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TOP 10 SUMMER PERFORMERS!!!

ANNUAL PERIWINKLE "VINCA" - Low maintenance, profuse bloomer that loves the sun and heat!  Fertilze occasionally. "BUTTERFLY RED" PENTAS - Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds!  Heat tolerant. MANDEVILLA VINE - Sun and heat loving vine that provides all summer color.  Deer resistant. "KNOCK OUT" ROSE - Blooms from spring till frost!

ZONE 5 or ZONE 6?

You probably hadn't noticed, but while the debate over whether or not our climate is changing and our planet is experiencing a general warming trend, the nation's hardiness zone maps were reconfigured several years ago. So, as you read this while looking out over another fresh coating of snow, and feeling single digit temperatures for the umpteenth time this winter, keep a wary mind over what I'm about to tell you!

Specialty, Custom Designed Hanging Baskets

These are no ordinary hanging baskets like you'd pick up at the box stores!! We start each fall working with one of of favorite local growers (known for their meticulous standards) and design each one with St. Louis summers in mind. Our greenhouse staff is known for putting together incredible blends of flowers and foliage for spectacular displays. We strive to build amazingly long-lasting combos that burst and cascade with color and texture, for sun or shade.

LOCAL, ORGANIC and NEW!

We are super excited about our new line of local, organically grown veggies and herbs from Crown Valley Organics!! They all are free from residues of harmful chemicals, which makes them safer for you, the environment, and the people who grow them! Organic vegetables and herbs are also more flavorful and nutritious due to the fertilization techniques used in organic growing. Stop in and check out the selection, which will change as the season progresses!

Simple, Festive Holiday Decorating!

Decorating the home for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons has long been a tradition for many families over the years. The festive and colorful adornments often begin at the front door. Those large containers sitting on your front porch, that were overflowing with beautiful flowers through the summer months, can be given a new look. Think about adding a couple of small conical evergreens to those pots to enhance the front entry and make your home more inviting for the holidays.

Lawn Care Tips

Fescue and Bluegrass Lawn Care Tips:

  1. Mow high and often, as you never want to remove more than 1/3 of the blade at any mowing. By mowing high, 2 ½ to 3 inches, you keep the soil surface cooler reducing evaporation and reducing the need for as much irrigation. Shading the soil surface reduces the amount of weed germination as well.
  2. Keep your lawn mower blade sharp to give a cleaner cut to the grass. This will reduce damage, and the possibility of secondary insect or disease outbreaks.

Trees for small or narrow spaces

In the urban community, we are finding, more and more, that the desire to plant trees in smaller, more confined spaces is becoming more popular. Folks with smaller yards are still seeking to obstruct a view or provide shade to a deck or patio but think they are limited because the space they have available won't handle a large shade tree. We have recently stocked our nursery with several choices of trees that lend themselves to situations such as this. For planting in the strip between the street and sidewalk, we are recommending the versatile Upright European Hornbeam.

Spring Forward

It's that time of the year when we all anticipate the first color of the fresh, new year in the landscape! As the end of one of the mildest winters in recent memory nears, our enthusiasm is no less significant. Witchhazels (Hamamelis spp.) are typically the first hardy shrubs to bloom in this area. We, in particular, like the Arnold Promise variety as its bright yellow blossoms stand out cheerfully in the otherwise bleak planting.