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 …

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, …

Hostas

Hostas are favored by many gardeners for their exceptional foliage. Growing best in shady spots, they can add color and drama to your garden in places other plants may not grow. Leaves come in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes, and textures and may be solid in color or variegated in different combinations of blue, green, white, and yellow. Although they do flower, they are grown mostly for the decorative foliage and the plants remain attractive from spring till …

Daylilies – Also known as Hemerocallis

Daylilies – the perfect perennial! Perfection is a pretty high standard but I think you might agree that this plant comes pretty close to meeting that definition.  Their real name is Hemerocallis but that just does not sound as pleasant as “Daylily”.  They’re called the perfect perennial because they seem to thrive everywhere they are planted with very little care and come in several colors.  A fun fact is that each bloom usually only lasts for a day and then it …

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Irises

How to Grow Iris: Irises should be planted in July, August, September. It is imperative that the roots of the newly planted iris be well-established before the growing season ends. Irises need at least half a day of sun. Be sure to provide good drainage, planting either on a slope or in raised beds. Ideal PH is 6.8 (slightly acidic). Irises should be planted so the tops of the rhizomes are exposed and the roots are spread out facing downward …

Why Doesn’t my Hydrangea Bloom?

Many customers ask why their hydrangeas aren’t blooming. The primary reasons hydrangeas don’t bloom are incorrect pruning, bud damage due to winter and/or early spring weather, location and too much fertilizer. Let’s start with pruning…  Hydrangea varieties can be of the type that blooms on old wood, new wood or both. Old wood is the current year’s growth and new wood is next year’s (spring) growth. Say you purchased a Nikko Blue Hydrangea this year. Nikko’s produce blooms in the fall for next …

Looking for a new plant for your shade garden?

Then you need to check out all the amazing varieties of heucheras! Heuchera foliage has been bred to produce a wide burst of colors, from amber, gold and orange to lime-yellow, red, purple, brown and even black. Heuchera is now 30% off along with all other perennials. The little stalks of flowers that give the plant its common name of coral bells are still there, but it’s the leaves that are prized. Although traditional coral bells had only green leaves …

Dividing Perennials

It’s Good for Your Plants Dividing perennials is an easy, inexpensive, reliable way to propagate you favorite plants. In fact, lots of varieties of perennials benefit from division, resulting in several young, actively growing and blooming plants out of an overgrown clump. It’s a good idea to spend a little time before you start the task and decide where the divisions are going. Take advantage of the opportunity to amend the soil before you plant you divisions. Can any perennial …

Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds with Columbine!

With beautiful bell-shaped flowers, Columbine is an excellent garden perennial with many colorful hybrid varieties to choose from. Its distinctive, bell-shaped, spurred flowers, bloom from mid-spring to early summer. Columbine self-seeds prolifically giving you many volunteer seedlings. With a wide choice of hybrid varieties, colors range from light pastels to bright yellow, red, orange and purple selections. The plant’s foliage has an attractive lacy appearance. Intricate little flowers, they are most commonly a combination of red, peach, and yellow but …

Hardy Hibiscus: Plate-size flowers will make you the envy of the neighborhood!

Hardy perennial hibiscus (also called rose mallow) are showstoppers in my late-summer garden. Huge plate-size flowers in shades of pink, red or white burst forth from stout plants in late July/early August. Although the individual flowers only last a day, the succession of flowers can last for up to eight weeks.  These amazing blooms have prompted many strangers to knock on my door to inquire about the bush with flowers the size of dinner plates. These Hibiscus flowers are amazing …