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Tuesday
Sep302014

Annual Fall Festival Oct. 4!

 

Wednesday
Sep242014

Spotlight On: Spring Bulbs Part 2

Alliums

Common Name: Onion, Chives, Garlic

Scientific Name: Allium

Plant Type: Perennial

Sun: Sun

Bloom Time:  Late Spring to Summer

Bloom Color: Blue, Purple, Pink, White

Height:  6 inches to 3 feet

Alliums are a part of the onion family, and add a whimsical flower to any garden in both spring and summer.  There a several varieties of alliums available that range in flower size, height and bloom time. 

Alliums are clustered, sparkler-like flowers that sit on a thick green stem above the hedge-like foliage.  Alliums like sunny areas with well-drained soil. They are resistant to deer, rabbits, squirrels and the rest of the rodents, so no worries about them disappearing from where you planted them.

 

Crocus

Common Name:

Plant Type: Perennial

Sun: Sun, Part Sun

Bloom Time:  Late Winter, Early Spring

Bloom Color: Pink, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Purple, White

Height:  2 to 4 inches

Crocuses are one of the first spring bulbs to emerge from the cold winter’s ground. The tiny, cup-like flowers add splashes of yellow, purple, white or yellow to your yard. They are a low-growing bulb, so plant in front of beds, with taller bulbs behind them for contrast.  These bulbs are also resistant to rodents and deer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hyacinth

Scientific Name: Hyacinthus

Plant Type: Perennial

Sun: Sun, Part Sun

Bloom Time:  Early Spring

Bloom Color: Blue, Pink, Purple, Orange, Yellow, White

Height:  1 to 2 feet

Hyacinths are a beautiful spring bulb that vary in sizes and colors based on the variety you’re planting. Tiny grape hyacinths are much smaller than a traditional hyacinth that is a much larger flower.  Hyacinths have a wonderful fragrance and look great when planted in masses. 

If you are planting hyacinths in your garden beds, plant these towards the front as they do not grow quite as tall as other bulbs such as tulips. These are also great bulbs for forcing indoors during the winter.

 


Wednesday
Sep172014

Spotlight On: Spring Bulbs Part 1

Tulips

Scientific Name: Tulipa

Plant Type: Perennial

Sun: Sun, Part Sun

Bloom Time:  Spring

Bloom Color: White, Red, Pink, Purple, Orange, Yellow, Green

Height:  1 to 3 feet

Tulips are the most popular spring bulbs coming in a wide variety of colors and sizes.  From the classic tulip to the ruffled or double tulips, there are lots of choices of what to plant. Depending on the variety of tulip, they can bloom in early spring or as late as early summer.

Plant your tulips in the fall, about six to eight weeks before a hard frost, when the soil is below 60 degrees (Typically this falls in late September or October). To get the best results, plant tulip bulbs in an area with full sun and well-drained soil. Tulips are a favorites of squirrels and other critters, so be sure to sprinkle the bulbs with an animal repellant like bone meal, dried blood, Repels All or even use chicken wire to protect the bulbs from being dug up.

 

 

Narcissus

Common Name: Daffodils, Jonquils

Plant Type: Perennial

Sun: Sun, Part Sun

Bloom Time:  Spring

Bloom Color: Orange, Yellow, Gold, White, Pink

Height:  1 to3 feet

Narcissus bulbs are commonly referred to as daffodils. They come in a variety of varying from the classic white and yellow to an orange or peach colored flower as well.  Their flowers size and shape can range, too.  From the miniature tete-a-tete narcissus to the more unusual double ruffled center daffodil, there’s a wide variety to choose from.

Much like tulips, narcissus like to be planted in full to part sun and soil that is well-drained. Once they have bloomed in the spring, allow them to die back naturally. This gives them time to store up energy in their bulbs for next year. 

Scilla

Scientific Name: Scilla siberica

Common Name: Siberian squill, blue squill

Plant Type: Perennial

Sun: Part Sun, Part Shade

Bloom Time:  Spring

Bloom Color: Blue

Height:  4 to 6 inches                                    

Every spring, little blue flowers emerge and spread across yards, and we have customers coming in to buy some.  And each year, we tell them to come back in the fall to plant these beautiful spring bulbs called Scilla.

Scilla likes to be planted in part shade areas, though in the spring, there isn’t a lot of shade to be had when the leaves are still emerging.  These bulbs also do well in rock gardens and spread from year to year, helping to create a blanket of blue for the spring.

Wednesday
Sep102014

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
 

 

Wednesday
Sep032014

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.