Advantages of Fall Planting

Additional Color for Your Gardens and Great Root Growth We are often asked “What are the advantages of planting perennials and shrubs in the fall?” Fall is a great time to plant perennials and shrubs due to cooler temperatures which put less stress on the plant and enable root systems to grow faster and larger. When we plant in the spring, all plants, perennials, annuals, shrubs, etc. are pushed to get a healthy mass of roots established so they can …

Preparing your Roses for Winter

It’s not something that you want to think about, but winter will be here a lot sooner than we would like and now is the time to start thinking about getting your roses ready for winter. Do not prune your roses now. That should be done in the spring. Do not fertilize past the first week of September. You want the plant to put most of its energy into the roots, not producing flowers.  You need to protect the graft, …

What’s in a Name? How Roses Get Their Names

Have you ever wondered how roses get their names? The process of having a rose named is actually very simple. The real difficulty is in hybridizing a rose that’s worthy of naming! A very popular older Hybrid tea, the ‘Peace’ rose was introduced right after the end of World War 2. It was actually sheer coincidence that Berlin fell and a truce was declared on the same day as the naming of the ‘Peace’ rose. In naming the rose, this …

Home Remedies for Plant Disease

Garden Blight Remedy 1 level tablespoon of baking soda 1 level tablespoon of Epson salts 1 level tablespoon of miracle grow (tomato or veg. fertilizer) 1 level tablespoon of liquid dawn dish soap (reg. blue strength) 3 tablespoons of regular rubbing alcohol Mix all in one gallon of water. Spray everything in the garden every 10 days. This works really good on tomatoes and squash. Blight can possibly be avoided by not allowing leaves to come in contact with the …

Common Garden Problems

Each season presents many questions regarding problems in the garden. Generally, these problems stem from light and water issues. Plant tags will include information regarding light and water needs. Other problems may include fertilization, insects and disease. Light – Always use plants in their favored light condition. Shade plants will dry out and leaves may burn in the hot midday sun. Sun lovers may become leggy and blooming will suffer when planted in too much shade. Water – Over and …

Poisonous Plants

Common name Genus species Category Wenke Carries Aconite or Monkshood Aconitum spp Native and cultivated perennial * Alfalfa or Lucerne Medicago sativa Native groundcover Angel’s Trumpet or Devil’s Trumpet or Downy Thornapple Datura spp or Brugmansia spp. Annual * Arrowgrass Trifolium spp. Native groundcover Baneberry or Doll’s Eyes Actaea spp. Woodland perennial Belladonna Atropa belladonna Native plant Bird’s Foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus Perennial * Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia Tree Bleeding Heart Dicentra spp. Perennial * Bloodroot or Red Puccoon Sanguinmaria …

Perennials Tolerant of Wet Shade

 Genus Common Name Aruncus dioicus Sylvan Goatsbeard Astilbe False Spirea Astrantia major Masterwort Caltha palustris Marsh Marigold Chelone Turtlehead Cimicifuga Bugbane Eupatorium Joe Pye Weed Filipendula Meadowsweet or Queen of the Prarie Funkia Hosta Genriana andrewsii Closed Gentian Ligularia Golden Ray Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue Lobelia Lysimachia Loosestrife Matteuccia s. var. Pennsylvania Ostrich Fern Miscanthus ‘purpurascens’ Red Flame Miscanthus Grass Myosotis scorpioides Forget-Me-Not Onoclea sensibilis Sensitive Fern Osmunda cinnamomea Cinnamon Fern Osmunda claytoniana Interrupted Fern Osmunda …

Perennials Tolerant of Dry Shade

Genus Species Acanthus mollis Common Bear’s Breeches Adonis amurensis Amur Adonis Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’ Bishop’s Weed Anemone x hybrida Japanese Anemone Arum italicum ‘Pictum’ Arum Lilly Aster cordifolius Heart-leaved Aster Aster divaricatus White Wood Aster Bergenia Bergenia Brunnera macrophylla False Forget-Me-Not Colchicum Autumn Crocus Convallaria majalis Lily of the Valley Cornus canadensis Bunchberry Corydalis lutea Yellow Fumitory Cyclamen Hardy Cyclamen Dennstaedtia punctilobula Hay Scented Fern Deschampsia flexuosa Crinkled Hairgrass Disporum Fairy Bells Dryopteris filixmas Male Fern Dpimedium Barrenwort Eranthis Winter …

Perennials – Long Bloomers

Achillea – Yarrow Alchemilla mollis – Lady’s Mantle Aster – Purple Dome Buddleia – Butterfly bush, all varieties and colors are equally long blooming Coreopsis – Moonbeam and Zagreb Corydalis lutea – Yellow varieties Hemerocallis – Daylily, Stella d’Oro, Purple d’Oro, any variety that states reblooms Dicentra exima – Bleeding Heart Echinacea purpurea – Coneflowers, all colors Eryngium – Sea Holly Hardy Geranium – sanguineum Rozanne Heliopsis helianthoides – False Sun Flower Hibisucs moscheutos – Hardy Hibiscus Lavendula – Lavender …

Old-Fashioned Flower Garden

Old-Fashioned Annuals   Bachelor’s Buttons/Cornflower Balsam California Poppy China Aster Cockscomb Cosmos Drummond’s phlox Flowering tobacco Four o’clock Gillyflower – Stock Geranium Larkspur Marigold Love-in-a-Mist Nasturtium Loves-Lies-Bleeding Petunia Reseda Mignonette Rose Campion/Catchfly Snapdragon Persicaria Sunflower   Zinnia     Old-Fashioned Perennials/Biennials   Alyssum/Basket of Gold Aster, New England Anemone Blackberry Lily Bellflower Bleeding Heart Canterbury Bells Candy Tuft English Daisy Daylily Columbine Forget-me-not Foxglove Hibiscus Hollyhock Jack-in-the-Pulpit Lavender Lily-of-the Valley Mallow Lily Lupine Maltese Cross Old Roses Monkshood Phlox Oriental …