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What are some of the best garden plants to eat?

April 28th, 2014

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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Greenwood Nursery Adds New Lavender Varieties for Spring

March 19th, 2014

Greenwood Nursery announces the addition of 3 new lavender varieties to their spring inventory: Phenomenal Lavender, Pink Perfume Lavender and Blue River Lavender.

Lavender plants have become more popular in home gardens over the past few years. Characteristics such as drought tolerance, low water requirements, low maintenance, grows in poor soil, long summer blooms, great for cut flowers, and soothing garden fragrance put them on the list for the best garden plants.

Phenomenal Lavender Plants

Phenomenal Lavender Plants

Hardy as far north as zone 4, the Phenomenal Lavender has proven to be cold hardy and experiences little winter die back. The Phenomenal Lavender is mounded shaped and shown to resist root rot and powdery mildews.

The Pink Perfume Lavender is smaller growing lavender that is just right for small yards. This drought tolerant plant produces rosy pink flowers from May through September that are sure to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.

The small growing Blue River Lavender is perfect for growing in containers that can be placed throughout your garden or patio for splashes of dark purple during the summer season.

Many garden plants do lend themselves to growing indoors. “Smaller growing lavender varieties, such as the Blue River, can be grown indoors. A spot with 5 to 6 hours of sunlight and limited drafts works best place for this type of plant.” Notes Cheryl Jones, owner of Greenwood Nursery. “Use a sandy soil mix so that water drains through without standing.”

Greenwood Nursery ships plants from their online plant catalog throughout the continental United States. Visit the Greenwood Nursery Online Garden Center for a wide selection of lavender plants, herbs, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and other perennial plants for the home garden.

Steve and Cheryl Jones founded Greenwood Nursery, an Online Plant Nursery and Garden Center, McMinnville, TN, in 1978 as a wholesale and propagation nursery. In 1998, they took their plant catalog online and, today; continue offering a wide selection of gardening plants to the home gardener.

For further information or to place an order for lavender plants, please visit http://www.greenwoodnursery.com. Questions can be answered by email or by phone during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm central time.

 

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Best Winter Gardening Tips to Get a Start on Spring and Summer Yard Care

January 15th, 2012

Apply these best winter gardening tips and you will get a head start on your spring and summer yard care. There are moments when you look outside during winter and wish desperately for the warmth of summer. Don’t fret. Make winter the season of preparing for a long relaxing summer.

These winter gardening chores are the first steps to making a relaxing summer possible is to prepare your garden and what better time than mid to late winter.

  • Turn the shrubbery and tree lines into something of beauty with light pruning
  • Mulch your perennials and win the fight against weeds before they have the chance to infiltrate
  • Sketch your new garden ideas for the landscape and start building.
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It sounds easy when you really think about it, and it is. Gardening can be very time consuming in the spring and summer and most everyone wants to enjoy the beautiful warm weather doing other activities not worry about the landscape.  A little planning ahead and a few days of clean up work and prepping can make gardening and yard care so much easier for the growing season.

A few planning tips for your garden can be as simple as:

  • Building a raised bed for annuals or vegetable planting.
  • Drawing out a new plan for plant placement.
  • Jotting down ideas for new plants to add in.
  • Start your own compost.
  • Protect animal attracting plants with wire cages.
  • Wrap thin bark trees that are susceptible to cold weather damage.

After making your garden plans, start doing a few things that will help will upkeep that would otherwise be difficult in the spring and summer.

After you have protected delicate plants for the worse part of winter and the early spring temperature fluctuations and, then have a plan for your garden design, it’s time to put everything into action. This will definitely be an achievement you will certainly be proud of and, when spring hits, you can relax knowing that your garden is in great shape.

Visit us at Greenwood Nursery Online Nursery and Garden Center for a great selection of flowering shrubs, nut trees, evergreen ground covers and more!

We’d love to hear from you about how you prepare your yard and garden for late winter weather. Leave us a comment or email us.

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Enter Greenwood’s Weekly Plant Give Away

November 3rd, 2011

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Sunday, November 6 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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“Like” our fan page and you will be entered into our weekly Plant Give Away. Once you like our fan page, be sure to visit the Greenwood Nursery Fan Page at least once during the following weeks to be automatically entered in each weekly give away.

Each week during the spring and fall months, Greenwood Nursery gives away plants and other fun items to members of the Greenwood Nursery Facebook Fan Page. Winners are announced on Sunday evenings on the Greenwood Nursery Facebook Fan Page and the Greenwood Nursery Staff Page.

Winner has the following week to get contact the Greenwood Nursery office to claim their prize. Greenwood Nursery staff is available Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm central time at 1-800-426-0958.

Prizes can only be shipped to addresses within the continental United States. Winners must be 18 years old or older to win.

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Enter The Greenwood Fan Page Give Away

October 12th, 2011

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Sunday, October 16 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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“Like” our fan page and you will be entered into our weekly Plant Give Away. Once you like our fan page, be sure to visit the Greenwood Nursery Fan Page at least once during the following weeks to be automatically entered in each weekly give away.Each week during the spring and fall months, Greenwood Nursery gives away plants and other fun items to members of the Greenwood Nursery Facebook Fan Page. Winners are announced on Sunday evenings on the Greenwood Nursery Facebook Fan Page and the Greenwood Nursery Staff Page.

Winner has the following week to get contact the Greenwood Nursery office to claim their prize. Greenwood Nursery staff is available Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm central time at 1-800-426-0958.

Prizes can only be shipped to addresses within the continental United States. Winners must be 18 years old or older to win.

 

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Correcting Drainage Problems in the Garden and Landscape

September 19th, 2011

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This is a common issue, especially in new developments where the topsoil has been scraped away and the only thing left behind is compacted clay. There are actually some options.

Is the rain just hitting the ground and running off? Then, you need to be building up your lawn to make it healthier so the water is absorbed into the ground. Remember, weeds do not germinate in healthy soil. Lawns can be built up by tilling in organic matter, such as aged compost, aged manure mix, straw, etc. Aeration can also help water soak in. Sometimes it can take several attempts of aeration to see results. Soil softeners can help the ground absorb water. Like aeration, it often requires several applications before results can be seen.

French drains are made by digging deep trenches. In the bottom of the trench is placed a layer of rock, followed by black perforated piping covered with a weed cloth and then covering the piping with rock to the top of trench. French drains are (or can be) complicated issues, so a professional should be consulted to install them.

Dry creek beds are beautiful ways to direct excess water to where you want it to go. They are slightly dug out beds or paths, placing landscape fabric in the depression followed by pebbles/gravel/larger rocks. In some cases, the waters path is already clear in your yard, so use that to your advantage and create a dry creek bed and then landscape around it. It can be a great focal point as well as utility.

When working to alleviate drainage problems, keep in mind to route the water to an area that will not pose any further problems. One place is to your curb, but you should check with your development or city regulations first. Should you have a drainage ditch (common in most developments) bordering one side of your property, route the water to it. Never route drain water to a neighbors property.

Of course, if you can’t drain it, use it. Where the water lays, create a bog garden. Plants that will work in such an area are: vinca, spiraea, viburnum, goat’s beard, phlox, ferns (shade), daylilies, irises, bamboo (clumping varieties), red twig or other shrub dogwoods, acorus ogon grass, french pussy willow, nishiki willow, giant pussy willow, solomon’s seal, liriope, maples, green ash, bald cypress, river birch, elm, white pine, hemlock, sourwood, tulip poplar, blueberry, cranberry, red chokeberry, sambucus, holly, spicebush, oaks, red bud, serviceberry, hostas (shade), anemones, and gaillardia. If you have a really marshy area, check at your local fish store for pond plants.

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Ground Cover Plants and More as Lawn Substitutes

July 14th, 2011

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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. 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. Ground cover plants, ornamental grasses and perennials are popular, but we have more ideas.

Here are a few ideas for lawn substitutes:

  • Cutting flower garden
  • Artificial grass (don’t laugh, it is being used quite often)
  • Spreading perennials
  • Clover
  • Landscape Pavers
  • Heavily chipped mulch
  • Pea gravel

Here are more ideas with pictures should you decide to go lawnless in the future. Lawn SubstitutesMore Lawn SubstitutesEven More Lawn Substitutes.

Check out Ground Cover Plants at Greenwood Nursery.

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How to Help Plants Cope with Hot Temperatures

June 12th, 2011

Plants become stressed during hot weather, too. Here are tips for limiting their agony:

 

  • Water in the late evening – after sunset if possible
  • Apply water the base of the plants at the soil level
  • Don’t fertilize when the plants are stressed
  • Shredded bark mulch for woody shrubs and trees will keep them cooler
  • Use aged compost or aged manure mix as mulch for perennials
  • If you can’t water (due to restrictions), get your garden hoe out and turn the soil around the plants.
  • Clip out any dead or broken limbs
  • Deadhead just as quickly as the blooms die so the plant doesn’t have to force energy into it
  • Have a plant that is extremely sensitive to the heat – construct a canopy over the plant with light cloth and stakes to limit the suns rays

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Tips for Saving Money in Your Landscape

June 4th, 2011

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Ways to save $$$ in your landscape:

  • Plant quick growing shade trees for future summers (poplar hybrids, willow hybrids & lombardy poplar for examples)
  • Choose younger bare root shrubs and trees (saves money and water)
  • Mulch with shredded bark mulch or aged compost/manure mix (keeps the ground cool over the roots reducing water needs)
  • Select perennials over annuals (plant once and grow for years – also perennials require less water than annuals)
  • Plant spreading perennials and ground covers in bare areas (their shade limits weed growth)
  • Watering lawns every 4 to 5 days saves water and allows the roots of the grass to grow deeper
  • Incorporate herbs into your landscape for cooking
  • Raise the setting on your lawn mower
  • Use drip hoses for most gardens and landscaped areas
  • Select the proper plants for difficult areas such as full sun or full shade
  • Remove dead plants immediately
  • Deadheading many shrubs and perennials encourages new blooms

 

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Great Uses for Shrubs in any Landscape

May 28th, 2011

Best 9 ways to use flowering shrubs and evergreen shrubs in any garden or landscape:

  • Shrubs are virtually maintenance free.
  • Our living fence shrubs and evergreen shrubs help you to maintain your privacy.
  • Several specimens of the same variety can be planted in groupings for a stronger visual effect.
  • Different varieties can be planted together for diversity and harmony of form, foliage or flower.
  • Use flowering shrubs to give a sense of volume in a flower bed and can be used to set off garden accessories such as statues, birdbaths, fountains, sculptures, and ornamental rocks.
  • Large shrubs can also be used to create an intimate corner or as a backdrop for a flowerbed.
  • Attract humming birds, bees and butterflies.
  • Use evergreen shrubs as your foundation plantings to provide year around color and texture.
  • To hide an unsightly area – select from our living fence shrubs.

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