Newsletter for August 2018

Black-eyed Susan – a very general term! This is a fancy one – Rudbeckia ‘Denver Daisy’ – and perhaps one of the showiest. Other plants under the term include many other Rudbeckias – ‘Indian summer’, ‘Irish Eyes’ and ‘Cherokee Sunset’. The most cold hardy variety is ‘Goldsturm’ with smaller flowers. Echibeckia is the newest one, a cross between Rudbeckia and Echinacea with the purpose of combining the best attributes of both. We have most of these varieties plus four different Echinaceas. They are all extremely popular this time of year – they loudly suggest that summer is definitely here!

The gorgeous tall Lisianthus are back! The flowers, resembling small roses, are wonderful flowers for cutting. We currently stock double red, pink and blue mariachi. The plants are somewhat tender in our winters but you may be able to hold them over for another year by covering when the temperatures drop.

How about a little cool blue for these hot summer days? This spreading ground cover is Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, a mouthful for sure but a very hardy little plant. In time it can spread three feet or more and will thrive in either sun or part shade. Leaves turn red in fall and then the plant totally disappears in winter.

Another very popular ground cover/filler is the ‘Santa Barbara Daisy’, Erigeron. We try to keep this in stock all the time but it can periodically evade us. You will find this charming spreader in 4″ pots, 6 packs and whole flats.

Celosia ‘Amor’ – a whimsical annual to add to the summer garden. Celosias are one of the most colorful annuals – the more common variety has plumes instead of cockscombs.

Quails galore to decorate your garden!

Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ has become extremely popular in the last few years. It’s especially suited to drought tolerant plantings. The blue-green blades produce these airy flowers which turn from green to gold – they remain on the plant through fall into winter. There are many grasses which require low maintenance, just a major shearing once a year.

If you want to add some drama to your garden – voila! Garden art is an important landscape addition for many of our customers. The variety is endless – peacocks, barnyard animals, metal flowers and cactus. And I don’t want to leave out the ants in their endless poses.

We have two new very promising perennials. The first is one of the showiest of the Scabiosas. It’s very fruitfully named Scabiosa ‘Gelato Blueberry’. It’s extremely cold hardy. The plants in this genus are considered very durable as well as long blooming. Scutellarias are not plants we have been carrying, but it seems we’ve been missing out! They are also very cold tolerant and considered drought tolerant. In addition to this variety we have carried a variety with cherry colored flowers.

We aim to give you, our customers, good advice. During these very hot days, we cannot stress enough the need for proper watering. New plants need water every day for several weeks – they’re accustomed to one or two applications every day here. Be sure you water your trees up to the drip line and water deeply. Mulching is of course an excellent way to retain soil moisture. We all look forward to cooler days ahead!