Hello everyone and happy Friday! Is everybody ready to start the weekend? I know we sure are down at Garden Supply. We always love to see so many of you filled with the excitement of working in your yard, and starting tomorrow, we have a little extra incentive for you. We are offering 20% off trees, shrubs, and home and garden decor. (That's 20% off your entire purchase, not just one item, so if you've had your eye on something big, this is the sale for you). Just mention this blog post and you can start shopping tomorrow for the best selection. This month is very special to us at the garden center, as June is Perennial Gardening Month. June is a perfect month to plant new perennials that will flower in June and beyond into summer and fall. At one time gardeners did most or even all of their perennial planting in the early spring season. Summer environmental conditions were considered too harsh for new plantings. This is not true any more! The use of plastic containers presently sold in the garden center allows plants to be easily acclimated to their new surroundings, as opposed to the past practices of marketing perennials either bare-root or field-dug.
We are celebrating Perennial Gardening Month with a huge selection of plants with a diversity of bright and colorful blooms and interesting foliar texture and variety that are perfectly suited for our tough Piedmont growing conditions. Here is just a small sampling of some of the beauties that caught my eye this week.
David Garden Phlox
This showy, clump forming perennial is prized for the profusion of enchanting white flower clusters that rise above the foliage. This plant is great in borders, rock gardens, formal beds, and meadows. The flowers are fabulous for cutting.
Chapel Hill Yellow Lantana
Chapel Hill lantana will brighten up any sunny area of your garden. Plant atop walls or in containers and allow it to cascade over the edge. Great for a mixed tropical border of vivid colored plants. Can be used as a ground-cover or as an accent plant in hanging baskets. This is a beautiful butterfly and hummingbird attracting plant. Chapel Hill lantana is exceptionally cold hardy and best of all, is deer resistant.
The Stokes' aster is a tall long-lived perennial with slender, upright stems and blue flowers. These are very striking with silver or yellow plantings. Use Stokes' aster at the front of perennial borders; the deep green basal leaves are evergreen and, when not covered by snow, provide some color and texture all winter. This is an adaptable and easy to grow perennial, considered by many as one of the most attractive late-flowering perennials. Cut flowers remain attractive for a week or more.
Homestead Pink displays blazing rich pink blooms amplified by deep green lacy foliage. It attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and blooms May through October. Also available in purple.
The Homestead's low, spreading habit makes it a natural as a ground-cover or perfect as use for edging.
We have lots more gorgeous perennials to choose from down at the garden center. Stop by and have our friendly experts help you make the perfect selections for your home landscape.