Coming spring 2015
This dark and rich red petunia is a hummingbird magnet. Look for this new Black Cherry bloomer next spring.
Black Cherry is self-cleaning, meaning no deadheading. All hanging baskets require regular watering to thrive. Plan on watering daily during the hottest part of the summer. Or, consider setting up a simple irrigation system.
Start with a slow release fertilizer when you build your baskets. Give the new roots plenty of moisture holding soiless potting mix.
Black Cherry makes a beautiful in a hanging basket. It slightly mounds in the basket and then tumbles over the edges, spilling nonstop blooms over the basket Spring to first frost.
Proven Winners sent Supertunia® Black Cherry Petunia and several other plants for trial. I love the rich colored flowers that draw butterflies and hummers all summer. Once these petunias are available locally, I can imagine a row of these hanging baskets bringing birds and butterflies to the patio.
Black Cherry Petunia hybrid is one of the newest Proven Winners Supertunias®. Make a note to look for Black Cherry in the spring. I am also looking forward to seeing the new Supertunia Indigo Charm. Here is a preview.
Last year I had a trial sample of a Torenia hybrid that was meant for shade. Once I found a shady place for it, I kind of forgot about it.
is a plant Catalina® Grape-O-Licious Wishbone Flower (Torenia hybrid) I learned just what a valuable landscape plant this is when I visited the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.
This plant is so much more versatile than I imagined. It was planted in shade, but also part shade and part sun. This low growing annual spreads out along the sidewalk, as a beautiful groundcover and splash of color that could compliment an endless variety of gardenscapes.
Catalina® Grape-O-Licious Wishbone Flower Torenia hybrid
DYING PLANT ALERT
Why are my superbells dying? I water them every other day…they always seem to be dry?
They are in a hanging container that lets them drain well.
I live in California and they receive full sun all day.
My gardening friend, this is what I think.
Of course, I can’t see the problem, but my guess is that your container is too small or you should add some organic matter to the soil. Something like peat moss, core, grass clippings, shredded news paper. In CA, you should not have to water every other day.
The soil does not seem to have much water holding capacity. If, when you water, the water goes straight through the hanging basket, the water is not being absorbed by the soil or basket liner. That’s good, it tells us that the problem is:
A. Too many plants in too small of a space.
B. poor quality soil mix.
C. You need a better and probably a bigger basket.
So, decide if you want fewer plants in your basket or, buy a bigger basket for all the flowers (Or divide the flowers making two baskets.)
Don’t give up on the Superbells, I have some that have overwinter and lived to bloom another year. They serve me well when other flowers are suffering the summer heat.
Soil quality it is important to give your plants the best home. So invest in a good soiless potting mix. I usually mix my own. But some times it’s just easier to buy
Organic Container Mix from Gardeners Supply loaded with peat moss, perlite. They also have a self watering variety that might solve your problem.
I am a great believer in starting with a good base of moisture holding, well draining potting soil.In my gardens I’m replacing peat with core. It’s cheaper, more readily available and a good environmental choice.
My advice is to start all over. Using the plants you have. Giving then a better or bigger root space will allow them to thrive.
Please let me know of your success and how you solved the problem.
Getting these reliable Superbell bloomers off to a good start and you will have summer-long success. Patsy Bell Hobson in SE Missouri. email: Patsy64068@yahoo.com
Sometimes called a spider plant. I think it looks like the floral version of fireworks. Grandmother had an older variety that was harder to grow. This Señorita Blanca Cleome is draught tolerant and easy care. No deadheading or pruning needed.
You can read more and see the cleome at Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
This color works well in a cutting garden or butterfly garden. The white blooms allow other plants to glow. The pale lavender tint compliments all the flowers.
I would recommend this annual to others and I will buy it again. There are no seed pods dropping everywhere because the Señorita Blanca Cleome plant is sterile.
Señorita uses it’s energy to bloom continuously, instead of making seed. I’ll take that improvement any day. From spring to first hard frost, these soft colored flowers on sturdy stems bloom nonstop.
During our record breaking heat, the cleome held it’s own. Growth slowed but did not stop. The plants received regular water and occasional liquid fertilizer.
Come spring, look for this plant at independent garden centers. When designing your containers this spring, keep Señorita Blanca Cleome in mind to add height to any container, perfect for cottage gardens, butterfly and cutting gardens.
This plant was sent to me by Proven Winners for trial. In my zone 6A, southeast Missouri garden. Señorita Blanca Cleome showed no signs of disease or insect problems.
In the afternoon shade, this beautiful coleus looks black.
It looks good mixed with other leafy ornamentals like coleus and heuchera plants. I love coleus because it gives you color all season. Flowers are good for a week our two. But the coleus always has that color or texture or shape.
New coleus are being created very quickly these days. So, I like that they are a frost sensitive annual. To me it means I can try several new ones every year.
Read more about this annual plant the stays in beautiful shape, doesn’t get leggy, just needs water similar to any container plant. Look for this new Proven Winners selection in the Spring 2013. ↓
More Hub pages Checkout my pepper and tomato reviews on HubPages.
Supertunia hanging baskets
Supertunia® Watermelon Charm Petunia hybrid
Normally, I wait until the end of the gardening season to report on Proven Winners trial plants. That is still the plan. But, I couldn’t wait to tell you about a new arrival.
The name is a perfect match. Every time I look at this flower, I think of the name. This Supertunia® is exactly the shade of pink/red that tells you its name is watermelon.
Watermelon Charm is just beginning to tumble over the edges of this hanging basket.
You may remember another Supertunia® standout, Pretty Much Picasso® from an earlier post.
Hey garden guru. Picked up some PW super bells. Yard boy (otherwise known as Dan) planted them… And two days letter they are a wilted dying mess. Any ideas what might have gone wrong? Becky
Becky, You made a good choice. Superbells are a favorite summer anual. I suggest you give it plenty of water. Even if the plant was well watered the surrounding dry soil will wick off the moisture.
A newly planted flower has yet to establish it’s root system. It needs extra water and attention for a few days until it is well rooted in it’s new home.
The Yard Boy did everything right, in fact, he deserves many tall, iced drinks.
Last summer I grew some beautiful superbells :
I’m growing more superbells this year.There is a new bright yellow and white striped superbell coming. Next spring, look for ‘Lemon Slice’ at the garden centers.
This year, I’m growing containers of mixed annuals. It is a test, to see if I can keep these full sun flowers well watered and blooming.
Superbells are a Calibrachoa. This new type of plants looks like little Petunias. They are related.
Plants in containers live or die because we remember to water and fertilize. I love that you dont have to deadhead old flowers or pinch back stems.
Once established, water only when the top of the soil feels dry. Too much water makes roots rot. Full sun. Fertilize once a month.
Only 6 – 10 inches tall, these long, trailing branches cascade over the sides of hanging baskets and containers, or spread over flower beds.
These superbells are hummingbird magnets.
Superbells Sweet Tart
Superbells Cherry Star
Superbells Grape Punch
Calibrachoas are related to petunias. But they are a new type of plant that can take the fierce drought and continue blooming through the first light frosts of early fall.
Hundreds of continuous blooms were visited daily by the humingbirds.
If these sweet flowers sound familiar, I couldn’t wait to tell you about them this past summer. A First Look. The bright little trumpets were tumbling over the side of the the container.
This summer, I’m going to plant Superbells in hanging baskets because these are bright, attention getting colors. Hummers and butterflies love them.
And here is an interesting observation. These Superbells® Calibrachoa are still alive and green. The containers are sitting on my patio. Perhaps they will be as beautiful this summer as last. I’ll keep you posted.
Proven Winners sent these Superbells to me as a trial last summer. They will be in the garden centers this spring. The colors are intense, fadeproof, and do not need to be deadheaded. These little bells are fuss free.
I like that you can find local retailers on their web site. Just type in your zip code find out where to buy this plant.
I couldn’t wait to tell you about this little petunia-like flower because the humming birds and I have already decided this is a perfect plant for my patio. It’s continuous color with no added work.
I’ll blog about Superbells Grape Punch, a Calibrachoa hybrid, after it withstands our dry, hot, humid August in Southeast Missouri. (zone 6) It is supposed to look good through fall, until that first hard frost.
Last summer, I told you about my patio Containers – Calibrachoa and Coleus and Look For This Plant Superbells® Coralberry Punch Calibrachoa, so, I am familiar Calibrachoa.
It is my honor to trial Superbells® Grape Punch, for Proven Winners this summer. Read more about this annual after the trial.
I’ll be looking for calibrchoa to plant in containers. I grew Superbells® Coralberry Punch but Proven Winners has a color to fit every landscape design.
Coralberry Punch Calibrachoa is a Proven Winners calibrachoa hybrid.
Calibrachoas are a new type of plant that looks like a dwarf Petunia. The advantage is that calibrachoas are self cleaning, meaning no deadheading.
These little flowers bloomed all summer, the containers are in full sun with late afternoon shade and had irregular water. It’s a good container or hanging basket choice. Superbells® Coralberry Punch is a drought tolerant plant that showed no sign of disease or insect damage.