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Create Unique Patterns with Common Flowering Shrubs

June 2nd, 2014

You can create unique patterns with common flowering shrubs!

Your garden sends a message about who you are and what you care about. Have you ever seen those well-manicured hedges at famous locations like Versailles? These send a message of nobility, royalty and attention-to-detail. Do you want to create unique patterns with common flowering shrubs to make a good first impression?

Geometric Shapes Words or Animal Landscaping Designs

Before a neighbor or business client enters your home, he or she will see the designs of your landscaping. What messages are you sending to the neighborhood? Make geometric shapes, words or animal designs in your yard with your children to express family creativity.

Planting a tree for the birth of a child is a special commemoration. Each year, your family could get together and plan the garden pattern for the next year. You could make words, shapes or other unique patterns with flowering shrubs. The possibilities are endless.

Choosing the Right Plants for Your Yard

An online plant nursery offers great affordable garden plants along with tips from other home gardeners. Sharing your experiences can increase your gardening knowledge. Here are some of the factors for selecting the perfect plant:

  • Climate
  • Season
  • Soil
  • Sun
  • Watering
  • Owner preferences

There is a natural progression of simple to complex garden plants. Those who want an “easy-to-maintain” yard might select evergreens, bushes and shrubs. Ground cover is a great way to fill that bald spot. A combination of perennials and annuals is the next step. The ideal is to have gardens blooming through each season.

Flowering All Year Long

While a plant “may look beautiful,” it might not be ideal for your yard environment. An online plant nursery can show you plants that grow well in different geographical locations. As you read the free newsletter, you can learn about things like pest control.

Professional gardeners might create different patterns for spring, summer and fall that overlap in the same space. For example, if you use flowering shrubs that bloom in the spring, you could make a square shape with them. Then, add some summer-blooming garden plants in a circle within the square.

Find affordable flowering shrub garden plants for the home gardener to enliven your yard. Beautiful flowers will attract insects, bees, animals and humans who will all want to enjoy your beautiful garden. The proper landscaping will transfer a boring home and yard into an exciting home and wilderness environment.

 

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

April 9th, 2014

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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Tips for Hiring a Home Gardener to Help You in the Garden

March 31st, 2014

Can you imagine owning a gorgeous garden? You can have a lovely place where plants, shrubs, flowers and trees fill your own backyard with beautiful scenery. Even if you don’t know how to cultivate a breathtaking garden yourself, you can hire someone who can help…a home gardener.

The Cost Of A Gardener
Many people spend weeks toiling over gorgeous greenery to make their garden a reality. If you want to spend the time and energy on your gardening efforts, this can be an investment for the future. The more you spend time on your garden, the more you’ll learn.

However, if you would rather not spend the money or the time researching and working in your yard, you can go ahead and hire a gardener to do it for you. Most gardeners will charge anywhere from $35 to $55 an hour for their services. This usually includes pruning your shrubs and your trees; purchasing and delivering plants; and planting your pots, urns and window boxes with annuals. It should also include weeding a flowerbed full of perennials, mulching and

edging your yard and designing flowerbeds for your property.

What To Look For In A Gardener
Before you hire a gardener to handle the garden plants and flowering shrubs in your yard, consider what qualifications are important to you.

Ask your neighbors if they have a gardener that they would recommend to you. Gardeners who generally have five to 10 years of experience will more than likely be great to hire for the job. It’s vital that your gardener has a great reputation. They should have positive testimonials that show their experience, professionalism and dedication to maintaining a multitude of yards in the past few years.

You also want your gardener to be punctual, reliable and honest. This is someone who will be on your property when you may not be present, so it’s important that you trust him or her. Unless you have stated otherwise, your gardener should be working with adequate tools that allow him or her to complete the job

well.

Decide What Projects You Would Like Completed
This is your time to think about what you want to do with your yard. When you hire a gardener, you can discuss what you’ve imagined would look nice for your home.

How would you like to use your yard? Are you going to be grilling outside and inviting friends over during the warm months? Would you like to put in a gazebo and decorate it with colorful flowers everywhere?

You can order from Greenwood Nursery and get affordable garden plants, ground cover plants and flowering shrubs that will embellish your backyard. Our online plant nursery is exactly what you need to transform your garden.

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Plant a Summer Flowering Rose of Sharon Shrub Hedge

January 27th, 2014

For summer flowering, plant a Rose of Sharon shrub hedge. Hardy in zones 5 through 9, Hibiscus syriacus shrubs perform at their best as full sun shrubs and planted in well drained soil. These flowering shrubs provide long lasting blooms from mid summer to frost. Though they will grow in partially sunny to lightly shaded areas, their blooming may be limited. Rose of Sharon or hibiscus syriacus, which is a deciduous shrub also known as Hardy Hibiscus and Althea.

Although Rose of Sharon bushes will lose their leaves in winter, they still make beautiful flowering privacy hedges in areas for summer use such as planting around swimming pools. Their unusually large blooms attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees from mid summer until frost. As these hibiscus bloom much later than most other plants, they are, also, later to leaf out. Expect rose of sharon to leaf out in late spring to early summer.

Aphrodite Rose of Sharon Shrub

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How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden with Shrubs, Herbs and Perennial Plants

March 5th, 2013

 

What could be more enjoyable than sitting in your garden with lots of beautiful butterflies fluttering about? Gardeners are planting butterfly gardens, which not only have become a popular hobby, but, also, make for very beautiful gardens. While many gardeners plant amazing flower gardens with hopes of attracting butterflies, however, the butterflies don’t come because the wrong shrubs and perennial plants have been planted.

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Sometimes butterflies will not come to a garden because of pesticide use. The first thing you should do in planning for your butterfly garden is to rid the area of unwanted pests without using chemicals.

There are a few other things you can do to ensure that butterflies will come to your garden. Choose an area in your garden that is sunny with about 5 to 6 hours of sunlight per day, as adult butterflies only feed in the sun. The area needs to, also, be sheltered from heavy winds. As much as butterfly need to eat, they also do not want to fight harsh winds while trying to feed.

Another important aspect to a good butterfly garden is water. Like humans, butterflies need water. A couple of shallow bird baths where you can keep clean water will not only allow butterflies a drink, it will give them a place to rest.

There are two types of plants that butterfly use, those that provide food for the offspring and those that provide nectar for the adults. In a quote from the National Wildlife Federation, “Attracting butterflies involves incorporating plants that serve the needs of all life stages of the butterfly.” They go on to say, “The insects need places to lay eggs, food plants for their larvae (caterpillars), places to form chrysalides and nectar sources for adults.”

Most butterflies, including the Monarch butterfly, feed on buddleia, commonly called butterfly bushes, for nectar and milkweed to feed the caterpillars. Other ways to make the area more butterfly friendly are using flat stones or other large flat surfaces where butterflies can rest and spread their wings. Because butterflies are such delicate creatures, they will also need shelter and a little shade.

Plants that attract butterflies are buddleia or butterfly bushes, lavender, monarda or bee balm, veronica, salvia, rosemary, thyme, sage, roses, yarrow, lamb’s ear, hydrangea, weigela, rudbeckia, echinacea, Shasta daisy and yucca are excellent selections for a beginners butterfly garden.

Recap of How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden:

  • Limit pesticide use
  • Place your garden in a sunny area protected from heavy winds
  • Plant fragrant, summer flowering butterfly plants
  • Use flat surfaces for the butterflies to rest
  • Have a shallow water source

By adding some of these suggestions into your garden, you can attract butterflies all summer long.

 

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Butterfly Bushes Make Welcoming Habitats for Butterflies and Hummingbirds

June 30th, 2012

Growing butterfly bushes is a popular hobby for many Americans? The enchanting colors of buddleia flowers, the bracing fragrance of the leaves, the hypnotic effect of the stems swaying back and forth, the sight of the trees rattling their leaves when touched by the gentle breeze, and of course, the green background of the landscape – all contribute to the uniqueness of a scenic butterfly garden. Hey wait a minute; is something missing? Yes, the butterflies!

English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly.

English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who doesn’t like to see a rabble of butterflies fluttering in the garden? Watching those colorful butterflies flit from one plant to another and circling in rabbles can be a great stress-relieving site for anyone. If your garden is without the butterflies then you might consider making it colorfully attractive by planting butterfly bushes.

Also referred to as summer lilac or buddleia, butterfly bushes are attractive flowering shrubs that can embellish the look of any garden. They grow fast, filling the neighboring space in quick time. And they flourish well in any type of well-drained soil; regardless of it is gravel, clay or sandy type. The butterfly bushes are flowering plants that provide a welcoming habitat for the butterflies and hummingbirds. Butterflies and bees love to feed on the nectar-rich flowers. One good thing about the butterfly bushes is that they don’t drop dead flowers.

Butterfly Bush Planting Tips

There are different butterfly bushes that thrive well in different climatic conditions. They generally spread quickly; hence should be planted at a distance of at least 6 feet away from each other, depending on the specific variety. The butterfly bushes grow at heights ranging from 5 to 15 feet, although some of the newer hybrids are small growing at 3 feet. Typically, they need at least six hours of direct exposure to sunlight everyday and should be watered regularly.

Maintenance and Variety

Butterfly bushes require regular trimming as they can grow fast in quick time. For best growth results, constant pruning of the dead petals should be done; this will make them bloom longer and grow denser. The ideal time for pruning is from July till the tail end of winter. There are over 100 varieties of butterfly bushes in the world. The flowering plants of butterfly bushes come in multiple colors ranging from red and blue to pink and purple to white and yellow and lots more. As a warning, do not use insecticides on your butterfly bushes as they can kill the butterfly larvae or sometimes even the butterflies.

Best Butterfly Habitats

Having butterfly bushes to attract the butterflies and humming birds is a great idea. But it would be wiser to think out of the box and create a friendly habitat for the butterflies. One such idea is to incorporate a few flat rocks in the surrounding area where the butterflies can enjoy and bask in the sun. Also, butterflies need some place to cool off. You can provide a relaxing habitat by including small muddy patches in your garden.

Butterfly bushes are available in a large variety of single colors- purple, orange, blue, red, pink etc. They are also available as bi-colored plants. A great selection of butterfly plants is available in smaller container sizes that are easiy affordable from Greenwood Nursery.

 

Check out ourInstant Butterfly Garden Plant Package that includes a butterfly house, too!

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Tips for Curing a Dull Landscape

June 3rd, 2012

 

Spring is almost ready to pass the torch onto summer. Garden plants are flourishing, but something’s missing. Adding a few colorful and fun plants to the landscape or garden plantings will spice things up and make the neighbors a little jealous that they didn’t think of it first.

English: Layers of waterwise plants create a l...

English: Layers of waterwise plants create a lush, high mountain landscape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many ways to add excitement to a dull garden, but the best ways to add color are small shrubs, perennials and colorful ground covers. Many of these plant varieties are available at Greenwood Nursery Online Plant Nursery.

Most perennials are fast growing and will begin to show their form within the first season. With the right pruning and dead heading, they will push their growth and quickly become a garden staple. Proper care is the way to get the best results in any garden for that matter.

Blue flowering plants against red, yellow or purple flowering plants are quite striking. The soft blue of the Blue Star Creepers, Russian Sage Little Spire, Emerald Blue Phlox or lavenders make the red of the Monarda Fire Ball even more brilliant. Fill in some larger gaps with Nanho Blue Butterfly Bush for sunny areas.

Plants like the Jeepers Creepers Trailing Tiarella are spreading but safe, as they don’t attach to the ground. This is an excellent substitute for English Ivy.

With lots of green in the garden, a couple of red or pink flowering plants are all that’s needed. Autumn Leaves Heuchera, drift roses, strawberry seduction yarrow, Double Red Knockout Roses, Fairy Rose, or pineapple sage.

Strategically placed yellow leafed or yellow flowering plants will warm up any landscape giving it a finished touch. Yellow leafed plants such as Golden Tiara Hosta, Yucca Color Guard, Heuchera Electric Lime, Golden Japanese Ogon Sedum, Sedum Angelina, and the Autumn Brilliance Ferns are subtle but make a huge impact. Yellow flowering plants such as the Autumn Colors Rudbeckia, Black-eyed Susan’s and Heliopsis Summer Sun.

Just a few plant additions in a single color scheme can pull together any landscape. Go from a dull landscape to a landscape full of surprise with blooms popping out of previously vacant spaces. Flowering garden plants will be your landscape secret weapons.

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Greenwood’s Favorite Sun Garden Plants

April 20th, 2012

Our Favorite Sun Garden Plants:

Composite image to illustrate the diversity of...

Composite image to illustrate the diversity of plants. See below for image and species list. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. Yucca Color Guard
  2. Elijah Blue Fescue
  3. Hen and Chicks
  4. The Fairy Rose
  5. Miss Ruby Buddleia
  6. Apricot Drift Rose
  7. Adagio Ornamental Grass
  8. Blue Scent Lavender

This selection of sun garden plants is our choices for beginning a colorful long blooming sun garden in most zones. Check out more plant selections for sun garden plants.

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Greenwood’s 8 Favorite Flowering Shrubs

April 6th, 2012

Greenwood’s Favorite 8 Flowering Shrubs:     

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Hydrangea macrophylla - Hortensia hydrangea, picture from Longwood Gardens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. The Fairy Rose
  2. Pink Velour Crape Myrtle
  3. Bloomerang Reblooming Lilac
  4. Knockout Double Pink Rose
  5. Nishiki Dappled Willow
  6. Nikko Blue Hydrangea
  7. Spilled Wine Weigela
  8. Pinky Winky Hydrangea

These flowering plants were chosen for their blooming length as well as the other special qualities that they bring to the garden. Check out our other flowering plants.

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Plant Shrub Roses to Complete Your Spring Garden Planting

February 12th, 2012

Bridal Pink, cultivated by Eugene Boerner in 1...

Bridal Pink, cultivated by Eugene Boerner in 1967; taken at the Morwell Rose Garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Shrub roses are plants that can turn any average garden into wonder of color all summer long. You will find yourself lost in this colorful world when you approach the entrance of your garden and walk underneath a flowering archway with rose bushes growing freely. In bloom, rose shrubs are enchanting and most have a fragrance that brings on tranquility. As you walk through you will see the different rose colors; yellows, like a gorgeous setting sun; pinks settled among the green foliage brightly lit with grandeur; more of the deep reds that bring solidarity to the mind. The scents among these roses are as different as the colors that emit them. This becomes a small paradise where you feel compelled to sit among these creatures of beauty.

 

This picture may read like a dream, but it is truly obtainable for your own home. And it is not difficult to gather the right rose plants to bring out that small bit of heaven to your landscape.

 

Your first step is to scope out a few select spots around your garden or lawn area where you can plant the roses. Then, choose the roses that best fit your landscape. For example, if you have a small yard, choose The Fairy Rose or Red or Apricot Drift Roses as they are small growing.

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The most popular shrub roses are:

 

 

After choosing the right one, or ones, order your new flowering shrubs, plant and sit back as they take center stage for a beautiful transition into the garden itself. Aside from light pruning, your beautiful new roses will be something that you can enjoy and take pride in for years to come, as they turn your average garden into a masterpiece of color. The compliments that you receive will make you proud to call this garden your own.

 

Be sure to check out Greenwoodnursery.com to see our rose bushes selection. The week of February 10th, all rose plants are 10% off.


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