Magnolias Anyone?

Happy October, we have a magnolia blooming at the garden center! This Royal Star in the last magnolia for the season and its blooming RIGHT NOW! Here is your chance to grab this terrific spring specimen and get it planted before the season runs out. When spring rolls around you will be the talk of the neighborhood with these beautiful blossoms while the rest of us wait for these trees to arrive at the garden center.

Royal Star Magnolia Tree         Photo by Trees Today


Staff Picks for Fall

The weather may be cooling down but there is still plenty of time to get those last few additions installed in your landscape. Here are some of our staff picks for fall. Check out the links for more information on these fall favorites!



Wentworth Viburnum

Wentworth American Cranberrybush                     Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries®

This specimen poses excellent in the landscape by itself or as a hedge or screening. Petite early season flowers precede large red fruit which can be used in making preserves or fresh eating. Wildlife will love this plant and so will you!

Rainbow Sensation Weigela

Photo by Trees Today

Rainbow Sensation Weigela      Photo by Trees Today

The Rainbow Sensation oozes decadence. This medium sized shrub checks in with a height and spread of three to four feet. Light pink flowers “pop off the page” in contrast to the variegated green/yellow foliage. When fall makes an entrance, the foliage begins to take on a pink tone that stands out and pairs superb with perennial grasses or dark colored shrubs.

Berry Poppins Winterberry

Berry Poppins
Photo courtesy of

What a beaut! A great compact plant that has multiple seasons of interest! Aside from the beautiful yellow fall foliage from Berry Poppins, the main eye-catching event is the flourish of berries that decorate the winter landscape.



Is It Pampas Grass?

Every year we have numerous customers looking for the so-called Pampas grass that has large white flumes and grows along Wisconsin highways and in ditches.  Odds are very good that this grass you are seeing IS NOT pampas grass.  Pampas grass usually only grows down to Zone 6, maybe Zone 5.  What you are seeing is probably the Miscanthus Sacchariflorus or Amur Silvergrass.  This grass produces very little seed but it spreads, and rather aggressively, by rhizomes.  It is almost impossible to dig out as the rhizomes are intertwined and very thick.  The grass prefers wet sites, along ditches and highways.  You will also see clumps of this grass around old farmhouses as years ago the rhizomes were shared and the clumps just kept getting bigger and bigger.  Some states have listed this plant as invasive.  A plant that looks similar and is sold by most nurseries, including Trees Today Nursery, is the Flame Grass.  This grass is not invasive. It is a clump forming grass and over time the clumps spread wider.

Flame Grass
Photo by Trees Today Nursery