Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sun Parasol mandevilla can create dramatic home entrance

Sun Parasol is a collection of mandevilla hybrids that includes the first crimson that stays true to color. Sun Parasol plants are known for ease of growing, continuous blooms and disease resistance and they love the heat. Available in different colors and growth habits, Sun Parasols have multiple applications including front entrance, patio, hanging basket, balcony, bedding and house plant.
Sun Parasol mandevillas have
multiple applications.


Sunvillea bougainvillea bring tropical feel to the patio

The dwarf Sunvillea bougainvillea series consisting of Cream (soft yellow), Rose (bright fuchsia) and Pink (soft pink) can bring a touch of tropical charm to your patio.
Sunvillea Cream, Rose and Pink bougainvillea.

Protect plants from frost damage

As trees and shrubs begin to leaf out many gardeners start to get anxious to begin planting tender annuals. Michigan State University Extension advises gardeners that they need to be prepared for late frosts.

Late season frosts typically occur on clear nights because the lack of cloud cover allows the earth's heat to re-radiate into outer space. By draping a sheet or other lightweight covering over plants, the radiant heat from the ground is trapped, preventing plants from freezing.

Cloth sheets or other lightweight fabric are a better choice for frost protection than plastic sheeting or plastic bags. Plastic transfers more heat and plant leaves may freeze when they come into contact with the covering.

The frost covers need to be removed each morning as soon as temperatures begin to warm. Since late season frosts usually occur on clear nights, the next morning is typically bright and sunny. Under direct sun, temperatures under frost covers can rise quickly, resulting in heat damage to new plant growth.
Cloth sheets or other lightweight fabric
are a better choice for frost protection.


Check frost free date to determine when to plant

Michigan State University Extension reports frost free dates are based on historical information. The frost free date is going to be when there is no danger of frost. The problem is these are based on what has happened, not what is going to happen. Gardeners often think these dates are predictions of what is going to happen, but as this spring has proven you can't always depend on past history.
Check your area’s frost free date to determine when to start
planting your garden.