Are You in need of some serious R&R?

Many of us have been enjoying some well-deserved R&R this summer. Justin has decided to take the R&R theme seriously here as well so …

Roses and Redbuds are all 30% off

Sales August 10-16, 2015 Roses smRedbuds sm



  • 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.

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While Dan’s been busy with landscaping projects JoAnn has decided to put these clever signs on sale 20% off. Check out the huge selection of fun signs.Signs sm

UNIQUE T-SHIRTS – Advice From…, gardening themes, for pet lovers and more. We sell them for $2.00 less than Amazon!! and now we are putting them on an additional 10% off.T-shirts sm


30% OFF – Fruit Trees & Small Fruits

50% OFF – Hot Wings Maple Trees


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!).

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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

An Ode to Planting for Fall Color

We thought we’d share Kasey’s creativity with you as she shares ideas for beautiful fall color.  We are proud of our knowledgeable and talented staff and how they come up with creative ways to help you grow in your knowledge of the variety of plant materials we offer.Slide1 SMSlide2 SMSlide3 SM

A Tisket, A Tasket, Ferns, Hostas & some Baskets


JoAnn has some beautiful baskets on sale for 30% off.  Pick up yours for your hanging basket needs now at Clearance Prices.Basket Sale sm






Many of you have been waiting for Loretta to say – “Hostas & Ferns are on sale – 20% off.”  The time is NOW – July 27 – August 1, 2015

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Justin says Christmas in July since it has become so hot – ALL Evergreens 20% off

  •  Evergreen trees offer year around color.
  •  Evergreen trees provide wonderful color in landscapes that are devoid of color due to cold weather, dry weather, or barren ground.
  •  They are excellent as windbreaks, hedges, and privacy screens.
  •  Northern locations often plant these trees on the north side of homesteads to catch snow and decrease wind speeds.
  •  Evergreen trees retain the majority of their needles through the winter.
  •  Evergreen trees, such as the arborvitae, are used in countless locations as screening plants.
  •  Spruce trees also belong in the evergreen family. Firs and spruces are used as the consummate Christmas decoration for millions of homes.
  •  We carry a wide variety of evergreens:  Fir, Cypress, Holly, Juniper, Larch, Spruce, Pine, Cedar, Yew, Hemlock and Arborvitae.

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All 1 gallon containers in the shrub area are 20% off.

We are Celebrating the Crazy Dayz of Summer

It is Papa Bear’s Crazy Dayz Sale (6/13-19/2015)
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JoAnn is Jumping for Joy – it is JULY so ALL POTTERY is discounted 20% off

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Your Vision/Our Variety

Viburnum varieties: Spicebush, Highbush Cranberry, Barkwood, Ironclad, Common Snowball, Mohican, Nannyberry, Brandywine, Bailey Compact American Cranbery, Emerald Triumph, Autumn Jazz Arrowwood, Blue Muffin Arrowwood, Arrowwood, and Spice Girl

Weigela varieties:  French Lace, Tango, Rainbow Sensation, Minuet, Finewine, Red Price, Midnight Wine, Spilled Wine, Sonic Bloom Red, Sonic Bloom Pink, Wine & Roses, Carnaval, My Monet, and Dark Horse

Lilac varieties: Dwarf Korean, Bloomerang, Bloomerang Dark Purple, Declaration, Common White, Charles Joly, Miss Canada, Pocahontas, Common Purple, Beauty of Moscow, Tiny Dancer, Tinkerbelle and Miss Kim

Juniper varieties:  Wichita Blue, Iowa, Moonglow, Medora, Skyrocket, Spartan, Blue Arrow, Dwarf Japanese Garden, Bluepoint, Grey Guardian, Blue Forest, Blueberry Delight, Gold Lace, Blue Chip, Gold Cone, Japanese Garden, Daubs Frosted, and Wilton Blue Rug

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Milkweed, Monarchs & Caterpillars

Iowa is the center of the monarch butterfly’s breeding range. However, the monarch butterfly population has declined over the last decade, according to surveys on the butterfly’s overwintering habitat in Mexico. There are many possible reasons for the decline, including extreme drought and flooding in the U.S. Midwest, logging in Mexico where the monarchs roost and a decline in the milkweed habitat according to ISU’s Department of Entomology and Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management.Monarchs Milkweed

Monarchs depend on milkweed for laying their eggs and for caterpillar nutrition.  Adult monarchs also rely on nectar-producing plants for nutrition to fuel their cross-country flight in the fall.

Milkweed is the cornerstone of a successful butterfly garden and planting a mix of both native and non-invasive annuals will entice more monarchs to your garden gates. These varieties are utilized as both host plant for caterpillars and a nectar source for butterflies.

Tip: all milkweed varieties should be planted in groups of at least six plants. (This can be a mix of the varieties of milkweed.) Otherwise, there is a good chance your monarch caterpillars will run out of milkweed!

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca NGN) – is easily grown and can spread rapidly if seedpods are left to open. Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars).

Information:  3-4 ft high (flower height 6-8:); 8-12 in wide; sun; dry soil conditions; flower color purple; bloom time – June – September; Zone 3-9.  They are drought tolerant, have fall color and fragrant flower. Deer resistant. Native Plant

The following information comes from Blank Park Zoo’s awesome program called Plant. Grow. Fly. 

Why Are We ConcernedPollinators are in decline due to a variety of reasons including global climate change, loss of habitat and feeding resources, and some modern agricultural practices. Butterflies, for instance, require large corridors of suitable habitat to navigate between nectar sources.  Our increasing rates of development and expanding networks of roads have presented them with formidable challenges. According to Monarch Watch, butterflies lose habitat areas equivalent to the size of Illinois every 16 years – that’s an average of 2.2 million acres lost per year.

Butterflies require not only connecting high quality swaths of habitat, but also specific types of plants that help them to feed and reproduce: nectar plants and host plants, respectively.  Each species of butterfly has specific sets of needs these plants must meet to be used. In Iowa, the majority of our butterflies need region-specific grassland plants. However, these plants are just as threatened as the butterflies they help: since European settlement, Iowa has lost more than 99.9% of its native tallgrass prairie. Iowa butterflies – and the habitats in which they live – need our help.

Host Plants:  Pussytoes (Antennaria), Asters (Symphyotrichum), False Indigo (Baptisia), Lupine (Lupinus), Milkweed (Asclepias), Native Grasses, Violets (Viola), New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus), Herbs-dill, fennel, curly parsley, Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea), Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), Sunflowers (Helianthus), and Penstemon (Penstemon)

Nectar Plants:  Bee Balm (Monarda), Blazing Stars (Liatris), Coneflowers (Echinacea), Cosmos (Cosmos), Goldenrod (Solidago), Ironweed (Vernonia), Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium), Lantana (Lantana), Rugosa Rose (Rose rugose), and Zinnias (Zinnia)


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.


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


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: sm