Garden Planning in August

You might think that we have lost our minds but…now is the perfect time in the season to begin planning your garden and landscape for next year.  Look at your garden.  What do you see?  What would you like to add or improve?  For comparison, look at the neighborhood landscapes including roadway medians and business landscapes.  What do you see that you like?  Would these... Read More

Late Season Perennial Considerations

The perennial palette is rich with fall colors beginning in August and they really begin showing up all over now!  With just a few additions to your garden, you can be enjoying those rich fall tones as well. The Classic Most everybody is familiar with ‘Goldstrum’ Rudbeckia, the Black-eyed Susan daises.  You will see them all around town now.  Why?  Because they are hardy, dependable,... Read More

More August Garden Tips

Pat yourself on the back.  We made it through the May snowstorm.  We made it through the 95-degree days of July.  Then we made it through a few rainy monsoon days.  Now we are back to the 95 degree days.  But next week will bring a cool down, including night temperatures which will take us through the end of the month.  Don’t give up on... Read More

Happy Summertime!

You may be feeling a little worn out from working extra hard to take care of your summer flowers.  Water, water, water.  Chase away the bugs, bugs, bugs.  Believe us, we know the story.  It’s been a hot few weeks and it takes a lot of work to keep everything looking good.  Hopefully your beautiful container gardens and hanging baskets have come through in pretty... Read More

Timely August Garden Tips

Number one August tip is to sit back, relax and enjoy your summer garden in all its glory!  Invite friends and neighbors over to show off and celebrate all your hard work!  You deserve it! If you can’t sit back and relax…there is plenty to do…. Consider seeding a fall crop of lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, beets, peas etc. Basil and cilantro may also be... Read More

Summer Pollinator Gardens

While planning your garden, consider adding native plants and more diversity to make your yard a haven for pollinators and wildlife.  As agriculture has intensified and our populations have grown, a lot of habitat has been lost, so even a pot of flowers on the front porch can make a big difference by supporting hundreds of pollinators. Landscape Considerations Observe your yard for sun patterns... Read More

More Big Summer Color

The Creek Side Grown Fresh Big Summer Color Program is in full swing!  Big beautiful blooming plants in 6” diameter pots are loaded with fresh summer color to spruce up your porch, patio and garden.  Varieties selected are great warm season temperature choices and grown in a large pot size to hold moisture a little longer. Choose Your Own Combination of Plants & Colors These... Read More

More Japanese Beetle Info

To help develop the best control measures for your landscape, it is important to understand the life cycle of this destructive insect pest. Japanese beetle has a one year life cycle. Adults begin to emerge from the soil from late June through early August. As adults, Japanese beetles are found mid-summer feeding and mating on foliage and flowers of their host plants, especially roses, grape... Read More

Mid-Late Season Perennials

Perennial plants differ from annuals not only in the fact that they are winter hardy and will come back each year, but in the fact that typically many perennials bloom during a portion of the season rather than all season long. Seasonal Bloomers So, in addition to flower color and plant height, another dimension (fun) to designing a perennial flower bed is to incorporate plants... Read More

Tomatoes & Hot Weather Tips

How are your tomatoes growing? Problems with Blossom End Rot?  The dark grey, black-sunken area on the blossom end of tomatoes. Though many people think blossom end rot is a disease, it isn’t. Blossom end rot is not caused by a bacteria or fungus, nor is it something that is caused by an insect pest. It is a physiological disorder thought to be caused by... Read More