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PostHeaderIcon Lemony Lace Sambucus Brightens Up Gardens

Sambucus Lemony Lace Elderberry brightens up gardens with gold cut leaf foliage. New leaves of this low growing fruiting shrubLemony Lace Sambucus, emerge as red changing to a brilliant gold as they open. Plant your Elderberry shrub in full to part sun. White flowers open in spring with red fruit maturing in fall.

Lemony Lace Sambucus

Lemony Lace Sambucus Elderberry is even more striking when paired with it’s cousin the Black Lace Sambucus. Growing into the 3 to 5 foot tall and wide range, this attractive shrub will brighten up your garden. Plant just inside your garden area near the border or use alone as a focal plant.

Prune your Lemony Lace Sambucus as young plants to develop full growth habit. Prune older plants after flowering. Plant in full sun in Northern climates and light shade in Southern climates.

  • Deer resistant
  • Border plant
  • Flocal plant
  • Wildlife plant
  • Considered an herb
  • Red fall fruit

Lemon Lace Sambucus racemosa ‘SMNSRD4′ US PPAF  Can PBRAF

PostHeaderIcon New Bush Cinquefoil – Happy Face Yellow Flowering Potentilla

Plant the Happy Face Potentilla fruticosa for the bright yellow flowers. Adore this bush cinquefoil because it’s so easy to grow and very low maintenanceHappy Face Potentilla is a small compact growing shrub that is deer resistant and also a North America native.

Growing only 2 to 3 feet tall, the large yellow flowers during spring to late summer on theHappy Face bush cinquefoil will pop against the darker green foliage. As with other potentilla varieties, the Happy Face prefers moist, well drained soil, yet tolerates poor, dry soil once established. Prune off 1/3 of the branches in late winter of this low maintenance shrub to keep it full and healthy.

Happy Face Potentilla Blooms

PostHeaderIcon Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia is new small growing flowering shrub

The Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia is the first Nikko type Deutzia with pink flowers. This small growing flowering shrub can also be used as a deciduous ground cover. Plant your Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia where it can easily be appreciated. In fall you will certainly want to witness the colorful foliage yuki cherry blossom deutzia blossomas it changes from dark green to amazing purple burgundy shades.

This plant is deer resistant, so if deer are causing you headaches, plant these Deutzia shrubs and send the deer on their way. This small growing Deutzia is perfect for small yards or where space is limited.

An easy to grow plant, the Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia blooms on old wood so only prune for shaping immediately after spring flowering. Fertilize with a timed release general fertilizer in spring after the plant has leafed out.

PostHeaderIcon Fragrant Flowering Shrub | Calycanthus Aphrodite Sweetshrub

Calycanthus Aphrodite Sweetshrub will quickly become your favorite flowering shrubs. From mid summer to fall, the Calycanthus Aphrodite will adorn your garden with large red magnolia like flowers. Living up to its name of sweetshrub, this deer resistant shrub will fill the air with sweet apple scented fragrance.

The Calycanthus Aphrodite Sweetshrub blooms on old wood, so be sure to prune only for shaping (if needed) after flowering. The glossy medium green Calycanthus Aphrodite Sweetshrub 2aleaves make a nice backdrop for the gorgeous red flowers that bloom from mid summer on to fall. Space your new Calycanthus sweetshrub Aphrodite shrubs 6 to 7 feet apart.

PostHeaderIcon Vinca Minor Best Value in Ground Cover Plants

Vinca Minor ground cover is one of the more versatile and best value invinca minor ground cover blue flowers ground cover plants. This fast growing ground cover grows in either sun or shade. The dark green evergreen leaves provide a lovely backdrop for the periwinkle blue blooms in spring. The hardy strong growing Vinca Minor is a good choice groundcover for hillsides, in shaded areas, poor soil, and other barren areas. Also referred to as creeping myrtletrailing periwinklecreeping myrtlevinca minor can be contained in specific areas by using edging. Rejuvenate old vinca ground cover plants by cutting it back by about half. Bag the clippings so that they don’t fall and root in unwelcomed areas.


Vinca Minor is available in 3 inch pots. Buy vinca as bare root plants and save. Our 50 plant bare root bundles are affordable garden plants. Cover more area with these discounted ground cover plants.


PostHeaderIcon The OSO Easy Double Red Shrub Roses Now Available

OSO Easy Double Red Shrub Roses grows in full sun planted in moist, well drained soil. Thesmaller growing shrub rose matures in the 36 to 48 inch height and width range. Space approximately 3 feet apart for a magnificent continual blooming low hedge.

Oso Easy® Double Red Rosa ‘Meipeporia’ PPAF

PostHeaderIcon Ground Cover Basics for Erosion Control, Beautification, and Elegant Focal Points

A lot of attention is paid to beds, borders, foundations, and focal points when it comes to home and commercial gardening, but just about any landscape might benefit from well-placed ground cover plants.  A wide variety of ground cover plants are available, but a few choices deliver vivid greens, alluring colors, and hard-to-match benefits to gardens with special needs.  Among the ground covers that benefit just about every garden are:





Virginia Creeper

Purple Wintercreeper



The most easily recognized benefit of ground covers is their quick delivery for healthy growth in areas that often are inhospitable to other plant varieties.  Attractive, resilient, and hardy,ground covers put out runners for growth above and below the surface.  Crawling along the ground on vines, these persevering growers put out tiny root systems to ensure optimum health even in rough conditions.

Because of their root-to-runner grow style, ground cover plants make excellent heirloom pass alongs.  Most will make themselves at home in a pot of dirt with a little drink of water every day.  Just pinch a healthy offshoot, pot in healthy soil, water gently, and grow a gift for a friend.


Five Benefits Ground Cover Plants Offer

Other benefits of ground cover plants are not always so easily recognized, but gardeners in need are quick to point out that ground covers are excellent for:

*erosion control

*beautification of bare spots

*shady spots beneath shrubs and other sun blockers

*filling gaps between stepping stones

*creating elegant focal points throughout rock gardens


Where run off inhibits other types of plantings or streams and creeks eat away at banks, ground covers are helpful resources for soil stabilization.  Despite its delicate appearance, ajuga holds banks and other steep slopes together quite well.  Available in a variety of colors, ajuga adds zing to gardens with showy leaves across a delightful spectrum and stalks of flowers in spring.  Additionally, purple wintercreeper is of great benefit along slopes and banks.  Tolerant of all conditions, except swamp to marsh, purple creeper will grow from 24-60 inches a year once established.  A vining ground cover, purple creeper is known to climb as well as it crawls, creating romantic views along garden walls, streams, and rock banks.

Many conditions contribute to bare spots in otherwise verdant yards.  Lack of sun, poor soil quality, and drought might lead to brown dust spots, but one condition that is quite likely to exist within certain yards is juglone toxicity.  Certain trees such as hackberry and black walnut secret the chemical juglone that is toxic to a broad spectrum of other plants.  Rather than cutting these trees that provide a wide variety of benefits as well, simply consider which plants grow best around them.  Among the ground covers that prove quite tolerant to juglone are:


virginia creepers



Quite quick to spread, vincas and ajuga produce attractive foliage and flowers, while virginia creeper presents star-like flowers along sturdy vines, creating habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

Pachysandra terminalis is an exceptional and elegant choice for creating a sense of longevity even in newly cultivated gardens.  Growing to heights of 8-12 inches, pachysandra is ideal for filling in areas between hedges and other shrubs where other plantings may not thrive.  Preferring partial shade, pachysandra surprises where sun finds it, too.


Rock and Ground Cover Gardens Combine for Pollinator Safe Havens

Wherever rocks interrupt your garden, either by nature or by design, ground covers may be introduced to stunning effects.  Sedums, ajugas, and thymes are quite forgiving of the sometimes drier conditions of rock walls, and their surprising bursts of lively color are sure to delight visitors to your garden.  In fact, creating a stone/ rock garden where these ground covers thrive makes good sense for the health of your broader Eden as each attracts pollinators.  Ajuga is famed for its attraction success for hummingbirds and butterflies.  Thyme beckons bees. Sedum astounds as nearly a dozen types of butterflies hasten to it.  Your rock garden becomes a pollinator garden before your eyes.

There’s often more to ground cover than meets the eyes so wrap your garden in it with abandon.


PostHeaderIcon Swamp Milkweed Plants Bring Monarchs to Your Butterfly Garden

One of the truly wonderful aspects of butterfly gardening is that the most effective plants for such are perennials and natives.  Key to attracting and providing for the most butterflies possible is to provide attractive plants that actually play roles in providing for local or migrating butterfly populations.  Choosing native plants that thrive in the specific type of soil and moisture level your garden offers can be tricky, but two plants that are hosts for two specific butterflies are probably excellent choices for some portion of your butterfly garden: swamp milkweed.

Host Monarchs with Swamp Milkweed Plants

Swamp milkweed plants are the primary host for the monarch, which makes its migration over thousands of miles every year, and also attracts a wide variety of other butterflies.  Proper plants are crucial to the success of this momentous trek, and swamp milkweed, coincidentally, is native to all but seven of the United States of America.  Spreading by rhizomes, swamp milkweed plant produce attractive blooms of white to light pink, grows up to 24 inches high, and produces dense, bushy clusters of both large and multitudinous blooms.  Showy and beautiful, swamp milkweed belongs wherever it will thrive since its survival means greater hope for monarch butterflies who accomplish great things for pollination to support a wide variety of gardens, from flower to food and everything in between.

Partial to sun-to-part shade planting, swamp milkweed Plants is true to its name, preferring moist to wet conditions in zones 3-9.  Fragrant, these beautiful natives are easy to grow and extremely resilient.  Many gardeners laud them as being deer resistant.  Although they do attract aphids, their presence in the garden rarely leads to pest infestation as birds, ladybugs, and other predators swoop in to consume the aphids attached to swamp milkweed.

Flowering from June to August, swamp milkweed brings delicate romance to any garden in the potentially brutal heat of summer.  Even gardens that are not particularly moist might benefit from the attractive qualities of swamp milkweed if clay is present in the soil and more frequent watering may be done.

Including these plants in your butterfly garden ensures that these lovely lepidoptera specimens will find their way to your home: monarch butterflies.  Meanwhile, layering for height, bloom season, and color creates a naturally pleasing aesthetic.


Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus Milkweed

Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus Milkweed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PostHeaderIcon New OSO Easy Lemon Zest Yellow Rose Now Available at Greenwood Nursery

The New OSO Easy Lemon Zest is the latest release in the OSO Easy Series. The Lemon Zest opens in mid to late spring with bright canary yellow flowers that continue their brilliance until they fall away.

The small growing OSO Easy Lemon Zest rose matures in the 2 to 4 foot height range making it OSO perfect for small gardens or yards with limited space. This amazing shrub rose blooms on new wood. A light pruning in spring or after flowering will keep this dazzling yellow rose continually blooming.

OSO Easy Lemon Zest Rose

Latest in the OSO Easy Rose Series – Lemon Zest Yellow Rose

Cheryl Jones, President of Greenwood Nursery, Inc notes, “The OSO Easy Lemon Zest has become one of our top selling roses from the day we offered it. Just give the re-blooming Lemon Zest a sunny spot and it will put on a flower show from mid summer through the summer. A charmer for small yards, containers and is disease resistant. “

Greenwood Nursery, Inc offers a wide selection of shrub roses for any size garden or landscape as well as many of the OSO Easy Series of roses. A Certified Proven Winners garden center, the staff at Greenwood is available to answer questions about the New OSO Easy Lemon Zest Rose as well as provide assistance in plant selection.

Visit to peruse their online plant catalog, which they ship within the continental United States, and Alaska. This Online Garden Center offers an excellent selection of shrub roses, ground covers, ferns, herbs, grasses, perennials, shrubs and trees.

Jones and her husband started Greenwood Nursery in 1978 as a propagation and wholesale nursery in McMinnville, TN. In 1998, the owners took their plant catalog online and, today continue offering a wide selection of gardening plants to the home gardener along with friendly and valuable customer service.

For further information or to place an order for the OSO Easy Lemon Zest Shrub Rose, please visit Questions can be answered by email or by phone during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm central time.



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PostHeaderIcon Crow Village in Montevallo, Alabama Hopes to Grow Its Own Community Garden

A quick scan of “housing authority community garden success” returns dozens of articles about devoted individuals who have grown community as well as food to sustain citizens in towns and cities nationwide.  Many of these gardens first took root over twenty years ago, some are only in their second season, and others are in the concept stage.  Crucial to the success of each of these gardens, though, is the feeling of investment and ownership the residents’ feel and rightly claim in regards to their tiny farm plots, the big work they do to cultivate them, and the fruits, vegetables, and flowers they produce.


Community Gardeners Make Their Own Way

Most of us are familiar with the maxim “It is better to give than to receive,” and much to recommend sharing the sentiment exists.  But what might also be said is “It is better to earn than be given.”  Community gardeners across the United States of America know this.  Most community gardens thrive on land lent or donated by families, community organizations, and/or corporations.  Many of the garden plants might be donated or discounted by such groups as well.  And only a fool would turn down the offer of free mulch, top soil, or compost.  But when all is said and done, each of us who puts time into growing the food we place on our tables for family meals not only needs to be able to enjoy a moment of pride to say, “I (or we) did this.”


Community Gardens Take Root in Welcoming Neighborhoods

The little town of Montevallo, Alabama is about to learn what it takes to grow a successful community garden in a housing authority neighborhood.  The Crow Village is comprised mainly of families with young children and retired adults.  Situated in a rather idyllic downtown area, this neighborhood benefits from small-town walkability.  Only blocks away, at most, from any of the local public schools, including the University of Montevallo, the states only public liberal arts university, the Crow Village is neatly kept, and the residents have exercised their rights to grow beauty at their front doors for as long as anyone in town might remember.

Time again, when city officials have asked community members what might be done to improve the Crow Village, residents have requested permissions and support for a community garden where they hope to grow their own vegetables, fruits, and herbs.  Mayor Hollie Cost plans to make that happen soon, and once this garden takes root, cultivation of another community garden will begin at a second housing authority site across town.

Mayor Cost understands the necessity of engaging the citizens in all stages of community garden implementation: concept, design, cultivation, maintenance, and harvest.  On this issue, she states, “This isn’t a gift, and citizens have made it clear that they are not interested in having anything given to them.  Rather, this effort represents the sort of support and level of interaction for which Montevallo, Alabama has long been known.  In the end, the entire town will be improved for the various levels of growth occurring in this garden, some of our most committed citizens will have the opportunity to grow their own food in their own backyards, and each of us will be better for the endeavor.”

The grow-your-own concept truly has taken root in Montevallo.  With three community gardens in their fourth years, many members of the wider community have acquired experiences informed by success and trial/error. Hopeful for growth and sustenance in this garden for years to come, Mayor Cost has invited Central Alabama Permaculture EnthusiastsThe Blue Heron Edible Forest GardenSeed to Table Community Learning Garden, and other gardeners from around town to participate in initial discussions as advisors on best methods and permaculture possibilities.


Staples of Southeastern Community Gardens

Ultimately, the decisions for what to plant will be made through discussion between the housing authority administration and the community members who join the grow effort. Typical community garden plots in the Southeast might include:










Perennial crops should be included as well.  Such yearly producers make excellent pollinator attractors, guarantee annual yields, and beautify neighborhoods.  Some perennials Crow Village citizens might consider are:

blueberry bushes

muscadine vines


blackberry bushes






Each of these promises years of harvest and are available in native and/or pest and blight resistant varieties.  Using native and/or resistant species allows community gardens healthier, organic, chemical-free growth.

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