Our Fall Collection
- From Al's Experts
Freshen up your containers and landscape for fall.
Now that we’ve all survived last week’s heat wave, you may find that your summer containers aren’t looking quite as fresh as they did back when you first planted them. With just a little care you can freshen them up with shades of fall. Our new Fall Collection includes a spectrum of Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers that welcome those cooler evenings and the long Indian Summer days of September.
Wilma Goldcrest ‘Lemon Cypress’
Dwarf evergreen shrub has a tight, columnar habit with exceptional, golden-yellow fragrant foliage. Plant among purple or red foliaged plants for exceptional contrast. An easy to grow container plant that smells of lovely lemons.
Osteosperumum ‘Blue Eyed Beauty’
This unique bicolor African Daisy will add a splash of bright color to your garden. Compact bushy form is perfect in patio containers and mass color plantings as well as mixed into perennial borders.
Crysociephalum ‘Flambé Yellow’
Tufted yellow flowers on silvery foliage, ‘Flambe Yellow’ is very heat and drought tolerant. Use in planters or landscapes, as it is great in creating informal drifts.
Alternanthera ‘Red Threads’
‘Red Threads’ is a slender-leaved perennial that doesn't wander, forming a textured carpet in shades of deep burgundy. A single plant makes a mound about 8 inches tall and 14 inches wide. Use 'Red Threads' at the base of taller plants to provide vibrant color contrasts.
Ajuga ‘Burgandy Glow’
Gardeners have a love or hate relationship with this easy to grow evergreen perennial. If you have moist shady areas you'd like covered with a colorful blooming carpet, you'll love it. Burgundy Glow is a big favorite because of the great color it brings. It’s foliage is a collage of greens, pinks and creams, and has the traditional Ajuga blue flower.
Heucherella ‘Copper Cascade’
This small leaf trailer has lovely refined rosy copper-gold foliage that is muted, but distinct. ‘Copper Cascade’ is a big favorite because of the great color it brings.
Lysimachia ‘Creeping Jenny Gold’
“Creeping Jenny Gold” this lovely accent plant that cascades color and texture into any garden setting! Its petite bright golden round foliage on trailing stems look excellent spilling down the side of containers. This plant also makes a great ground cover in landscape beds.
Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’
Dichondra with its silvery-green foliage and its stealthy creeping growth habit, this variety is a brilliant choice for mixed containers. Petite light-green to silver leaves produce a thick mantle that cascades over your patio container. Drought- and heat-tolerant, this splendidly leafy plant performs nicely as a ground cover as well.
There are many more combinations possible with our new Fall Collection. Come in and explore for yourself all the possibilities.
Lilac Blooms That Return Like a "Bloomerang"
- From Al's Experts
Enjoy the fragrance of lilacs for months instead of weeks.
While traditional lilac varieties bloom for a few short weeks in spring, Bloomerang's fragrant flowers continue until frost. A revolutionary new kind of lilac, the Bloomerang ® blooms in spring and then again throughout the summer. And while it needs a rest period during the heat of the summer, it will rebloom in late summer. This compact, mounded variety fits easily into any landscape, and is ideal as a foundation planting or as part of the mixed border.
Bloomerang® Dark Purple
New Dark Purple is a bigger deciduous shrub than the original Bloomerang® and has larger, more rounded inflorescence. This vigorous grower will add beauty and fragrance to gardens from spring to fall. When planted in mass they make a great choice for hedges as well. Just like all lilacs, the Bloomerang® will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden, but the Deer won’t care for the taste!
So when your busy schedule calls for a relaxed evening in the garden, look to Bloomerangs to provide the perfumed summer evening air.
Houseplants That Make the Grade
- From Al's Experts
As we prepare to head back to school this fall, let’s take a look at ideal plants for the student life.
We’ll grade our favorites, and give you some ideas of how to incorporate a little bit of home into your living situation.
Tillandsia –- A+
Not just because they are all the rage, but because they take so little care, we put Tillandsia on our “Must Have” list of plants for college students. They come in many colors and shapes, and other than a little dunk once a week, they require little else to survive in your dorm room.
Succulents -- A
These cuties are especially great when space is at a premium. With many unique ways to display succulents, they add a note of cool modernism to your study space. Plants are credited with increasing memory retention and concentration – what more would a student want?
ZZ Plants – B+
Blending perfectly well with both contemporary and traditional settings, the ZZ Plant is stylish, attractive and easy to take care of. It can take a reasonable amount of neglect without adverse effects and appears impervious to the majority of pests, so what's not to love? The new stems emerge out of the soil and quickly get taller before opening up, just like a cocoon. Inside are all the new glossy leaves this shoot will produce, which will gradually emerge and fan out.
Snake Plant-- B
The Snake plant is a carefree, tough succulent that grows almost anywhere. Its leathery sword-shape leaves are usually marbled. Although snake plant tolerates low light, it grows better in medium or bright light. Because it likes the soil to dry out between waterings, it’s perfect for a busy student.
With just a little thought given to presentation, these plants can add a little green to any small living space.
Butterflies Love Buddleia
- From Al's Experts
Here are some sure fire ways to attract our winged friends, the butterfly, to your garden.
Butterflies like to perch on larger flower heads when they hunt nectar, collecting pollen on their legs and body as they search for food. The legs and the butterfly's proboscis are longer and farther away from the flower's pollen so less pollen collects on its body parts than it does on bees, but still they are very effective pollinators.
Butterflies pollinate during the day while flowers are open and they have a better color perception than bees or even humans. They can see red, their favorite color, while bees cannot. They also find their nectar by being able to see ultraviolet light which makes flower markings very distinct to them.
Buddleia is a fast-growing, deciduous shrub with long, arching shoots that can reach heights of 6-8 feet. Its massive blossoms are long, seductively spiked trusses that bloom from summer to autumn and fill the air with a fruity scent. This plant is vigorous and undemanding given a sunny location and average soil conditions.
Lavender is a commonly grown herb plant popular for its fragrant aroma, which butterflies equally enjoy. This easy-care plant enjoys hot, dry conditions, making it suitable for use in a variety of landscape settings and an excellent water-wise choice. Lavender requires less water after it is established (approx. 1 year).
Although lavender can tolerate a variety of growing conditions, this plant thrives best under warm, sunny conditions in well-drained soil. In addition, a soil rich in organic matter can encourage higher plant oil production, enhancing the fragrance in lavender plants.
Black Eyed Susan
The black eyed Susan flower attracts butterflies, bees and other pollinators to the garden. A member of the daisy family, the black eyed Susan flower is a versatile, heat and drought tolerant choice that should be included in many landscapes.
Black eyed Susan plants grow all summer long, providing perky yellow flowers and velvety foliage, and they requiring little care from the gardener. As with many wildflowers, growing black eyed Susan’s is simple and rewarding when blooms brighten the garden, natural area or meadow from mid to late summer.
Deadheading encourages more blooms and a sturdier, more compact plant. Seeds may be allowed to dry on the stem for reseeding or collected and dried for replanting in other areas.
Lavatera is a lovely flower that blooms in late summer and into fall. It is a bushy perennial with stout stems growing to 4 feet. Soft green, fingered leaves and 5-petaled flowers area easy to care for and will attract butterflies to your garden.
So if it’s butterflies you want, add some Buddleia or Lavender to your garden, and enjoy the benefits of these industrious and beautiful pollinators.
Passionate for Paniculata!
- From Al's Experts
The Hydrangea paniculata is one of the most unique compact flowering trees, and perfect for large pots and small spaces. While we most often see them as a shrub, once pruned into tree form they are spectacular! Paniculatas have large, showy cone-shaped flowers and bloom the entire summer!
The paniculata species can take full to part sun. All grow to about six to ten feet tall and will bloom from July through first frost. Like all hydrangeas, they also make an excellent dried flower and can be used in arrangements indoors.
Huge creamy white blooms that will turn light pink and green color in August.
Hydrangea Pinky Winky
Large white cone shaped flowers turning to white/pink later in the season.
Beautiful light green flowers look great all summer long.
If your garden has more shade than sun, the following small trees are an excellent choice. Structure, unique shape and foliage make them equally interesting.
Dappled Willow Tree
Photo credit: Monrovia
Dwarf type Japanese Maples will give you some beautiful structure and very attractive foliage. These slow growers are perfect for a large pot to create a point of interest for your patio or deck.
Crimson Queen Maple
Stunning crimson color all summer with a graceful weeping habit. This belongs in a place of honor in your yard.
Dappled Willow Tree
A compact willow tree that leafs out with green foliage that turning vibrant pink and white. One of our personal favorites, it is absolutely stunning when gracing either side of your entryway.
As always make sure all pots have a hole in the bottom for good drainage. We recommend using a porous drywall tape or screen over the hole to ensure it doesn't get clogged. Watering is critical for potted plants so make sure if you go to the coast for a week in the summer your pots still get watered.