We offer a large selection of homegrown perennials at DeGroot's. If we don't grow it ourselves, we order from reputable suppliers.
Perennial of the Year 2013 - Polygonatum 'Variegata'
Common Name: Solomon's Seal
The graceful, arching stems of Solomon's Seal add an exotic touch to the shade garden and are often described as being architectural. This selection has green leaves edged with creamy-white and dangling white bell flowers in late spring. Excellent for cutting. Beautiful in the woodland garden, combining well with ferns and hosta of all kinds. Plants are a little slow to establish, but clumps are long lived and carefree. May be divided in early fall, once clumps are large enough.
CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.
Hosta of the Year 2013 - Rainforest Sunrise
Gold yellow, dark green margin, dull nearly round cupped corrugated leaves with nearly flat margin,moderate to fast growth rate, lavender bell blooms, blooms mid to late summer, partial to full shade, sport of Maui Buttercups, SMALL - Zone 3
Herb of the Year 2013 - Elderberry
Elderberry has been used for dyes for basketry, arrow shafts, flutes, whistles, clapper sticks and fold medicine. The wood is hard and has been used for combs, spindles and pegs. The hollow stems have been used to fashion flutes, blowguns and tree-tapping spiles. Bruised leaves rubbed on the skin will keep flies away. An elder planted near the orchard will help lure birds away from other fruits with its berries. A decoction of the leaves will keep caterpillars from eating plants on which it is sprayed. It may also prevent mildew.
In the landscape, Elderberry is best used in mass plantings in the garden, where its somewhat coarse appearance can blend into a naturalistic setting. Cultivators with cut leaves and purple or chartreuse foliage have been developed as specimen plants.
Perennial groups we offer:
- Coral Bells
- Ornamental Grasses
- Native Plants
Getting Your Garden Ready
Remove winter protective mulch
Clear garden of all dead matter
Weed - especially edges (get all the grass)
Lift and divide perennials
Plant new perennials
Mark and wait for slow risers
Add compost or manure (slow-release nourishment)
Weed! Especially for grass
Remove faded flower heads from tulips, daffodils, etc. - do not remove stems and foliage
Plant summer bulbs
Pinch chrysanthemum, asters, etc. to prevent later floppiness
Continue to water, especially new transplants and dry locations
Check for pests
Pinch back tall growing plants like asters, sedums and mums until July 1st
Deadhead plants whose blooms have faded as some will rebloom
Cut back those plants whose blooms have faded and will not rebloom
Shear off straggly plants - they will regrow and look perky
Stake tall growing perennials as soon as possible, much easier to do while they are still compact
- Continue to water
- Time to fertilize - use a slow release granual fertilizer or manure/compost to carry the perennials through the season
- Check for pests
- Pinch back continuous bloomers for fresh growth
- Deadhead plants whose blooms have faded
- Stake tall growing perennials before the wind and rains make them flop
- Edge the gardens to keep a clean look and stop grass from overtaking the beds
- Water if required
- Time to divide, transplant and add new plants
- Cut back those perennials that have finished blooming
October & November Checklist
- Edge if not completed
- Water if fall has been dry
- Continue to divide, transplant and add new plants
- Fertilize with manure/compost
- Winterize perennials by raking fallen leaves around and on top of plants for protection
If you have any questions, please call Lynn at Ext. 235.