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YEW

Yew is a low-maintenance, upright evergreen shrub that will add color and height to any winter container. This multi-stemmed evergreen will provide brilliant green foliage all winter turning a more bluish-green come spring. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture making it a great accent feature. We especially love it paired with cool weather annuals like, Pansies and Dusty Miller and trailing Vinca.

Yew is so easy to maintain, performing well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water, so ensure that there is adequate drainage when planted in a container. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Enjoy this columnar-shaped thriller in containers to welcome guests this season.

Join us this Sunday at 2pm at our Winter Container Workshop. We'll show you how to assemble a truly porch-worthy holiday container featuring Yew, Pansies, Dusty Miller and Trailing Vinca. $50 per person. Cost includes plants, pot and instruction. Held at all locations.

We're Batty for This Plant

BAT PLANT (Tacca)

Bat Plant, also known as Tacca, is a tropical perennial with a very interesting bat-like flower. This black, bat-shaped flower also shows long “whiskers” that droop downward. They thrive in shady spaces with good air circulation. They can be a bit tricky to care for, but here's a few tips from our houseplant experts to make it easy.

  • Taccas like lots of water ~ so be sure to water everyday and to water well enough to saturate the entire root ball. If one watering is not keeping up with your plants requirements, be sure to replant in a larger container. After your plant roots into the new container, you will be able to reduce the waterings. We recommend you place a saucer under the container that holds a small amount of water allowing it to get water as needed.
  • If Tacca plants dry out they will wilt, but can recover after a thorough watering. However, drying out the bat plant will make the flower die sooner. After drying out, you will notice some lower leaves yellowing. Do not worry, the plant is not dying, it's simply trying to survive by shedding older leaves.
  • Tacca as a normal growth habit will shed lower leaves every 3-4 weeks in the warmer months similar to palm trees. Simply remove the yellowing leaves.
  • They like heavily shaded areas of the garden or patio, preferably shaded from the wind. Wind will cause the flower to dry up faster. They will also perform well inside the house where they receive diffused light for several hours a day.
  • Tacca will benefit from a light dose of soluble fertilizer such as 20-20-20 once a month. Do not allow Tacca to dry out after fertilizing as you will end up with burnt leaves.

Enjoy this batty bloom for just $14.88 now through Halloween!

Whipcord Arborvitae

This one make look a bit like Cousin It... but nope, it's actually Whipcord Arborvitae! A unique evergreen shrub that is a must-have with a most unusual shape and texture. We love its long, thick glossy tendrils and a distinctive cord-like texture. Gracefully arching downward, the cascading branches provide an interesting shape for the landscape. In the winter it will have a warm bronze hue. It is slow growing in a multi-branch globe shaped mound. Plant in full sun for top performance.

Try planting alone as a specimen plant, add to your landscape planted near perennials or annuals, or even plant in a container for your porch or patio. This beauty is also deer resistant.

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