What are some of the best garden plants to eat?

Which are The Best Garden Plants To Eat? Creating a garden is a reflection of your unique style and personality. If you enjoy preparing foods with fresh ingredients, you might want to think about incorporating affordable garden plants to eat into your landscape. Planning a garden that includes edible plants can add interest and provide pleasure to your senses, and they can help you make delicious summer recipes to share with family and friends.

 

Sugar Mountain Kalinka Haskap

For a different garden plant treat, establish the Sugar Mountain Kalinka Haskap and the Sugar Mountain Blue Haskap as a set in your garden because the one pollinates the other. Grow Haskap flowering shrubs in full sun with plenty of water in well-drained soil, At maturity, these five to six foot plants, produce one-inch sweet summer berries that are a wonderful addition to frozen desserts, jams, wines, or just eating as a fresh or frozen fruit.

 

Nanking Cherry

A nice flowering and fruit-bearing shrub is the Nanking Cherry. It grows six to eight feet tall and about as wide, and the sweet-tart cherries are delicious used in pies and jams. This shrub is hearty, grows well in sun to partial shade, and will tolerate dry, sub-zero winter temperatures very well. The wildlife in your region will enjoy eating the fruit too.

 

Mint

There are several varieties of fragrant and tasty mint for the garden. You may want to use them for container gardening because frankly, mint needs to be contained or it may take over. However, if you are looking for ground cover plants, any of the mints will work. Try some of the newer varieties such as Pineapple Mint, Chocolate Mint, and Apple Mint, or there is always the old favorite, Blue Balsam Peppermint. They all smell delightful and each has a different look. Mints pair beautifully in fruit dishes and summer drinks. If you are looking to feed the butterflies and bees, several mints bloom mid to late summer and make perfect plants to eat nectar.

 

There are many edible garden herb plants and small growing fruit plants at our online plant nursery. We invite you to signup for our gardening newsletter and updates, and please feel free to browse our site. You will find lots of information and the perfect edible plants to grow among your already flowering shrubs and ornamentals. If you are landscaping a new garden, we have everything you need to succeed. We are always happy to answer any questions, and we are just an email or phone call away.

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Don’t Mow Your Lawn When Easier Lawn Alternatives are Available

This is the time of year, most of us become disillusioned with our lawns. Water, aerate, water, reseed, water, fertilize, then repeat and that doesn’t include the mowing. It’s a never ending cycle and the time has come to replace the lawn. Customers send emails wanting to know how they can forget the grass and have something that is just not as time consuming.

Well…there are lawn options and planning is a must or you will be the neighborhood poster yard for weeds. Groundcover plants, ornamental grasses and spreading perennials are popular, but there are more ways to fill in your old lawn area.

Cheryl Jones, owner of GreenwoodNursery.com notes, “This is a frequent question that I get once mowing season begins. Some of our favorite lawn substitutes are vinca, wintercreeper, pachysandra, creeping phlox, creeping thymes, mints and sedum, or stonecrop.” Jones adds, “Lawn alternatives are gaining in popularity. Homeowners would rather have color, fragrance and beauty with little work than a time consuming yard.”

More ideas for lawn substitutes are sowing wildflower seeds, small growing shrubs, ground cover roses, clover, xeriscape plants, pea gravel, heavily chipped mulch, landscape pavers, and artificial grass (don’t laugh, it is used quite often).

Visit Lawn Alternatives for more ideas on creating a garden rather than a lawn.

Greenwood Nursery, founded in 1978, is an online plant nursery and garden center that has been shipping gardening plants to the home gardener since going online in 1998. Contact Greenwood Nursery (http://www.greenwoodnursery.com/) for more information on lawn substitutes.

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The Biggest Problem with Flowering Shrubs and How You Can Fix It

Most people use flowering shrubs to enhance the appearance of their homes and along property lines and fences, but sometimes these shrubs will grow so exuberantly that they overgrow their allotted spot in your garden and must be cut back. Indeed, one of the biggest problems with these shrubs is knowing when and how to prune them. You don’t want to just start chopping at the plant; instead you want to be well informed about where and how to make your cuts in order not to discourage new growth and the blooming cycle. An article in the Colorado Master Gardener Notes presents excellent information on when and how to prune a shrub. Also published by Colorado State University is the very helpful and very specific “List of Common Flowering Shrubs and their Pruning Needs.” Pruning influences not only the size and shape of your plant, but also the flowering characteristics of a shrub, and may even protect the shrub from various diseases.

 

The Blooming Season

Since pruning can affect the development of blooms on your shrub, it is wise to know the blooming season for your shrub. If your flowering shrub is a spring

Forsythia Flowering Shrubs
Forsythia Flowering Shrubs

blooming plant, you do not want to prune it in the fall or winter because you would be removing the new growth on which the new buds will be forming. The time to prune a spring flowering shrub is right after it has bloomed and before the new buds are set. If your shrub were a summer flowering plant, you would want to prune it in the early spring before new growth begins. Pruning at the wrong time, and in a wrong pattern can result in fewer blooms and some hilariously misshapen plants – See Figure 2.

 

Pruning To Protect From Diseases

Pruning can also protect your shrubs from some diseases. Shrubs that are susceptible to powdery mildew can benefit from pruning to thin the plant and increase air circulation. Removing the affected shoots from the plant can reduce other plant diseases, such as scale, galls or borer diseases.

In order to minimize your need to prune your shrubs, you will want to balance taller shrubs at the corners of the home with lower plants along walls. You might consider dwarf varieties that will not outgrow other garden plants.

 

Where To Look For Garden Plants

A good place to start looking for affordable garden plants would be at an online plant nursery or your local garden center. You might consider selecting a variety of shrubs, some which bloom in the spring or summer, and some that have pretty fall foliage or are evergreen and bear berries to provide winter color. The use of ground cover plants can also add interest and design elements to your garden.

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Simple Ways to Bring Butterflies into Your Garden and Yard Areas

Try these simple ways to bring butterflies into your garden and yard areas for summer entertainment for you and your family.

As spring warms its way into summer, we see caterpillars crawling around looking for food. Try planting Spicebush to provide plenty of food for them.

Then before we know it, MAGIC! Butterflies are all around!

So…how can you bring butterflies into your garden?

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Butterfly on a butterfly bush bloom

Ways to attract butterflies to your yard are:

  • Keep the area protected from heavy winds
  • Limit pesticide use
  • Select fragrant, summer flowering shrubs & perennials for nectar
  • Have several plants for caterpillar food like the Spicebush
  • Have a few flat surfaces for resting such as a large flat stone
  • Provide shallow water sources

To attract your fair share of butterflies into your garden, plant shrubs and perennials that they enjoy such as buddleia (aka butterfly bushes), monarda,  coneflowers, coreopsis, yarrow, Black-eyed Susans and Russian sage.

The Butterfly Garden Package from Greenwood Nursery is a great value and contains all the plants, from caterpillar food to butterfly food, that you need for butterfly attraction!

Check out our Buddleia Bush Plants or see other plants that we offer that will attract butterflies to your garden.

Greenwood Nursery, founded in 1978, is an online plant nursery and garden center that has been shipping gardening plants to the home gardener since going online in 1998.

8 Reasons Why You Should Have a Container Garden

Even if you don’t have a generous room for gardening plants, you can certainly grow a container garden. You can make your patio look green and fresh with beautiful potted plants. Also, the tiniest porch at your place can vaunt with beautiful hanging basket of pretty flowers or a crop of vegetables.

8 reasons encouraging the practice of container gardening:

Gardening plants in pots are easy –

For those who are a freshman in gardening field, a container garden is one good way to create a jump-start. A small soil potted plant with seed or plant is all what is required and even a complete beginner can create an impressive container garden in very little time.

 

  •  An economical way to adding green to areas –

The best thing about gardening plants using containers is that, you can make use anything from a cement pot to old bucket. You will be surprised to see that you can transform a plastic bin, old bucket into beautiful potted plants with a little effort.

 

  • Not restricted to just the Garden area –

Even the smallest space can be enhanced by a container garden by effectively fighting the space limitations. Well, even the sun restrictions can be solved:

  • Too much sun – make a beautiful sun filled garden by filling a basket with succulents.
  • Shade only – make a container garden with potting varied colors of shade loving plants in a Terra Cotta plant.

 

  • The kids love it –

Though kids often don’t appreciate the beauty of greenery as an adult mind would but they certainly enjoy its presence. Here’s an activity, you want your kids to develop a habit of eating vegetables, try a container garden for them.

 

  • Change your geography –

Wanting to grow plants that are outside your geographical area? Start by planting exotic plant types. Container gardening can provide relief and help you grow a Johnny Jump-ups in Arizona or a Cactus plant in Alaska.

 

  • Kitchen Gardening –

Enjoy fresh dishes by growing herbs (perennial and annual varieties) and vegetables in containers. Plant only similar growing plants in the same containers. Most herbs don’t have the same needs as most vegetables and shouldn’t be planted in the same containers. Grow in full sun.

 

  • Instant satisfaction –

There are few things that can bring instant satisfaction as brought by potted garden plants. Planting container grown plants in your new pots creates instant gardens. You will surely feel satisfied with a remarkable and impressive looking garden.

 

  • Anything to everything –

Unlike the conventional method of gardening where you are limited to use earthen or cement pots, with container gardening you can use anything to everything to match the theme and color style of your home. Get creative with throw a ways such as old shoes, boots, pans, bags, and basically anything that will hold some soil.

 

Visit GreenwoodNursery.com for a great selection of small shrubs, groundcovers, ornamental grasses, herbs and perennial plants for your container gardening projects.

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