‘Tis the season of flannel, football, and pumpkin spiced lattes. I find the behavioral changes of our kind both amusing and incredibly fantastic as we enjoy the outdoors, get back to regular family routines, and find numerous ways to be cozy and comfortable in this beautiful season we call fall.
It’s also a season where we’re happy to relax after busy summers. The cooler temperatures help keep energy high while working on the yard. But even still, most of us prefer to get back inside for a warm drink and a comfy couch.
To help keep more of your time spent doing what you love, here are some easy tips for the fall season that will keep your outdoors looking its best season to season.
Water (the finger test!)
Our motto at Bloomin’ Easy is Plant, Water, Relax. Step #2 is very important even now. You won’t have to water as much now that the days are cooler, but regular watering until the ground freezes (which varies a lot depending on your region) is essential to plant health. A good rule of thumb is weekly watering, but the easy way to tell if your plants need water is the finger test. Stick your finger into the soil at the base of the plant to the knuckle. If it feels dry then it’s time to water. If the plants and soil are visibly thirsty, then consider increasing the watering frequency.
A 2 inch layer of mulch around the base of your plants is recommended. The best time to add mulch is at the beginning of spring, but fall is great as well. We recommend a natural mulch such as bark that will decompose over time and add organic nutrients that your plants love. Mulch reduces watering by keeping moisture in the soil, reducing weeding, and helping insulate roots over winter.
You can also use fallen leaves this season as mulch. Keep in mind that mulch should never pile against the stems. Leave a small amount of space around the stem.
Mow Over Rake
Rather than spending hours raking your leaves into piles and hauling them off to the landfill, fire up the lawn mower to chop up the fallen leaves into mulch for your yard. It may take more than one pass, but the small pieces will decompose into food for your lawn next season.
Popular gardening blog, Savvy Gardening has twelve ways for using your leaves in fall.
It’s surprising how a bit of fall care will become an investment in your outdoor space for the following season. If you’ve planted Bloomin’ Easy varieties and want tailored care reminders automatically emailed to you, sign up on your plant’s page at bloomineasyplants.com.
At Bloomin’ Easy, we’re about having a beautiful yard, with lots of time left over to relax and enjoy it. We wish you and yours well this autumn.
Relax, you’ve got this!
Summer 2017 has been good to our collection, with another award given to our exclusive new varieties. This time, Firefly™ Nightglow™ Diervilla took a coveted Gold Medal at Plantarium, a plant innovations expo held annually in Boskoop, Netherlands.
We’re very proud of this award. The judging at this prestigious event is extremely competitive. The new variety submitted must possess clear improvements and unique qualities – Nightglow certainly meets this criteria.
Our only other variety to take a Plantarium Gold is Tilt-A-Swirl® Hydrangea, and last year Tuxedo™ Weigela was awarded Silver. Our selection process for Bloomin’ Easy varieties is quite strict, and the awards highlight our strive to bring only truly unique and improved plants into the line.
What makes Nightglow™ so special?
- Rich red foliage from first flush to frost in full sun
- Vibrant yellow flowers clusters contrast sharply
- Compact at 2-3′ tall and wide; fountain form
- Zone 4 (-34°C/ -30°F) cold hardy
Nightglow has everything we desire in a plant; it’s strikingly beautiful, compact to fit almost any space, and resilient so it doesn’t require lots of maintenance to thrive. We’re confident you’ll love this new Diervilla as much as we do. It’s as easy as finding a sunny spot in your yard, then plant, water, and relax.
Relax, you’ve got this!
New plant competition is at the core of one of the largest green industry shows in North America each July. Cultivate ‘17 was busy as ever and full of amazing new variety releases from the top brands and programs each vying for attention from industry eyes.
Among dozens of new varieties displayed in the showcase at Cultivate this year, sixteen Retailer’s Choice Awards were handed out to those that made the grade. We’re honored and proud that our Lavalamp™ Series of Hydrangeas were some of the chosen few.
Three unique, new and improved Hydrangea paniculatas comprise the Lavalamp™ Series. Candelabra™, Flare™, and Moonrock™ offer unique colors as well as tidy, compact forms to better suit modern outdoor spaces.
- Candle-like flowers and form
- 4-6’ tall and wide; very upright
- Brightest red on a dwarf paniculata that we’ve seen
- 2-3’ tall and wide; upright
- Massive, funky blooms with strong lime-green center
- 4-6’ tall and wide; upright
- Winner of People’s Choice Award at Farwest 2016
We look forward to featuring our collection in future showcases and award opportunities. The upcoming Farwest show in Portland is the next venue for judging, where our Firefly™ Nightglow™ Diervilla and Date Night™ Strobe™ Weigela are contenders. Stay tuned, and if you’re going to be at the show, we invite you to stop by booth 8046 to say hi and see the collection in bloom.
Relax, you’ve got this!
Marketing Manager, Bloomin’ Easy
We’re excited to announce the release of two new varieties for our exclusive collection, available as young plants for Spring 2018. Added to our Date Night™ Series of Weigelas are Electric Love™ and Stunner™, each with improved characteristics over older varieties.
“Electric Love offers deep red flowers that cover very dark foliage, which is quite different than what you’ll find in garden centers today,” says Brand Manager, DeVonne Friesen. “And Stunner is more compact and floriferous, a product of the latest generation of breeding for dark-leaved, pink flowered Weigela. Both will look great on the shelf and amazing in the landscape.”
Our team is committed to bringing improved, easy-to-grow new plants to time-strapped younger homeowners in North America. With three simple steps to success: plant, water, and relax, modern consumers find the brand appealing to their lifestyle. It’s no secret; younger homeowners lack gardening experience and view landscaping as work. It’s this new consumer, our community, that keeps us laser focused on relevant packaging, messaging, and after-purchase support to go with cutting-edge genetics.
Relax, you’ve got this!
Marketing Manager, Bloomin’ Easy®
May is such an exciting month for anybody who digs plants. Garden stores launch into the full spring swing, and it becomes very easy to find plants that both speak to you and work well in the space you have.
With so many options to choose from, the best piece of advice is just to find anything that inspires you and go for it. Give it a try! If you’re worried about killing it, know that the garden center staff and plant tag should equip you with all the info you need to succeed. There are also plenty of easy online resources. If you purchase Bloomin’ Easy plants, you can text the code on the tag to sign up for seasonal care tips and reminders.
The important thing about this time of year is that the weather is beautiful, and the plants you decide to grow will likely bring you lots of happiness 🙂
Of the current thirteen plants in our collection, nine of them will offer beautiful blooms in May. Those are:
1. Tilt-A-Swirl™ Hydrangea
2. Bella Bellissima™ Potentilla
3. Bella Sol™ Potentilla
4. Peach Lemonade Rose
5. Poprocks™ Rainbow Fizz™ Spirea
6. Date Night™ Tuxedo™ Weigela
7. Date Night™ Maroon Swoon™ Weigela
8. Date Night™ Crimson Kisses® Weigela
9. Date Night™ Strobe™ Weigela
Another plus to gardening in May is the plants feel less stressed when planted in comfortable temperatures versus scorching mid-summer heat. So, even if the plants aren’t blooming yet, it’s a great time of year to get them in the ground for future beauty.
Coming home after a long day to sit on the patio, relax and enjoy the outdoors is the best part of spring and summer. Make that time even more special by planting some great new friends for your outdoor space. Cheers!
Plant, Water, Relax.
Kevin, from your Bloomin’ Easy Team