Hyacinths are some of the most versatile spring-blooming flowers. Their fabulous, colorful blooms bring a sweet fragrance to the garden, pairing well with almost any other spring-bloomer. Hyacinths grow well in pots and can be chilled and forced to bloom indoors in the colder months.
Pairing with Other Spring-Bloomers
Hyacinths make a bold, colorful statement when planted with Daffodils and Tulips. All three bloom in mid spring and create a spectacular show for both the eyes and the nose. Plant extras for gorgeous spring bouquets!
Forcing Hyacinths to Bloom in the Winter Months
It’s easy to enjoy the sweet fragrance of Hyacinths inside throughout the winter months — Simply "force" the bulbs into early bloom.
Pot Hyacinth Bulbs in any container or arrange them in a paper bag. Place them in a cool, dark place (not freezing) for about three months. This "forces" them into dormancy and once the 12 weeks have passed, place them in a sunny spot indoors (remember to pot them if you haven’t already). Water and enjoy the early breath of life and color in your home! To learn more about this process, read our blog “Force Bulbs Now for Early Spring Blooms.”
Perennial & Deer Resistant
Besides being fragrant and easy to grow indoors, Hyacinths are a perennial spring-bloomer, meaning they illuminate the garden year after year. They are also unappealing to pesky critters such as deer and rabbits, staying safe in the ground and not likely to be dug up.
If you’re looking for a treat for the senses this spring season, plant Hyacinth bulbs in the fall. Try saving a couple of the bulbs and "forcing" them for winter blooms. We do it every year at American Meadows and it’s a LOT of fun, especially for children! Happy Gardening!
August 28, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· One Comment
Tags: Deer Resistant, fall planting, forcing bulbs, forcing hyacinths, fragrant, Hyacinth Bulbs, Spring Blooms Â· Posted in: Gardening in Fall, How-Tos
Our customers take our products and plant them together in endless displays of fabulous color. We’ve taken a few of our favorite customer photos and explained exactly how you can "get their look" in your garden. Bonus: All can be planted this fall. Enjoy!
Tulips, Daffodils and Virginia Bluebells
These three spring-bloomers put on a magnificent show when planted together.
1. Endless Spring Purple and Pink Tulip Mixtures
2. Trumpet Daffodils Mount Hood (A gorgeous, pure-white)
3. Virginia Bluebells
Yellow Daffodils and Blue Hyacinths
Tulips and Creeping Phlox
Tulips and Grape Hyacinths
Allium and Chives
We hope our customers have given you inspiration for your fall planting this season. Happy Gardening!
August 22, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· One Comment
Tags: Creeping Phlox, daffodils, fall planting, Grape Hyacinths, hyacinths, tulips, virginia bluebells Â· Posted in: Customer Stories, Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, How-Tos, Perennials
August is not only a month filled with gorgeous summer-bloomers, but also the perfect time to plant Bearded Iris and Fall-Flowering Crocus. It’s also a great chanceÂ to care for your existingÂ IrisesÂ by trimming old foliage back and, if mature enough, dividing and re-planting. Below are a few tips on August planting and care to get you busy in the garden!
These garden treasures are planted in August and bloom in just a couple of weeks – illuminating your fall garden when other flowers have finished for the season. Fall-Flowering favorites include Saffron Crocus, which can be easily grown and harvested to flavor your cooking (read how here). Others that put on a spectacular fall show are Colchicum Bulbs Water Lily, White Autumn Crocus, and more. You’ll be very thankful for planting these beauties when your fall garden is bursting with blooms!
There are two different planting cycles for Bearded IrisÂ â€“ spring and fall. Typically, Bearded Iris are planted as rhizomes in the fall and potted plants in the spring. We have overÂ 15 varietiesÂ of Bearded Iris rhizomes available to plant now. The benefit of planting Bearded Iris in late summer is to establish their roots before winter, giving them a jump start on growth in the spring. This results in the plants most likely blooming in their first year. The extra growth on top of summer-planted rhizomes is from last season; it can either be kept on or clipped off, it does not affect the actual growth of the plant.
Late Summer is the best time to care for and divide your existingÂ Irises; their life cycle is at a point where they can be tended to, up-rooted, divided and re-planted. You will notice old foliage starting to wilt from the heat (especially this year!) â€“ This foliage should be trimmed back regardless if you are planning to divide or not. Trimming also helps when dividing Irises because it helps keep the moisture of the plant in the root system, not the foliage.
Dividing your Irises is fairly simple. Carefully dig the matureÂ IrisÂ up, making sure not damage any of the root systems. Cut each rhizome vertically with a sterile knife and be sure that each faction has at least 2-3 fans. If possible, try dusting the freshly-divided rhizomes with organic fungicide to prevent root rot or bores. Dig a shallow hole and spread roots out; make sure to leave the rhizome partially exposed (do not bury it completely) and water well.
August planting not only provides quick, gorgeous results, but gives you an excuse to get out in the garden. Happy Gardening!
August 20, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· Comments Closed
Tags: August Planting, bearded iris, Fall Blooms, Fall-Flowering Crocus, saffron crocus Â· Posted in: Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Perennials, Wildflowers
Who doesnâ€™t love garlic? Its robust flavor adds dimension to almost any dish and the best part is â€“ itâ€™s extremely easy to grow! The best, tastiest Garlic comes straight from the garden. Our Softneck California Garlic is known for both its culinary and medicinal aspects, making it a home garden favorite. What is standing between you and freshly grown, flavor-packed garlic? Just a few simple steps this fall and you’ll be harvesting plenty of delicious garlic come summer!
1. Choose your Variety. - This Fall, we’re carrying two easy-to-grow varieties that winter-over to harvest in the summer. California Softneck is a culinary favorite and fabulous in pasta, stir fries, bread and so much more. Hardneck Red Chesnok is just as flavorful and known for its gorgeous purple coloring. The full-bodied, bold flavor is perfect for cooking with and the cloves are also easy to peel!
2. Plant â€“ Separate cloves from the bulbs and plant each clove, pointed end up, 4â€ť deep in a sunny spot. Space the cloves 6â€ť apart, with about 12â€ť between each row you plant.
4. Enjoy! When the green growth starts to die back (around mid-summer), this means it is time to harvest and start curing. Curing is basically drying the bulbs out â€“ simply place them in a warm, sunny area for several weeks. Once the stalks are dry, cut them off and you are ready to start chopping! Garlic can be stored for a long time in a cool, dry place by roping or hanging in netted bags.
You will enjoy your next garlic-infused dish so much more knowing it came from your own green thumb!
At the end of June, I wrote a blog about planting Wildflowers in the greenspace in front of my city home. Now that it’s the beginning of August, I figured I’d share an update about how the seed is doing.
It’s looking gorgeous, even though we had a lot of rain when I first planted and almost no sunshine, which slowed down the bloom time a little bit. I hope you enjoy the before/after photos I’ve shared below. I will note that it’s been hard to take a good picture of the space; people walking by keep picking the flowers (which was one of the intentions of the project)! I’m thrilled to be brightening people’s days with Wildflowers.
People are loving the colors of the Northeast Mix I planted:
I’m thrilled with the results, mostly because I won’t ever have to plant again (the Regional Mixtures have Annuals and Perennials) and it cuts down on my mowing! I’ll be sure to post more pictures once the summer continues, as things keep blooming. Happy Gardening!
Who wouldn’t want to harvest fresh, delicious vegetables from the garden into the fall months? Extend your vegetable growing season this year by starting cool season Vegetable Seeds indoors and directly sowing some varieties into the ground now. It’s fairly simple and extremely rewarding!
Cool Season Vegetables to Start Indoors:
Start the seeds indoors now using a seed starting tray. For complete instructions on how to do so, please read our article “How to Start Vegetable Seeds Indoors.” Once the temperatures have cooled in your area and are consistently below 80 degrees, you can transplant your seedlings into the ground. Most cool season Vegetables tolerate a light frost, but it is a good idea to cover them if possible.
Sowing Seeds Outdoors
Other cool season Vegetables can be directly sown into the ground in early August for fall harvest. Temperatures tend to start to drop in the nighttime and vegetables such asÂ lettuce, radishes,Â carrots,Â beets, andÂ spinachÂ prefer cooler temperatures. Try interplanting vegetables in your existing garden to get the most out of your space. If you have beans or peas that have already grown tall, try planting your lettuce in their shade. Remember to addÂ organic vegetable fertilizerÂ once a month to give your vegetables a nice meal of nutrients and promote healthier, more prolific crops.
Harvest your delicious vegetables in the fall months and enjoy the fruits of your labor as long as possible! For complete instructions on growing Vegetable Seeds, click here.
With warm days and cooling nights, fall presents the perfect time to plant Wildflowers.Â Fall planting mimics the natural life cycle when flowers begin to fade, produce and drop seed.Â Fall planting can allow for earlier blooms the following spring, which is appealing to anyone that lives in a region with short summers and long winters!Â
It’s important to understand the best planting times depending on where you live, so below I’ve share some helpful tips for a successful fall wildflower planting.
Fall planting in colder climates:
The preparation of the area would be the same as if you’re planting in spring.Â Clearing the area best possible and getting rid of existing growth to expose bare soil to broadcast your seed on to.Â Always keep in mind that the better you prepare the area, the better results your planting will yield.
After properly prepping the area, the next step is waiting for the ground temperatures to cool enough so that when you’re ready to sow, the seed will not begin to germinate.Â So how do you know this?Â You could purchase a soil thermometer, like the one we sell here. Â Ideally, you want your ground temperatures to be consistently below 50 degrees.Â Another indicator is that when your grass stops growing or has slowed, that’s usually a good sign that your ground temperature is cold enough to begin sowing.
Once you’ve sown your seed on the cold ground you’re all set.Â Your seed will lay dormant through the winter months and begin to germinate once the ground warms the following spring.Â There’s no need to cover but if the area is exposed to high winds, you could cover with some straw.Â What about all the birds that may eat some seed?Â Let them feast all they want.Â There are 300,000 seeds on average in one pound of our mixtures, so they can eat a few without worry.
Fall planting in warmer climates:
Fall plantings have become more and more popular in warmer climates for a number of reasons.Â Quick, longer bloom times and less watering are just a few advantages of sowing in fall versus spring.
As I mentioned previously, the preparation of the area will be the same regardless of spring or fall planting.Â Once the area has been prepared, you’re ready to sow.Â In warmer climates, you don’t have to be as concerned about colder ground temperatures, but more importantly that the seeds will get the proper amount of moisture for germination.Â Ideally, if you can plan your planting around the “rainy season,” this weather condition will provide the optimal environment for quick germination and your planting will be well on its way.Â This means less watering for you as well!Â You can plan on enjoying your Wildflowers throughout your winter and spring months, with reseeding taking place during the warm summer months.Â If you want to prolong your blooms, you could also plan on a second planting come spring, but keep in mind that it may take much more watering. If you live where there is a chance of water restrictions, make sure you’re aware of this.
So as you can see, fall presents the perfect time to plant Wildflowers.Â Whether you’re in Maine or Montana, North Carolina or Washington, you can add fall color to any landscape and spend your spring enjoying more color from your Wildflowers!
Happy Gardening! â€“ Mike “The Seed Man”
As the summer winds down, it’s never too early to start thinking about fall and what additions or subtractions you might want to make to your garden.Â More and more people are learning that fall provides a “second season” of planting and that it’s not just about maintenance and clean up in the garden!
With warm days and cool nights, fall provides the perfect time to add some hardy perennials such as Daylilies, Astilbe, Hostas and Hydrangea, which are a few fall-planted customer favorites. Don’t forget to add a little Organic Fertilizer to help stimulate root growth when planting, as this always helps.
Fall is also the time to plant all your spring-blooming bulbs such as Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths and Crocus.Â Create a big splash of color next spring by designing your flower beds this fall.Â When planning, keep in mind all the various color options and heights of the different varieties of bulbs, as these tend to be two attributes that most people plan their gardens around.
The fall season also provides perfect seeding conditions for wildflowers as well.Â Fall plantings have become more and more popular, especially in areas with mild winters as it allows the flowers to establish or be planted during the rainy seasons. Fall planting also takes advantage of the rain mother nature provides to help with germination, and cuts down on the watering that you may have to do.
Fall plantings mimic the natural lifecycle of many wildflowers as fall is when the flowers are dropping their seed in hopes of producing again the following season. Seeding in fall allows the seed to lay dormant naturally through the winter months and begin to germinate once the ground temperatures warm in the spring season.Â If your ground doesn’t freeze you can enjoy your wildflowers during your “cool season” as well.Â You will also notice your flowers blooming sooner come spring when planted in the fall as well.
So whether you’re looking to add some perennials, create a burst of spring color with Tulips and Daffodils or finally try planting some wildflowers to attract some pollinators, fall creates a second season of planting that we should all take advantage of!
Happy Gardening! â€“ Mike “The Seed Man”
July 30, 2013
Â· Mike Lizotte Â· 2 Comments
Tags: daffodils, fall planted bulbs, fall planting, Perennials, planting wildflowers in the fall, tulips, wildflowers Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Perennials, Wildflowers
I recently took a trip to Ogunquit, Maine, and realized that collectively, this little seacoast town might have the best gardens I’ve ever seen! In particular, there is one garden tucked between two restaurants in Perkins Cove that is so breathtaking, I had to take some photos to show you all. Even the windowboxes are fabulous! I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
Bee Balm and Daylilies
Daylilies with the water as the background.
Fantastic color scheme!
I’ve never seen windowboxes look so fabulous!
July 26, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· 4 Comments
Tags: bee balm, daylilies, garden, Garden Photos, Landscape Design, Windowboxes Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, Perennials, Wildflowers
In July of 2012 I wrote about giving back in a little different way to the university that I proudly graduated from back in 1997. Working with Assoc. Professor of horticulture Mark Starrett, we donated hundreds of plants that his students potted and planted all over campus.
Well today I received some updated photos and all I can say is, â€śWOW!â€ť
They did a great job with the color and contrast of colors!
Beautiful, tall Daylilies in the back and shorter Gaillardia and Coreopsis in the front. Nice work!
Who doesnâ€™t like Peonies?!
As you can see theyâ€™ve done a great job and have really added spectacular color all around campus. Keep up the great work Mark and if you happen to be on campus donâ€™t forget to check out all thatâ€™s in bloom! Happy Gardening!