Did you know that there are cool season ornamental grasses and warm season ornamental grasses? Following are some warm and cool season grasses. The ornamental grasses we carry are all clump forming meaning that every few years they should be divided to prevent no grass growing in the middle of the clump.
Cool Season Ornamental Grasses: These grasses start growing in early spring, usually erupting from the ground in May. They generally are shorter then the warm season grasses. When the weather becomes very hot and dry they will go dormant. Cool season grasses generally start blooming late June or early July. Some cool season grasses that we carry and are in stock are:
We have a new weigela in stock. My Monet Purple Effect Weigela gets abundant pink flowers in late spring. Its’ neat variegated leaves start off green with white edges and eventually takes on purple tones as the growing season progresses. This plant is great for borders, mass plantings and containers as it only grows to about a foot and half in height and two feet wide. Click here for more information on this plant.
Our staff is very talented with putting together flowers and shrubs that go together. If you need help, they are here to help guide you to choose plants that go together not only in appearance, but plants that have the same requirements for water, soil and light. They are more then happy to assist you. Below are two designs they did. They are very conscience in determining how colors blend together.
Display features Congo Line sedum, Russian sage, Scotch moss and Evolution Fiesta coneflower.
Fountain, Scotch moss, Pandora ligularia and Younique silvery pink astilbe.
Have you seen the new Itoh peonies yet? They are a cross between the tree peony and the common herbaceous peony. The main differences are that the Itoh stems are much sturdier, the Itoh’s bloom for 3-4 weeks and can have 30-60 blossoms per plant and up to 6″ wide, depending on the variety. Itoh blossoms are exquisite, coming in more colors like yellow, apricot, coral, purples and then the usual array of pinks. If Itoh flowers are protected from the hot afternoon sun, they can last as long as 14 days in your garden. They are very fast growing, maturing to about 3 ft tall by 3-1/2 ft wide. Planting in the morning sun is preferable although they can be planted in filtered to full sun. The lush mound of Itoh foliage is another plus as it makes a nice looking shrub and often turn color in fall. Deer generally avoid them. It is recommended that for a real WOW, plant 3-5 in a cluster although one single specimen alone, or in a pot puts on quite the show also. The downside is that they are more expensive then the herbaceous peonies, but once established they viturally are carefree and can last up to 50 years. Consider them an investment.
Almost every week we get in around 200 coneflowers. They are our number one perennial seller. Customers flock to get them as they really perk up a garden. The colors they come in are amazing: the purples, pinks, oranges, whites, reds and it seems like each week we get a new variety. The one that really struck our eye in this last shipment is the Tiger Eye coneflower. It is just a wow orange with a rustic brown center. This is a Zone 4 hardy and reaches 18″ tall and wide. If you want one of these we advise you to stop in very soon as we are certain they will not be around long.
Well we survived winter and most of this awful spring. Soon it will be summer. Cheer yourself up and put a smile on your face. Buy some beautiful perennials or shrubs to perk up your yard. Presently our tables are full of perennials. We have many, many different types of shrubs and trees. The last couple of years hydrangeas and coneflowers have been the big sellers. We have at least 15 different types of hydrangeas, maybe even more as we get trucks every week. Last week over 200 blooming or budded coneflowers arrived and more will be coming this week. However, there are so many other plants that will bring color and joy to your garden. The new variety of phlox bloom for weeks; day lilies are improved every year so that many more are becoming rebloomers; grasses are still hot and we have lots of them, hardy habiscus plants plus so, so many more; shrubs like winterberry, new varieties of spireas, cheesehead potentilla, viburnums, ninebark, lacy elderberry, shrub roses, etc. Stop in and spruce up your garden and thoroughly enjoy it before winter hits us again.
Happy Spring! Finally spring has arrived. However it will still be weeks before you should begin to uncover your plants or work in your garden. In the meantime we will highlight a few plants that are new to our inventory this year or perhaps we added them last year. Hopefully one or two of these plants may be of interest to you and work in that spot where you need something alive and growing.
This week we have chosen Walberton’s® Plumtastic spirea. This compact plant is perfect for low borders or edging pathways. Plant it as a single species or in masses. It works well planted in a small, skinny area that you may have between your sidewalk and house. Plumtastic only gets around 16″ high and wide. Outside of being small, it has flushes of pink-cerise blooms that flower continuosly from summer into fall. The foliage opens to a rich purple and ages to green. It likes full sun. Like most spireas it is very easy to grow. Butterflies and bees love it. Google this plant and you will see some gorgeous pictures. We predict this plant to be a hot seller.
This week (June 1st) we unloaded two semi’s full of perennials, shrubs, roses, and etc. So if you are looking to update your yard or replace those tired, old looking shrubs, stop in and shop at Trees Today Nursery. The products we just received are high quality and beautiful. We must have over 200 coneflowers in stock. Our Blue Marvel Salvias are an intense blue and blooming along with the yellow tickseed. What a striking combination the blue and yellow will make. The peach drift/carpet roses that arrived are to die-for. We carry so much more then the normal run-of-the mill plants. Our variety of shrubs and perennials is huge.
Now is the time of year when the crabapple trees are taking center stage. This year is a beautiful year for them as most of them are truly full of blossoms. Purchasing a crab apple tree now means you get to choose the color of blossoms as you will see most of them blooming at our garden center. There are many various shades of white to a dark pink, possibly close to red. Following are a few of our crabapple trees blooming.
Emerald Spire Crabapple Photo by Trees Today Nursery
Royal Raindrops Crabapple Photo by Trees Today Nursery
Our famous mums have arrived. We have over 400 hundred mums in red, orange, white, yellow and various shades of these colors. It may be time to replace some of those tired annuals with colorful fall garden mums and enjoy them as we head into Fall.
Did you know that most modern shrub roses bloom well into Fall? Many are still blooming at the end of October. Granted you won’t have the orange and rust colors associated with fall, but you will get deep reds, bright reds, pinks, yellows, whites and peach colors from these blooming roses. Check out our vast array of roses and talk with a staff person about what type of rose best suits your need and how easy they are to grow. You will enjoy their color from mid-June through October. At present, we have 19 varieties of roses in stock. Check out our latest rose to arrive, the “Nitty Gritty Peach” rose.
Nitty Gritty Peach rose Photo by Trees Today Nursery
Nitty Gritty Peach Rose Photo by Trees Today Nursery