Archive for Annuals, Perennials and Flowering Bulbs

August Gardening Guide

We may still be waiting for that long hot, dry spell, but we certainly have no shortage of heat, unless that cooling weather that seems to be keeping the temperatures a bit lower in our area decides to stick around longer than expected.  Since it’s likely to somewhere between the mid-80’s and 90 much of […]

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It’s Always Cooler In The Shade

Since you would probably rather not be planting out in the blazing summer sun right now, here are some options for planting in shade or filtered sunlight.  It will take years for us to cover all the amazing filtered sun and shade loving perennials, shrubs, and trees that we have here at the nursery, but […]

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Gardens That Have It Made In The Shade

Ideally, your yard includes areas exposed to full sun, shade, and everything in between.  That would allow you the greatest flexibility in planting perennials, groundcovers, trees, and shrubs.  But maybe you are blessed with an overabundance of shade, which is not at all unusual in our area.  No problem, you can still have gracefully curving […]

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Perennials That Can Take The Heat

Some of us are perfectly content with just trees, shrubs, and groundcovers, but many of us also want the luxury of perennials, for their beautiful and colorful blossoms, foliage interest, fragrance, wildlife attraction, or the way they soften the edges along paths and boundaries.  Perennial borders, whether sunning themselves all day, or keeping cool in […]

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Top Full Sun Perennial Plants For Container Gardens (Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers)

Container gardens are a great way to enjoy amazing color all year long, especially for those who don’t have a lot of gardening space.  A basic recipe for building a container garden is to use a Thriller, Filler(s), and Spiller(s) for a well-rounded look. Thrillers are plants that add height and dramatic effect to the container. […]

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Brighten Up The Cold Days Ahead With Pansies, Flowering Kale, and Snapdragons

Chrysanthemums aren’t the only richly colored flowers perking up the cooler days ahead.  Pansies, ornamental (aka flowering) cabbage and kale, and snapdragons are perfectly suited for our fall and winter climates.  They’re all easy to grow, and you can plant them as annuals in containers, or plant them in beds.  The ornamental cabbage and kale […]

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Mum’s The Word For Fall Flowers

You’ll soon be waking up to brisk fall mornings, and contemplating how you’re going to decorate for fall.  And that usually means a trip to the nursery for some gorgeously plump and colorful potted chrysanthemums (aka mums).  Chrysanthemums are some of the most rewarding fall bloomers in the garden as well. Chrysanthemums, which are native […]

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Amaryllis – A Colorful Bit Of The Tropics Just In Time For The Holidays

There’s no denying that a pot or several of blooming amaryllis (actually hippeastrum – don’t ask, it’s very complicated) is a beautiful sight on a dreary winter day.  But the failure of bulbs to bloom the first or subsequent winters is equally disappointing.  We wonder what went wrong, despite our having followed the given instructions […]

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Increasing The Wattage Of Southern Bulbs

Have you ever noticed how some patches of tulips, some of which look like a cat planted the bulbs, thrive year after year, while others are just one hit wonders?  And how many times have you paid more than common sense would dictate for a lily corm, only to have it sputter out before its […]

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Falling Into Place

It seems like fall is just as busy as spring in the garden, at least.  Now is a great time to plan and prepare for this flurry of activities. Spring flowering bulbs, i.e. daffodils and tulips, can be planted any time from September through November.  It’s best to plant bulbs as soon as you receive […]

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