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Summer Showstoppers!

Would you like flowers all summer long on plants that will come back again next year? Then Dahlias, Fuchsias, and Begonias are for you!

The best part is that they come in different forms as well as colors. Fuchsias and Begonias have drooping forms that are best in hanging baskets but they also come in upright forms for the garden. Tuberous Begonias are the ones with large single or fat fluffy flowers but there is another type of Begonia called a Fibrous Begonia (or Wax Begonia). This Begonia is hardy and can be very drought tolerant.

When shopping for Dahlias it’s easy to be lured to the “dinner plate” size of blooms but these need staking and may not produce as many flowers as shorter Dahlias with smaller blooms. The flowers on the smaller Dahlias can still be four or five inches across and make great cut flowers!

There is so much more to know about Dahlias, Begonias, and Fuchsias including fertilizing, grooming, and watering practices. When you’re ready to learn more about these and other plants, give Mary a call to schedule your consultation. 707.545.6863.

We hope you enjoy this month's information!

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