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.
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.
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.
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.” ~ Heather
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.
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.