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Monday
Jul272015

Spotlight On: Campanula

Scientific Name: Campanula

Common Name: Bellflower

Plant Type: Perennial

Light: Part Sun, Sun

Height: 6 inches to 3 feet

Bloom Color: Blue, Pink, White 

Bloom Time: Spring to Summer

Campanula, or bellflower, are beautiful flowers that add bright blue and white to any garden.  The flowers are large but delicate looking, bell-shaped flowers, hence the nickname.  There are several different varieties of campanula, all with the signautre flower, but with different growing habits.  There is a short variety that makes a beautiful groundcover in the garden, while the taller varieties are gret accents in a perennial garden. 

For best flower production, campanula will need mostly to full sun with well-drained soil.  They are drought tolerant once the plants are established well. They are very low maintenance plants that can tolerate colder climates quite well. They will need to be deadheaded in order to make the flowers last longer.

Tuesday
Jul212015

Calling All Gardeners!

Each spring we love assisting you all with making your plant selections and designing containers, and now we want to see what you've done! Goers is excited to be bringing back our monthly series that gives our customers a chance to show off their gardens. Goers Greenhouse is looking to feature some of our best customers each month on our blog.  We want to share your photos of your beautiful garden and containers and hear about your garden story. 

If you are interested in being featured on our blog, feel free to contact us here, or stop in and speak with Sarah or Debbie

Tuesday
Jul142015

Mosquito Repelling Plants

It's the peak of summer, and it's the peak of mosquitos.  There are a number of ways to keep bugs off your skin and out of your yard, and one way is by  using plants to repel them.  Here is a list of plants that you can incorporate into your garden and in containers on your deck or patio that will help keep the little nuisances away:

1.Citronella: This is a traditional plant used for repelling mosquitoes.  It is used in many repelling products and can be very successful in keeping the bugs away.

2. Marigolds: Marigolds are used for repelling rabbits and other garden critters, but these can also be used for keeping mosquitoes away as well.

3. Ageratum: This plant secretes coumarin, which is used in bu sprays to repel mosquitoes.  Planting these in your garden or container will help keep your patio bug free.

4. Catnip: Catnip has an ingredient called nepetalactone which has been found to be stronger than DEET which is used in the strongest mosquito repellants. 

5. Cedars: Cedar trees contain an oil that keeps mosquitoes and other pests away.  It is often used in mosquito and bug sprays that you buy off the shelf.

 

6. Bee Balm: Crushing the leaves of bee balm will send mosquitoes packing while the beautiful blooms will help attract hummingbirds and bees.  This is also a native perennial, so it is an easy one to grow in the Midwest.

7. Lavender: This is a great plant for repelling mosquitoes, as it smells so good to humans but  mosquitoes dislike them.  

8. Garlic: Not only will this scare away vampires and maybe even your goodnight kiss, but garlic will keep mosquitoes away.  For it to be effective, the key is to cut it up and sprinkle it throughout your outdoor living space.

9. Pitcher Plant: This is a carniverous plant, much like the Venus fly trap, that loves to eat mosquitoes.  Plant these in your garden and not only repel mosquitoes

10. Scented Geranium: Scented geraniums are very similar to citronella plants.  They come in a variety of scents and do best when the leaves are crushed to emit a stronger smell.

All of these plants have a stronger fragrance, which is one reason it can help keep the mosquitoes at bay.keep your outdoor living Try incorporating these into some of your container mixes this year to  keep your outdoor living space livable. 

Monday
Jun292015

Fourth of July

We will be open on the Fourth of July from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm  for any last minute decorations and hostess gifts for all of the barbecues you'll be attending!

Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

 

Wednesday
Jun242015

Watering Mistakes

We start teaching proper watering techniques at a young age at Goers.Watering. It’s a must do when it comes to plants, but somehow something so simple can go so wrong.  From watering too much to not enough, here are some of the biggest watering mistakes gardeners make.

Where You Water. Believe it or not, there is a specific way to water plants that is best for them.  Placing your watering wand at the base of the plant, underneath the leaves, is best.  Showering the leaves with water can actually cause more harm than good, not only preventing the plant from getting as much water as it needs, but sometimes leaving burn spots on the leaves.

When You Water. We’ve said it a lot in the past with the impatiens downy mildew breakout, but it goes for all plants, the best time to water plants is in the morning.  If you water plants in the evening after work, it doesn’t give them a chance soak up the water and they sit in soaking wet sopil all night, which can cause rot.  Watering plants in the middle of the day is not ideal either.  Watering in the heat of the day means that the water will evaporate before it can even reach the roots.

What You Water. Everyone has their favorite flowers, and we’re not saying to abandon any of yours, but be mindful of what you are planting and the care it needs.  If you plant a bunch of super thirsty plants, you will constantly be watering.  You also don’t want to plant a drought tolerant flower that prefers dry soil, next to something that wants to be constantly moist.  In other words, do not plant a border of sedum around a hydrangea bush.

How You Water. Seeing as we are recommending watering early in the morning, many people will set their water sprinklers to take care of the job for them.  While this can be quite helpful for getting the job done, beware! Watering your plants every day for a few minutes can actually be ineffective.  It is better to water your plants a few days a week for long periods of time than every day for a short period of time.  Watering plants for a long time allows the water to penetrate the soil deeper, giving the roots more moisture and you healthier plants.   However, if you set your sprinkler to water your plants for an hour a few days a week, be conscious of the weather.  If we have an entire day of steady rain, you don’t want your sprinkler to go on the next day.  This will oversaturate your plants and could cause more harm.

 Mulch! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: mulch! Adding a thick layer of mulch, like two to three inches deep, will not only keep the weeds down, but it will help your soil stay moist, and keep your plants from drying out. So make sure you mulch your gardens and around the bases of plants that need moist soil.  This will help save you some time when it comes to watering, and make your plants happy.