All Posts   Posted:   May 3, 2016 by Jennifer Williams (Visual)

Here at Dennis’ 7 Dees we take curb appeal seriously, with over 45 pots, 25 window boxes and a combined 1,335 feet of curb between our four garden center locations it’s big! We schedule planting as early in the spring as possible but not so early that tender young annuals are damaged, our chosen sweet spot on the calendar is the week before Mother’s day.

Keeping that spring planting date in mind our design process and plant selection starts well before that. In fact it was last September when we made our plant variety and color scheme decisions. This gives us enough time to have an exciting combination of new and proven plants to inspire our customers. From there we work with local growers to ensure those varieties are ready for planting on time.

Plant selection:

how do you choose with so many types of flowers out there?

Narrow it down by picking a color scheme and sticking with it, that means no more than three colors (2 that compliment and 1 that contrasts). Dennis 7 Dees 2016 color choices – Cherry Red, Tangerine Orange & Honey melon Green.

Don’t forget the foliage, it breaks up the sea of green and can be more colorful than the flowers themselves.

The Thriller, Filler, Spiller rule applies, except baskets which are mostly spillers with one filler. Look for unusual varieties; this will stop people in their tracks. 

Other Considerations include sun/shade compatibility and maintenance requirements (think low maintenance)

This Season’s Hot Plant Picks:

These are the varieties that will stop people in their tracks.

Thrillers - Papyrus ‘King Tut’, Amaranthus ‘Red Tails’, Salvia ‘Ember’s Wish’

Fillers – Cuphea ‘Tiny Mice’, Lantana ‘Blaze’ and Fancy Geranium ‘Vancouver Centennial’

Spillers – Supertunia ‘Black Cherry’, Superbells ‘Holy Moly’ and Potato Vine ‘Margarita’

(You may remember ’Green Ball’ Dianthus from the stores baskets last year, limited supplies are in stores now!)

Here’re some of our favorite products for planting:

What the pros use.

Eden Valley Potting Soil is our premium soil mix and with extra coconut fiber it is ideal for hot spots and containers that have a tendency to dry out quickly.

Gardner’s Gold Potting Soil is a great value soil that’s loaded with a nutrient rich mix of ingredients and will perform well in sunny or shady locations.

Rose Society Fertilizer (15.10.10) is a time release fertilizer that has a full complement of micronutrients that will keep heavy-feeders happy.

G & B Bud N’ Bloom Fertilizer (3-7-4) out-performs all other fertilizers when combined with the Rose Society Fertilizer. It provides beneficial mycorrhiza and nutrients that contribute to a robust root system.

Maintenance Success Kit:

This is like the Platinum Spa package to make your plants feel truly pampered!

The best approach is an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) system. This means we use best practices with cultural and organic methods to prevent problems and ramp up to stronger controls only if/when needed.

Regular watering is the most important factor to keeping you and the plants from getting stressed out! When plants are water stressed they get scraggly and are much more susceptible to disease and insect pests. Make sure your pots have adequate drainage and add water until it runs out the bottom; assess hanging basket water needs by checking its weight – if it is easily lifted off the hanger it is ready for water. During warm weather most hanging baskets and potted containers need daily watering. If you have plans to be gone for a day or two you can take baskets down and set them near a sprinkler or in a shallow tub with about an inch of water; if you plan to be gone longer than two days you should have someone care for your plantings. *Use a nozzle on your hose to gently water, don’t blast them.

Regular fertilizing is the second most important factor for lush flowers/foliage and pest prevention. Even though each pot/window box was planted with a 50/50 combination of G&B Bud n’ Bloom and Rose Society 15.10.10 formula, additional applications of this mix needs to be applied every 6 weeks (mark these dates on your calendar) as well as weekly liquid fertilizing with a water soluble bloom boost (like Scott’s and Miracle Grow brands).

Pest Prevention: part of any IPM is monitoring the plants for the first signs of a problem.

Moisturin can be applied in a 10 to 1 ratio at the same intervals of the 50/50 fertilizer combination (every six weeks to protect new growth) *be careful not to spray containers because this product will leave a film on pottery and other surfaces.

Captain Jack’s (made from Spinosad – a fermented bacteria) should be sprayed at the first signs of mite or caterpillar damage (petunias and geraniums are especially susceptible).

Neem oil is effective against aphid infestations as well as fungal issues.

 

If you have any questions or concerns with your plants we encourage you to bring a sample (in a sealed bag or container) to any of our garden center locations for a diagnosis and solution plan.

Here at Dennis’ 7 Dees we take curb appeal seriously, with over 45 pots, 25 window boxes and a combined 1,335 feet of curb between our four garden center locations it’s big! We schedule planting as early in the spring as possible but not so early that tender young annuals are damaged, our chosen sweet spot on the calendar is the week before Mother’s day.

Keeping that spring planting date in mind our design process and plant selection starts well before that. In fact it was last September when we made our plant variety and color scheme decisions. This gives us enough time to have an exciting combination of new and proven plants to inspire our customers. From there we work with local growers to ensure those varieties are ready for planting on time.

Plant selection:

how do you choose with so many types of flowers out there?

Narrow it down by picking a color scheme and sticking with it, that means no more than three colors (2 that compliment and 1 that contrasts). Dennis 7 Dees 2016 color choices – Cherry Red, Tangerine Orange & Honey melon Green.

Don’t forget the foliage, it breaks up the sea of green and can be more colorful than the flowers themselves.

The Thriller, Filler, Spiller rule applies, except baskets which are mostly spillers with one filler. Look for unusual varieties; this will stop people in their tracks. 

Other Considerations include sun/shade compatibility and maintenance requirements (think low maintenance)

This Season’s Hot Plant Picks:

These are the varieties that will stop people in their tracks.

Thrillers - Papyrus ‘King Tut’, Amaranthus ‘Red Tails’, Salvia ‘Ember’s Wish’

Fillers – Cuphea ‘Tiny Mice’, Lantana ‘Blaze’ and Fancy Geranium ‘Vancouver Centennial’

Spillers – Supertunia ‘Black Cherry’, Superbells ‘Holy Moly’ and Potato Vine ‘Margarita’

(You may remember ’Green Ball’ Dianthus from the stores baskets last year, limited supplies are in stores now!)

Here’re some of our favorite products for planting:

What the pros use.

Eden Valley Potting Soil is our premium soil mix and with extra coconut fiber it is ideal for hot spots and containers that have a tendency to dry out quickly.

Gardner’s Gold Potting Soil is a great value soil that’s loaded with a nutrient rich mix of ingredients and will perform well in sunny or shady locations.

Rose Society Fertilizer (15.10.10) is a time release fertilizer that has a full complement of micronutrients that will keep heavy-feeders happy.

G & B Bud N’ Bloom Fertilizer (3-7-4) out-performs all other fertilizers when combined with the Rose Society Fertilizer. It provides beneficial mycorrhiza and nutrients that contribute to a robust root system.

Maintenance Success Kit:

This is like the Platinum Spa package to make your plants feel truly pampered!

The best approach is an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) system. This means we use best practices with cultural and organic methods to prevent problems and ramp up to stronger controls only if/when needed.

Regular watering is the most important factor to keeping you and the plants from getting stressed out! When plants are water stressed they get scraggly and are much more susceptible to disease and insect pests. Make sure your pots have adequate drainage and add water until it runs out the bottom; assess hanging basket water needs by checking its weight – if it is easily lifted off the hanger it is ready for water. During warm weather most hanging baskets and potted containers need daily watering. If you have plans to be gone for a day or two you can take baskets down and set them near a sprinkler or in a shallow tub with about an inch of water; if you plan to be gone longer than two days you should have someone care for your plantings. *Use a nozzle on your hose to gently water, don’t blast them.

Regular fertilizing is the second most important factor for lush flowers/foliage and pest prevention. Even though each pot/window box was planted with a 50/50 combination of G&B Bud n’ Bloom and Rose Society 15.10.10 formula, additional applications of this mix needs to be applied every 6 weeks (mark these dates on your calendar) as well as weekly liquid fertilizing with a water soluble bloom boost (like Scott’s and Miracle Grow brands).

Pest Prevention: part of any IPM is monitoring the plants for the first signs of a problem.

Moisturin can be applied in a 10 to 1 ratio at the same intervals of the 50/50 fertilizer combination (every six weeks to protect new growth) *be careful not to spray containers because this product will leave a film on pottery and other surfaces.

Captain Jack’s (made from Spinosad – a fermented bacteria) should be sprayed at the first signs of mite or caterpillar damage (petunias and geraniums are especially susceptible).

Neem oil is effective against aphid infestations as well as fungal issues.

 

If you have any questions or concerns with your plants we encourage you to bring a sample (in a sealed bag or container) to any of our garden center locations for a diagnosis and solution plan.