Sales October 5-11, 2015


Pottery 20 aJoAnn has done an outstanding job this year in the variety of pottery we have for sale.  Come and get what you need for next year at
discount prices. (*does not include new Christmas pots.)

Grasses smLoretta LOVES to use perennial grasses and hostas in landscaping and gardens.  The textures, colors, heights and varieties Hosta 30work with so many areas. She has finally marked the grasses 30% off as well as the hostas.

  • 50% – Hibiscus
  • 50% – Vines
  • 50% – Butterfly Bushes
  • 50% – Small Fruits


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Justin wants you to enjoy both spring and fall color by planting your crabapples & maples this week, or ask us and we will plant them for you.

  • 30% Crabapples
  • 30% Maples
  • 50% – Roses
  • 50% – Dogwood
  • 50% – Fruit Trees
  • 50% – Hot Wings


Mums, New Christmas Items & a Quote

mums collageNEW SHIPMENTS OF MUMS ARRIVED THIS MORNING (10/1/15)! They range from $8.99 – $24.99.  The larger mums are in beautiful wooden baskets. Colors–White, Orange, Red, Purple, & Yellow.They are starting to show color and are LOADED with buds.


We came back from Chicago’s Independent Garden Show in August with some fun new Christmas items. Peace poles that Christmas smhave vinyl printed on four sides of the post. Planters that match the Peace poles. Stars and a small nativity that can light up if you wish. A 3 foot nativity that can stay in your yard and put a spot light on it. Corrugated metal words – Joy, Noel. Snowmen and 3-D Christmas trees and more…

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Tips for Planting Bulbs

Plant spring-bloomers usually in mid to late October – when the weather is consistently cool.Bulbs 1 sm

– Too early and they’ll put out too much new growth

– Too late and they won’t be established before frost

Ensure soil is well-drained. Too much moisture and the bulbs will rot

Plant in full sun. Spring bloomers need lots of light!

Plant in larger holes rather than tiny ones, to help the roots establish

Opt for larger groupings instead of rows – it looks fuller and the color shows offAllium sm

Place bulbs pointed side up and check label for depth

Use bulb booster fertilizer or compost to provide nutrients to your bulbs

Make sure you clean up all the peels once you are done planting as those peels above ground attract critters.

If animals are are digging around your bulbs, you can cut a piece of chicken wire and place it an inch under the soil across the top of all your bulbs. The bulbs will grow through the chicken wire, and the animals will be stopped.Bulbs 2 sm

Each spring, when bulbs are in their prime, take a picture to see where you’d like to plant additional bulbs in the fall.

For a dramatic spring show, layer smaller bulbs such as crocus over bigger bulbs like daffodils and tulips.

Check out the new Easy Bloom Pad® makes planting bulbs easy and bulb pkinspired! With bulbs that are pre-spaced in a biodegradable package, gardeners simply drop the pad in a hole made in the ground or a container and enjoy spring rewards.

Good plants to use in your gardens & landscaping


Ajuga is a creeping evergreen plant which quickly fills in empty areas, smothering out weeds while adding exceptional foliage color and blooms. The flowers may be rose or white, but the most common color is purplish blue. The foliage color ranges from green to bronze to purple.  Ajugas begin blooming in early spring and continue up until mid July with peak blossoms in May and June. Most grow about 6-9” tall. Ajuga tolerates a wide range of soil as long as it is well drained.  Once established, ajuga plants require little care. It is relatively drought tolerant, however, if it is located in the sun, you may need to water it more often.  It is self-seeding, so if you don’t want any unexpected pop-ups, deadheading definitely helps. Redirect runners to the area you want covered or pull the runners.

Lamium collage smLamium is also an excellent ground cover perennial for shady areas, grown largely for its spreading foliage and colorful flowers. Lamium thrives in shade but will grow in sun when provided with moist soil conditions. Different varieties offer a range of flower colors in white, purple and pink and silver- variegated leaves. All have a low-growing, creeping habit that make them widely adapted as ground cover or for mass plantings. It spreads vigorously, but is not invasive. Cut back after flowering to maintain form and appearance. Cut back after the first flush of bloom to maintain a compact growth habit.

Ornamental Pear collage smOrnamental Pear Trees are known for their very beautiful spring flowers and relatively easy maintenance. They don’t bear fruit and have attractive fall foliage. Ornamental pears are hardier than fruiting pear trees.  They like full sun and moist, well-drained soil. They can tolerate clay soil as long as it is well drained. They also like slightly acidic soil. If your soil is too alkaline, add sulfur (1# to every 30 sq. ft.)

rose of Sharon - Hibiscus smRose Of Sharon (Hibiscus Bush) have colorful, showy flowers appear in summer in shades of white, red, pink and purple on the Rose of Sharon bush. They are an easy and effective way to add long lasting summer color with little fuss. The large, showy flowers attract birds, butterflies and other useful pollinators. They are easy to care for and may thrive with neglect. Make sure you take care to prune them for shape. When planting Rose of Sharon in the landscape, consider that it may reseed abundantly. Prepare to remove additional plants appearing in unwanted areas. Flowers grow on the current year’s growth; early pruning before buds develop can keep the growing Rose of Sharon in top form and keep the tree-like shrub in bounds.


SPRING BULBS HAVE ARRIVED!! Stop out and get your bulbs while the selection is at its peak. Bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground is cool, when evening temperatures average between 40° to 50 deg; F. You should plant at least six weeks before the ground freezes.You can, if necessary, store bulbs for a month or longer, if you keep them in a cool dry place.

How deep should I plant my fall bulbs?

The basic rule of thumb is that the hole should be at least three times as deep as the height of the bulb. Use the chart below for the required planting depth of your bulbs.  Don’t worry about your bulbs being planted an inch or two deeper than recommended; in most cases this provides the bulb with a little extra protection.  Our packaging provides you with a variety of specific guidelines and planting tips.

Summer bulbs have varied planting requirements so make sure to consult the information we provide on our packaging for best results.

Here’s a guide for planting depthBulb Planting Guide

The Beauty of Wisteria

Loretta wants you to enjoy some of the beauty of Wisteria so she has marked them 30% off.Wisteria collage smWisteria – the beautiful lavender blooms and sweet fragrance make your garden an inviting oasis.  As an aggressive grower, Wisteria doesn’t need fertilizing and is drought tolerant.

Some things to consider when planting Wisteria vine:

– Look for an open area that can be easily mowed or pruned to keep the Wisteria vine in control. Once established, pruning is the only important requirement for Wisteria vine care.

– As a twining vine it needs sturdy support and regular pruning to keep it under control.

– Plant in an area with plenty of sunlight; it doesn’t do as well in the cold.

– It requires deep, rich soil that is somewhat moist, but tolerates many soil conditions.

Did you know that the Chinese Wisteria (W. sinensis) twines counterclockwise and the Japanese variety (W. floribunda) twines clockwise. Training the Wisteria vines to cover your arbor, pergola, or fence, helps add to the magic as it displays its beautiful clusters of flowers. Choose an upright stem, attach to your supports, remove side shoots and continue to train the main vine upwards. Side branches can be trained along the structure as desired. Keep the side branches spaced about 18 inches apart. Pinch off or cut the main vine tip to stunt its growth. Cut the side branches about a foot from the main trunk and remove suckers from the base.



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  • Grow best in sun to part shade
  • Bloom March-May
  • Height 20-30 ft
  • Spread 20-25 ft
  • Recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting numbers of native bees.

Loretta and her team work hard to keep the perennials looking incredible for you this time of year. They have a great selection of lilies-asciatic, oriental and daylilies, and hardy hibiscus for you to enjoy. These will be 20% off during this week so stop out early to get the pick of the crop.



Iowa is a great place to grow Roses…great soil, warm summer months, cooler spring and fall months with usually adequate rainfall. Some may argue Roses are difficult to grow. Not so…remember, these are not your grandmother’s Rose bushes.

Today you can choose from a number of different types of Roses and they are much tougher than yesterday’s Roses. Own-root Roses like the KNOCK OUT® or Easy Elegance brands of Roses are grown on their own root, giving them greater disease resistance. A David Austin®, Hybrid Tea Rose, is a beautiful, fragrant way to add some color (think yellow, peach, bi-color, etc., single bloom per stem) to your garden or landscape. There are also Shrub Roses that stay low to the ground as well as Climbing Roses (if you can’t go out, go up!).

DSC_0390Plant roses in sun

Plant roses where they’ll get plenty of sun, especially this far north where the sun is less direct. The recommendation is for roses to get 10 or more hours of direct, unfiltered light a day—not just 8 as so often is recommended. Morning sun is best, by far. It dries off morning dew quickly to prevent fungal diseases.


At planting time, work in several spades of compost into the soil. Compost is magic, improving texture, fertility, and overall soil health in wonderfully intricate ways.

Wait to prune

In spring, don’t prune too early; wait until the leaf buds are a half inch or so long so that way you know more precisely what’s dead and what’s not.

Plant deep

Plant the graft or bud union (the knobby part right above the roots) 1 to 2 (yes, 2!) inches below the soil level. Some national companies will tell you to plant the graft union at ground level, but in Iowa, go deeper. It protects the rose from harsh winters.

Feed them

Fertilize roses 2 to 3 times during the growing season. Fertilize the first time in early spring, just as the plants are starting new growth. Fertilize again at bloom time in early June. Fertilize one more time, if desired, in early July. If you choose to use chemicals, consider a combination rose fertilizer-insecticide. Bayer makes an excellent one in a big blue jug. I also like Osmocote, a slow-release granular fertilizer that’s easy to apply. Otherwise, fertilize with any chemical or organic fertilizer, and if it’s made for roses, so much the better.

But don’t overfeed your roses

Always stop feeding roses in early August (a tip from Reiman Gardens’ Nick Howell). This prevents tender new growth that will get zapped by winter.

Spray for mildew

Spray all but rugosa roses with a mixture of 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 tablespoon liquid soap, and 2 quarts water. Do this three times, 10 days apart, in early spring before daytime temperatures hit 80 degrees. This will prevent powdery mildew.

Brace for winter

In fall, mound all your roses (except the rugosas they don’t need it) with compost or good-quality soil after the first frost to a depth of 8 inches or more. But I’d not bother with wrapping and certainly not with those white cones, which may do more harm than good. Plus, they’re really, really unattractive. Gently push away the soil in spring when new growth starts.

Cedar River Garden Center carries several varieties or roses.

~ Cedar River Garden Center staff & The Iowa Gardener