Beautiful Begonias


Tuberous Begonias or “Nonstop’ Begonias

Tuberous, Rex, Angel Wing, Wax….the family of Begonias is absolutely huge.

For me, Begonias are a lot like potato chips. One can never be enough. And two? One must have odd numbers to satisfy the eye.

It’s the Rex family that really gets me. Love? Yes. And what’s not to love? Different textures, shapes and colors grace easy to care for, shade tolerant plants. And when the season is over, simply move them indoors and keep them as a houseplant.




With the Impatiens blight affecting us right now, it’s great to have begonias as a colorful option for shade container gardens, or they can look equally fantastic in a hanging basket.

Now through June 19th, 2013, all Begonia hanging baskets are Buy 1 – Get 1 Free. Want to create your own exciting container garden by mixing in some coleus, torenia, caladium, and variegated ivy? There are multiple plants in the hanging baskets and they’re easy to divide.


Check out our Pinterest page for some great begonia pics.

Plant, Bloom, Smile!

These Roses Are A Knock Out!


My grandfather was  a ‘rose guy’. While he had no formal horticultural training, he knew all the roses of his day personally by name.  We would be driving down the back roads of Quaker Hill, and he’d point out a fantastic Mr. Lincoln in one yard, and a gorgeous specimen of Double Delight in another.  He’d spend hours in his rose garden learning his roses; what they liked and what they didn’t.

Sometimes I smile and wonder what he’d think about all the latest roses on the market. I think he’d be thrilled and would need a bigger rose garden! While the old varieties are cherished and wonderful, the newer roses  are much more carefree and great for beginners. You don’t have to be a ‘rose guy’ or ‘gal’ to grow and enjoy roses.

For roses that are carefree, disease resistant, and bloom from spring to fall, Knock Out Roses can’t be beat.

Come on in and smell the Knock Out Roses! And don’t forget to take a whiff of Mr. Lincoln, Double Delight, the David Austin Roses….June at BCG is like a walk in a rose garden.



Grafted Tomatoes – Mighty ‘Mato


Have a favorite tomato? What if I told you, you could have your favorite tomato, but made better? No, not in a lab, but through an old-time tried and true method called grafting. Grafting, by definition, means to be or to become joined. This practice of propagating has been going on for a long, long time. If you have a fruit tree or roses in your yard, chances are they’ve been grafted.

Grafting is when you take the positive traits of two different plants and bring them together. Tomatoes are new to the world of grafting. Rootstock and scion (the top part), are both chosen for their superior traits that give these new grafted tomatoes the right to be called Mighty ‘Matos.

Here’s what we’re to expect from grafted tomatoes:

1. Dramatically more fruit
2. Produce earlier and longer
3. Resistant to diseases, including verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, rootknot nematodes and tomato mosaic virus. Because grafting produced vigorous, healthier plants, it likely will help ward off three of the other big tomato problems: early blight, late blight and blossom-end rot.
4. Need less fertilizer and water
5. Grow in poor soil
6. Tolerant of swings in temperature

Still hesitant to stray from your regular tomatoes? Why not add a grafted tomato to the mix this year and let’s put them to the test!

One important note, grafted tomatoes must not be planted above the graft. If this happens, the scion will root.

Columbine (Aquilegia)


If Columbine weren’t an actual plant, I think they’d deserve fairy tale status. They remind me of the kind of flowers that little storybook fairies could turn upside down and use for hats. This elegant early blooming perennial, is a great addition to any perennial garden or rock garden. Blooming prolifically in late spring to early summer, seed pods then form and drop, with the promise of many more Columbine for each new season to come. While this is an attractive thought for some; feel free to dead-head your Columbines as well to keep control of your colors and varieties.

Columbines are not just a dainty little flower. Once established, they are quite drought tolerant. Butterflies and hummingbirds find them very attractive, and according to many lists, deer do not, (although I’m sure there are deer out there that haven’t seen any of these lists).

Very easy to grow, Columbine do well when planted in sun to a part sun area.

Available in a rainbow of colors – how can you choose just one?








Plant – Bloom – Smile!

Where Have All The Impatiens Gone?

Where have all the impatiens gone? Impatiens are a popular shade annual, that have a very loyal following from year to year. But, you, like many, may have lost all your impatiens last year. White coating on the underside of the leaves, that yellowed, curled, and dropped to the ground. Sound familiar? It’s a fungus-like pathogen called downy mildew. This is not the same downy mildew that can sometimes affect vegetables and other ornamentals during humid weather in late summer. This is a special strain of downy mildew that just affects our beloved impatiens walleriana.

The bad news? Well, it’s really not THAT bad. But because we don’t want you to fail with your garden plants, we won’t be carrying them this year. Why buy bedding plants that have a HUGE chance of not making it a full season?

The good news? The good news is that we have alternative annuals that will provide color for all your shady spots.

Some of these suggested plants below like partial shade, and others are tolerant to full shade. When you visit, we’ll be happy to help you find just the right plants for your kind of shade.

Although an impatiens by name, New Guinea Impatiens are not affected (whew!). And we have a variety of colors to choose from.


Coleus varieties have come a looong way. And yes, these colors really are as bright as they are on your screen!



A new line of Coleus, called Under the Sea (you need to say it just like Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid), has that oceanic look to it. There are many colors in this line to choose from.


Don’t forget about Caladiums when you need height in your shade garden!



Below, is a new Perilla, called Magilla. Yes. It’s a Purple Perilla Magilla, that’s really its name.


Colorful foliage can really brighten up the shade garden, but there are blooming plants that you can plant along with them. Like these beautiful begonias….



And don’t forget about Torenia. Torenia comes in several different colors and will do great in your shade garden too!


There are others that you can see in person at BCG; polka dot plant, fuschia, lobelia, and even sweet potato vines can do well in part shade. I know, I know, we’ll still be missing our impatiens. But let’s wait it out and see what happens next year, we’ll be sure to keep you informed.

Plant – Bloom – Smile!

Container Gardening

Container Gardening is all the rage right now. Why? Maybe it’s because of all the hot new annuals that even seasoned gardeners have never seen the likes of. Or perhaps is because container gardening lets you put color and blooms right where you want them. Nonetheless, anyone can garden in a container whether you’re an apartment dweller or livin’ it up on several acres. Container gardening doesn’t even necessarily have to be done in an ‘garden center approved’ container. If it’s empty and will hold dirt, plant it up!

Anyone can just put a plant in a pot.

But with just a little more thought and know-how, a planted container can be work of art…a focal point for the garden that will thrive and bloom the whole season long.

Consider this before planting a container….

  • Light Exposure. How many hours of sun will your container get?
  • The Container. How many plants will it hold and does it have adequate drainage?

Source. Sometimes it’s nice to ‘think outside the pot’.

  • Soil. A good container mix will make-or-break your success. Unfortunately for many, it’s an after thought.
  • Color Selection. Elegantly monochromatic or jazzy and contrasting? What’s your preference?

Source. These bright colors are striking!

  • Foliage. Leaves can be just as exciting as the flowers. Look for different shaped and textured leaves to bring excitement to your container.

Source. This awesome combo would be made in the shade!

Check out our Pinterest page for some drool-worthy container combinations ideas. The internet is such a gift of creativity allowing even beginner gardeners to ‘bloom’ spectacularly. Whether you get your perfect plant combos from the web, your imagination, or from your neighbor; remember that our expert staff is always happy to help put together a masterpiece. This weekend, (May 18 and 19), we’ll be celebrating the season with a B.Y.O.C. event! Bring Your Own Containers in and we’ll help you select just the right plants. Use our soil and your hands, and bring home your own show stopping container garden.

Grand Opening Celebration Photos!

Last weekend was the official Grand Opening Celebration at Burnett’s Country Gardens. Boy, oh boy, did we celebrate – thanks for the great turn out! For those of you who thought the place was packed with the most amazing plant material, wait until you see it this weekend! Unbelievable!

Enjoy these pictures!

Spring ‘To Do’ Lists


As I am writing this newsletter at my desk, the sun is shining, and the windows are open. The smell of spring air fills the office – ahhh – this is what we’ve been waiting for. Just to make sure we’re not getting fooled again, I check the 10-day forecast at Looks like the coast is clear and we can finally declare the arrival of spring! I think at this point, we’ve earned it.


Apple blossoms getting ready to pop!

If you’re anything like me, thoughts of spring chores start to fill your head. Lists. Lists of things that need to be done, purchased, or planned for. With the calendar noting that it’s the last day  of April, and this being our first run of real spring weather, it’s time to kick it in high gear for spring clean up. Some of you may have already gotten out there this past weekend, or you did a great job of putting your garden to bed last year. If that’s the case,  congratulations, you’re a step ahead of most of us!

And the rest of us? Where do we start? Here is a quick little list to get you started.

– Remove leaves and winter debris from all your garden beds.
– Remove dead portions of perennials and old annuals from last year. Compost them.
– Cut perennial grasses to the ground now before the new growth gets too tall.
– Top dress garden beds with new mulch.
– Rake and re-seed dead spots in your lawn.
– Prune dead and damaged branches from your trees and shrubs. Be sure to NOT prune hydrangeas (even if they look dead still) as they bloom on last year’s growth.
– Empty last year’s window boxes and containers, get them ready for planting by filling them with new soil.

Just these few things will get your yard and garden off to a great start.


Showy grape vines.

Plant – Bloom – Smile!


“Spring of New Beginnings” – Pics!

If you drove by Burnett’s Country Gardens last weekend, you would have noticed something different. Guess what it was? The parking lot was full! Our “Spring of New Beginnings” event was a huge success thanks to all of you who came out to visit us. The greenhouse was loaded with blooming plants, baby animals were everywhere, and kids got to play of fun scavenger hunt of I Spy.

Here are some pics of the day…















This was the first of many events that we have planned for family fun this year. “Like” us on facebook to keep up with what’s going on.

Many thanks to Six Paca Farm, Cedars of Lebanon, and Blissville Bunnies for bringing the animals out for this event!

Plant – Bloom – Smile.

The BCG Staff

Spring Flowering Bulbs: Tulips


There are so many markers of spring, but none so graceful as the tulip. Have you ever noticed how often home magazines photograph huge vases of tulips on beautiful table settings? There is just something about them that says elegance. Now-a-days you can get cut tulips just about year round at florists to grace your table. But even better – why not buy potted ones to plant in your yard after you’ve enjoyed them on your table?


Did you know that the tulip belongs to the same family as lilies? They are also relatives of the family that includes onions.  Tulips require vernalization in order to bloom. That means that they require prolonged cool temperatures in order to bloom. Tulips are a great reason to withstand cold New England winters!


At BCG, we’ve got lots of tulips to choose from right now! After making your selection, stop by our custom foiling station to pick out foil to ‘pretty’ up the pot for your Easter table. Enjoy your tulips as long as you’d like indoors, watering as necessary to keep them from getting dry. Tulips will ‘blow out’, or open fully to the point of going by, very quickly in normal indoor temperatures. Enjoy them while they’re blooming and then plant them outside in your garden.


A common question we get asked is, “When can I cut the stalks of my tulips to the ground?”. The answer is: patience. Be patient and let the stalks yellow completely before you cut them back. This natural die back takes the energy into the bulb to provide beautiful blooms for next year.

Plant potted tulips now, or plant tulip bulbs directly in your garden in the fall.

Plant – Bloom – Smile.

The BCG Staff