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Meet Our Customers: Angie & Matt Larson

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 starting a new 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. 
Our first customers are Matt & Angie Larson from LaGrange. They are new Goers customers who have taken a very creative approach to growing their garden.


How long have you been shopping at Goers? 

1 year.  We just moved to the area this past winter.  

What do you like most about the greenhouse? 

I really like the large selection of tomato and pepper plants.

What’s your favorite season for your garden? 

All of the seasons – from planting, to seeing the plant germinate, to watching them grow, to harvesting, and then planning for the next year.

What’s your favorite plant & why? 

Tomatoes--we love having fresh tomatoes for meals, especially caprese salads with heirloom tomatoes.  My wife also does a lot of canning--stewed tomatoes, pizza sauce, and salsa.  We love having tomatoes for the winter.  

What’s one word you would use to describe your garden?

Tall.  We don't have a huge backyard, so I did a lot of vertical gardening.  After researching different options this winter, I built 10-foot tall trellises out of conduit and netting.  Not many people can say they need a ladder to pick their squash!  


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



Back to School = Back to Mums

As the summer winds down and kids go back to school, our gardens begin to go back to mums.  Planting everyone’s favorite fall flower goes hand in hand with buying school supplies. Along with beautiful mums, asters, kale, cabbage and rudbeckia are in their full glory this time of year. There’s lots left to plant and enjoy.

Mums are a beautiful perennial that you can use in your garden or containers. Mixing together varieties of early and late blooming mums gives you loads of color the whole season long.  They also coordinate well with the other fall favorites.

Cabbage and kale come in many varieties to accent your planters this time of year.  They come in different shades of green and purple, and in many different foliage shapes.  Mixing these in with your mums, or in a combination on their own, cabbage and kale are low maintenance and add beautiful texture to your fall planters.

Along with mums and cabbage, ornamental peppers are unique to gardens this time of year.  These smaller little peppers come in a variety of colors, from red, orange and yellow to deep shades of purple.  The foliage even varies from green to purple to speckled white and purple leaves.  Peppers also vary in shape, from long, skinny peppers to round cherry peppers. Just keep in mind that these peppers should not be eaten.

Asters are another great perennial that thrives in the fall.  These small daisy-like flowers come in a variety of colors like white, red, pink and purple.  There are many varieties available that have different blooming periods and heights, so you can virtually plant them anywhere to get the bold burst of color in the fall.

Other flowers that look their best this time of year include pansies and violas. They give pops of color to pots and beds and continue to bloom all the way through the first few frosts.  Golden rudbeckia flowers also look great this time of year.  The perennial in the ground is showy and using shorter varieties in your pots gives you the same effect.

Despite the warm weather beginning to wane, there’s still plenty of gardening left to do.  Re-energizing your garden and containers with these fall beauties can keep your spirits high while the temperatures fall.





The Art of Bonsai Free Class

Be sure to check out our next FREE class, The Art of Bonsai on Saturday, September 13. For more on Bonsai, plants and more, be sure to check out Dan Kosta's Blog: Dan the Plants Man


Spotlight On: Rudbeckia


Scientific Name: Rudbeckia

Common Name: Black Eyed Susan, Brown Eyed Susan

Plant Type: Perennial

Sun: Sun, Part Sun

Water:  Moderate

Bloom Time:  Mid-Summer through Autumn

Bloom Color: Orange, Yellow, Gold, Red, Bronze, Rust

Height:  1 to 6 feet

Rudbeckia, or black-eyed Susan as they’re more commonly known, are a beautiful perennial that will brighten your garden from mid-summer through the fall.  While they are a common perennial, they should not be overlooked. Planting a mass of these beauties in your garden will ensure a brilliant show come August.

Rudbeckia come in a variety of heights and colors, giving you lots of options on were to plant them.  They can grow anywhere from one to six feet in height, and as long as you have plenty of sun, these natives will do well in your garden. 

No matter the variety, rudbeckia have a daisy-like flower with a dark brown or purple center surrounded by petals in golden hues. They are drought tolerant and disease resistant as well as a great flower for butterfly gardens. Rudbeckia are great cut flowers, usually lasting for three weeks after they are cut.

With their low-maintenance and guaranteed beauty, rudbeckia are a great choice for beginning and veteran gardeners alike.


Spotlight On: Perennial Hisbiscus

Perennial Hibiscus

Scientific Name: Hibiscus

Common Name: Hibiscus

Plant Type: Perennial

Sun: Sun

Water:  Keep moist

Bloom Time:  Mid Summer through Fall

Bloom Color: Pink, Red, White

Height:  3 to 15 feet

When most people hear the word “Hibiscus,” they think of the tropical plant that many people use in their containers and the bright, beautiful colors it has.  There is another variety of hibiscus, that while not as popular, it is just as spectacular.

Perennial hibiscuses are larger plants then their tropical relatives, growing to be as tall as 15 feet.  They have huge blooms, often

six to eight inches in diameter, that may only last a day, but are abundant from mid-summer through the fall. Blooms range in color from pure white to deep red or bicolor.

Much like their tropical relatives, perennial hibiscus should be planted in an area with lots of sun.  They like to be kept in moist soil, but not soaking wet. 

No matter where you plant them in your garden, know that they do not begin to emerge from their dormant winter state until late May or early June.  So while the rest of your garden is getting started, you will have to wait to see your hibiscus until the soil has really warmed up.