PRETTY IT UP WITH PERENNIALS

PRETTY IT UP WITH PERENNIALS

People ask all the time about making a perennial garden. Here’s our tried and true recipe for greatness: Pick an early, mid and late bloomer for color from Spring to Frost Colors, leaf texture and heights Depending on who you ask at the Greenhouse, we all have our own favorites, but we all agree on these: Early to Late Spring Bloomers: Aquilegia, it’s a native with a showy bloom; Creeping Phlox, great blankets of color, Hellebore or Lenten Rose (Sue’s favorite), Iris – old fashion showy blooms, Peonies, so many varieties and colors that have been a staple in the garden for years due to the blossom and fragrance Early to Mid Bloomers: Coreopsis, long bloom time with varieties that have varying heights, leaf texture and come in yellows and reds, Astilbe, showy plume but great for rest of season due to foliage, Asiatic Lily, short bloom time but can’t beat the blossom, Hosta, blooms are small but they look great until the frost Mid to Late Bloomers: Platycodon, balloon flowers bloom till frost in blues, pinks and whites, Butterfly Bush, great shrub, good for the pollinators and wide range of colors, Lobelia, striking reds and blues, Tree Hibiscus, perennial, large showy blooms Late Bloomers: Rudbeckia, black eye Susan, excellent for fill and great for borders, Sedum, wide range of heights, unique foliage, small blossoms, Echinacea or Cone Flowers, long lasting blooms, nice heights and range of colors, Eupatorium or Joe Pye Weed, white blossom but really great for the dark...
 ASK ME HOW I FED MY FAMILY OF 5 – FRESH

 ASK ME HOW I FED MY FAMILY OF 5 – FRESH

No space, no time but want to eat fresh – a kitchen garden is for you! Kerry fed her family all summer long with a 4×6’ garden and containers. She planted 1 Big Mamma Tomato, 1 Campbell Tomato, 1 Big Bertha Tomato, 1 Sweet Banana Pepper, 1 Bush Crop Tomato (in a tomato cage), 2 rows of beans, 1 Zucchini, and 2 Basil in the 4×6” (YES THAT’S A LOT OF PLANTS). In containers, she planted in a 20” pot 1 Superbush Tomato with leaf lettuce around the base, 12” pot – 1 Red Robin Tomato, in hanging baskets on a shephard hook, and a pea plant. In a window box, she planted leaf lettuce that was placed on her patio. For space saving, she used tomato cages on all of the tomatoes. Harvesting is the key – Kerry picked from her garden until the end of September. KEYS TO MAKE IT WORK: Jack’s 20-20-20 1x week, especially the containers Sprinkled Preen on the 4×6’ before planting 1 bale of straw after plants are established for a moisture barrier and weed control Water faithfully, containers every day Water 4×6’ every other day by just laying the hose in garden, soaking the soil, this is a great way to conserve water- you’re not watering the leaves Harvest every morning while drinking a cup of coffee before work 5 to 10 minute daily...
WHO SAYS PARTIAL SUN IS BORING – THESE CLEMATIS SAY NOT!

WHO SAYS PARTIAL SUN IS BORING – THESE CLEMATIS SAY NOT!

Clematis – not just for the sun! You’ve always heard plant a clematis with a hot top and cool bottom but these varieties will thrive in partial shade. Abilene – delightful pink flower, as flower fades a deep pink stripe becomes prominent, can also be grown as a patio container plant, grows to 4 ft. tall, blooms June and August Fleuri – deep purple flowers, can be grown in containers, 4 ft. tall, blooms May through August New Love – a bush form , star shaped indigo flowers, sweet fragrance, 3 ft. tall, blooms June, July, August and September Nelly Moser – bicolor pale pink with red bar, 8 ft. tall, blooms June and...
ROOT, ROOT, ROOT FOR THE VEGGIES!

ROOT, ROOT, ROOT FOR THE VEGGIES!

If you are going to plant a garden make sure to add some root vegetables – awesome freshness all winter long! Root vegetables are easy to store and have a long shelf life. They are great for disease fighting immunity and energy boosting. Root vegetables like potatoes, onions, carrots, celeriac, kohlrabi, and radishes are easy to store. They like cool, dark, humid rooms or store in the fridge in a paper bag in the crisper drawer. Other great winter veggies like winter squash, Brussel Sprouts (let these guys get frosted a few times – they are sweeter this way) and Kale are great for cold winter nights. Make sure after harvesting winter squash that they are stored a cool dark room. Rah, Rah...