Mitch Baker, retired Horticultural Specialist at the American Plant Garden Center and Nursery, in Bethesda, MD, focusing on natural gardening products and organic gardening. Mitch is a MD Certified Professional Horticulturist, with more than 36 years of experience in the garden center industry. He has studied at numerous horticultural institutions from New York to Oregon, and is a past board member of the Rachel Carson Council.
July Gardening Tips - Selecting Flowering Tropicals
Mitch Baker from American Plant shares some great tips on selecting flowering tropicals.
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Mitch Baker: Hi! I'm Mitch Baker with American Plant. We're talking great gardening tips for July. Right now, let's talk about flowering summer tropicals. You know being out on the deck or patio is synonymous with the summer season and you can add some color and variety to your outdoor living space with this group of flowering summer tropical plants. Easy to care for, easy to grow and they gloom all summer long. So let's start over here on the right with the classic Mandevilla, that rose pink flower with the deeply corrugated leaves. Next to it is the crimson red or deep red Dipladenia with the slightly glossy leaf and of course, the Yellow Allamanda. Now, all three of these belong to the same family so their care and culture is the same. They prefer to be watered sparingly, meaning they like to use up available water before you water them again. And you want to feed these tropical plants monthly so that they continue to bloom through the warm season. Feed them regularly. I also have the classic Hibiscus. No outdoor living space will be complete without the classic flowering Hibiscus; huge range of colors form the deep golden yellows like this to pinks and reds and violets and white, beautiful, blooming all summer long. Also down here the Lantana. Lantana produces small flowers in clusters, again, over the whole the summer season in a huge range of bright candy colors. You can't go wrong with something like Lantana. The newest introduction to the Mandevilla family is this one from the Sun Parasol collection called Stars and Stripes. Now, I love that one with that deep crimson blossom and the white stripes on it, really showy. Great whining or trailing plant like all the Mandevillas to grow, either free standing in a pot or grow them up on trellis. So follow these July garden tips to help keep your patio, lawn and garden looking great for the whole summer season.