We all love our annual flowers, reliably producing a glorious display all season long. They are perfect for containers or filling in areas of the garden beds. While annuals truly are amazing, don’t discount the predictable perennial plant. You can easily create a dynamic display of color and texture by positioning your plants according to bloom time.
The majority of perennials will bloom during a specific amount of time during a specific part of the season. Knowing which plants bloom when will assist you in creating your plan. In addition, choose perennials that will stay in place and don’t “walk” around (via seeds or runners). Using ever-blooming shrubs like a selection from the new Easy Elegance® Collection of roses as a backdrop for your perennial display for added wow factor. Filling in and blending your “masterpiece” with foliage plants such as Heuchera will guarantee visual interest all season long.
Suburban Lawn & Garden grows the majority of our own Perennials for you. These plants have been started right here, in our zone, ready to enter your garden without a fuss. There is a general rule, however, which applies to nearly all perennials. When first introduced into your garden, they like to “check things out”, dip their “toes” in and get comfy. In doing so, you may not see an exciting amount of activity from them. We like to refer to this as “sleeping”. The following year, they tend to “venture out a bit”, peeking around the corners, becoming introduced to their neighbors…basically getting better acquainted with their environment. We refer to this as their second year “creeping” stage. The following year, stand back! If you have found an acceptable spot for your perennials, they will explode with growth and color! They “leap” to their full potential. Time to sit back and enjoy your handiwork…
Our stores are FULL of perennials for every spot in your garden. Don’t be afraid to add them to your containers as fillers, too. You can enjoy them all season, then install them in your garden beds in the Fall. Enjoy your new-found passion for Perennials!
We ALL have birds that occasionally visit our yards. Songbirds, Woodpeckers, Birds of Prey…they all pass through from time to time. Some will stick around longer than others depending on what your yard has to offer.
When we receive mounds of snow (like we have recently), all of these birds (with the exception of maybe the woodpeckers and the birds of prey) will have a VERY tough time finding food. It is very helpful to supply them with supplement through these harsh times. Suburban Lawn & Garden carries a variety of foods, each designated for a specific type of bird. For example, Cardinals will LOVE you for setting out a mix that contains Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. If you don’t know which types of birds you have, you can use a general mix which should contain a bit of something for all of them. We do think highly of Wild Delight around here…their food is a very nice quality and they present a wide assortment of mixes.
Some of you may be thinking, how are these “seed-eating” birds going to help my garden? The majority of birds (even those that eat seeds) will feed insects to their young. They are softer, pack more of a protein punch AND in the Spring and Summer, they are much more plentiful than seeds are. So, if you attract all types of birds, they will reward you greatly! Even hummingbirds eat their fair share of flying insects…capturing those which are difficult for other birds to snag.
When selecting a bird feeder, try to find one that is suitable for the types of birds you will be catering to, as well. If in doubt, just go with a general type, but make sure it has a roof to protect the seed from getting wet. We, of course have a large variety of bird feeders and houses to choose from. Setting out some houses, will also guarantee that a few families will “move in” and become your “outdoor pets”. Be sure to clean them out after the fledglings have taken flight.
A small amount of effort this winter assisting our feathered friends will bring you much joy and a healthier garden, to boot! Enjoy!!
I know I am! This month’s issue will be very image intensive and will showcase many of the highly anticipated new plants for 2013! While I realize this is only January, we only have about 6-8 more weeks of winter before we can, once again, beautify our outdoor living spaces!
To begin, I wanted to share the selected colors for 2013…they tend to set the tone for women’s fashion and home decor during the year (other colors are selected for men’s fashion, etc). What do you think?
Quite lovely…though not enough jewel tones, in my opinion. This seems to be a rather muted selection (compared to last year). Oh well…on to more exciting news!
We are anxiously awaiting several new arrivals for Spring of 2013…they are currently in production at our growing farm and we can’t wait to give these great plants a try!
Simply gorgeous Primulas!!
Now for a few lovelies to brighten those shady spots…
…can you believe these new Impatiens?!?
This seems to be the year of the trailing begonia…we have quite a few joining our line-up. Here are just a few of my favorites:
And now for some Spectacular foliage!
Check out these fantastic Salvias and a Petunia that will rock the neighborhood!
Last, but certainly not least, Suburban Lawn & Garden is proud to introduce the Mighty ‘Mato! A grafted tomato which bears 2-3 times more fruit. We will offer 6 great varieties including Heirlooms, as well as, hybrids. Keep in touch with me on Facebook and I will fill you in on all of the details! Not only that, you can have a sneak peek of many more plants arriving this spring…don’t miss out!
It’s that time of year, again! The weather will get colder, food will become scarce and the critters begin moving in on your prized plants…aak! Rabbits and Deer can be horribly destructive to annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. During the winter, it becomes extremely important to protect your young trees from hungry critters, as well as, sun scald which can cause irreparable damage.
There are several methods you can use to protect your new trees, some are better
than others for serving a dual purpose. There are tree wraps, screens, paint and fences. It is suggested to choose a method which suits your fancy and then check frequently for damage to the tree. The best time to install your wrap is after a few lengthy nighttime freezes. The majority of the insects will be gone and no longer post a threat to the tree for the season. Tree wraps come in varying forms, are readily available (check the tree care section of our garden pharmacy), and extremely easy to install on the tree. The brief video provided is an excellent tutorial on the process.
The tree wrap is only designed to be
And then there is the well known saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”… if you grow plants which are undesirable to critters, you will have much less damage (in a normal year). There seems to be very few “immune” plants to munching, however if there are enough alternatives in neighboring properties, they should ignore these plantings.
Deer tend to do more fatal harm to trees and shrubs, so this list is primarily focused on those categories. As stated before, they avoid these plants….this doesn’t guarantee they will remain chomp-free.
The majority of the plants found on the rabbit list are those which both tend to avoid. In addition to these plant lists, most spring and fall bulbs are safe from being grazed or browsed, soooo plant away!
If you reside in what feels like a heavily “infested” area, consider making a switch to some of these beautiful plants which naturally ward off critter attacks. Keep us posted!