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Pick of the week: Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis as known as a “Lenten rose” is a late-winter blooming perennial that grows large, cup-shaped, rose like flowers. The flowers usually form 1-4 clusters on thick stems and can grow to be 1.5’ tall and have an 8-10 week long bloom period. Plant the Lenten rose near the patio or walkway or plant as a ground cover. Grows best in rich, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil and likes full sun to partial shade.


Pick of the week: New Zealand Flax

Phormium tenax also known as a ‘New Zealand flax’ is an evergreen that is grown for its attractive foliage. The flax grows sword-shaped, linear bright green leaves with red-orange stripes that can grow to be 3-9 feet long. Use as a focal point for the border or at lawn’s edge where the soil is moist but well-drained. Start seeds in a container for a nice summery display and then divide in the spring.


Heavenly Bamboo

Nandina domestica also known as “heavenly bamboo” is an evergreen and is easy to grow and likes full to partial shade. It looks best when grown in groups. Heavenly bamboo is mainly grown for its interesting foliage and fruit displays, it can grow up to 8 feet tall by 4 feet wide. The heavenly bamboo gets its name from its cane-like stems and leaves that look like bamboo. In the spring time, it will produce white flower with yellow


Pick of the week: Garlic

Garlic is easy to grow and produces numerous bulbs after a long growing season and is frost tolerant. Plant garlic about 2 months before the first hard frost. To grow garlic, plant individual cloves about 1-2 inches beneath the soil about 4-6 inches apart. Make sure not to use garlic cloves from the store as they may not be the right variety or have been treated. Harvest the garlic when the yellow tops start to fall over. Garlic isn’t just for cooking, you can also use it as an insect repellent or in home remedies.


Pick of the week: Mums

Chrysanthemum (Dendranthema x grandiflorum) are also known as “mums” for short. The flower heads are composed of a cluster of many flower heads. This our favorite color! Mums can be grown in any kind of soil but prefer full sun; are easy to grow and have a long flowering period. They have nine categories based on the arrangement of disk and ray of flowers- Incurved, Reflexed, Intermediate, Singles, Pompons, Sprays, Spiders/Spoons/Quills, Charms and Cascades.


Pick of the Week: Asters


Italian aster (Aster amellus) are daisy-like perennials and are super easy to grow. There are over 600 varieties. The yellow center of the Asters is actually comprised of many tiny flowerets. They grow best in moist, well drained soils with full to partial sun and can grow up to 8 feet tall. Plants Asters in the fall to allow them to get established before winter or start them as a plotted plant.


Pick of the Week: Pumpkins


One of the most well-known winter squashes, pumpkins can be used in a variety of different ways- whether you’re in the kitchen making something sweet or savory, it can also be used for decoration. Pumpkins can be stored in cool dark places for months a time. Plant pumpkins and other winter squashes after the last frost in the spring, when the soil is about 70 degrees or more, and harvest in the fall before the first frost. Make sure when planting pumpkins, plant them near the edges of the garden to keep them from taking over your entire garden.


Pick of the Week: Hosta ‘Undulata’

Hosta ‘Undulata’

Hosta ‘Undulata’ have wavy leaves with a white center and produce lilac flowers in the summer time which attract bees These are a very popular perennial due to their versatility and are easy to grow and maintain. They prefer moderate shade with well-drained soil and will grow to be about 15 inches tall by 30 inches wide. Plant hostas with other perennials in a shady area or mass them as a ground cover.


Pick of the Week: Bluebeard

Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Night'

(Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Night’)

This deciduous shrub is a delightful blooming surprise at the end of summer. Different than most bluebeards, ‘Dark Night’ stands upright and is more densely branched than other species.  The deep purplish-blue flowers lie in tufts along the stem, and the dark green foliage is a nice contrast. Another plus, the hummingbirds love it, and it is deer resistant.

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