Deer Resistant Perennials and Shrubs

Creek Side is featuring a group of summer flowering perennials and shrubs that are deer resistant.  Of course we all know that there are no plants that are deer “proof”.  But our featured list would not only be a great start for consideration as additions to your garden or landscape. because they are deer resistant but also Drought Resistant! Perennials Achillea – Yarrow Agastache –... Read More

A Good Summer Start

Finally!  Beautiful summertime weather conditions in store for the next couple of weeks.  Remember the 90 degree days last June?  What a relief it has been this year to experience moderate temperatures.  And if it is relief to us, it certainly has been a relief for our flowerpots and landscape plants as well. You have probably noticed a decrease in water demands from your plants. ... Read More

Why your Clematis is not Blooming

If your clematis vine is growing but not flowering, there are several reasons (or a combination of them) that could be preventing your clematis from flowering. Improper Pruning Pruning plants is both an art and a science. We prune for the welfare of the plant and our own aesthetics. With clematis, you really need to know what you’re doing because it’s easy to accidentally remove... Read More

Deer Resistant Annuals for Sun

Having a lush, colorful garden where deer live is possible, if you choose plants with known resistance. Flowering Tobacco There are several different garden-worthy flowering tobacco species, cultivars, and hybrids such as Nicotiana. All nicotiana have tubular flowers adored by hummingbirds, and since the blooms emit their fragrance in the evenings, the primary pollinators you’ll spy feeding on them are nocturnal moths. Just keep this... Read More

Tomato Planting Tips

Tomatoes are easy to love and easy to grow. Here are a few tips for planting them, getting you on your way to this summer’s bumper crop. Get Off to a Great Start Choose healthy starts. Grow your own from seed or pick them up at Creek Side Gardens offering small, medium, large and extra-large plant selections. Know where you’re going to plant and prep... Read More

Mosquito Repellent Plants

Most insect-repelling plants do so with their natural fragrances, which keep annoying mosquitoes away and introduce wonderful scents throughout your garden. Place these plants in areas where you and guests will often be such as by a seating area or a doorway. Lavender Their lovely fragrance comes from its essential oils that are found on the leaves of the plant. This plant is very tough... Read More

All About Basil

Aromatic. Spicy. Versatile. Downright addictive. That’s what we say about the incredible herb, basil. Whether you’re making pesto or tea, Italian or Thai food, Basil is so easy to grow at home, that you can always have some on hand.  Grow from Seed or Transplants There is a bit of a misnomer that basil is hard to grow from seed – that couldn’t be more... Read More

Organic Vegetable Gardening

When we think of eating healthy, what may come to mind, is the thought of eating organic produce or fresh home-grown organically grown vegetables.  Mainly because we may prefer to know where our food comes from and that it has not been sprayed with chemicals.   But this notion of organic gardening does not fully encompass the full scope of what organic gardening really means. Organic... Read More

Container Gardening is Fun and Easy

Container gardening is very popular, especially for gardeners with no yards or limited growing area in the ground.  All types of plants may be grown in containers.  Annual flowers, herbs and vegetables work very well because their growing will be over at the end of the summer season.  Your containers can then be replanted the following season with a fresh planting. Perennials, shrubs and trees... Read More

Planting for Pollinators Brings Benefits

While planning your spring 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. If you’re adding plants with pollinators in... Read More