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Hellebores

Winter's Most Captivating Blooms

Hellebores are truly winter's most captivating blooms. They are evergreen perennials, meaning they will keep their leaves year round. But, it's their beautiful, showy flowers during winter that really steal the show. These staples of the winter garden are tough as nails and take center stage in the winter landscape.

They come in a large variety from rosey pinks to white flowers and all have lovely dark green foliage. Use them in a shady spot in containers or flower beds. Hellebores mix well with all kinds of spring-flowering bulbs, as well as shade-loving perennials like hostas, ferns and even columbines. They even looked great planted beneath a shade tree or mixed with deciduous shrubs and ornamentals. Once planted and established, the hellebore will bring joy to your garden for many years to come. Caring for hellebores requires planting in a rich, fairly moist soil that drains well. Hellebores do not like to be disturbed or moved, so it's best to find a good location and plant them permanently in one spot. In the early winter, the older foliage turns brown. When this happens, we recommend simply trimming away the old foliage to keep the plants looking its best. They are even deer resistant for an added benefit. These beauties will add surprise and delight to your garden all year long, especially in winter!

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Plant of the Week: Rosemary Topiaries & Cones

Add festive cheer and fragrance to your Christmas this year with rosemary topiaries and cones. Rosemary, perennial herb with fragrant, needle-like leaves in silvery gray green, is a holiday must-have.

These hardy evergreens are easy to grow, beautiful to look at and just so happens to be super useful too. Among rosemary's many uses, it's prized in the culinary world for its flavorful leaves. It is also beloved for its lovely fragrance and pretty, petite blue flowers that appear each spring. But did you know that rosemary is right up there with mistletoe and frankincense when it comes to holiday decorating? Rosemary makes an ideal holiday accent throughout your home. For entertaining, arrange trees around the buffet or as table centerpieces. With their festive wraps, these tabletop trees add splashes of color and shimmering accents throughout the season. In entryways, their fresh, crisp fragrance welcomes guests and beckons them inside. And add a little nature to holiday packages by tucking in a few springs into ribbon. Rosemary cones and topiaries are also a perfect choice for outdoor use in containers by the front door. So be creative and add this festive evergreen to your holiday décor this season. Oh, and did we mention – rosemary cones and topiaries make a great gift!

Rosemary Care Tips: During the winter months, rosemary likes a nice sunny spot. Place in a bright window, and turn the plant so that it gets sun on both sides. The soil in the pot needs to be well drained. Water it from the top every other day. Water may remain in the saucer to provide humidity for the plant. Adjust the watering schedule if necessary to be sure the soil never dries out.

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BEE-Friendly Blooms

National Honey Bee Day is coming up Saturday, August 15th. Let’s herald these hard-working pollinators and support local beekeepers!

You’ve probably heard "the buzz" about the massive decline of bees in the US in recent years. President Obama has even taken a stand to help the bee maintain its buzz. This past month, he announced the first ‘National strategy to promote the health of bees and other pollinators,’ which basically means save the bees. Worldwide there is disturbing evidence that pollinating animals have suffered from a loss of habitat, chemical misuse, and a real decline in numbers. Bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and bats are some of our pollinators. Over the past year, about 40% of bee colonies have collapsed. These pollinators affect everyone! In fact, one-third of the foods we find in the grocery store result from pollinators like bees and other insects. When it comes to agriculture, bees are major pollinators. If you’ve ever eaten a blueberry, chocolate or a tomato then you owe a big thank you to a small pollinator. Some estimates put the economic value of their activities at roughly $15 billion a year! Anyone can increase the number of pollinators around - you don’t have to be a big time farmer. Just by making choices to grow plants that provide habitat for bees, butterflies, and humming birds, you are creating a safe space for pollinators and helping to stop the decline! Here’s our top picks for plants that attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies:

  • Butterfly Weed
  • Begonias
  • Bellflowers
  • Hostas
  • Rosemary
  • Verbena
  • Salvia
  • Yarrow
  • Coneflowers
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Bee Balm
  • Hollyhock
  • Asters
  • Parsley

Join us this Sunday, August 9th, to learn more about the important role of honey bees in our backyards and our communities from 2-4pm at our Hampton location. Get the buzz here! >>

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