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.

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!

Signs of Summer

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Take one or two steps out of doors these days, and the evidence is clear.  Temperatures are soaring, school is out for many, and vacation plans are in the air. And with all the gorgeous blossoms and blooms everywhere you look in the garden center, in every hot color of the tropics, there can be no confusion. Summer is here!

Just take a walk around the nursery, and you are sure to see your favorite summertime bloomers in their full glory. In the shrub department, the gardenias, viburnums, butterfly bush, spirea, and hydrangeas, just to name a few, are in their peak of beauty. The annual tables are resplendent in every color of the rainbow. And the perennials just can’t be missed.

Whatever says summer to you, from sunflowers and zinnias, to coneflowers and daylilies, we have a gorgeous selection to chose from. And we’re still receiving fresh shipments every week to ensure that we can offer the highest quality plants available.

Although summer’s heat has definitely kicked in, it’s still ok to keep planting annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs at this time. Just be sure to be on hand with plenty of water during the plants’ critical establishment period.

Summer never looked better! Stop by and let us help you get the summer garden of your dreams.

See you all soon!

Dividing Perennials

Winter sure seems cold and long for those of us who dream of lush green gardens and colorful flowers.  Feels like there’s nothing to do but sit and wait, stare out the windows at those bare trees, and dream of the spring to come. But although it may not be prime spring planting time yet, there are things that can be done in the garden now in preparation for the days ahead.

Perennial Dividing

It may seem like the ground is awfully hard due to some of the freezing temperatures we’ve been having lately, but now is actually a fabulous time to start dividing and re-planting any mature perennial plants in the garden. What feels like frozen ground is, in reality, only a thin crust, and dividing and re-planting perennials now will give your plants plenty of time to re-establish themselves and develop strong roots before the heat of next season kicks in.

Why Divide?

Perennials are divided to control their size and to increase their numbers. Short-lived perennials or old perennials that have become crowded with sparse flowers can be kept vigorous and blooming through division. After dividing, the younger sections will flower more prolifically.

A general rule-of-thumb for Piedmont gardeners is to divide spring and summer blooming perennials in the fall, and fall-flowering perennials in late winter/early spring when the new shoots have emerged. It is most important to divide the plants when they are not flowering.

How To


Garden Supply Co. owner, Keith Ramsey, recently shared with me a few tips and tricks for easily and successfully dividing perennials. Step one: carefully dig around the base of your established plant with a pronged pitchfork or sharp-tipped shovel, digging up the entire plant in one piece.

Once the plant is out of the ground, you can now divide your perennial into smaller clumps. Depending on the original size of the plant, you may divide your new plants into 2, 3, 4, or more pieces. Keith divided his one-gallon plant into 4 new sections.

Use a sharp cutting tool to separate the roots of your old perennial. Keith recommends using a Soil Scoop, as the edges are ideal for cutting roots, while the scoop is also useful for filling and general potting. For thicker or more stubborn roots, try the Flex Rake Pruning Saw.

Planting

Now your newly-divided perennials are ready for re-planting. Dig a hole as wide as the root-ball and the same depth. Set the plant in the hole so the crown is at or slightly above ground level. Cover and firm the soil lightly around the plant. And to give your new plant a good head start, add a shot of starter fertilizer when planting.

We highly recommend Bio-Tone Starter Plus all natural plant food. This fertilizer won’t burn or harm your plants because it’s completely organic. Perfect for starting new plants or transplanting old.

For more tips and tricks on dividing perennials, replanting, or garden design, stop by the garden center. Our friendly and helpful staff is here 7 days a week to help you with all your gardening needs. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

Hope to see you all soon!

October Sale

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It’s October sale time down at Garden Supply Company! Starting today, all Halloween and Thanksgiving decor items are marked down 40% off. Hurry in, because with deals this good, these items won’t last long.

And since October is the perfect month for planting, we’ve decided to put perennials (with the exception of the evergreen and ground cover varieties) on sale at 40% off, too. I don’t think we have ever offered a deal like this before, so come on down at take advantage of these incredible savings.

Mum’s the Word-Care Tips

Good morning everyone! Yesterday I shared with you some of the beautiful autumn mums we’ve received this week at the Garden Center. Mums are, without a doubt, one of our most popular fall bloomers. They look equally great in containers on your front porch as in borders in your mixed beds, and come in a rainbow of autumn colors. The garden mum just cannot be beaten for beautiful fall color. And now that you’ve picked up a few mums for your yard, I have a few tips and tricks for keeping your new plants looking in tip-top shape.

Fall planted mums need a little attention to help them make it in the landscape through the winter. Get these fall-blooming perennials in the ground as soon as possible. If using mums as container plants, it’s unlikely they will make it through winter, so enjoy their seasonal color as you would annuals.

Plant mums in full sun, in well-drained soil that is moderately moist. If the soil is too wet or too dry, the mums will suffer. Keeping the soil moist will ensure good root development on the plants as they go into winter, even after the tops have gone dormant. They tolerate part shade, but if it is too shady, the mums will get leggy and have smaller flowers. If your area receives at least half a day of sun, your plants should do fine.

Plant the mums in your flower bed at the same depth that they were growing in their pots and mulch them to help stabilize soil moisture and temperature. Be sure to cut and loosen the outer root system of the plant to maximize root growth before planting. Do not plant chrysanthemum flowers near street lights or night lights: the artificial lighting may wreak havoc with the mums’ cycle.

Do not fertilize your plants until you see new growth next spring. Use a general purpose fertilizer such as 5-10-5 at the rate of 1 lb. per 100 square feet. Fertilize once per month through July.

Removing the spent flowers, called deadheading, will keep your plant looking neat and tidy and will help promote more blooms. Once your plant has gone dormant, do not cut back the dead growth. The dried flowers and stems serve as insulation to protect the plant during winter. When you see new growth in spring, cut the dead stems as close to the ground as possible.

Be sure to give your mums plenty of space in the garden. They can grow and multiply rather quickly. An added benefit, in my opinion. By every third spring, divide your mums to rejuvenate them.

With these care tips, you’ll be enjoying glorious fall color from your garden mums for years to come. Enjoy!