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Pat Kerns also selects a Plant of the Week.
Our home page carries the latest Plant of the Week, with a detailed
description. When you are here, please ask us more about this,
and other plants. Typically, there is a special offer going
with the Plant of the Week.
OF THE WEEK
The Plant of the Week feature on our website is matched by a
display at our Shop and Nursery, and there is usually a
discounted sale on the Plant of the Week, selected by Pat Kerns.
Delphinium are probably one of the most loved
summer garden plants with their bold flowers held high above the
garden border. Though they also come in whites, lavenders,
purple and pink shades, it is the beautiful blue flowers that
are so coveted in the garden. Not many plants do blue so well.
Delphiniums are quirky plants that are often termed short lived,
yet you often hear of some that persist for longer periods. We
find that good and well drained soil is the best benefit for
keeping the crowns form rotting. Planting this plant at the
right soil level is crucial. Check your plants in early spring
to press heaved plants gently back into the soil for
protection. During the growing season staking is necessary,
especially before windy rain storms and angle prune spent
stems. Why bother? Well because some things are just worth
ASTILBE “Bressingham Beauty”
Astilbes are a choice plant for our mountain top
environment. They are easy to grow, stay neat all summer with
their fern-like foliage, and produce lovely, lacey spires of
color ranging from white, through every shade of pink, red and
purple. There are many hybrid astilbe varieties with bloom time
ranges from Jul - Sep, and their height from a few inches to
several ft. tall. It is rare for a deer to eat astilbe. They
are also adaptable to just about full sun if given adequate
water to partial shade. On new plantings moisture is important,
but will become less of a problem once established.
is a great choice growing about 32” tall with salmon pink flower
spikes. Prefers moist conditions Plant in groups with other
varieties - companion with hosta or other shade tolerant plants.
(mountain pinks or ground phlox)
When phlox subulata blooms I know spring is
here. A common plant that covers the ground in early spring
with carpets of color from whites, pinks, rose, burgundy and
Great for planting on banks, as garden borders
or in rock gardens. Though easy to grow, they tend to thrive
and spread quicker in sandy, well drained soil.
This year we offer:
Candy Stripes: a pink and white bicolor
Emerald Blue, Red Wing, and Snowflake
DIANTHUS MOUNTAIN MIST
DIANTHUS LITTLE JOCK
Dianthus is one of the best groups of hardy
perennials for the rock garden or garden border.
These two on
special this week have silvery blue foliage.
grows 2-3” in height with 18” stems bearing smoky pink
carnations in late spring. Little Jock forms compact grassy
mats with a with charming semi double pink flowers with a red
eye in summer. Little Jock grows about 4-6”.
Primroses are one of the most beautiful additions
to the garden welcoming in spring with their neat foliage and
showy flowers. Though most species require a milder, moist
climate, there are some that can actually do well in our
climate. I have had luck with most of these varieties, though
there are some new cultivars that I have not yet grown here.
Primula japonica may be the least adaptable but I have had some
success with that also. They require relatively moist soil that
is well drained (compost, peat and extra sand or scree) so
moisture drains away from the roots in winter. Planting in
groups looks best. For extra precaution you may cover less
hardy varieties in winter with evergreen boughs, though snow
usually is the best protection.
Primula veris Katy McSparron:
This is a relatively new cultivar that I
absolutely love and is perfectly suited to our environment.
Bright yellow dbl. rose-like flowers in abundance. A long
bloom time too.
drumstick primrose - 8-10” - lilac or white ball
shaped flowers appear when leaves start to emergence.
rosey lavender - outstanding cultivar
polyantha Pacific Giants, japonica, pubescens
Gigantea, veris Sunset Shades (red, yellow, orange), Julian
Kinglough Beauty (florescent pink flowers)
Eupatorium is a large genre of plants with over
600 species of which a few are common wild flowers in the
eastern U.S. (Including the ubiquitous Joe Pye Weed
They prefer moist, well drained soils
and will thrive in full sun to partial shade. Also known as
White Snakeroot, Eupatorium Chocolate grows from 5-6’
Attractive, shinny, deep purple stems bear unusual chocolate
leaves which set off the white flowers that come in the late
season. With its height, beautiful color, and late flowering
time, it is a worthy plant for the back or sides of flower
beds. Cut to ground after flowering for best results.
“NEW HAMPSHIRE PURPLE”
Geranium NH Purple is one of the best plants we
grow in our group of over 500 varieties of plants. It blooms
for an extremely long time, it is neat in appearance, and is
easy to cultivate, causing little difficulty.
Geranium NH Purple spreads relatively fast and is covered in
deep, reddish-purple flowers in early summer, reaching a height
of about 6”.
An easy plant to recommend to new and experienced gardeners
because we know you’ll be satisfied with the result.
HEUCHERA “Silver Scrolls”
One of the better new hybrid Heucheras.
Round silver leaves are set off with deep purple veins. The
whitish pink flowers that appear in spring are showy &
HEUCHERA Canyon Pink
A compact form with small shinny rounded
leaves producing bright pink flowers on 6” stems
HEUCHERA “Strawberry Candy”
Green leaves marbled with silver on a compact
(9”) plant. The flowers have huge pink blossoms
spreading above the foliage growing up to 28”. Quite
Other varieties of Heuchera may include:
Cathedral Windows, Petite Pearl Fairy,
Raspberry Regal, Mint Frost, Helen Dillon, and Petite Ruby
MONARDA (Bee Balm)
Only growing 12-15” this unusual and relatively
new, compact, Bee Balm has rosy-pink flowers.
The deep, green leaves are dense and glossy and are quite mildew
resistant. The compact habit yields a neat plant with showy
long blooming flowers that appear more abundant.
We think this is a great plant for the middle border and has a
mid-late summer bloom time.
VERBASCUM hybridism (mullein)
We grow this great plant and sell it with our
annual plants (thus lower pricing) though it is actually a
We were worried a bit about the hardiness, but it
doesn’t seem to be a problem though it is still a short lived
plant. However it is a real beauty producing a mixture of
flower color ranging from apricot to cream and various shades
of pink. Flowers reaching a height of about 2’ are abundant and
long blooming . Verbascum Southern Charm looks best planting in
groups and is a garden worthy plant receiving much praise when
we use it in our landscapes.
(Black-eyed Susan) “Goldstrum”
Rudebeckia Goldstrum is a plant that needs little
in introduction. It is probably the best late season bloomer we
have producing myriads of golden yellow daisies with dark brown
This plant is long bloomed, spreads quickly, requires little
maintenance and causes little problems and lots of happy summer
“DEEP BLUE CLIPS”
One of the later blooming dwarf plants that work
equally well as a border plant as they do in a rock garden.
Campanula Deep Blue Clips grows about 6-8” and is covered in
early summer with many deep violet blue cup shaped flowers.
AJUGA “Chocolate Chip”
Unique with its long, oval shaped leaves in
vibrant chocolate - purple, Ajuga Chocolate Chip is a real
winner. This ajuga is compact and not as invasive as some
ajugas, but can be planted as a ground cover or lovely border.
Flowers though secondary in importance on this plant are intense
violet and grow to about 3”.
AJUGA “Catlands Giant”
& “Jungle Beauty”
On the other side of ajugas here are two
varieties that are large leafed and vigorous growing.
Both are deep purple in color and produce 6-8”
spikes of deep, violet, blue flowers in the spring.
peduncularis “Georgia Blue”
There are many great Veronicas, but for a rock
garden lover these are among my favorites. In fact they are
among my favorite in all plants. They are easy to grow and
bloom a long time. Georgia Blue has tons of small, bright,
intense, blue flowers on short foliage and stays more
contained. (Flower height 4-6”)
Waterperry has softer-shaded, more violet toned
flowers. The prostrate foliage spreads better and can be used
as a sun loving ground cover. This is also a long bloomer.
japonica “Little Princess”
“Magic Carpet” & Neon Flash
Spireas are such versatile shrubs and a mainstay
in our landscape plantings. All are neat and can be pruned
to be maintained. They do not like to get dry, especially
on initial planting.
Little princess has green foliage
with light pink flowers. Both Magic Carpet and Neon flash
have lovely showy
golden foliage with intense rose flowers.
ASIATIC & ORIENTAL LILIES
We carry many varieties of Asiatic and oriental
lilies that are grown from bulbs. They produce lovely, large
and extremely showy blooms normally around mid summer. The color range is
intense and amazingly beautiful.
We carry many handsome
daylilies including many premium varieties. If you
properly select plants with varying bloom times, a bed of
daylilies will give color all summer long. The colors
range from almost white, light yellow to gold, melon to vivid
orange, pinks, rose, reds, burgundy, lavenders, violets and
more. Some repeat bloom.
Some are ruffled.
Some are bicolors. Their flowers are crisp and neat and
the plants require simple cultural conditions. Daylilies
work well individually planted, in small groups or in mass
plantings. They also are an easy care, tall, ground cover
We have some great fern this year
and hope you will find an interest in the great savings you will
receive this weekend. We will try to have some available in
smaller sizes at reasonable prices for sale in multiples.
are some of our hardy varieties.
Nursery ferns: a few examples of our wide selection
We carry some great varieties and
some large plants. A comforting plant for the shade or partial
shade. Many will also take a good deal of sun. I have really
come to love this group of plants. Flowers on perennials are
short term, but these great leaves in varying texture and color
are amazing and last all through out the season.
This year with every purchase of
a hosta take 20% off a companion astilbe
of your choice.
Hosta and astilbe are two of the best
shade garden companions. They absolutely look wonderful planted
in mass plantings together in slightly shady locations. Here
are some of the many varieties we are offering this year.
Coppelia & Riverton Beauty
Everyone asks us what this tall and bright plant
is when we near the end of our growing season. Well its
Helenium and it is a real winner for late season gardens.
Coppelia flowers with burnt orange flowers above sturdy 3’ stems.
Flowering slightly later Riverton Beauty has
golden yellow flowers with bronze centers and grows about
This plant is hardy and masses up quickly.
Appropriately colored for the Fall season, Helenium looks
sensational with Mums, ornamental cabbage and Kale.
9-12" purple flowers in
(Pulsatilla rubra - deep ruby wine)
Easy to grow and pleasing to look at, pustatilla
is one of my favorite perennials. It requires good drainage.
Blossoms are born singly above feathery tufted
foliage. The flowers of the species are satiny, light
purple and are abundant once established.
flowers for a long time and leaves behind lovely, furry,
ornamental fruits that are visually pleasing.