Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between petunias, super petunias, and wave petunias?
Petunias in paks- These are started from seed and work well in small containers and in flowerbeds and gardens. They have a mounding/upright habit.
Super Petunias- These are started from cuttings. They work well in baskets and planters. They are very vigorous.
Wave Petunias- These are started from seed. They have a spreading/trailing habit and are low growing petunias. They tend to have smaller flowers compared to the super petunias.
2. What is the difference between fibrous begonias, illumination begonias, non-stop begonias, and rieger begonias?
Fibrous Begonias- These are low growing begonias and are started from seed. They have small, single flowers with either green or dark colored leaves. They do well in flowerbeds and gardens. These are sometimes referred to as wax begonias.
Illumination Begonias- These are trailing begonias and do well in baskets. They have medium sized, semi-double flowers.
Non-Stop Begonias- These are started either from seed or from cuttings. They have a mounding/upright habit with large double flowers.
Rieger Begonias- These are upright with semi-double smaller flowers. They are commonly grown in pots.
3. What is the difference between seed geraniums and zonal geraniums?
Seed geraniums are started from seed whereas zonal geraniums are started from cuttings. Seed geraniums are smaller in height and flower size and they have dark stripes on the leaves.
4. What are the height differences between the marigolds?
Short (7-10 inches)- Disco and Gem marigolds
Medium (10-12 inches)- Bonanza, Durango, and Safari marigolds
Tall (12-16 inches)- Antigua, Inca, Moonstruck, and Sweet Cream marigolds
Very Tall (30-36 inches)- Crackerjack and Jubilee marigolds
5. What are the height differences between the snapdragons?
Short (8-10 inches)- Montego snapdragons
Medium (16-24 inches)- Coronette and Crown snapdragons
Tall (30-40 inches)- Rocket snapdragons
6. Why would I want to buy a 4 inch pot when I can buy the same plant in a 2½ inch pot?
The plants in the 4 inch pots are bigger and it takes less of them to fill a basket or planter. The 2½ inch pots are less expensive, but it takes more of them to fill a basket or planter.
7. What are some plants that do well in full shade?
Shade loving annuals: Asparagus Fern, Begonias, Browallia, Celosia, Some Coleus, Fuchsias, German Ivy, Hedera Ivy, Impatiens, Lysimachia, Oxalis, Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea), Torenia, Vinca Illumination, Vinca Wojo’s Jem, and Wandering Jew
Shade loving perennials: Bleeding Hearts, Heuchera (Coral Bells), Hosta, Irish Moss, Japanese Painted Fern, Myosotis (Forget-Me-Not), and Pulmonaria
8. What are some plants that do well in heat?
Heat loving annuals: Anagallis, Angelonia, Arctotis, Bidens, Cleome, Chrysocephalum, Cuphea, Dorotheanthus, Gazanias, Heliopsis, Lantana, Evolvulus, Marigolds, Pentas, Phlox, Portulaca, Sanvitalia, Scaevola, Strawflowers (Bracteantha), Succulents, Verbena, Upright Vinca, and Zinnias
Heat loving perennials: Achillea (Yarrow), Gaillardia (Blanket Flower), Lavender, Penstemon, Russian Sage, Salvia, Sedum, and Sempervivum
9. What are Plant Hardiness Zones?
Plant hardiness zones are a way to categorize areas with the same average minimum temperature and winter harshness. This is helpful in order to know which plants are hardy to certain areas. Click on the link below to see a Plant hardiness zone map.
Plant Hardiness Zone Map