home & garden
Costco plant programs are a colorful value
COSTCO’S LIVE PLANT program has been
growing—literally—in size and popularity
across the country. “While all the variables—
plant and planter size, number of blooms,
etc.—make it difficult to directly compare
plant pricing among retailers, Costco members have obviously seen the value,” says Kevin
Gleason, buyer for the plant program. “From
February through May, we sell thousands of
trees, plants, flowers and shrubs, the most
popular being the landscape flat assortment,
Thuja evergreen and 16-inch combo planter.”
Here are some descriptions of these best-selling plants, to help you choose the best
arrangement for your needs and for your
region.—T. Foster Jones
if you live in a region that frequently
gets temperatures in the 80s to 90s.
BEVO FARMS LTD
Costco warehouses carry
hundreds of varieties of plants,
flowers, trees and shrubs.
Selection varies by region
• Number-one bedding plant in the country.
• Summer annual available in many colors
• Used for bedding and in containers,
window boxes, baskets and raised planters
or worked into a perennial border.
• Grows best in partial shade, using good
potting soil or soil rich in organic matter.
BEVO FARMS LTD
• Ideal for patios, courtyards and balconies.
• Geraniums flower in spring and will add
color to the garden until frost.
• Plant geraniums where they will receive
sunlight for best flower production.
• Geraniums will grow in almost any
type of soil if it is well-aerated and porous.
• Hardy, annual plants are ideal for
flowerbeds or planter boxes.
• Plant in half-sunny or sunny locations.
• The soil must be well-drained, moist
• Petunias in garden beds require weekly
watering to keep the soil moist at the
root level, but those grown in containers
or baskets require daily watering.
Osteospermum (pictured above)
• Ideal for patios courtyards, balconies
and flower beds.
• Needs plenty of light—even direct sunlight.
• Needs to be fertilized and watered
Gerbera daisies (pictured at right)
• Ideal for planters and pots.
• Gerbera daisies will bloom the longest
where they get strong light.
• They produce large blooms up to 4 to
5 inches across.
• Gerbera daisies grow best in warmer
climates, but they can be cultivated as
indoor plants if you have a spot that
receives light through most of the day.
• They do not do well in extremely hot
weather. Provide some shade outdoors
• Thuja is a fast-growing evergreen that
grows easily in many types of soil and
requires little special care.
• Ideal for homeowners who wish to establish
an attractive, natural privacy fence.
• Full sun for best results
• A deep weekly watering is essential,
especially during hot, dry periods.
• Ideal for flower beds or planter boxes.
• Cooler-weather flowers.
• Pansies are tolerant of a wide range of
soil conditions, but prefer rich soil with
• Petunias flourish in full-day sun. They will
survive in shaded areas; however, blooming
will be inhibited.
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16-inch combo planter
This mix of several flowers varies across
the country and can include geraniums,
euphorbia, lobelia, supertunia, salvia, verbena
and sweet potato.
• Most are sun to partial-shade plants.
• Most will handle a light frost, but none
will make it through a freeze, so they will
need to be brought inside at times.
• None need to be fertilized. C