Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Cactus or Poinsettias?

First introduced to the United States in 1825 by Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first Ambassador from the United States to Mexico, the poinsettia has played a starring role in Christmas celebrations ever since.

The poinsettia's main attraction is not its flowers, but its leaves. The flowers of the plant are the yellow clustered buds in the center. The colored leafy parts are actually bracts or modified leaves that turn color when the plant flowers. When buying a poinsettia, make sure it has buds, preferably not yet open.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Add Living Decorations to this Year’s Holiday Theme

Put a spin on traditional seasonal design with blooming decorations. Amaryllis is one of the few flowers that bloom during the coldest winter months and adds a splash of much needed color around the home.

From stripes and solids to pinks and white, the multiple colors and styles of amaryllis bulbs coordinate with any holiday décor.

Longfield Gardens’ select amaryllis come in a variety of colors, shapes and styles this year. From the bold ‘Red Pearl,’ whose deep crimson, velvety petals are overlaid with burgundy and maroon, to ‘Apple Blossom,’ which adds a soft touch with its snow white petals brushed with candy pink and lime green, decorating an indoor space has never been easier.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Create a Supernatural Halloween with Spooky Plants from Costa Farms

Add a supernatural touch to your Halloween festivities. Decorate this season with spooky indoor plants that have creepy names, devilish shapes and weird colors. 

While everything else this season goes bump in the night, these ‘living decorations’ add a fun, eerie twist to traditional Halloween décor. 

These spooky plants all have great names and fun stories that give children, party guests and trick-or- treaters something fun to talk about. Plus they are easy to grow year round.

African Mask. The dark, shield-shaped foliage of an African Mask is an eerie addition to any Halloween table. Also called Alocasia Poly, this plant has haunting white veins that run throughout its giant leaves. It's perfect for brightly lit, high-humidity areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Devil’s Backbone. Devil’s Backbone earned its hair-raising name because of the interesting pattern of the leaves. As the stems grow, the leaves form a zigzag pattern that looks like a spine. It’s an extremely easy-to-grow houseplant that works double duty to purify the indoor air of toxins. Devil’s backbone holds up in dry conditions and in low light. Use this devilish plant in a creepy tablescape, hang ghosts and goblins from it and use it as a houseplant or plant it outside as a perennial in frost-free climates.

Rope Plant. Rope plant, also known as Hoya carnosa, is a winding houseplant with exotic flair. The shadows made from these vines create a spell-binding look after the sun goes down. Flowers from the rope plant last up to a month.
Earth Star. Oddly marked leaves and a star-like spread make this plant the perfect out-of-this-world decoration. A low-water succulent, earth star is a cinch to grow in bright light.
Spider Plant. Like its namesake, spider plant is known to creep. The spider legs, or plantlets, trail down this easy-to-grow plant and form little “babies” at the ends. Place it in a hanging basket and decorate with a synthetic web filled with spiders (fake, of course). Make the plant look even more sinister by placing it in a creepy container on mantles, windowsills and tabletops. Although it thrives in bright light, spider plants will also tolerate low-light, too, so it will grow anywhere.

With these tips it’s easy to liven up your Halloween décor this year with fun houseplants. Miniature varieties of many spooky plants are available and would make great treats. Looking for more? Check out our Pinterest board for ideas!
For more information, visit http://www.costafarms.com

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Celebrate a Special Mother-in-Law this October


Sunday, Oct. 26 marks Mother-in-Law Day, a special day to honor the woman who gave birth to your spouse and the grandmother of your children. This unofficial holiday offers a chance to get to know “mom” and show her the appreciation she deserves.

“Whether you’ve known her for years or you’re new to the family, every mother-in-law deserves recognition and thanks,” says Katie Dubow of Garden Media Group, a public relations firm specializing in the gardening and outdoor lifestyle industry.

Before choosing a gift, think about her interests and hobbies. Everyone loves a present that shows some thoughtfulness.

Not sure what her interests are? Surprise her with one of these sure-to-please gardening and houseplant ideas:
                                                         
Costa Farms® Sansevieria Houseplant ($9.99-$24.99)
If “mom” doesn’t have much of a green thumb, look no further than this durable houseplant. Coined Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, this Plant of Steel from Costa Farms has stiff, upright leaves rimmed in yellow or gold. Its striking appearance makes it perfect for both modern and contemporary styles – and anyone can keep it alive.

As an added bonus, it keeps “mom” healthy by naturally filtering the air and adding much needed moisture to a room. Visit www.costafarms.com to learn more.

Amaryllis bulb kit, Longfield Gardens ($16.95-$64.95)
These easy-to-grow flowers are a great surprise for any mother-in-law. No bulbs bloom with greater color or beauty throughout the dark winter months than amaryllis and paperwhites.

Longfield Gardens’ customizable gift sets, from vintage wooden wine crates filled with amaryllis to birch wrapped containers overflowing with paper whites, can be mixed and matched to suit “mom’s” style.

Amaryllis bloom six to eight weeks after planting.  Flowers will open wide to show off their striking coloration. Visit www.longfield-gardens.com to learn more.

NEW NativeCast’s DIY Container Kit ($20)
Mothers-in-law will love this DIY planter kit, especially since it’s a project she can do with grandkids.

And with NativeCasts’ NEW Hypertufa DIY kit, DIYers can mimic the texture, drainage and color of rock without any of the weight or fragility. All NativeCast DIY kits come with everything needed to cast a container that will be cherished for years to come. Everything needed to create a tabletop hypertufa planter is included.

Visit www.nativecast.com for more DIY shapes, décor accents or planters.

BrazelBerries® Raspberry Shortcake™ Shrub ($29.95)
The health conscious mother-in-law will love this thornless dwarf raspberry plant with full-size berries. The compact shape means a big garden space isn’t required. It grows great in containers so “mom” can harvest delicious sweet berries right from her patio. Plus, there are no thorns to get in the way.

For more details on locating an online retailer, visit www.Brazelberries.com.

Remembering “mom” on Mother-in-Law Day this October 26 is a sure way to keep her happy and help you grow in her love.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Protect BrazelBerries® From Old Man Winter With These Easy Steps

The new line of BrazelBerries® blueberries and raspberries shrubs that grow easily in containers or gardens are a snap to care for over the winter with some simple steps.

Most varieties within the BrazelBerries® collection can take cooler temperatures and actually need a certain amount of chill to set fruit the next year. The blueberry varieties Jelly Bean™ and Blueberry Glaze™ and the thornless Raspberry Shortcake™ raspberry all are specifically bred to survive during cold months either inside in a protected spot or out in the garden or landscape. Peach Sorbet™ is a hybrid that may need a bit more protection during extreme cold spells. Most plants can withstand more cold if planted in the ground where roots are protected.  BrazelBerries varieties planted in patio pots generally need more protection with the roots above ground and less protected.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Infographic from Longfield Gardens Illustrates How to Enjoy up to 60 Days of Spring Flowers

As fall approaches, gardeners are making plans to plant flower bulbs for brighter spring gardens, landscapes and bouquets. With a little understanding and forethought, gardeners can extend their flowering season by choosing the right bulbs that bloom one right after another, filling spring with flowers for months.

“Bulb gardening is very easy by nature. Just dig up some dirt, put in some bulbs and wait,” said Marlene Thompson, creative director for Longfield Gardens.

“Our new infographic further simplifies the bulb gardening process by helping gardeners understand spring’s four ‘sub-seasons’ – very early spring, early spring, mid-spring and late spring. If you plant the right bulbs, you will have a succession of blooms and enjoy a season full of color.”

Monday, September 15, 2014

Celebrate National Indoor Plant Week with Costa Farms


To help spread the word on the benefits of indoor houseplants, Costa Farms is once again backing National Indoor Plant Week, September 15 – 19, 2014.

Since beginning in NYC in 2008, Costa Farms’ "O2 for You: Houseplants with a Purpose" campaign has continued to raise awareness on the benefits of houseplants. These green beings help to purify the chemical pollutants (volatile organic compounds) emitted from products and materials found in our homes and offices.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Trumpet Daffodil Commands the 2014 Spotlight


Searching for a fresh, bold burst of spring color? Look no further than Trumpet daffodils. Crowned 2014 flower bulb of the year, the Trumpet steps into the spotlight this fall.

Trumpet daffodils are beloved for their classic shape and style: huge, bright canary flowers with a prominent, extra-long cup. Plus, this daffodil is a dependable "repeater," returning year after year with more blooms.

The Trumpet daffodil has proven to be a classic display of color that offers beautiful blooms each year.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Easy Tips for Dorm Room Plants


Every room benefits from a breath of fresh air, especially a new dorm.

A houseplant is the perfect green accessory as students finish their back-to-school shopping. Plants are guaranteed to spark a smile and friendly conversation while scrubbing the air clean.

Plants are amazing. They provide oxygen and remove toxins, as well as reduce stress, fatigue and headaches -- making the college experience a little easier.

No green thumb? Try these easy-to-grow O2 for You houseplants: snake plant, ZZ plant, ponytail palm, peace lily and Chinese evergreen. These low-maintenance plants survive with little to no attention.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Tips to Boost Late-Season Gardens

As summer comes to close, gardeners across the country are delighting in every blossom before the change in seasons.

Fortunately, homeowners can plant now to ensure another burst of color in the garden before the trees turn color and the mums come out.

Even though we’re in late summer, you can invigorate your yard. The key to late-season planting is to cover all your bases, from color to structure, restoring your wonderland of color.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Make the Most of Labor Day with Gardening Tips from Garden Media

Labor Day marks the end of summer and time to prepare the yard and garden for Old Man Winter.

“Spending time outside in your garden this Labor Day weekend while the weather is nice is the perfect time to get a jumpstart on spring,” says Suzi McCoy, president of Garden Media Group, a public relations and marketing firm specializing in the garden industry.

Put gardens on the fast track to success this fall with these Labor Day gardening projects from Garden Media Group:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It's "Last Call" to Trap Stink Bugs Outdoors

For an increasing number of homeowners across North America, brown marmorated stink bugs are another sign of the changing seasons.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says these smelly pests are likely to be found congregating in attics and hanging on curtains, lampshades, screens and other objects inside homes in the coming months.

"If you don’t want stink bugs in your house this winter, you need to be proactive now and set up traps in your yard by Labor Day." says Rod Schneidmiller, president of Sterling International Inc.

With no effective natural insect enemies in the U.S., stink bugs continue to expand into new areas. They’ve now been discovered in 41 states, most recently in Arkansas.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Enter to Win a Fall Flower Bulb Giveaway this Labor Day

When warm summer nights transition to cool autumn ones, it’s the perfect time to plant fall flower bulbs. To celebrate, Longfield Gardens wants to help gardeners grow their gardens with a $100 gift card to its website.

Beginning August 25, fans of Longfield Gardens’ flower bulbs can enter the Fall Bulb Gift Card Giveaway for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

“A $100 gift card can really go far when you’re talking about flower bulbs,” says Hans Langeveld, co-owner and bulb enthusiast at Longfield Gardens.

“Plus, investing a bit more in bulbs is a budget-friendly way to add a sea of color to your spring garden with little effort on your part,” adds Langeveld.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Garden Media Group Catches Rising Star in Jourdan Cole

Jourdan Cole, a rising star in the world of journalism, has joined Garden Media Group as an assistant account executive. Cole brings a wealth of award-winning writing experience and national recognition to GMG. 

Before joining Garden Media, Cole was edited and oversaw the production of 25 monthly community magazines. She managed a team of writers and interfaced with community leaders across the country.

While studying at Penn State University, Cole wrote and edited for The Daily Collegian. She received both the national and regional Mark of Excellence Awards for editorial writing by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Get Creative and Brew Up Something Good

We've done a lot of talking about super foods and "drinking your garden", two trends detailed in our 2014 Garden Trends Report. Surely you know there's a whole world of ingredients out there just ripe for the picking so to speak. So why aren't you getting out there and experimenting?

You've decided you want to break into this growing trend of DIY beverages, but where do you start? What ingredients should you look for and what do you do once you have them? You've heard about foraging for food, but what items are good to pick and which should you avoid? Are you even skilled enough to create something good?

These questions are expected, and even scare people away from trying something new. Guess what? It's not as hard as you think, it can even be fun!