It stays relatively compact, maturing to 3' - 4' tall and wide, making it a great option for containers or small space gardens. In addition to the show-stopping foliage, beautiful lavender flowers provide a stunning accent in the summer months.

First Editions® Gets Major Attention from the Trade

Getting new plants to the garden center for you to purchase can sometimes be a long process. From the breeder to growers and then to market can take 5, 10 or even 20 years. During that process, the brand has to introduce the new plants to the retail garden centers so they can learn all about them and share with you! One of the top trade publications is Greenhouse Grower, who just released their "Top 5 Retail Plant Stories of 2015." We were thrilled to see that the top 2 stories featured First Editions® plants! Their top story introduced the retail garden centers to our Crimson Fire™ and Sparkling Sangria™ Fringe Flower, talking about their great garden performance. The second-most-read story was the top 12 Eye-Catching Landscape Shrubs for the year, which features new First Editions® varieties. Take a glance through the stories and see how your favorite garden center learns about new plants!

Ruby Tears™ Crab Throughout the Seasons

Ruby Tears Crab Transformation

When planting flowering or fruit trees for your home garden or landscape, multi-season interest is a major bonus. Ruby Tears™ is one of our favorite weeping crabapples for a small space garden. It matures to only 8-10' tall and 12-15' wide and has a really interesting branching structure that catches your eye. In spring, fragrant pink flowers cover the cascading branches, bringing a beautiful softness to the landscape. Burgundy-green foliage covers the tree all summer, which are accented by beautiful red fruit that lasts through mid-winter. 

Greenhouse Grower's New Shrubs for 2016

Greenhouse Grower

Trade publication Greenhouse Grower recently published their 12 New Shrubs for 2016 and named 3 First Editions® Plants in their best-of list: Ruffled Red Magic™ Crape Myrtle, Spring Lace Viburnum and Blue Puffball™ Vitex. Click HERE for the full list!

Bring Blue to the Fall Garden

Bringing Blue to the Fall Garden

Part of the beauty of fall is seeing the leaves change and the orange, yellow and reds coming to life in the garden. But what if you want to hold on to a bit of the summer color? Wouldn't it be nice to have a splash of blue in the fall garden? Not only will it harken to the colors of spring and summer, but also provides a nice contrast to the warm colors of fall. Well, look no further: First Editions® Sapphire Surf™ Bluebeard is the answer! It provides striking blue flowers over the entire plant in late summer and fall, and makes a dramatic impact when planted en masse. As an added bonus, it's proven to be deer and drought resistant, so no need to worry about Bambi chewing up your last bit of color before the snow comes!

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! We hope that you have a fantastic weekend with friends and family.
(Photo Credit: Sweet Cherry Pie™ Cherry Tree)

Get Gorgeous Fall Color with Matador™ Maple

If you’re looking for bright red fall color, Matador™ Maple is one of the best selections available. Look at this beautiful transition of color from early in the season through prime fall color! Not only is the deep red a shining beacon in your fall landscape, but it also has an improved upright, symmetrical shape year-round to give your yard a full and refined look.

Maple leaf bouquets…seriously!

Fall color is so beautiful to look at, but what to do with all of the leaves that fall to the ground? Why not make a stunning bouquet out of them? Take a look at this flower made out of Scarlet Jewell™ maple.

It’s early fall color of yellow and crimson red gives a great multi-colored look woven into a rose-like bloom. Want to try it for yourself? Follow the directions here.

Landscaping with a Pergola

We've all seen stunning pergolas and canopies before; think of the images floating around Facebook and Pinterest that show the ancient Japanese wisteria ceiling. The question arose... "how do I do that for myself?" EASY! This pergola was built a few years back as the entrance to a display garden. Summer Cascade™ Wisteria was planted with it and allowed to cover the lattice structure.

Now look at this beauty! Even after a harsh winter with over 50 days below zero in Minnesota, it came back like a blooming machine, covering the pergola with dark green foliage and these picturesque purple blooms. It's really that easy – try it for yourself! To learn more about Summer Cascade™, click here for more information.