Top Coneflower Selection from Garden Supply Co.

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Purple coneflower is one of the toughest, most reliable perennials on the market. These flowers are easy to care for, relatively drought-tolerant, and are good for cut flowers. The seeds found in the dried flower head also attract songbirds to your garden. Today, Coneflowers come in more than just purple, with around 30 varieties available in hues of purple, pink, red, yellow, orange, and white.  Here are a few of our favorites available this season at Garden Supply Co.

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Prairie Sun Coneflower

Prairie Sun Coneflower features beautiful gold daisy flowers with chartreuse eyes and yellow tips at the ends of the stems from mid summer to late fall. These make excellent cut flowers, and have the added benefit of attracting butterflies to the garden.

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Summer Breeze Coneflower

Another sunny yellow variety, Summer Breeze Coneflower has large, deep yellow flowers with yellow bronze center cones. Another great choice for cut flowers, and this beauty also attracts butterflies.

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Raspberry Truffle Coneflower

The flowers of Raspberry Truffle emerge as single coral pink with a chocolate cone and then develop their pom-pom center as they mature.  The fully opened 4inch flowers have strawberry peach, horizontally held ray petals and a broad, darker pink pom-pom.  All are produced on showy dark stems that really help to set off the unique flower color.

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Marmalade Coneflower

Marmalade Coneflower boasts giant 4″ flowers each containing over 150 vibrant orange petals. Flowers are held atop strong stems that make superb long-lasting cutflowers. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and thrives in heat and humidity.

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Sombrero Salsa Red Coneflower

One benefit of new coneflower varieties is that they produce more blooms on each branch. This is definitely the case with Sombrero Salsa Red. ‘Salsa Red’ is part of the Sombrero™ series that were carefully bred and selected to have well-branched, sturdy and compact foliage with a high bud count. These sturdy, compact plants have proven hardiness for years of enjoyment in the garden. Its abundant deep-red blooms will steal the show for more than three months.

For more information on Coneflower varieties and growing Coneflowers in your landscape, stop by the garden center. Our friendly experts are on hand seven days a week to help with all your gardening needs.

New Impatiens Introduction: Simply Beautiful Fusion Impatiens Series

Gardeners have long prized Impatiens for delivering long-lasting color in shade. Reds, pinks, lavenders and pure white Impatiens will brighten any dark corner throughout the growing season. The breeders at Ball Horticultural Company have recently introduced a new series of Impatiens that we are so excited about and think you are going to love: Simply Beautiful Fusion™ series. Fusion Series Impatiens2- Garden Supply Co

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The Fusion Impatiens series has the distinction of offering the first yellow Impatiens flowers. It has taken years to isolate the yellow strain from its wild parents, but the wait has been worth it. From their efforts creating ‘Glow’ came a whole series of exotic warm colors.

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The Fusion series still has the non-stop blooming power of traditional Impatiens, but the flowers are an interesting cup shape with a deeper colored center. The flowers are a little reminiscent of the orchid. Mature plants will reach 12 – 16″ in height and width.

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The Fusion series is as undemanding as common Impatiens, but since these annual flowers are going to bloom until frost, you’ll want to give them a rich, well drained soil to grow in.

For more planting tips and information on the new Simply Beautiful Fusion™ Impatiens Series, stop by the garden center. Our friendly experts are on-hand seven days a week to help with all your gardening needs.

JC Raulston Arboretum Choice Plants

 At Garden Supply Co. we are constantly striving to bring you the highest quality plant materials, perfectly suited for our tough Piedmont area growing conditions. That’s why we are so pleased to be able to offer to you a selection of Choice Plants from the JC Raulston Arboretum.

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Choice Plants are superior selections of new and underused plants for the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic from the JC Raulston Arboretum landscape trials. Plants are chosen for their adaptability, beauty, and overall garden worth. All Choice Plants are grown by local nurseries in a collaborative effort between the Johnston County Nursery Marketing Association and the JCRA. The first selections became available just last fall, with more plants coming soon. We are so excited to have two wonderful Choice Plants available for you this spring.

Mrs. Schiller’s Dwarf Viburnum

Mrs. Schiller’s Dwarf viburnum is a tough, but beautiful native plant perfect for any garden. It makes a small, neat mound without pruning and is topped in the spring with masses of white flowers. Plants are very drought tolerant once established.

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Mrs. Schiller’s Dwarf Viburnum grows to about 3′ tall by slightly wider. The plant covers itself in clusters of white flowers in April but will often begin flowering in fall and continue sporadically until spring. Flowers are followed by red fruits which become black and are highly favored by birds. In milder winters, Mrs. Schiller’s will remain mostly evergreen, although the leaves make take on slightly purplish tones after frost.

Redwing Heteropterys Glabra

Redwing Heteropterys Glabra is an unusual vine originating from South American. It has lovely gold flowers from late June until fall. Flowers are quickly followed by red, wing-like fruits which appear alongside the flowers for an unique multicolor effect. Plant is perfect for training on an arbor or growing as a wide-spreading low shrub.

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Redwing is a woody vine that will grow up a support or through the lower branches of small trees or large shrubs. Without support, it will make a mounded, shrubby plant with branches weaving through its neighbors. Young plants will often die back to the ground for their first couple of years in the garden but once established the stems will stay green during all but the coldest winters. Established plants are fairly drought tolerant, although Redwing will be more prolific in a slightly moist, well-drained soil.

The multi-hued flower and fruit display make this a worthy candidate for any garden. Although not in bloom until the end of June, here is tiny peek at the blooms and fruit taken from the JC Raulston Arboretum.RedwingRedwing Heteropterys Glabra (source)

For more information on Choice Plants and the best plant options for your landscape, stop by the garden center. We’re here seven days a week to help with all your gardening needs.

A Perennial Favorite, the Rose

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Roses have captured the hearts of gardeners for centuries. Throughout recorded history, people have been growing roses. They have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics. During the Roman period, roses were used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, and as a source of perfume. Roses were in such high demand during the seventeenth century that royalty considered roses or rose water as legal tender, and they were often used as barter and for payments. No other plant has such a rich and extensive history. In fact, according to fossil records, the rose is 35 million years old.

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The popularity of roses continues on today, with more than 2,000 different varieties to choose from. New varieties with increased disease resistance and winter hardiness make roses an excellent choice for shrub borders and perennial gardens, alike. From old classics like tea roses, shrub roses and old garden roses to climbers, miniatures, and the ever-popular Knock-Out series of roses, we have all your favorites at Garden Supply Co.

Spring Arrivals

Although it doesn’t really feel like it yet, spring has arrived here in the Carolinas. And when you are ready to begin your seasonal planting, we are ready for you. If you’re craving a bit of color right about now, there are lots of beautiful blooming plants to choose from. Here’s a peek at just a few of our recent arrivals and top favorite picks for early spring.

Trees

As you drive around town this week, you may notice that many of the trees, such as the cherries and pears, are in bloom right now. Some of our other favorite trees blooming now are:

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Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry

As a weeping tree, Snow Fountains Cherry features cascading branches that dip all the way to the ground, giving it the appearance of a white fountain when covered with pure white flowers in early spring.

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Star Magnolia (white) and Red Bud (pink)

Reaching a height of 15 to 20 feet at maturity, the Star Magnolia boasts star-burst white blossoms in March and April, making it one of the true harbingers of spring.

The Red Bud’s rosy pink flowers appear in  early spring, March-April. Reddish-purple leaves change to dark green, then to yellow. Forms a spreading, graceful crown.

Shrubs

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Forsythia

These early bloomers sport the vibrant yellow flowers that have become a fixture of our spring dreams. Their flowers precede their leaves. Border forsythias are fast-growing shrubs with an upright and arching form.

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Standard Camelia- Kramer’s Supreme

The deep red buds of Kramer’s Supreme open to magnificent peony-like, rosy-red blooms with a delightful fragrance. Flowers make a dazzling contrast with the glossy, dark green foliage.

Annuals and Perennials

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Pansies

Although a favorite for winter plantings, the pansy will add luscious color to the landscape throughout spring and into the early heat of summer and work well in container plantings, hanging baskets, and garden beds, alike.

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Stock

Stock offers a wonderfully spicy, distinctive scent. Plant it in spring several weeks before your region’s last frost date — this annual thrives in cool temperatures and stops blooming once hot weather arrives. It’s especially wonderful in window boxes and planters at nose level, where its sometimes subtle effect can best be appreciated.

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Candytuft

Perennial Candytuft sends up showy blooms very early in the spring. Flowers are startlingly bright white on shrubby little plants with needle-like leaves, and when in full bloom, they cover the entire plant.

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Geranium

Geraniums have been a gardener’s favorite for well over a century. The old-fashioned standard for beds, borders, and containers, geranium is still one of the most popular plants today.

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Chocolate Chip Ajuga pictured here with ‘Anne Greenaway’ Spotted Nettle

The Chocolate Chip Ajuga’s evergreen foliage is attractive year-round, showing off a satin sheen finish embossed with rich hues of chocolate brown, bronze and maroon. Don’t let all this beauty fool you though; it is as tough as it is gorgeous and can even withstand light foot traffic.

For more great blooming plants and all your gardening essentials, stop by the garden center. We’ve got loads of fresh arrivals coming in weekly and all the gardening help and advice you’re looking for. Hope to see you soon at Garden Supply Co.!

Winter Blooms

The holidays are now officially behind us, and the chill drear of winter has set in. Although it’s been a fairly mild season so far, this past week has really taken a turn for the cold. With peek planting time still a few months away, it seems like spring, and all the flowers and new growth that comes with it, is a long ways away. If you’re craving some color to chase away the winter blues, never fear. We have lots of gorgeous plants that are in bloom now that will provide some much-needed cheer all winter long.

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Hellebore (Lenten Rose)

Hellebores are perennial and largely evergreen. Their flowers provide color and interest in the shade garden when other plants are dormant. In addition, their leaf structure is interesting enough to make them a foundation of the shade garden year-round, even when their flowers are spent. Hellebores are also deer resistant and somewhat drought tolerant. We have several beautiful varieties to choose from.

Of course one of our favorite plants for winter color is the pansy. Pansies come is a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes and work well in beds, borders, and container gardens. We have several carts full of the 4″ pots.

If you’re looking to add color, flowers, and fragrance to your winter landscape, try the Winter Daphne.

Winter Daphne has rosy-pink flower buds that open to white with fragrant flowers that bloom in winter and early spring. Reaching 4 feet tall and wide, Winter Daphne is beautiful against a wall or near a patio or deck where its fragrance can be appreciated.

For blooms indoors, we also have many options to choose from, including these gorgeous Paperwhites.

For those DIY folks, we have plenty of bulbs for planting or forcing indoors. Or for instant gratification, choose from our pre-planted selections. These make a great gift when paired with one of our many decorative plant stakes or garden art.

Or add a few African Violets to your kitchen windowsill for an instant burst of brightness.

And we have tons of stunning plants to choose from in our indoor garden, including some really incredible orchids.

As always, we are here seven days a week for all your gardening needs. Stop by and see us today!