Container idea: Real-er than real and twice as natural

Hibiscus Fiesta flower

President’s Choice Hibiscus ‘Fiesta’.

Let me state for the records that I’m anti-minimalist when it comes to gardening. Minimal does not do anything for me, even if you’re talking a painfully chic urban rooftop garden-slash-yoga retreat. To illustrate my point, just Google anything about Japanese zen gardens–supposedly the poster gardens for minimalism. There’s actually a lot going on in those spaces. You just have to take a little more time to figure them out.

Same goes for plants. Yes, give me a flower that gives new meaning to flower-ness and I’m hooked. A bloom that’s real-er than real and twice as natural. A plant that’s going to knock everyone’s socks off. I believe Peter Cantley is betting a lot of Canadians feel the same way. As VP Floral and Garden for Canada’s largest grocery brand (that would be Loblaws), he’s decided to stock two flowering plants for spring that are take bright blooms to a whole new level.

The Hibiscus ‘Fiesta’ (shown above) is a jaw-dropping shrub with shiny deep green leaves and neon blossoms. It isn’t hardy enough for a Canadian winter but put it in a big, equally bright-coloured container, place it smack in the best corner of your patio and break out the margaritas.

Geranium Calliope

President’s Choice Geranium Calliope ‘Crimson Flame’

The Geranium Calliope ‘Crimson Flame’ is an instant patio brightener. Cantley told me that red geraniums are consistently a top seller. So Crimson Flame was chosen because it “really ramps up the wattage” for red geranium fans. It’s a zonal/ivy geranium cross which means it will grow wide and tall if you plant it in a flower bed but if you plant it in a container or hanging basket, you can highlight its nice trailing habit.

Look for both plants at Loblaws stores when their pop-up garden centres open later this spring.

Photos: Courtesy of President’s Choice.

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