Good Drainage

When searching for information on planting any type of plant, there seems to be one special thing that they all need. Good drainage! No matter where or what you are planting, drainage, for the plants health and vitality is a must. Some plants thrive in full sun and some love the cool shade, but they all need to be free of standing water. From succulents that must be kept dry to tropical plants that love the moisture, maintaining a healthy level of water and dryness is the key to a thriving plant.

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If you live in the perfect environment then plant away with no worries, but for the rest of us, soil amending can be an important step that should be taken seriously. A little work ahead of time can eliminate the headache of watching your plants suffer in soil they cannot grow in, or dying all together. Although all plants ask for good drainage, that can mean different things for different types of plants and landscapes.

Your first step to figuring out how to maximize your drainage and soil quality is to figure out what type of soil your landscape has. This can be accomplished by research online that includes getting your hands dirty eventually. There are also online services that offer to soil test for you, all they need is a sample mailed in. Once you have figured out your type, there are so many ways to work with it that there are no soils that can’t be conquered! Adding organic matter (decaying matter) can help with any kind of soil and can add or decrease moisture. You may need to add minerals depending on what your soil is lacking.  Sometimes shredded bark or peat moss is needed to amend the soil, and adding these can help plants establish. Compost and well rotted manure are also very beneficial to most plantings, but especially vegetables and Annual flowers. It really on depends on where you live and what the general area surrounding you is compromised of.

Soil amending, along with research on the plants that you include in your space, should get you on the right track for good drainage. Healthy plants will follow! There are always cases of trial and error, and mistakes will be made, along with plants lost. Drainage is not the only thing to consider either, so learning all you can before planting is essential. Preparation is one crucial step to ensuring long lasting, healthy, happy plants!

Happy Planting!

Grower Picks March 27th, 2017

Spring has officially begun, and we are ready for the season to begin! Annuals are beginning to become available, and the perennials are flourishing. Every place in the Nursery is alive with life. Each section of the Nursery has chosen a few exceptional looking items to spotlight for our clients. These items are highlighted on our weekly availability in grey for easy identification. The following pictures are current and accurate as to plant quality. Please contact us with any questions on pricing or availability.

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Grower Picks March 20th, 2017

They keep coming…Grower Picks! Warmer weather is on the horizon, and the plants are ready for it. Each section of the Nursery has chosen a few exceptional looking items to spotlight for our clients. These items are highlighted on our weekly availability in grey for easy identification. The following pictures are current and accurate as to plant quality. Please contact us with any questions on pricing or availability.

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Grower Picks March 13th, 2017

Ready for more Grower Picks? These plants are looking amazing right now, and are ready for a new home! Each section of the Nursery has chosen a few exceptional looking items to spotlight for our clients. These items are highlighted on our weekly availability in grey for easy identification. The following pictures are current and accurate as to plant quality. Please contact us with any questions on pricing or availability.

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Plant Highlights: Autumn Fern

 

Sizes Available: 2.5″ 32ct flats. Quart 12ct flats. Individual Gallons

Season of Interest: Evergreen. Young fronds emerge coppery, and mature to green.

It makes sense for our first Fern highlight to be a popular item, and everyone seems to love the Autumn fern! (Also known as Japanese Wood Fern, Copper Shield Fern, or Japanese Shield Fern.) The Autumn fern is a favorite among many for its hardiness, and beautiful color change from copper colored young fronds, to a rich green with maturity. Native to Japan, China, and Taiwan; this fern amazes in the Southern landscape. Shade loving, this low spreading, frilly fern mimics a groundcover in its growing habit. It is more tolerant of dry soils, and more drought tolerant than other varieties; but still performs better in a shady spot with regular watering. In our Zone 7B, this fern is considered evergreen. Topping out at about 2 feet tall, this smaller fern is perfect for mass plantings or edging jobs. It can also be brought indoors to brighten up your living space.

*All plant highlights reflect plants grown by Plantworks Nursery. If you are interested in availability, please contact us for information. (plantworkssales@gmail.com or 919-732-6594)

Grower Picks February 27th, 2017

The time of year has come for Grower Picks! These are plants that are looking especially lovely at the present moment. Each section of the Nursery has chosen a few exceptional looking items to highlight for our clients. These items are highlighted on our weekly availability in grey for easy identification. The following pictures are current and accurate as to plant quality. Please contact us with any questions on pricing or availability.

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Plant Highlights: Daylily

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACommon Name: Daylily

Botanical Name: Hemerocallis

Sizes Available: Gallons and 12 count Quart flats

Season of Interest: All year (blooming Spring-Autumn)

 

 

Spring is beginning to give us a few breaths of warm air, and it has certain early bloomers waking up. Buds are appearing around the nursery, and new growth on so much more. The tiny green heads of the Daylily are beginning to arise. An old-fashioned favorite. Blooms in every conceivable color combination. Beautiful foliage. Fragrant. Easy to care for, with great success even for beginner gardeners. This is what the Daylily brings to the landscape.

A best friend to the Southern planter, the Daylily is a staple across the US. This amazing plant is in the running for everyone’s garden favorite due to all of it’s wonderful qualities. Daylilies have a very long bloom window (typically 3-4 weeks, with new flowers everyday), which makes them perfect for display areas. Daylily use is so prolific, that there is special vocabulary in place to help gardeners and landscapers alike choose the best plant for their environment. Information on the plant abounds! Plantworks Nursery grows so many different varieties we couldn’t begin to cover them all in this post. They all deserve recognition, and so we will post more about each at a later date.

One of our most requested Daylilies is Stella de’Oro (pictured above). The 2 inch golden blooms can number in the hundreds on a mature plant, and are very fragrant. If spent flower stalks are removed, this variety will continue to bloom into the Autumn season. Very hardy in our Zone 7B. As far as popularity goes, Stella is above and beyond the rest.

*All plant highlights reflect plants grown by Plantworks Nursery. If you are interested in availability, please contact us for information. (plantworkssales@gmail.com or 919-732-6594)