If the Covid-19 virus has gotten you stir crazy, stop in and stroll around the nursery grounds. You will feel better just absorbing in all the green and flowering plants.   There are blooming trees, rhododendrons, magnolias, peonies (very soon), Lenten roses and others.  Stop in!  Trucks are arriving almost daily with new plants.  This is the time of year to dream and plant your yard.  Following are actual pictures of a few of the plants that we have in stock.



Pink Treasure Rhododendrun
Photo by Trees Today Nursery






Pink Treasure Rhododendron























































Tina Dwarf Crabapple Tree

Just arrived!  Blooming Tina crabapple trees.  This dwarf crabapple has one of the prettiest blossoms of all crabapple trees.  The blossoms had pink to red buds that open to white flowers followed by tiny red crabapples.  It is also disease resistant.   This cultivar is grafted on a 48″ standard.   The height will be around 6-8 ft tall and 8-10 ft wide.  Would like full sun.  Zone hardy 4-7.

Tina Sargeant Crabapple
Photo courtesy of Monrovia


Tina crabapple tree (photo courtesy Bailey Nurseries)


Tina Crabapple Tree  (photo courtesy Bailey Nurseries)

Lenten Rose (Hellebore)

Quiz?  What is one of the easiest plants to grow with gorgeous flowers that bloom from early spring to mid-June?
Answer: A Lenten rose or a Christmas rose named so because it normally blooms during Lent.   The Latin name is Hellebore.   Once the plant is mature, it can produce 50 or more flowers each season.  The blooms are 2-3 inch in size.  It is a shade plant and blooms in a variety of rich colors from an almost black to ivory. They make a luscious border for ferns and hostas.   They are deer and rabbit resistant.  Our nursery is carrying 7 varieties of the Hellebore.  Pictured below are five varieties.

First Kiss Pennys Pink Lenten Rose
Photo courtesy of Monrovia Nursery

Cascade Picotte Lenten Rose
Photo courtesy of Monrovia Nursery















First Kiss Moondance Lenten Rose
Photo courtesy of Monrovia Nursery


Ivory Prince Lenten rose
Photo courtesy of Monrovia


Winter Jewels Black Diamond Lenten Rose
Photo courtesy of Monrovia Nursery


Nothing says spring is here like pussy willows and forsythias.  The Northern Gold Forsythia was introduced way back in 1979 in Canada.  This shrub grows 6-8 ft high and has a spread of around 5-7 ft.  It is very hardy, Zone 3-8.  This shrub has outstanding flower color and bud hardiness.    If you are looking for a smaller forsythia, we have Gold Tide Forsythia, which only gets about 2-3 ft. tall and 3-4 ft. wide.  This shrub is hardy in zone 4-8.  Forsythias look amazing if you plant them as a large, sprawling screen.  If size is a concern, then you should prune the larger ones back to about 2 feet right after flowering.  Plant these shrubs as they will put a smile on your face in spring when they bloom.


Photo Courtesy of Baileys Nursery – Northern Gold Forsythia


Photo Courtesy of Baileys Nursery – Gold Tide

Spring Cleaning of Perennial Gardens

Soon the snow will be gone and it will be time to start cleaning up your perennial garden. First remove old foliage from perennial plants.  Cut the stalks back to about 1/2 inch above the ground unless it is a crown plant, i.e. sedums, coral bells, etc.  Only dead and damaged leaves need to be removed from the crown plants.  Cut back your perennial grasses to about 3-4 inches above the ground if you have not already done so. Maybe leave a few blades of this dried grass behind for the birds to build nests. Next rake up all the old garden debris and matted leaves as this matter is a great hiding spot for slugs and insects plus it harbors disease. Dig out weeds. For healthier plants with more blooms consider putting down a thin layer of compost followed by a time-release fertilizer. Now sit back and enjoy your future blooms.