Summer

Stunning Summer Bloomers

Crape Myrtles can’t be beat for providing summer color in sunny spots.  We are well stocked with small to large Crape Myrtles.

If you want it to stay small try the Pocomoke Crape Myrtle.  

 A unique dwarf-sized, multi-stemmed shrub with panicles of dark rose pink flowers that bloom throughout the summer.  The dark green foliage turns bronze-red in fall.

Our larger Crape Myrtles include the Dynamite, Pink Velour and Tonto.  These range between 8 to 20 feet tall.  The multi-stemmed form is ideal for use as an accent shrub or small tree. 

If you need to fill a shady spot with summer color consider a Hydrangea.  Here are three that are sure to please.

Cherry Explosion Hydrangea is new to the market and sure to impress.  It is a perfect color to liven up those shady areas of your garden.  It is one of the brightest reds available in hydrangeas. 

Quickfire Hydrangea has flowers that open white then turn magenta as the summer progresses.  This very hardy shrub is perfect as an accent, in mass plantings or as a hedge, or cut flower.

Tuff Stuff Hydrangea is a fantastic new hardy, re-blooming Hydrangea that will provide months of enjoyment in the garden!  Lovely reddish-pink lacecap flowers create a mass of color in early summer, and continue to bloom right up until frost.

Grow Your Own!

There are few things as satisfying to a home gardener than to wander out into the garden and harvest and consume the fruits of their labors.

Consider just a few of the benefits of growing your own vegetables:

- Lowers the cost of providing your family with healthy, organic vegetables

- Reduces the environmental impact of transporting and warehousing food

- Makes your meals more personal and interesting

- Connects your family with the natural cycles of weather, growth, and renewal

- Provides a wholesome activity and lasting memories for children

- It's fun AND good for you!

 

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!

June Timely Tips

Attracting pollinators, butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds to your yard and garden is appealing to many gardeners. To make a positive impact in your home environment, you should plant a diverse assortment of native species and flowering plants. This may also attract some unwanted pests that can do damage to the garden.

Timely Tips - June

Though not officially summer, for most of us the summer season starts with Memorial Day! Even though we are in a new season, I am going to bring up an old topic and that’s the lack of rainfall in our area. There have been scattered storms all around, but very little significant rain throughout the St. Louis metro area. We have been behind on rainfall since last July. If you haven’t started watering, start now! A good deep soaking once every 4 to 5 days for garden beds and every 7 to 10 days for lawns.

Pepper Variety List

We are pleased and proud to be able to offer you an extensive variety of tomatoes, pepper and other vegetables.
Please be aware that some varieties are grown in limited quantities and may not always be available, so we recommend that you shop often and early!

Tomato Variety List

We are pleased and proud to be able to offer you an extensive variety of tomatoes, pepper and other vegetables.
Please be aware that some varieties are grown in limited quantities and may not always be available, so we recommend that you shop often and early!

Crape Myrtle

Soon, all over town, the crape myrtle will begin their summer fashion show. Once only believed to be hardy in the south, these southern belles will definitely grow in your St.

Timely Tips - July

Now that we are officially into SUMMER I would like to remind you that plants need more than just water now. This year, unlike the past two springs and early summers we have seen more than enough water. Frequent heavy rains leach the nutrition out of the root zone; with cooler temperatures, the plants grow more foliage, leaving us with undernourished plants. Azaleas, hollies, boxwood, roses, summer flowering shrubs, annuals and perennials all would benefit from some additional nutrition now.

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!

Outdoor Furniture

These environmentally friendly outdoor adirondack chairs, benches, rockers, chaise lounge, pub sets, tables, and accessories made from durable, heavy duty recycled plastics, make for fun outdoor furniture all year long! The Generation Line of outdoor furniture is the fastest growing and greenest product line of its kind in North America.

BASIL LEMONADE

Ingredients:
• 1 cup sugar •
1 cup fresh basil leaves, plus extra basil for garnish •
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (or lemon juice from concentrate)
•6 cups water for lemonade (+1 1/2 cups to make syrup)
 

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.

Recipes

Lime Mint Mojitos

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 large sprig of Lime mint*
  • 1.5 oz. white rum
  • 1/2 fresh lime cut in quarters
  • Club soda
  • Ice

Terrariums

We have recently restocked our supply of terrariums and plants suitable for terrariums. A creative, fun and low maintenance way to garden at anytime of the year.