Local Garden Center Goodness

Occasionally I'm asked "Where's the best place to buy plants?" I thought I'd share with you where I like to peruse for plants...and of course some shopping secrets. Listed in no particular order....   TimberPine Nursery Of course I'll plug you with love for TimberPine Nursery. Say hello to my hubs--Jay--when you go out there. Nice thing about TimberPine--they try to grow most of their plants to cut down on the freight cost of shipping finished product. {I hope that wasn't too much industry jargon there--basically means the cost is less}. Where this will really hit your pocket is in the tree department. Good quality trees at a fraction of the cost…
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Set it now…Plant it later

Mother Nature tapped me on the shoulder last week to remind me that sweatshirt weather has begun and I'd better get cracking on that mound of weeds in the back corner. Even Riley was tired of looking at it. Fall is a great time to start a project....yet you don't necessarily have to finish it.....for a couple reasons: for a DIY berm construction where no machinery is used to compact the soil, settling may occur some plant materials survive better when planted in the spring to get a season's worth of root growth before winter sometimes, you know the shape of the berm, yet just not sure what you'd like…
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3 Plants Packing a Fall Punch!

If you don't see the video, please click here Little Henry Sweetspire is hardy to zone 5.  Here in Iowa it will generally have some winter die back needing to be trimmed around first part of May.  This Sweetspire is a great shrub to fill in any pocket in the landscape, whether it's in full sun or full shade. Winter Glow Bergenia is my FAVORITE! I love this little perennial that works in the shade as well as taking a little sun.  If you remember, I mentioned its resilient demeanor this spring, but truly love it for it's fall color. And finally, Dogwoods are not usually a shrub that I…
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3 Plants for Instant Privacy

Sometimes you just don't want to talk to your neighbors.  Or maybe you'd prefer to sun yourself in your itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini without fear of peeping eyes. Here are three plants that bring instant privacy to your outdoor space: (if you can't see the video link, please click here) If you are desperate for instant gratification, I would suggest purchasing a larger specimen of ornamental grass. However, if you have some patience, you can purchase 1 gallon containers costing anywhere from $7-12.  The grass shown in the video is a 5 gallon Maiden Grass standing approximately 5ft tall, costing approximately $30 at TimberPine Nursery Here…
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Was this suppose to happen?

Last year I planted a European Cranberrybush Viburnum grafted tree. It's suppose to bloom in the spring...which it did....and then follow up with some nice red fall color.  However, I saw something today....mind you....it's July 27th. Was that suppose to happen?  Am I suppose to have blooms in the middle of the summer?  It's okay..I'll take them....but I'm just kinda curious...is this right? kk
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This is great…but I’d add just one thing

This is a great patio...I LOVE the New York Blue flagstone.  I LOVE the natural look the wood brings into the space.  And I LOVE the softness the ferns bring to the upper left pocket. The only thing...and I truly mean the only thing I would make sure to add to this patio is polymeric sand.  Not only would polymeric sand add a barrier against nasty weeds, but it will stay put whereas regular sand is liable to shift, wiggle out from the cracks.  Wiggling is more of an issue with flagstone when there are such wide gabs between the pieces. There is a technique to applying polymeric sand....catch the video below.  And…
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Holy Balls!

I LOVE my HYDRANGEAS! Although, I kinda wish I hadn't gotten lazy with my mire-acid treatments, so I would've have all this pink and maybe some blue balls! But I still love em! Do you have Hydrangeas in your garden?  What variety do you have?  If you gave your's mire-acid treatments...I want to hear about it!  I'd like to know how you stayed on top of it. Happy Planting! kk
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So you say you want a path….to where?

Yearly I'll have customers request pathways during our design consultation. "Where do you want the path?" I'll ask. "From the deck to the patio." they'll say. or "Oh...from the frontyard to the backyard". "Really? Do you walk this way quite a bit?" I'll ask. "Well...sometimes" they'll answer. Here's my suggestion~wear a tread in the lawn first. AND THEN install a pathway. But sometimes you really don't need a pathway.  Sometimes a pathway dictates where you "think" you need to go... versus going wherever you want to. I would much rather choose my path than have it made for me. Happy Planting.....and tromping through your yard kk
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Armeria…from the bloom to the grass tuff

The Armeria packed a hellova punch this year. [caption id="attachment_804" align="aligncenter" width="518" caption="just setting buds"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_805" align="aligncenter" width="518" caption="in full flower power glory"][/caption] This year the flowers lasted at least a month!  Couldn't believe it!  There are a couple different varieties of Armeria but they are a great addition to any bed edge border. But once the flowers are spent...what's a girl to do? [caption id="attachment_807" align="aligncenter" width="518" caption="blah"][/caption] Usually I tell people not to bother with trimming the dead blooms...I've got too much other stuff to do.  But since I've got such a mass grouping of them, the front landscape would look much better without the spent buds. Do you…
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