2013 June Bloom Symposium – Pink Zazzle!

Recently, I attended the Proven Winners® / EuroAmerican Symposium which was hosted by the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens in Fallbrook, CA which is an official signature garden for Proven Winners® plants. 
This fantastic gathering of growers, retailers and other professionals come together to learn about, discuss and drool over highly anticipated new plants.  It is like a little slice of Heaven to a plant geek like me!
I wanted to share some highlights from the event with you and invite you to join us on Facebook where you will find more gorgeous pictures and helpful steps to garden success! When you see a plant you would like to try, please click like under the image. The more likes a plant receives, the better chance it will have in finding its way to our stores!  We are ALWAYS open to and appreciate your feedback!

The plant that received the most attention at the Symposium was Gomphrena ‘Pink Zazzle’. This is not your ordinary, everyday annual! This attention hog has large, hot pink/fuschia blooms atop succulent-like fuzzy foliage. Ka-POW!! What a WINNER!
The majority of our plants are grown locally, by us, at our off-site farms.  Each and every plant is scrutinized before being shipped to our stores.  Proven Winners® provides us with exceptional plant material for our experts to cultivate with a personal touch in preparation for YOUR garden beds, veggie gardens and annual landscapes/pots.  

These lovely plants have been fully acclimated to our local weather conditions and are ripe for planting.  From annuals to trees, we grow it all! Garden success is obtainable with us!

All along the pathways within the glorious Grand Tradition Estate and GardensProven Winners® plants were always within our sight,  

blanketing the ground.
It truly was a sight to behold! 
The annual that made the biggest statement was definitely the Supertunia®!!  These quick-spreading, self-cleaning lovelies will blanket the ground in as little as 4 weeks!  It is recommended that they be installed with a slow release fertilizer designed for annual flowers to insure they have plenty of food all season long.
The variety surrounding this waterfall/pond is called ‘Vista Fuchsia’ and certainly stops you in your tracks!  Supertunia®s are available in nearly every color imaginable which makes the possibilities seem endless!  Try them! Go ahead and “Supertunia” your garden beds! 
You will love them!
Suburban Lawn & Garden
would love to know your thoughts about all of the gorgeous plants and 
flowers we had the pleasure
of becoming acquainted with at this fantastic symposium.
If you get a chance,please stop off at our Facebook page Like us on Facebook to view the entire album of colorful inspiration!  This album of beautiful pictures will be monitored closely for upcoming trends.
Thank you all so much!
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Practicing Patience with Perennials

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!The Garden that is Finished is Dead

The Insect Brigade

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!!

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Who’s Ready for Spring?!

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!


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Pesky Critter Season

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

applied to the point where branching begins on the tree.  Granted, deer may cause damage to the branches of the tree, but this will not usually be a fatal attack.

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!

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