Announcing our annual Ladies Night Out event: Thursday, June 13, 2013. In partnership with the Wilmette Fire Department, a portion of the night's proceeds will go to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance's "Camp I Am Me" for burn victims. Registration is now available! Click here for tickets.
Planning for the Chalet client Garden Walk is underway and the exact date of the tour is still TBD. Check back here later this month for details.
The Impatiens Plague You Should Know About
Do you know about Downy Mildew? It is a fungal disease that has hit the Chicagoland area in a devastating way. Downy Mildew quickly takes regular impatiens and destroys all buds, flowers and leaves. It travels via air or water and once it's in the soil, it will last 8-10 years, even without a host plant. We strongly discourage planting regular impatiens this season.
Disappointing? Of course. Great substitutions? Absolutely! There are four options that we are recommending:
Sun to part shade:
New Guinea impatiens are the closest substitute to replicate the color range and shade tolerance of regular impatiens. They get a bit wider than regular impatiens so you don't have to plant quite as densely.
Flowering Vinca is a great alternative and they can even handle full sun. Vincas' flower and plant size is very similar with a great color range. They thrive in extreme heat with minimal water.
Sun to full shade:
Begonias have come a long way in the last decade and there are now a
multitude of heights (8-30") and flower sizes, resulting in the same effect of impatiens. Colors include scarlets, whites, pinks and white/pink bicolor choices. They are much better heat and drought tolerant than impatiens.
Coleus are known for their amazing foliage. The colors, shapes and sizes of the leaves are truly astonishing. As you move into shade, use varieties that include lighter leaf colors so they'll show better when viewed from afar. Their light blue flowers are inconsequential.
As always, we're here to help with these garden dilemmas. Please stop in our store for more information!
WGN News Midday Fix
Chalet's Tony Fulmer stopped by WGN to share some spring gardeing tips.
- Spring is a time of new beginnings and a welcome return to garden season. Enjoy some new plans and tools for the 2013 spring gardening season!
- Check out new plants that debut this year, including the hardy Senetti.
- New garden tools include a special shovel for women that fits best with their ergonomic needs and body structure.
- Welcome spring with new garden accessories, like a colorful tote, a Dirty Dog Doormat perfect for muddy paws.
- Have fun experimenting with new seeds this year.
Ask the Pros
Spring has sprung and Chalet expert Steve Kooyenga is answering your questions as you plan your garden. Click here for our expert advice.
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