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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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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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Landscaping around Decks, Patios and Porches

May 1st, 2011

Lakeside Patio

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Once the weather warms and decks, patios and porches are back in use, queries begin coming in requesting assistance in landscaping these areas. So, I thought it would be a good idea to offer these suggestions to all of our readers. The first task is to sit on your patio, porch or deck and actually look out (away from the exterior walls). What do you see? Do you see an open never ending lawn or, maybe it’s a small enclosed area? What could you see as a focal point in your view? How do you feel about your deck? Is it quiet and cozy or more of an open space where you would prefer more privacy? The answers to these questions will dictate how you landscape around your outdoor living area.

Let’s discuss patios and low level decks and porches first. Your point of view from sitting in your chair should give you looking into (not onto) the lawn area. Basically, the lawn becomes an extension of that outdoor space. Low level sitting areas take more advantage of the opening. Colors and textures can be used effectively from the immediate areas on to the outlying regions. The view will be complete from the tree tops all the way down to ground cover. So, be sure to add in lots of colorful perennials and shrubs into the outlying landscape.

Now, in landscaping around the perimeter of your low level deck (patio or porch), you will want to select plants with that in mind. If your outside living space is large and extends out considerably from the house, consider placing ornamental trees or other decorative plants. The following is a great listing of plants for this purpose.

Japanese red maple
Sky rocket juniper
Blue point juniper
Emerald green arborvitae
Crape myrtle trees
Kousa dogwood
Kwanzan cherry
Sourwood trees
Red bud
Sweetbay magnolia
Clumping bamboo
Nishiki willow

Remember to allow for stepping stones or other access to the outlying areas. In planting along the edges, select low growing plants so as to not block the outward view. Staying in the 3 ½ foot range and below should work quite well, especially with taller plants in that range that are airy at the tops such as ornamental grasses.
The following list you will find excellent plants for bordering gardens.

Barberry crimson pygmy
Crape myrtle Chickasaw
Crape myrtle Pocomoke
Coreopsis
Astilbe
Gaillardia
Heucheras
Lemon princess spiraea
Hydrangeas (Cityline series)
Hostas
Chamaecyparis pisifera compacta
Nandina dwarf firepower
Nandina dwarf harbor
Saliva
Russian sage little spire
Weigela
Liriope
Grass, Acorus Ogon
Grass, Sporobolus h. Prairie Dropseed
Grass, pennisetum Karley Rose
Grass, Pennisetum Hameln
Grass, Phalaris a. Strawberries and Cream
Verbena-low growing
Lantana-low growing
Rosemary
Lavender
Sage

When planning your landscape around high level decks and balconies, remember that you will be looking down onto the plants immediately around the perimeter and only seeing the top portions of the plants in the outlying areas. High level areas truly take on a different view of the lawn than low level areas and should be landscaped accordingly. High level decks are considered to be (roughly) 5 and 6 feet and higher off the ground. Plant for fragrance, long blooming periods, lots of texture and slightly away from the deck so you are fully able to enjoy the plants. This list of plants works nicely in such situations.

White birch
Dogwoods
Serviceberry
Magnolias
Tulip poplar
Lilacs
Crape myrtles-tall growing varieties
Heptacodium, Seven son
Oakleaf hydrangeas
Magnolia Jane
Red bud
Flowering cherry
Flowering peach
Flowering pear
Sourwood
Laurels
Rhododendrons
Holly

Armed with this information, you can now confidently plan the landscape around your multi leveled outdoor living spaces.

Cheryl D. Jones, co-owner of Greenwood Nursery, McMinnville, TN, shares tips and information on gardening and landscaping through her blog, newsletters and nursery website. Visit Greenwood Nursery for a full line of trees, shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses and ground covers. Join the Greenwood Gardeners Club free to receive the nursery’s weekly newsletter, access to the members sales page, seasonal promotions and 10% off your first order.

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Plants for the Pool Area

April 23rd, 2011

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Looking for more ideas on what to plant around the fence (perimeter) of your pool area to create more privacy or in the poolside landscape?

Plants that can be used for landscapes and hedges around the perimeter of the pool area (20 to 30 feet away from the pool) are:

 

Plants that are safe to use in the poolside landscape or in containers are:

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Spring Mulching

March 15th, 2011

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Need an extra pair of hands while working in the garden? Me, too! I have found the solution to my short handedness…The Gardener’s Hollow Leg. Finally, you can pick, pull and prune your plants, keeping the trash at your side, all the while you your hands are free. No bending or stooping to put trash in a garbage bag and dragging it along. This lightweight fabric sack attaches to your waist or across your shoulder and it’s waterproof so you don’t get dirty. Order yours today!

Are the plants in your yard beginning to leaf out or swell with buds yet? If they’re not, they certainly will be soon. Maybe you’re wondering about when to fertilize. Well, it depends.

A good layer of aged compost, aged manure or bark mulch can be placed around the base of your plants now. Create a ring around the plants that is 2 to 4 inches deep extending approximately 18 to 24 inches from the trunk of the plant. Be sure to leave a welled area at the base of the plant of roughly 3 inches wide around the trunk of the plant so the mulch doesn’t touch the bark. This welled area is to direct water to the root system and for air circulation.

Once your trees and shrubs have leafed out, you can apply a timed-release fertilizer. Unless you have tested your soil and know where the soil’s nutrients are lacking, a basic fertilizer can be used such as a 10-10-10. Fertilize is used to balance out the lacking or low level nutrients in your soil’s pH. Here is a link to a page that will explain how to read the fertilize label and the best way to distribute it. For more fertilizing information – click here.

Please take time to visit Yardshare.com to learn more about their “Celebrating Gardens” Contest. Yardshare is a free website that allows homeowners and landscape professionals to create virtual yards, share tips and build friendships. Submit your own pictures and designs while members and visitors vote online for their favorite yard. The winner receives a $1000 gift certificate from Greenwood Nursery. Visit Yardshare.com for complete details.

When you visit your Club Page, you will find the weekly specials as well as the weekly specials for the follow 3 weeks. Greenwood Nursery wants to help you plant your garden and landscape, so you can plan your purchases around the Greenwood Weekly Specials.

This week’s Club Specials, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with 15% off bare root evergreen plants, such as the Thuja Green GiantsArborvitae Emerald GreenNorway Spruce and White Pine. Remember these weekly specials are only good through midnight, Thursday, March 17th.

Greenwood’s Annual Spring Bonus Plants are back and ready for shipping with orders. Visit yourMember’s Club Page for the promotional codes for these Spring Bonus Plants. You pick the bonus you want!

Don’t forget to check out the March Value Page to see what new plant varieties are on sale this month.

– Cheryl

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Call 811 Before You Dig

March 2nd, 2011

Yellow Utility Fixtures

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So you’ve decided to plant a couple of trees in your landscape this weekend. What’s the worst thing that could happen? An aching back? Blistered hands? Or maybe pulling back the lever on your rented Bobcat and realizing you’ve just ruptured a gas line or torn up a buried electrical cable?

It’s safe to say that any of those could pretty much ruin your weekend. You would also earn the wrath of your neighbors whose utilities were cut off until crews could repair your damage, and it’s likely you’d be responsible for the cost of repairs and possibly even open to legal consequences.

You might think that the hole you are digging for that new tree isn’t deep enough to cause a problem, but that can be a dangerous assumption. For one thing, some underground utilities might be closer to the surface than you imagine.

Additionally, you have to remember that tree roots can go deep and wide as the tree matures, and planting over or close to underground utilities is like burying a green time bomb that can dislodge and break lines many years in the future.

Fortunately, this is a problem that has a very simple (and free) solution.

All you have to do – BEFORE you dig – is call a this 3-digit phone number: 811. When you call 811 from anywhere in the country, your call will be routed to your local One Call Center. Local One Call Center operators will ask you for the location of your digging job and route your call to affected utility companies. Your utility companies will then send a professional locator to your location to mark your lines within a few days.

Utility companies have offered this service for many years, but with so many companies with so many phone numbers spread across the country, there was a lot of confusion and misunderstanding. Hence the start of a national one-call service and a unique phone number, 811.

Some homeowners believe the 811 service is solely for contractors but that is incorrect. Utility companies are just as happy to mark their lines for your DIY projects as for professional excavation jobs.

I should add that, even if you hire professional contractors to build that new deck or fence on your property, don’t assume they will call 811 before they begin work. I recommend that you ask the contractor if they have already done so, or you can simply call 811 yourself and tell your contractor that you’ve made the call.

Within a few days, you’ll see some little colored flags or lines of colored paint criss-crossing your land, indicating what lies beneath. Here’s what the colors indicate:

Red – Electric Orange – Communications, Telephone/CATV Blue – Potable Water Green – Sewer/Drainage Yellow – Gas/Petroleum Pipe Line Purple – Reclaimed Water White – Premark site of intended excavation

As you can see, white paint or flags are used to indicate where you or your contractors are planning to dig. It’s a very good idea to mark the dig location before the utility locator teams come out. But be sure you use only WHITE markers to avoid any confusion!

While the marker teams are looking down, you should take a few moments to look up. Overhead power and telephone lines are so much part of our lives that they almost become invisible to us.

But a tree planted under or close to an overhead power line can be a major problem. Before you plant a tree anywhere near overhead lines, double-check the possible mature height and canopy spread, and if necessary err on the side of caution and plant it a little further away.

More than 256,000 underground utility lines are struck each year in the U.S. If you’d rather not be part of that statistic, simply call 811 so you’ll know what’s below before you dig.

Check out Greenwood Nursery for more information on home maintenance and landscaping.

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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.

Be sure to “Like” our Fan Page to keep informed on new plants, specials and planting news from Greenwood Nursery.

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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