There are many easy, low-maintenance perennial groundcovers that provide excellent texture, flowers or fragrance and create a living mulch. Beyond pachysandra, vinca and ivy, try one of these as good, ground-covering plants for your beds, between stepping stones and along walkways.
- Carex or sedge – For a soft, grass-like look, try a sedge! These short, graceful plants in general prefer moist part shade, but many will handle full sun, full shade or dry conditions. They can be excellent companions with hosta under trees. We carry more than 22 varieties. In particular, check out Carex jamesii and Carex pensylvanica, two native sedges that fill in quickly and provide food for birds. (more…)
Birds delight us with their winged acrobatics and musical songs. Welcoming birds to your yard can be easy with a little planning. Birds require food, water, shelter, and nesting sites.
Birdbaths are a popular way to encourage birds to visit your garden. The Growing Place has many types of birdbaths in concrete, ceramic, metal and more. Birds love clean, fresh water, so we recommend checking your birdbath daily and emptying if not every day, every few days to discourage mosquito larvae. Make sure to clean them on a regular basis to prevent disease and pests. Consider adding a fountain, bubbler or pump that moves water. Many birds enjoy running water. (more…)
Spring has finally arrived and our thoughts are turning to fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes. This cold, wet spring, means that soil and air temperatures are still cool, especially at night. Tomatoes are tropical plants and do best when soil is above 60 degrees. We have already seen several frosts, and our typical frost free date is around mid-May. The Growing Place staff recommends waiting to plant tomatoes in the ground until after that time and to protect plants from temperatures below 45° F. Cool temperatures will stunt tomato growth (more…)
Clematis are one of the classic flowering vines. They come in a surprising array of colors, sizes, shapes and bloom times. They provide an important vertical element in the garden and can be a great way to screen or fill in a gap. With the proper site, you can enjoy them for years and years. (more…)
We get asked questions a lot and we love to help! Here are the top ten questions we’ve been asked about the most this spring. We have handouts and booklets on most common gardening topics, so stop by for more information or browse this blog.
When can I plant?
As long as the ground is not frozen and the soil isn’t too wet, you can plant. An easy way to tell if your soil is wet is to squeeze a handful. If it sticks together in a clump, it’s too wet. If it crumbles easily, dig away! (more…)
Last year’s drought was very stressful to lawns. As we warm up this spring, take a walk around your yard. Do you have dead patches in the lawn or bare spots? Take advantage of spring’s cool moist weather to give your grass a great start. (more…)
Each year we look for exciting new trees to offer our customers. These trees are hardy for our area and can fill a particular niche in the landscape from a specimen ornamental to a shade tree to replace an ash. This year we are particularly excited about the following: (more…)