July 14, 2018


Weekly news from the

National Gardening Association


Growing Flowers 101
If you'd like a low-maintenance flower garden, your most important work will be done with pencil, paper, and some reference materials.
Colorado Potato Beetle
The Colorado potato beetle is a plump yellow beetle with black stripes over its wings and black spots just behind its head.
Redbuds for Small Gardens
Dwarf and weeping ornamental trees are hot. With yard sizes of new homes getting smaller, homeowners are looking for attractive trees that will fit in small spaces. Breeders have responded by creating many dwarf and weeping versions of popular flowering trees. Redbuds (Cercis) are the latest tree to undergo this attention. The ?Covey? redbud (Cercis canadensis ?Covey?) produces bright purplish pink flowers in early spring. The tree has an umbrella form so when in bloom it looks like a cascade of color. It?s hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9. Another small redbud is the ?Ace of Hearts? (Cercis canadensis ?Ace of Hearts?). Featuring the same purplish pink flowers, this variety has small, heart-shaped leaves that are spaced close together, giving the tree a bushy appearance. It?s hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9. Both redbuds grow less than 10 feet tall and wide at maturity, can be grown in full sun or part shade, and have yellow fall foliage color.
Getting Started With Garden Perennials
You don't need to be an expert gardener to grow perennials. Many types of perennials are easy to grow and provide years of pleasure with minimal upkeep.
Several kinds of surface-feeding caterpillars are known as cutworms, and they feast on many garden plants.
Maintaining Container Gardens
These simple maintenance tasks keep your patio planters and window boxes looking their best throughout the growing season and help cold-climate gardeners prepare for winter.

A Message from our friends at AHTA about their 2018 Annual Conference

Planting with a Purpose: Engaging in Horticultural Therapy
October 5-6, 2018, Pre-tours October 4
Sheraton Denver West Hotel | Lakewood, Colorado

Immerse yourself in the foothills of the mountainous Denver, Colorado, landscape October 5th - 6th for the 2018 AHTA Annual Conference! Pre-tours are planned for October 4th and will feature an informative behind-the-scenes look at local horticultural therapy programs and gardens. Join us to connect with horticulture and therapy-focused professionals from around the world, take advantage of professional development opportunities, and engage in interactive sessions.

Visit our website to view the full schedule, reserve your hotel stay at our discounted rate, and explore our robust sponsorship opportunities.

We can't wait to see you in Denver this fall! If you have any questions, feel free to email the AHTA Office or call (888) 294-8527.


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