Every plant has its place in the garden don’t get me wrong, but some years you just need a fresh new look but your just too scared to make the change; in-walks Calibrachoa. Petunias offer a large variety of colors, spread out fast, and they look beautiful all year long. Well Calibrachoas, also called Superbells or Million bells, are here to shake things up. Not only do they have colors that range from light yellow to a deep purple but they can do anything petunias can while being even more heat tolerant. Calibrachoas need well drained soil because they don’t like to stay wet, and they love to bask in the sun. Like petunias in mid-Summer you will want to give it a trim to keep its vigorous branching occurring. They are our best container plant, they spill out of their pot with tremendous grace. They self-clean their blossoms so that means no dead heading and less work for us. They are a great companion plant for geraniums, roses, and even evergreen shrubs. When your planning this year’s garden to outdo your neighbors, make sure Calibrachoa makes it on the list.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.