SunPatiens -Easiest Flower for Sunny Spots

Sunpatiens are potentially the perfect plant. They’re amazing in the landscape, versatile and easy to grow.  If you plant them around your mailbox, be prepared for your neighbors to be asking you to help them with their landscaping too. SunPatiens have only been available a couple of years but they have quickly become one of the most popular plants with landscapers.  They’re one of my favorites too!  Recently, the Gazette did an article about the problem with downy mildew on …

Hummingbird Gardens

I was reminded again recently about how many people enjoy having hummingbirds in their garden. A friend was talking about how she wanted a specific plant to put by the feeder just so that she could attract these beautiful birds and enjoy watching them.  Attracting hummingbirds is relatively easy to do with certain plants and a few garden basics.      Hummingbirds are attracted to brightly colored blooms and are especially fond of tubular shapes which allow them to stick their beaks inside.  Red is a …

Fertilizing Over the Summer

Your plants will thank you if you give them some fertilizer this summer! Keep your plants looking their best and growing strong by adding fertilizer every 2-4 weeks this summer.  Free liquid fertilizer is always available at Wenke Greenhouses.  Bring in your own milk jugs or cat litter jugs or something with a top and fill up with our ready-to-use fertilizer.  It’s the same kind we use in the greenhouse and your plants will love it!  Plants, flowers and vegetables …

Heuchera – The Perfect Perennial

Heuchera helps you connect with nature by bringing our fluttering friends, the hummingbirds, to your back yard. Not only do hummingbirds help pollinate flowers but they are also are remarkable to watch. Heuchera – also known as Coral Bells – is a notable perennial in Michigan because of its versatility, ability to attract nature, color options and so much more. Once you’ve had time to enjoy watching the hummingbirds that come to the heuchera in your garden, you may also …

Caring for your Phalaenopsis Orchid

Orchids have a magical beauty and allure, with incredible colors, shapes and scents. With over 30,000 species of orchids available, it is important to know what kind of orchid you have. This holiday season, Wenke will be offering the Phalaenopsis Orchid. These plants are commonly referred to as “Moth Orchids” and are considered among the easiest of the orchid family to care for. Here are a few basic tips help your Phalaenopsis orchid grow, thrive, and bloom.  Temperature Phalaenopsis enjoy a fairly warm …

Know your Zone

Do you know your garden zone? The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is used by the garden industry to communicate the cold hardiness of landscape plants. Knowing your planting zone can be very useful when you are planning your garden and flower bed areas. The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter …

Inviting Fairies into your Garden

Do you have a fairy garden in your home or yard? Fairy gardening has become a very popular trend in the world of gardening. Making a fairy garden can make you feel like a kid again and make the worries of the world go away.  It’s just you and your own perfect place. What’s not to like, right? Fairy gardening/miniature gardening is creating scenes and garden areas using small plants and accents.  Your ideas and what you choose to create …

Mezoo is a hit!

I love to try different plants in my garden and every now and then I come across a variety that is a real winner. That is how I feel about Dorotheanthus bellidiformis ‘Mezoo Trailing Red’. Wow, that is a mouthful, huh? Let’s make it easy and just call it Mezoo. I noticed this plant for the first time this past spring. I was looking for a variegated vine that would grow in part sun. Mezoo fit the bill and had pretty little …

Cool Weather Vegetables

As it gets warmer and we have more sunny days, I can almost taste all those fresh vegetables from my garden. While it is still too early to plant some vegetables, there are some varieties of veggies that tolerate, even love the cold. They thrive in early spring’s cold soil temperatures, frost or even snow. Most of these grow great in containers as well as in the garden. And they have two growing seasons! While cold-crops will not withstand the heat of the mid-summer months, they can …

Get the dirt on our soil!

  We have our own special blend of potting soil called Wenke Blend. Wenke Blend is very lightweight to provide aeration while also having good water retention abilities. It has the best ratio of peat, perlite and other ingredients that the plants need. No fertilizer is added to the mix so you can add your own based on the plants you are using.  Wenke Blend is the best soil to use in container gardens and many customers even use a half and half mix of Wenke Blend …