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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.

Renoir's painting of cabbage roses, Roses in a...

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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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Affordable Hedges

February 14th, 2011

Flowering Hedge

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I have been busy putting up pages for new plants over the past week. Some of the new plants are Juncus Blue Arrows,  Mahogany Ajuga,  Creeping Raspberry and Chocolate Mint (which I suggest planting in containers). A few plants making their return to Greenwood are the Tree Form Ardens,  Tree Form Lucy, and Tree Form Lady Stanley Hardy Hibiscus.

A project that is finally complete is bringing you 3 new departments: Affordable HedgesAffordable Flowering Hedges and Affordable Elegant Hedges. This has been a collective effort with everyone here at the office to find just the right plants for these departments. They had to be easy to grow, low maintenance and provide good density for hedging. They are sold as packages of 5 plants (same variety) with a Bio-Pak Fertilizer pack for each plant to plant 25 feet of hedge.

Next week temperatures here are scheduled to be in the upper 50’s, possibly low 60’s. A couple of weeks of weather like that will cause early spring bloomers to believe spring is arriving and their buds will swell up ready to pop. This happens quite often with trees such as the flowering cherry and pear varieties. A few weeks of warm weather followed by harsh temps again can damage the buds. When this happens, the trees may only have sporadic blooming at best and then leaf out. Mid to late spring, I receive lots of emails asking why their flowering trees didn’t bloom and this is the most common reason why they don’t. Warm weather during late winter followed by freezing weather is difficult on plants. The temperature fluctuation can also cause thin barked trees and shrubs to crack or split.

If you are following the Weekly Club Specials, then you already know that for this week only all of our rose varieties can be booked for spring shipping with a 10% discount. All of our Knockout Roses, Rugosa Roses and Drift (ground cover) Roses are reduced 10% now through Thursday, February 17th at midnight. Check yourClub Page for more weekly specials over the next 3 weeks. Plant your spring and summer gardening with Weekly Club Specials.

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Questions? Feel free to drop me an email: Email Questions. As owner of Greenwood Nursery, I have always made myself available to our customer base to help with questions or concerns.  I’m here. Just let me know if you need any help.

Until next time…….Cheryl

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Earning My Green Thumbs

February 13th, 2011

Public Flower Garden in downtown Seattle

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Post by guest blogger Cydney Langford:

I am the firstborn child of nursery owner parents. Plants, not babies. I can attest firsthand that green thumbs are born, not made. I had all the qualifications and knowledge, and yet, I can’t keep a peace lily alive for peat’s sake! (peat, as in organic humor) On the way to school most kids were quizzed on their spelling words for the day. I was quizzed on trees and shrubs that we passed along the way.  As previously stated, I had ALL the qualifications and even interest but still, houseplants browned around me. This was the norm until my first house. It had no landscaping whatsoever; a clean slate. This was my time to shine! I could show my parents and prove to myself that I was just a green thumb in waiting.

First up was the placement of beds. An herb garden was a must, as was a vegetable plot or two.  Also not to be forgotten was a cutting garden. My mom always had fresh flowers in the house and my nightstand is never without a small bouquet. It’s quite the homey touch. Now,,,, all this might seem like a daunting task for a new homeowner who hasn’t even unpacked, but I was determined. My thumb was going to be green.

Starting out, money was an object so I wanted hardy perennials and evergreens that would give me presence in the garden. For the herb plot I knew that patience was a virtue if I didn’t want to spend much money so I began with 3 in. pots. I found a great creeping Rosemary which blew me away with how fast it grew and thyme which, to my surprise, was an evergreen in my region. Two super easy starter herbs. Next was 2 varieties of lavender, lavender du Provence and lavender munstead, to which I dug the holes much bigger and added sand before planting. This reminds them of the Mediterranean of where they originated and they’ll thank you for it by growing better and faster than in clay soil. Other herbs such as oregano, chives,sage and annuals like dill, which goes to seed quickly and basil rounded it out. Quick tip: pinching off the blooms on the herbs promotes growth. That way all the energy it would have expended on the blooms gets redirected to the base plant.

For some year round color, evergreens were in order. I chose the fast growing Green Giant. These gave the perimeter of my yard a quick and easy hedge. Dwarf Sungold Cypress adds a pretty yellow green splash of color.  So, I put several of those together for a sunny grouping. My backyard is shaping up quite nicely by now.

Next up was the vegetable plot. I’ve always admired how neat and tidy raised beds look. They also give the garden an English cottage look which I love. I built my own using three 6” x 8’ boards per bed. One on each side with the third board cut in half. Then I secured them to the ground with stakes attached on the inside.  It’s so easy! I painted them white to complete the cottage look.  Our local farmer’s market has some great venders that grow organic vegetable seedlings. I ended up getting all my veggie plants there as well as some local honey and baked goodies. I love the farmer’s market! After planting all my vegetables I mulched them in with some black cow and gave a good watering. Next up, my flowers!

Now with the cutting garden, I absolutely had to have roses. I love roses! However, anything I’ve ever read about roses talks about maintenance and upkeep and fertilizing and so on, etc. Ugh! How can I develop a green thumb when all I’ll be doing is researching rose growing tips and rose trimming tips, how to cover them for the winter & snore, snore, snore! I want to have a life as well. What’s a girl to do? Dum, da, dum dum! Knockout roses to the rescue! You can’t kill these things and they look amazing! I started with two 1 gallon containers and they’ve quadrupled in size in just three years. Beautiful blossom filled bushes with the roses just begging to be put on display in my house. They’re fantastic plants. When we entertain in the summer, no one can believe that I am the one responsible for the growth of these magnificent flowers! They also ask for the name of my gardener or how often my parents “stop by”.  I just reply that it may have taken a while, but I have earned my stripes in gardening and I now am the proud owner of not one, but two green thumbs.

By guest blogger Cydney Langford

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Tips for Fall Plant Care

October 19th, 2010

With fall in sight, there are a few projects which need to be done to move the garden and landscape into the next season. A little planning and some late summer maintenance can encourage a new burst of growth and color that will last for weeks, depending on where you are located maybe months, beyond the new equinox.

Here is what I do to extend my gardens energy:
Deadhead– both annuals and perennials- if you have a hedge trimmer, it makes this so much easier, especially for wide spreaders such as Shasta daisies and lavender
Pull out all annuals and perennials that have died or are on that path
Stake all taller growing perennials
Deadhead/prune knockout roses for gorgeous late summer growth
Pinch blooms from herbs. After most herbs bloom, their leaves begin to lose flavor, so pinch the blooms to encourage last minute growth.
Continue watering container plants regularly
Apply a fresh layer of aged compost mix to enrich the soil over winter
Weed– no one likes to hear it, but hand weeding is the best and safest way to control the situation in most gardens. Regular weeding walks through the area can help to keep them in check.
Note what annuals, perennials and shrubs performed well over the season and what colors/plants would be good for next years gardening
Here is a listing of shrubs and perennials that perform at their best from late summer through fall. This is the time to mix a few of these into your garden or landscape for more color and texture. Plant coneflower, sedum, black-eyed susan, shasta daisy, Russian sage, Knockout Roses, Anemone, Ornamental grasses, asters, rose of sharon, herbs, salvia, yarrow, butterfly bush, carolina allspice, burning bush euonymus shrubs, oakleaf hydrangea, smoke tree, viburnums, american bittersweet, and Japanese maples.
I clip tiny branches from my herb plants to display in my tiny bud vases all during summer. With basil in the kitchen, rosemary in the bathroom and thyme in the bedroom, what a way to tickle the senses.
If you have herbs in your garden that will be maturing over a few weeks time, you will definitely want to harvest and dry or freeze the leaves for fall and winter cooking.
These are just a few chores to perform on a beautiful weekend. You’ll get exercise, feel great and your garden will look amazing. Why not open the windows to air out the house while you work in the garden. Then the house will have that wonderful outdoor smell!

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Drift Roses

September 20th, 2010

New from the Knockout Rose Family, are the Drift Roses. Drift Roses are gorgeous compact growing groundcover-like roses with miniature roses that will bloom continually from early spring to frost. Like their Knockout Relatives, the Drift Roses are tough, disease resistant and cold hardy as far north as zone 5.

They are sure to become a favorite for any type border. Prune back to 4″ in early spring (after the last hard frost) for best performance. Regular deadheading encourages re-blooming and helps maintain a tidy appearance.

Currently, we are booking our Drift Roses for shipping this spring. Click here to book your Red Drift Roses and Apricot Drift Roses.

P. Allen Smith talks about Drift Roses in a recent newsletter. It’s a good short article on these new landscape plants. For more information visit P. Allen Smith on Drift Roses

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Growing Knockout Roses

May 17th, 2010

What can you plant in your landscape that will bloom beautifully from spring
through fall? Hands down, the longest blooming period goes to the Knockout
Roses! Here in zone 7, they start blooming around early April and
continue on to late fall. This past fall, my double reds continued with
blooms until Thanksgiving which was many weeks beyond hard frosts and
remained in leaf through early December.

Plant these gorgeous specimens in well drained, fertile soil in full sun.
With little attention, they will put on a spectacular show for months on
end. The Knockout Roses are smaller shrub plants maturing around 4 feet tall
with about a 3 foot width. They are easily maintained as an even smaller
size with regular shearing. Space the roses 3 to 4 feet apart for a dramatic
hedge. To keep maintenance to a minimum, prune them back anywhere from 6 to
12 inches above ground in late winter or early spring while dormant making
certain to prune out any broken or damaged branches. Mulch with organic
matter such as aged compost or aged manure mix. Spread the mulch at least 3
inches deep around the plant leaving a welled area at the immediate base of
the plant of around 3 to 4 inches wide so the mulch doesn’t touch the bark
of the plant. Apply an organic fertilizer designed for roses as directed on
the label.

As with other roses and plants with thorns, deer are not really drawn to the
Knockout Roses, so they do make dazzling color in areas where deer may be a
problem. The Knockout Rose Family has shown great resistance to the most
common problems of other roses such as black spot, mildew and rust.

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