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What's New for Hanging Baskets!

This year we have some great varieties we are introducing, check them out:

Also Learn More Tips About Hanging Baskets Below


Geranium BIG MAGENTA™ Hanging Basket

VIVA! is excited to bring you the next BIG thing- 'BIG MAGENTA'™ Geranium. Its intense magenta will saturate your garden in color. 'BIG MAGENTA'™ is also heat and drought tolerant, is a heavy bloomer and has the vigor that stustains these attributes. Enjoy easy-to-grow ‘BIG MAGENTA’™ in flower beds, baskets, window boxes, or mixed container gardens. Provide moist, well drained soil, but will tolerate drier conditions once established.

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Impatiens Rococo™ Hanging Basket

Add an elegant twist to your garden with Rococo. The ruffled blooms on these New Guinea Impatiens are a perfect way to brighten up a shady spot in your garden. Blooms spring all the way fall's first frost. Provide moist, well draining soil.

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Geranium BIG ORANGE™ Hanging Basket

Geranium Big OrangePart of the heat loving series of Gernaiums from an international breeder named Syngenta we noticed this plant as one of the most heat tolorent of the hybrid geraniums. A hanging basket of 'BIG ORANGE' will look great well into the summer season.

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Geranium BIG RED™ Hanging Basket

Geranium Big Red'BIG RED’ is an inter-specific hybrid – a cross between a hanging basket geranium and an upright zonal type. Look at the leaf shape and you will see a leaf that has that basket geranium shape but with a texture and color of a zonal upright. This is a huge breakthrough as ‘BIG RED’ will do well in either a basket situation or in your garden.

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Geranium TexMex Hanging Basket

Tex Mex 'Tex Mex' is a multi colored heat tolerent Geranium from the famous worldwide breeding company named Dummen. This is more compact than the other VIVA! Gerniums and can be planted closer together than the larger 'BIG RED' and 'BIG ORANGE' geraniums. A basket of 'Tex Me'x geraniums will truly take the heat!

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Crème Brûlée™ Petunia Hanging Basket

A mounded plant growth habit assures that Crème Brulee will form balls of color. Some petunias tend to split apart or get bald in the center of the plant. Crème Brulee grows in a nice tight mounded manner so the flowers stay on top of the plant.

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inc-RED-ible™ Petunia Hanging Basket

Red Red. This Petunias will perform best in containers or baskets. This is the reddest petunia we could find.

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Lemon Zest™ Petunia Hanging Basket

Petunia LemonZestA mounded plant growth habit assures that Lemon Zest will form balls of color. Some petunias tend to split apart or get bald in the center of the plant. Lemon Zest grows in a nice tight mounded manner so the flowers stay on top of the plant.

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Orange Zest™ Petunia Hanging Basket

Petunia Orange ZestA mounded plant growth habit assures that the bright orange of Orange Zest will form balls of color. Some petunias tend to split apart or get bald in the center of the plant. ‘Orange Zest’ grows in a nice tight mounded manner so the flowers stay on top of the plant.


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Petunia Zest™ Combo Baskets

The Zest combination baskets take the high performing zest petunias, like Strawberry Zest, and combine them with other showy plants into a well balanced basket that is full of color and texture.

 



Rhythm & Blues™ Petunia Hanging Basket

Petunia Rhythm and BluesWhile America’s favorite bedding plant may have ancestors from Argentina, new ‘Rhythm & Blues’ Petunia brings a funky soul bounce to the garden. Striking picotee edging surrounds jazzy blue flowers on compact plants. Easy to care for. Use in mixed containers, borders and baskets.


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Rhythm & Blues™ Petunia Combo Baskets

Combinig a white trailing plant with the gardeners favorite Rhythm and Blues adds additional distinction and depth to the look of this blue and white Petunia.

 

 



Strawberry Zest Hanging Basket

Petunia StrawberryZest‘Strawberry Zest’ looks great in a patio pot, a hanging basket or in the garden. It will form mounds of color up to 12” high and 18” wide. The growth habit and high bloom count assure that ‘Strawberry Zest’ petunia will perform well for you. Like all petunias, ‘Strawberry Zest’ does best plant in full sun with consistently moist and well drained soil. Petunias benefit from regular fertilization.


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SunPatiens® Hanging Basket

SunpatiensVIVA! SunPatiens – Finally! An impatiens for Full Sun!
SunPatiens are as easy to care for as they are beautiful. Unlike other impatiens, SunPatiens take full, alll-day sun and will bloom all season from spring right through to a light frost. They also perform well in garden beds, in mass plantings or in large patio pot.


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Here are a few tricks we use to keep our patio planters and baskets looking great all year.

First – there is no such thing as an ugly puppy or a bad flower combination. Plant colors and shapes that you like and enjoy. We tend to like to mix heights and textures – but if you prefer the basket to just have one item in it that is great. If you decide later to change it – that is all part of gardening.

Second – plant it is a full or as light as you want. Years ago we tended to plant just a few items into each patio pot – and give everything room to grow while the past few years the rule of thumb is to stuff as many flowers in as you can. Both will be fine – you may have to ‘thin’ down the stuffed patio planter before too long and your well spaced planting will take a little time to fill out – but both are fine – it is all about what you like.

Third – use a good potting mix and time release plant foods. The potting mix is critical – you can get by with ‘just’ garden soil but that tends to be too heavy and it may dry unevenly. Patio planters and baskets dry out quickly as they getting baked by the sun and dried by the wind. We prefer a well draining potting mix that will dry out uniformly and handle the frequent watering that needs to happen with patio pots. Also, because the plants are always getting watered the plants foods tend to wear out very fast – they ‘leech away’. The ideal combo in our book is the following:

  • Use a fluffy potting soil with good water and air movement.
  • Use a time release plant food such as Osmocote® and mix into the soil as you plant.
  • During the growing season use a liquid water based plant food such as Miracle-Gro® every few weeks.
  • Yes – you can reuse your potting soil after winter. You want to make sure it is still ‘fluffy’ and allows water through it. If water puddles on top of the soil it is time to get fresh potting soil. It is better to use fresh every year if you can– just throw your old soil onto your veggie garden or flower beds.