Newsletter for July 2017

Happy roses anticipating a permanent home. Tree roses have become very popular so we added a bunch to our inventory.

We’ve seen lots of disease problems as a result of our spring rains, but things should be clearing up with the warm weather. After pruning the old flowers, be sure to add some nutrients to the roses for more summer color.

Plant a pooch or a brightly colored pot!

We are pleased to offer the smoke bush, Cotinus, in 5 gallon containers. It’s a great shrub/small tree for the North County. The dark leaves add great contrast to the landscape and the smoky sprays of flowers are quite unique. Additionally this plant requires very little irrigation when established.

We’ve ordered new jumbo packs and 4″ plants for the coming week. A few of the more unusual offerings are: Tuberoses, the fragrant bulb, and double flowering Baby’s Breath. Popular selections include Lantanas, Echinacea, Verbena and the new large flowered Portulacas.

We spend a lot of time, energy and money cultivating our beloved fruit trees – and along come the birds! Here’s a tip from one of our customers: pound stakes in the ground that tower above the tree. Then secure some of the holographic tape to the stakes so that it will sway in the breeze. Works for them!

Coreopsis is one of those plants the plant breeders are having fun with. First there was “Early Sunrise”, then “Golden Ball”, and currently you will find “Mercury Rising” and “Ladybird”, colorful perennials requiring average water. Both varieties sport red flowers; the hues in “Ladybird” tend more to the orange spectrum.

The very popular “Little Ollie” topiaries have returned. They are excellent container plants and also make great gifts. We have the larger plants as patio trees in 5 gallon containers. “Little Ollie” is a slow grower which can handle the hot weather as well as the cold. The plant in its shrub form is also a valuable addition to the landscape.

Remember to add SoilMoist to your containers and save on watering. The tiny crystals swell up to 200 times their size and furnish the plant roots with moisture.

Another innovation from plant breeders – Echibeckia. It’s a cross between Echinacea and Rudbeckia. As a perennial, the plant is more cold hardy and will bloom longer. Look for Echibeckia Summerina Orange this week at Bay Laurel. Hope to see you there!