Not all fall color has to drop with the leaves. Some fruit lasts longer and gives great color into the winter as is the case with the Red Sprite and Sunset Winterberry. Crabapple and Viburnum fruit look colorful well past leaf drop and attract birds, too!
Our Tag Line is that we grow “Unique and Specimen Plant Material”. This is what the nursery was built around from the beginning. We still grow some spectacular varieties of plants. The pictures show just a few of the hard to find material we grow. Some of our unique plants are Carolina Hemlock, Paw Paw or Japanese Umbrella Pine. Other more common material in hard to find larger sizes are American Holly, Wentworth Viburnum and Blue Alaskan Cedar. This material sells quick so contact your sales person soon, so you don’t miss out!
The cool weather is upon us and digging is in full swing. We are safely digging deciduous material like the plants in the photos as well as most everything else on our inventory. We dip the root balls in a tank shortly after digging to break the water resistance of the burlap as well as getting some water into the balls before irrigating on the dock. We can have them ready for you three days after they go onto a harvest report. Give your Rep a call.
A long time ago when I first was in the industry, “Fall is for Planting” was a national campaign each year. It was true then and is still now. We are planting each day knowing that plants will start to root in now and grow better next year. The same is true for the plants we are selling. Proper planting and watering in fall increase the survivability and ease of care next year. Check our availability for the many items which are on your needs list or call one of our Sales Reps.
The days and nights are cooling down which make for idea planting weather. We have a great selection of container material ready to ship now. Ilex g. ‘Gem Box’ makes a great hedge as does Ilex g. ‘Compacta’ and Rhamnus f. ‘Fine Line’. Hydrangea are still blooming and the grasses are at their showy best. There is plenty of B&B material to go with the containers.
Some of the areas we sell our plants to continue to be very dry. To help our customers be successful, we recommend watering enough to wet the soil around the root balls. Dry soil wicks away water intended for the plant and does not allow the plant to use all the water you gave it. Planting with water helps alleviate this issue.
Cooler nights and shorter days!
It means the Fall planting season is under way! It’s time to start planting trees, shrubs and perennials around the hardscapes you installed when the weather was so hot and dry. You did remember to put an evergreen screen in the project didn’t you? After all, you want the customer to use the outdoor living space as much as possible with some privacy. They will let everyone who is invited to enjoy the space with them know who installed the fantastic addition to their outdoor entertainment area.
This cool new dwarf, broadleaf evergreen looks more like a boxwood than an inkberry. A dense, ball-shaped plant, Gem Box ilex has small, dainty, dark green leaves with attractive red tips during the spring flush. It maintains good branching right to the ground so it never looks bare-legged like other cultivars may. It’s great as a small evergreen hedge or used as a container specimen in milder climates.