Staff Pick – Mock Orange

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STAFF PICK from Heather & Faye – the Mock Orange. Heather likes the incredible fragrance and beauty of the blossoms.  Faye remembers her mom putting her hair up in a bun on Sunday morning getting ready for church and picking fresh mock orange to put around it. We have the Snow White Fantasy and the Mini Snowflake Mock Orange.

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The scent of the mock orange shrub is incredible.  It is long lasting, citrus-fragrant, white blooms in the late spring to early summer.  It has a natural vase-shaped appearance, but it can be pruned annually to encourage dense foliage. Hardiness Zones 4-8.

The mock orange grows best in full sun. It needs plenty of space to grow and spread. It performs best in well-drained locations. Make sure you plant it where you can enjoy its sweet fragrance. Plant in groups, as a hedge row, privacy screen, or as an individual featured shrub in the garden.

Mock orange benefits from regular renewal or rejuvenation pruning. The process typically involves removing one-fifth to one-third of the oldest and largest stems at ground level. Cutting the larger stems encourages vigorous growth from the ground, making the shrub full from the bottom up. Selective pruning also improves the shrub’s flowering capacity by allowing more light to reach the interior of the plant.mock orange 1 sm

Coneflowers

Another option for feeding the birds, bees and butterflies are coneflowers. Loretta has a wide variety of coneflower options. 

Coneflower is a native North American perennial sporting daisy-like flowers with raised centers. Widely renowned as a medicinal plant, coneflowers are a long-flowering perennial for borders, wildflower meadows, and prairie gardens. Blooming midsummer to fall, the plants are relatively drought-tolerant and rarely bothered by pests. The flowers are a magnet for butterflies, and the seeds in the dried flower heads attract songbirds. Flower colors include rose, purple, pink, and white, plus a new orange variety. Plants grow 2 to 4 feet tall, depending on variety.

  • Easy care/low maintenance
  • Multiplies readily
  • Good for cut flowers
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Deer resistant
  • Tolerates dry soil
  • Select a site with full sun to light shade and well-drained soil.

Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Deadhead spent flowers to extend flower period, but leave late-season flowers on the plants to mature; the seedheads will attract birds. Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.  (Source:  Garden.org)Coneflower sm

Sales June 29 – July 12

JoAnn has gone to the birds (sort of) –birds

birdbaths, bird houses, bird figurines; hummingbird & oriole feeders (*excludes bird seed)

Continuing Sales:

  • Fruit trees & small fruits – 20% off
  • Birdbaths, bird feeders, bird houses, bird figurines – 20% off
  • Annuals – Buy One / Get One FREE
  • Vegetables – Buy One / Get One FREE
  • Hanging Baskets – 25% off
  • Potted Containers – 25% off
  • Bulk Seed & Seed Packets – 50% off
  • Clearance corner of all kinds of gifts.

 

 

Justin wanted to make sure you knew that the Lime Trees are also 20% off.

We’ve Got a Secret …

Dan and Megan say all the annuals and vegetables need to find homes so we are selling them Buy One – Get One FREE. Stop in soon while the supplies last.  Cindy says many of her vegetables are looking their best right now and are ready to go in your gardens so you can enjoy  delicious food all summer and into fall. Nancy and her staff have been lovingly caring for the annuals, but as much as Nancy loves these “babies” she wants them to grow in your gardens and containers.annuals bogo sm Vegetables bogo sm

The Hardy Hibiscus

are getting ready to show off.  Hibiscus flowers range from 3-4 inches across to the proverbial dinner plate, 8-12 inches in diameter. The center of each flower has a showy pistil/stamen structure. Colors range from hot pink, raspberry, mauve, dusty rose, white and plum.  Many of the varieties have a dark red center and some have ruffled edges.  The hardy hibiscus is a prolific rebloomer.

Growing Tips:  Sun; well-drained, light soil; fertilize with organic matter such as peat moss or manure; mulch with 1-2” of organic mulch. Once established, the hibiscus requires approximately 1” of moisture per week. Fertilize with a granular fertilizer such as 10-10-10 each spring. Remove spent flower stems after blooming. 

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Butterfly Bush (Buddlia) – It is a treat to watch the butterflies, bees and sometimes hummingbirds, sip nectar from the abundant flowers. Buddlia are large, arching shrubs that produce masses of flowers in midsummer to fall.  Colors include pink, red, violet, yellow and white. The shrub grows 5 to 10 feet tall and wide, depending on the variety.  The fragrant flowers can be used for cuttings.

Growing Tips:  Easy care/low maintenance; full sun; moist, well-drained soil.  Till up the soil to 12-15 inches, then mix in 2-4 inch layer of compost.  Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot. Place the rootball level with the surface soil.  Cover with a thin layer of compost each spring along with 2-4 inches of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.  Water if less than 1 inch of rainfall per week. Flowers grow on the new wood, so prune back the old growth almost to the ground early each spring before new growth appears.

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Viburnums are showy, often-fragrant flowers followed by colorful berries and fall foliage. In talking with Heather, one of our Landscape Designers, she shared why she loves to include Viburnum in many of her designs.  Heather likes how the berries of the Viburnum provide food for the birds and squirrels, which allows people to enjoy watching the shrub as it changes as well as the wildlife.  Viburnum are not particularly attractive to deer who usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. There are more than 150 species of Viburnum; many are native to North America, growing in Zones 3 to 8 (we are 4-5).  They are part of the cranberry family.  They require full sun or part shade.  They are excellent as hedges, in islands and some of them, such as Spice Girl, are known for their great fragrance.  Viburnum are relatively low-maintenance shrubs, prune only after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season’s flowers.

“Come and get your Viburnum before the berries set so you can enjoy the wildlife they will attract.” ~ HeatherViburnum sm

Blue Muffin Viburnum – is covered in stunning, creamy white flat-topped flowers in late spring. The leaves turn from a forest green to a deep purple in fall.  The powder blue fruits are spectacular clusters from early to late fall. 

Redwing American Cranberrybush – has showy red new growing tips for an extended period in the spring which eventually turn dark green while new emerging leaves continue to unfurl red against a backdrop of older dark green foliage. Flowers are followed by yellowish-green fruit with red blush on the topside, eventually turning completely bright cherry red, which stays well into winter. Fall foliage turns from bright red to wine red.

Some of the varieties we have are:  Redwing American Cranberrybush, Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush, Nannyberry, Ironclad, Brandywine, Emerald Triumph, Spice Girl, European Cranberry, Blue Muffin Arrowood, Autumn Jazz Arrowood, and Arrowood Viburnum.

Clearance Corner   Check out JoAnn’s Clearance Corner for great values. She has drastically reduced the prices on select pottery, garden stakes, gift items and more.

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Check out this fun Watermelon – Moon & Stars:  This heirloom watermelon is named for the Moon and Stars pattern of the skin and leaves.  This spectacular watermelon, with fine flavor, was introduced in 1926. The skin is deep green, speckled with hundreds of golden yellow stars and a few half-dollar sized moons. Even the foliage has yellow “stars”. The fruit is red. Melons are medium sized – 25 pounds and slightly oblong.moon and stars watermelon sm

NEW LANDSCAPING MATERIALS

We are now a retailer of KINGS MATERIALS.  We have a great selection of this Iowa-made landscaping materials. Currently we have added the following products:

Dakota Stone – Great for creating your own Backyard Paradise. The Dakota Stone products give you the flexibility to let your imagination run wild.  Its rustic tumbled appearance adds character to any outdoor living project. Dakota stone is excellent for landscape edging, firepit, benches, garden walls, pillars, outdoor kitchens and planters. (Dakota Stone block 4″H x 12″W x 8″D; Dakota Stone Tapered 4″H x 8″W/5.25″W x 8″D; Colors: Cedar, Granite, Harvest, Mountain, Walnut)Kings block displayKeystone Garden Wall – great for garden borders, flower beds, planters, tree rings, and straight or curved walls. Lightweight, easy to handle with a secure, interlocking design. Garden block has a quarried stone and its earth tone colors blend with any landscape.garden wall It is made of high-strength, low-absorption concrete to provide permanent, environmentaly safe walls that are virtually maintenance free. (4″H x 1″W x 9″D; Colors:  Grey, Taupe, Kingston, Harvest, Charcoal, Red)

Kings-Wall – great for permanent and maintenance free retaining wall system. (Type “B” Unit; 7″H x 15 5/8″W x 7 5/8″D; Colors:  Chocolate, Granite, Grey Harvest, Kingston, Taupe)
Kings WallTerrace Wall Block – Decorative, durable, dynamic wall block.
Terrace WallBullet edgers are great for tree rings, flower beds, gardens and Bullet edgers - Kings smwalkways. They work for straight lines, curves or serpentine layouts. (4″H x 12″W x 4″D; Colors-Harvest, Taupe, Chocolate, Charcoal, Grey, Red, Kingston)

We are selling the Kings Material at the same price as Kings does in their retail area, making it convenient to get block and edgers throughout the weekday or weekend. 


Ideas for Mom

Mother’s Day is Sunday.  We have great ideas for you:Nancy and her team have been planting, pruning, and lovingly caring for “their kids” since March. With their efforts we have incredible hanging baskets for your gardens. They are filled with an abundance of color and variety of plants for sun, partial sun and shade. They have restocked the greenhouses after our Open House, so come out and get things ready for your garden & landscaping needs.
annuals smCindy & Kay and their helpers have been starting over 35,000 vegetables from seed, carefully transplanting them once they have germinated and then potted them up so you have plants to start in your vegetable gardens.
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JoAnn has the Gift Store filled with unique and incredible gifts that are sure to please mom.  Our staff has been busy creating a variety of containers and pottery for Mother’s Day as well.  Dan has brought in Kings Materials block for some great backyard projects such as fire pits, benches and towers.
MD gifts smLoretta’s perennial benches are bursting with color for your gardens year after year. The dianthus/larkspur, honeysuckle, and lilies are really showing off. If you have containers you wish to have potted up or if you need some advice, our perennial experts are always ready to help you.
PERENNIALHeather, Justin, and the nursery staff have been busy ordering, preparing, and caring for a variety of trees, shrubs, roses, evergreens and fruit trees for your yards. If you see something somewhere and we don’t carry it, please ask us because it may be something we can order for you.
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The yard is fully stocked with a variety of bagged goods, block, boulders and other materials. We are now carrying locally made – Kings Material Block.  If you have a pick up truck or trailer, stop in to our bulk materials – topsoil, river rock, road rock and mulch.  If you don’t have a way to carry it, please call us and we will schedule a delivery for you.

Gift Cards ALWAYS make a great gift!

Open House May 2-3, 2015

Open HouseStop by for a great selection of annuals, perennials, trees & shrubs as well as the gift store stocked to the max.  We will have drawings for prizes as well as free pop & popcorn. We look forward to having you stop out.

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