Sedum Time

August is the month when sedums become the star of the garden. Besides the usual Autumn Joy and Autumn Fire, we now have in stock the Desert Rose sedum, which only gets 8″ high and is  covered in red blossoms.   Also blooming is the Dazzleberry that will be covered with raspberry colored blossoms from now to fall, on grayish leaves and only getting 6-8″ high.  The Sunsparkler Lime Zinger, a creeper, is getting it’s shades of pink now among the green, rose type petal leaves.  Stop in while there is a selection. These are the most simplest of sun perennials to grow.


Roses have been given a bad rap this year due to so many that did not make it through the past winter.  This is very unfortunate because for the money invested in a rose you can have many years, maybe even a decade, of blooms from mid-June to a hard frost. People need to realize that we may never have a winter-kill like this past year’s again. Our area lost trees, shrubs and perennials to this winter’s extreme weather. Give roses another try! The new, modern roses are extremely easy to care for; and should you purchase one we will give you a handout that will help you with their care. Plus, we have 14 varieties of roses in stock so there is something for everyone.

Some staff favorites are:

Ian likes the old-fashion Rugosa roses for their rose hips, wonderful fragrance and hardiness.  They come in shades of purple, white and pink.

Annie chooses the Music Box rose, a MUST if you like the Peace rose.  It has soft yellow and pink petals.

Beth favors the Kashmir rose, a velvety dark red, almost tea-like rose. If you want red, this is it!

Melissa picks the Campfire rose for its bright yellow and red bloom. Cheerful!

Mary prefers the Knock Out roses for their prolific blooms and the fact that they come back every year for her.



Container Planting

Mophead hydrangeas, drift roses, ferns, hostas and other plants make wonderful container plantings. Simply leave the plant in the nursery pot (great it you could upsize the nursery pot one size larger) and just put the nursery pot with the plant in it inside the decorative pot.  For the price of a hanging basket, you can invest in a showstopper container plant that gives you color summer through fall, plus you can enjoy it again next year. Imagine a blue moped hydrangea or a red drift rose in a fancy pot by your front door. Stunning! In mid-fall, plant it in the ground. If it is a hydrangea or a rose, cut it back to about 15 inches and mulch it.  You can also try overwintering it in your garage or basement. Stop in and we will help you choose a plant that fits the site. We will give you a hand-out on how to overwinter container plants. Note: We do not warranty plants that are not planted in the ground.

Fully Stocked

After a late start this spring, our nursery is now fully stocked with lush, beautiful trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.  For example, we have 18 varieties of hydrangeas, 15 varieties of spireas, and 11 varieties of weigelas.  This is just a small sampling.  We get new stock in weekly.  Stop in while the selection is great!




Around the time forsythias start blooming, or when you see the leaf buds swell on your rose plants, it is time to clean them up. Start by pulling away and destroying any mulch that has built up around the plant. This mulch can harbor insects and disease.  With a SHARP pruner, remove old, dead wood about a 1/2″ above the ground. Due to the fact that we live in a cold climate, 
most of these roses will die back to within a few inches of the base of the plant.  Regardless of how far dieback is, you will still want to prune those stems back to about 6″.  This prevents spindly stems. Cut back the green stems above an outward facing bud on an angle. After pruning, fertilize them with a recommended rose fertilizer. One that Trees Today Nursery sells and recommends is Fertilome Rose and Flower Food with Systemic Insecticide.