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What's New and Blooming 5/20/2015

Create your own Memorial Day Planter

   With red, white, and blues found in the greenhouse

 

Why do my Reblooming Hydrangeas Change Color?

Most hydrangeas bloom once a year. Our reblooming hydrangeas bloom all summer long and that's when you notice how their flower color can change. A common question is, 'Why did my pink hydrangea turn blue?'  Soil pH makes the difference!

BloomStruck reblooming hydrangeaOur BloomStruck® hydrangeas are pink in the containers. With local acidic soils, they will turn more purple over the year. Sweeten your soil by adding lime and they will stay pink. These new Endless Summer hydrangeas bloom on old and new wood. They will keep putting out new mopheads of blossoms all summer long. Always fresh looking with red stems - real showstoppers!

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lacecap of Twist-n-Shout

 

Twist-n- Shout®, a lacecap reblooming hydrangea, shows these changes even more dramatically between the pinks, purples and even blue. The blossoms' spread is outstanding.

 

 

 

 

reblooming hydrangea Endless Summer

 

 

Endless Summer - the original tends to stay the bluest of these three and does not have the red stem. It is a great choice for those who want fresh blooms all summer.

 

 

 

Reblooming shrubs usually only have close variations of the colors on a shrub. Now we have LA Dreamin' , also a rebloomer, that will have all three distinct colors at the same time! Pink, purple and blue. LA Dreamin' is the largest of these rebloomers growing up to 6 feet.

Taking more sun than some other hydrangeas, rebloomers are best in good morning sun and dappled afternoon shade. The more sun, the more blooms but regular water is needed. They are disease resistant and fairly low maintenance. Deadhead as needed and prune to shape late fall through winter. As they bloom on old and new wood, they will give you a long show of color!

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Nandina Tuscan Flame Flares Red All Year

For a block of color all year long, Tuscan Flame nandina domestica fills the spot. Unlike other nandinas which may start red and turn green or start green and turn red, the new growth of Tuscan Flame will start red and stay red throughout the growing season.

It is compact and bushy in appearance. The flowers and later the berries are on short stalks. They are not predominant and are hidden by the leaves. Nandina are drought tolerant once established and require little care. They like to be placed in full to part sun.

Plant Tuscan Flame to create a solid line of color or use several in a corner. Growing only 3 to 4 feet high, you can have a stunning backdrop for any flower or leaf color.

Create a typically Northwest style garden by contrasting them against a chartreuse colored low growing shrub like Bonanza Gold Barberry (grows to 18 inches) or Old Gold Juniper (18 - 36 inches).  Why not try an Orange New Zealand Sedge which grows to 24 inches?

With Tuscan Flame not losing its leaves in the winter, you can maintain that attractive look in your garden throughout all four seasons.

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Caring for your Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets look beautiful when you first bring them home. To keep them that way you need to follow an almost daily routine of watering - especially for those baskets out in full sun. They could need watering twice a day on those extremely hot summer days. During rainy or cooler times, you might want to reach in and feel the soil before watering.

 

Why do baskets need more water than those plants in the ground? The hanging baskets are full of densely planted flowers. This is why they look so lush and beautiful. Their roots fill in the comparatively small basket. They drink up that water!

To keep your hanging baskets blooming, a regular fertilization regime is necessary. If the plants are not fed, they will not continue throwing out new buds. Deadheading helps with some of the baskets - epecially the fuchsia and geraniums. This not only keeps them neat and tidy looking, the plants won't put their energy into producing seed heads rather than continue flowering.

We recommend using Dr. Earth Bud and Bloom on a weekly schedule. The liquid form is easiest to mix and use.

 

What else do you need to do? Just ENJOY them!

collection of fuchsia baskets

What's New and Blooming 5/13/2015

Sun Perennials that are colorful to us and attractive to hummingbirds

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 'Lemon Frost' penstemon 'Blue Pixie' mullein

            Phygelius 'Lemon Frost'                                      Verbascum 'Blue Pixie'

 

 'Festive Orange' phygelius 'Electric Blue" enstemon

          Phygelius 'Festive Orange'                               Penstemon 'Electric Blue'

 

Mandarin honeysuckle vine

Lonicera x Mandarin

Weigela Hit the Spot!

   

                 Merlot Pink                    Sonic Bloom Pearl                 Rainbow Sensation

Are you looking for a shrub that will burst into bloom late spring through early summer, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, is deer resistant and low maintenance? Weigela hits the spot!

They love full sun and regular moisture.  Because weigela vary in height from 18 inches to 5 feet and from 24 inches to 5 feet wide, make sure you read the label before planting! Give your plant the room it needs to grow. You don’t want to spend time pruning back due to lack of space. On the other hand, you are sure to find a weigela that will fit perfectly in your garden. Place them where you can enjoy that early, dense flush of blooms.

The trumpet shaped flowers range in color from white to many shades of pink. The shrubs can be very different from each other with some varieties having dark, burgundy foliage while others are more bronze or green. Some like ‘Rainbow Sensation’ and ‘My Monet’ are variegated with leaves that are green and white with shades of pink depending on the amount of sun they receive. So many choices! Come check them out!

Weigela can be pruned to shape after blooming. They bloom on one year old or more growth so do not cut back severely.  After several years, you can cut back 1/3 of the oldest canes to the ground.  This will keep the shrub vigorous and productive.

 

   

           Sonic Bloom Pink                         Courtalor                             Merlot Rose

What's New and Blooming 5/06/2015

Hanging baskets are at their best for Mother's Day

 

Dave's Dollars

Viburnum Summer Snowflake

full size in display gardenBursting with striking, white lacecap-like flowers April through May and sporadically on and off during the summer, 'Summer Snowflake' viburnum stands out in any garden. The outer ring of petals with a cluster of flowers in the center are very showy.

You can use this shrub as a specimen or as a hedge. It is dense and upright, growing 6 to 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide. These are easily pruned after blooming to maintain the desired size for your garden. Placed in full sun and given regular water, it will be outstanding.

The name viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Summer Snowflake' tells us that the plant has veined leaves with fine hairs. This makes them deer resistant. Attractive to butterflies while blooming, their small red fruit also makes them attractive to birds.

'Summer Snowflake' viburnum is definitely a three season plant with its white, snowflake-like showy flowers, dark green summer leaves and good fall color. It lives up to its name.

 

 

flower close up   fall foliage

 

 

 
 
 
             
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What's New and Blooming 4/29/2015

Clematis have such a variety of bloom colors.

These are some of the ones showing off now.

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 clematis 'Bees Jubilee' clematis 'Chelsea'

               Clematis 'Bees Jubilee'                                        Clematis 'Chelsea'

 

 

 clematis 'Countess of Lovelace' clematis 'Niobe'

        Clematis 'Countess of Lovelace'                                 Clematis 'Niobe'