Gardening: Plan for spring planting with gardening catalogs – Daily Press

NOTE TO DESK FROM KATHY: There are like 20 catalog covers that go with Diggin.F16 sooo … maybe a fan of those covers across the top of the page to get them all in with great visuals on each?  Just an idea:) Note: I used lower case on common plant names and upper case on proper genus names when there is no common name, hence the up and down:


There’s something comforting about the feel and look of a gardening catalog while you sit near a warm fire on a dreary winter day, counting the hours until spring arrives. It comes March 20.

Most catalogs are still available free in printed form, and can also be viewed online.

Locally, there are two gardening catalogs to brighten your cold-weather time. Another top-rated one comes from a garden center just across the state line in North Carolina.

In Newport News, The Gardener’s Workshop debuts the Forever Calendar ($9.95) that keeps you up-to-date on life’s celebrations without having to transfer the dates at year end.

“You simply flip the calendar over and start at January again,” says owner Lisa Ziegler, who was given a forever calendar as a gift years ago. She said since she couldn’t find one, she published her own.

“Keep with the Dutch tradition and hang the Forever Calendar in the bathroom where you have a moment to pause and review upcoming celebrations.”

Learn more about the online gardening shop, which also specializes in cut-flower seeds, at, 1-888-977-7159 or 877-7159.

In Gloucester, Brent and Becky’s Bulbs’ summer-flowering catalog means you can have alliums, Asiatic and calla lilies, caladiums, cyclamens, calla lilies, glads and dahlias to follow your spring-flowering daffodils and tulips.

To help you put together combinations for your garden and containers, the catalog showcases bulbs, perennials and biannuals in small collections – white liatris and red glads or pink lilies surrounded by various shades of larkspur ($13-$36.50) with more combinations available online.

The catalog is also filled with helpful planting tips and reminders. Among them:

•Caladiums may rot if planted too early in cold soil – 60-degree soil or warmer is best, pre-plant them indoors with bottom heat to get them started earlier, if you need to.

•Keep the spent blossoms cut or picked off dahlias and they keep going and going.

•Plants are happier if they are watered only when necessary with drip irrigation and not by an automatic system that sprinkles everything at 3 a.m., whether it’s needed or not.

Learn more about Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, which includes a walk-in retail Bulb Shoppe, display gardens and guided garden tours and farmers markets – all on the farm — at or 804-693-3966.

In Raleigh, N.C., Plant Delights owner Tony Avent recommends perennials: Blue Towers wild indigo with tower-like spikes of blue-purple flowers that reach almost 5 inches, Songbirds Epimedium with spikes that hold large yellow spidery flowers, Anna’s Red Helleborus reddish-purple blooms, Mini Skirt hosta with grey-green leaves and heavily ruffled creamy-white borders and Glenn Dale Carmina Lycoris, or surprise lily, with dark-pink flowers and electric blue petal tips.

New wild gingers, deer-resistant ferns, two personally hybridized Baptistas, more elephant ears and “out-of-control iris offerings” are part of the expanded lineup, according to Avent. The 110-page catalog – billed as a “plant owner’s manual — also lists the nursery’s seasonal open houses for its 10-acre botanical garden – May for spring, July for summer and September for fall.

Learn more about Plant Delights at or 919-772-4794.

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