Summer annuals make 34th Street colorful.
One silver lining to all the rain we’ve been getting is that the summer flowers on 34th Street have really popped. Originally delayed by the cool weather, they have responded well to the warmer temperatures and damp air, and now the district is filled with color.
This season, Director of Horticulture Maureen Hackett mixed things up by planting Petunia Vista Bubblegum in the district’s 160 hanging baskets. “Historically, I’ve used Balcon Geranium for the baskets because of the varying conditions we encounter. Vista Bubblegum are quite vigorous, and I’m very interested to see how they’ll perform over the season.”
Right now they look terrific, and provide a delightful accent to the district’s nearly 500 planters. For the latter, Ms. Hackett’s summer treatment includes a colorful mix of Coleus Alabama, Coleus Red, Begonia Dragon Red, Begonia White, Plectranthus Green, Ipomeoea, Strobilanthes Persian Shield, and Canna. For the treepits, she chose more Dragon Red Begonias to complement the pink Petunias in the hanging baskets and the pink Begonia Semperflorens in the vertical Garsy units in front of Macy’s.
As the weather heats up, we urge you to step away from your desk, take a walk outside, and enjoy the fresh flowers.
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