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 …

Plants that attract Hummingbirds

While Hummingbirds are attracted to red, they will feed from any color flower that has nectar. Annuals and perennials, vines, shrubs, trees, bedding plants and hanging plants: you can choose from all these categories in selecting flowers for attracting hummingbirds. Since there is such a dizzying array of plants that will help you achieve your goal, I have listed the flowers, shrubs and vines that are commonly used to attract hummers. Flowers Bee Balm Digitalis Cardinal Flower Delphinium Lantana Columbineh Coral …

Basil Collection

As we all strive to maintain healthy diets with flavorful food, cooking with fresh herbs and veggies becomes normal kitchen practice. Basil plays a large part in any herb garden and our new collection covers all the basil bases. We have two types of sweet basil: the traditional variety as well as the wonderful basil Genovese with larger, darker leaves. Because they grow at different speeds, it is best to plant both to provide a constant supply for the kitchen. Two interesting …

For the Love of Iris

Bearded irises are the royalty of my spring garden with their tall, frilly blooms and sword-like foliage. They add a perfect upright element to the garden, and they come in such a huge variety of colors that you are unlikely to ever get bored growing them. Bearded Iris bloom after spring bulbs and prior to summer flowering plants, providing color and beauty to every part of your garden. If you’ve planted your bearded irises in good soil in a sunny spot, …

Grow your own herb garden with Papa Joe Herbs

Wenke Greenhouses carries their own line of herbs called Papa Joe Herbs. Herbs are used for health, flavor, or fragrance. Herbs can be used to make teas; perk up cooked foods such as meats, vegetables, sauces, and soups; or to add flavor to vinegar, butters, dips, or mustard. Many herbs are grown for their fragrance and are used in potpourris, sachets, and nosegays; or to scent bath water, candles, oils, or perfumes. Herbs are relatively easy to grow. Begin with the herbs …

Geraniums

Geraniums are a very popular plant and have been for many years. I can’t speak for everyone, but I believe that they are a favorite not only because of their beauty but also because of their strength. Geraniums are able to thrive in hot, dry and sunny locations better than almost any other annual. Red is the color most people request but that should not deter anyone from noticing the beautiful salmons, purples, pinks and whites that are available. Geraniums …

Lantana

Sometimes an old, familiar plant is revitalized with new breeding, which is certainly the case with Lantana. New varieties, like the Bandana series, have large flower clusters in an impressive range of vivid colors – hot cherry to apricot to sunrise-type color combos, sometimes all on one plant! Lasting longer in hot weather than many other annuals, lantana is a long-time favorite for sunny spots. It is excellent in hanging baskets and outdoor patio containers, especially on a deck or by a …

Angelonia

Hot, sunny and a bit dry? Those are perfect conditions for a big show of color from Angelonia, a summer garden favorite. Some people call angelonia the “summer snapdragon” because its blooms are spiky and a bit tubular. But snapdragons are cool-weather plants while angelonia thrives in hot, sunny weather. Also like snaps, angelonia will attract the occasional hummingbird or butterfly. Angelonia is perfect in mixed containers as a thriller or a filler. For garden beds, try planting odd-numbered groups …