Plant of the Week

MAY
5
2015

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Plant of the Week:

Endless Summer Hydrangeas - The Original

There are some plants that should be in every garden and hydrangeas are at the top of our list ~ an absolute must-have! Nothing says summer like these beautiful blooming shrubs. These shade-lovers infuse color in the garden at a time when many spring-blooming plants are no longer flowering. Hydrangeas make a great addition as a stand-alone “feature” plant, or grown in rows to create a privacy hedge. Their blooms also make some of the best cut flower arrangements. Snip a few blooms for an instant summer vase arrangement! In colors ranging from white to pink to blue, these softball-sized flowers brighten up any landscape.

We especially love the Endless Summer Original -- a customer favorite! It's a mop-head variety with the unique ability to bloom consistently on both old and new wood. The result is a plant that provides beautiful flowers all summer long. The flowers grow up to 8" in diameter, with PINK blooms in alkaline soils or BLUE blooms in acidic soil. It is still the hallmark of the shrub collection and with good reason. It was the first hydrangea discovered that blooms on the previous year’s woody stems and the new season’s growth. With The Original, you get an endless summer of possibilities and incredible color from spring through fall. And, who doesn’t want an Endless Summer?

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photo from endlesssummerblooms.com

APRIL
29
2015

Plant of the Week:

BETTER BOY TOMATOES, Best Color & Flavor

Did you know that a Better Boy tomato plant once yielded more than 340 pounds of fruit, earning it a Guinness World Record? Although your plant might not yield that much fruit, it will produce plenty of bright red delectables that you can enjoy fresh from your garden all summer long.

Better Boy tomatoes are one of the most popular tomatoes grown. With 8-16 oz round fruit, it has a classic tomato taste and is a great for slicing. The fruit has just the right balance of acid and sugar. It is a climber and requires a tomato cage and staking for best results. They continue to grow until frost and need full sun for best results. Water well to prevent drying out in warm weather and fertilize with liquid or slow release plant food.

Ideal for salads, soups, hot dishes, pickling and superb on sandwiches.

APRIL
22
2015

Plant of the Week:

STRAWBERRY ÉCLAIR

Get your taste buds ready for our newest berry on the block... Strawberry Éclair! This new gourmet strawberry boasts a unique taste with a hint of citrus and raspberry flavor to it. Strawberry Éclair is a Junebearing variety, so expect the majority of harvest in the early summer. This berry is developed from Junebearing and Everbearing relatives, so it often produces fruits longer into the season that traditional Junebearing strawberries. Allow berries to mature before picking to enjoy maximum flavor and sweetness. Enjoy these sweet treats in pies, tarts, jams and preserves... or freshly picked!

APRIL
13
2015

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SWEET BASIL

Get your herb garden growing with one of our favorite herbs, Sweet Basil. This garden classic is known for its flavor and fragrance. With big leaves that are fast growing, anyone can produce a homegrown harvest. Basil needs about 6-8 hours of full sunlight to produce and can benefit from a little bit of afternoon shade. If grown in containers, it will definitely need watering as it likes moist, well drained soil. Dry soil will stunt the growth of this plant. The large leaves of this plant, are vibrant green. Sweet Basil is the main ingredient for classic Italian Pesto, but it is great in pastas, on pizzas and even in lemonade.

TIP: You'll want to prevent basil from blooming, by either harvesting the leaves or pinching off the top sets of leaves. Once the basil plant sets flowers, the leaves will lessen in flavor. So, our rule of thumb don’t’ be afraid to cut and use this tasty herb.

APRIL
7
2015

Plant of the Week:

BAHAMA BEACH: Proven Winners Combo of the Year

Do you BELIEVE in LOVE at first sight? If so, get ready to fall in love with Proven Winners combo of the year -- Bahama Beach. This delightful treat combines three garden must-haves into one blooming masterpiece. Full of purple Bordeaux petunias, blue lobelia, and a pop of yellow million bells, this planter is the spring and summer season's must-have. This bright and colorful combination is available in almost every configuration possible, from hanging baskets to container plants. Add this plant to any sunny spot and enjoy! Each combo contains:

Superbells® Lemon Slice Million Bells - Looking like little petunias, the pinwheel pattern of alternating slices of yellow and white is really striking and quite unique. These yellow flowers pop and provide a lovely compliment to the purple and blue flowers.

Supertunia® Bordeaux™ Petunias - Supertunia petunias are vigorous with slightly mounded habits that function as both fillers and spillers in containers. They are also excellent landscape plants, best suited to be placed near the front of beds. They have medium to large sized flowers.

Laguna™ Sky Blue Lobelia - These soft blue flowers will bloom all season. This stunning annual offers cascading, well-branched flowers and is the perfect trailer in this combination. A great summer performer and low maintenance, these blues will make you happy.

Photos from Proven Winners

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APRIL
1
2015

Plant of the Week:

BACOPA BLUE BUBBLES

This NEW bacopa gets a big green thumbs up from us! ‘Blue Bubbles’ will add sparkle to your garden with its thick, double blue-purple flowers. This Proven Winners' annual does well in combination plantings, hanging baskets and as ground cover in your garden. Pick a spot that will give bacopa light shade to full sun. The trick to non-stop flowers is avoiding drought stress - just don’t overwater as you aim for that goal. Instead, plant bacopa with something that wilts easily when dry, like coleus. When the coleus wilts, it’s time to water. Blue Bubbles will grow 3-6 inches in height, and can trail up to 14 inches -- making it a great cascading spiller plant in containers. When planting in a flowerbed, we recommend spacing them approximately 14 inches apart. With the proper care, loads of lavender-blue double blooms flower all summer long!

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MARCH
25
2015

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Plant of the Week:

BUSH DAISIES

Nothing says spring like a burst of sunny yellow flowers in the garden and Bush Daisies are just the ticket. Not only will these flowers give you early spring flowers, but they will reward you again with flowers this fall. Bush Daisies are very tolerant of cold and can go down to about 28 degrees, so on these cold nights that we are having now, these tough little blooms can handle it.

They are ideal for mass plantings, mixed flower borders and we love using them in containers. Planted in the ground, they will not come back reliably outside over winter, but often if you set them in a protected spot during winter (garage is fine) they will re-flower in spring. You will get great bang for your buck with Bush Daisies as they can grow up to 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide! They are not too picky about soil and they will thrive in full sun. They will be okay in a moderate drought, but it’s best to water the plant deeply and then allow the soil to dry before watering again. And, best of all, they don’t require much pruning. So, if you're looking for a sunny burst of spring color, say it with us... BUSH DAISIES!

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MARCH
18
2015

Plant of the Week:

MEDITERRANEAN PINK HEATHER

We're happy to share our plant of the week -- Mediterranean Pink Heather. This mounding, evergreen shrub establishes quickly for a fine, dense ground cover or border. It offers terrific winter color with lavender-pink flowers that last through early spring. Mediterranean Pink brings you tough little flowers in the winter when not much else is blooming. Once it stops flowering, this plant still offers a beautiful evergreen foliage that can be enjoyed in all seasons. To plant this in the ground, select a sunny to partially sunny spot. Dig a hole 3x the width of the container and set the top of the root ball slightly above ground level. Then combine the planting mix and soil and fill it in around the plants’ roots. This plant needs a lot of water, especially when newly planted. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system and then, sit back and enjoy this year-round beauty!

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MARCH
11
2015

Plant of the Week:

PRIMROSE

Primrose - one of the first signs that spring is on its way! The name primrose is derived from the Latin prima rosa meaning 'first rose' of the year. Flowers come in shades of amethyst, citrine, garnet, sapphire, and pink tourmaline. These early-bloomers shine in the garden or in containers from March until May. Normally thought of as outdoor plant, primrose also makes an excellent indoor plant. Once the plant has finished blooming inside, move it outside to a protected spot of your summer garden and enjoy a season of additional blooms. This shade loving perennial is easy to grow, low-maintenance and is a vigorous grower. Plant them in masses for real impact in borders in a garden bed. Pinch off spent blooms to extend blooming time.

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MARCH
3
2015

Plant of the Week:

HELLEBORES

Thank heaven for hellebores - a happy addition to every garden! These evergreen blooming perennials are without a doubt the star of the winter and early spring garden! Hellebores flower no matter how cold it gets; in fact, they actually prefer the cool weather. And when they first bloom, you know spring is not far behind! The flowers come in white, pink, rose, crimson, purple, black and chartreuse, and both double and single blooms. And did we mention they are easy to grow and care for? Drought-tolerant once established, Hellebores are at their best in evenly moist soil in partial shade. Be sure to water during extended dry periods. To tidy plants up, prune the areas that have become overgrown and new shoots will appear quickly. Cutting the older leaves off hellebores in autumn or early winter provides space for new leaves and flowers to grow. Here are a few of our hellebore faves:

Helleborus Berry Swirl - fully double blooms in enchanting shades of orchid Berry Swirl is easy to grow, producing compact mounds of dark evergreen leaves that are the perfect backdrop to the stunning flowers. Typically ignored by deer and rabbits, this Hellebore will bring fantastic color and texture to shady borders, containers, or rock gardens. Prefer shade and are deer resistant.

Helleborus Double Fantasy - new semi-double form has beautiful white, outward facing flowers on tall stems, with ruffled petals and a circle of gold stamens - truly magical! Handsome dark green leaves form compact clumps, accentuating the pure white buds in early spring. Foliage is clean and virtually spot-free. Deer and rabbit resistant. Perfect in shaded woodland, native or shade gardens.

Helleborus Pink Frost - burgundy stems support leathery leaves with a silver frosting. The flowers are a combination of white, pink, and deep rose tones and are upward facing - unusual for a hellebore. 'Pink Frost' is evergreen, long blooming, and deer resistant too! Makes a superb groundcover and choice perennial for shady borders.

source: Monrovia & Terra Nova Nurseries

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