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) 

Price Tagging 2017

Plantworks offers the option of price/picture tagging plants for our clients. Picture tagging alone is a complimentary service we give to those who ask. Price tagging is a paid for service we offer on sign up once a year. All of our plants come complete with a simple, white ID tag with every purchase. 

Pricing Database:

At the beginning of each year, the “Customer Price Tag Database,” is sent out to clients who have received tagging services in the past, or those interested in the service. This is essentially an MS Excel worksheet that lists every plant in our main inventory. Each entry will have a unique plant code, as well as both the unit, and individual wholesale price.

Customers will use a formula, or their own price points, to fill out the database. We can integrate SKU’s and barcodes as well, if needed. We will use the information provided to produce the tags all year long. Small changes are easily managed throughout the year, but a complete overhaul of pricing is impossible once it is set. We keep a sharp eye out for mistakes or needed changes.

Tagging Options:

tags

There are two types of tags offered from Plantworks Nursery:

  • 1″ X 6″ white, plastic stick tag: $.08 per tag
  • 1.75″ X 2.75″ white, paper sticker tag: $.20 per tag

Scannable barcodes can be added as mentioned. All tags include the following basic information:

  • Company Name
  • Company Phone #
  • Retail Price
  • Plant Name
  • Plant Potting Size

Some limited customization is available. Specific fonts, and simple shape logos are common. Unfortunately, there are no color options. (Black ink on white tags only.)

Included in the price of each tag is an installation cost. Tags will be placed in the appropriate plant prior to delivery.

Special Notes:

A common issue that will arise during the year concerns plants that were not originally included in the database. This could be anything from special grow leftovers, to limited time items. These plants are not included in our regular inventory, and therefore will not appear on the ‘Customer Price Tag Database.’

special-highlights

Our weekly availability will highlight these items for your review. When ordering, please send it prices for these special ordered plants. (See example)

This service is offered on a once a year sign up, and the time is now to apply. If you are interested in tagging services, please contact us for more information at plantworkssales@gmail.com or 919-732-6594.

Plants of the Month: February 2017

Plantworks Nursery features a special plant(s) each month for discounted pricing. These are NOT plants that are past shelf life, or overstock. They are buds and blooming material, that are ready for retail sales, or planting. We strive to get material to the public that is in perfect, planting condition.

 

February Plants of the Month are as follows:

poppy-gallon-pomPoppy “Crimson Red”: Gallon size discounted. ($3.73)

Even though temperatures are still cool, the Poppies are blooming! Bring a splash of color to your otherwise grey, Winter landscape with Poppy “Crimson Red.” These brilliant, red blooms grow to around 30-36″, standing tall and regal in the garden. Gardeners everywhere are starting to get ready for Spring, and the  Poppy is a great way to bring in the warmer weather. In addition to having a stunning bloom, the Poppy is deer resistant and sun tolerant, handling the sunniest spots in the landscape. Plantworks only offers Poppies in the Spring, so contact us now to get yours before it is too late.

 

 

gaillardia-qt-pomGaillardia Mesa Bi-color Bright: 12ct Quart size flat discounted. ($25.75)

The Gaillardia Mesa series offers several colors of blooms on well structured plants, resulting in a tighter habit in the landscape. Mesa Bi-color is a lovely, bright yellow with a red center bloom, channeling the classical look of Gaillardia, and growing to around 12-16″ in height. Perfect for cut flower bouquets, and loved by butterflies in the garden. Gaillardia are very long blooming, and are perfect for summertime displays of color. Also very drought and heat tolerant once established. This plant is truly amazing for the landscape in almost any native climate.

 

Please contact us for any information on these plants, or how to purchase them for your planting job. Pricing specials run from Feb. 1st- Feb. 28th. (plantworkssales@gmail.com)

Happy Planting!

Plant Highlights: English Ivy

p1110179Common Name: English Ivy

Botanical Name: Hedera Helix

Sizes Available: 2.5″ 32 count flats, and 4″ 18 count flats

Season of Interest: All year long!

 

 

Do you need an evergreen, virtually no maintenance groundcover? Does that plant even exist? Yes, and look no further than English Ivy! Hardy, durable and beautifully green all season long, this climbing plant is perfect for the home or landscape. English Ivy has been around since as early as 1727, introduced by the English colonists. Although considered a weed in certain parts of the world, it is still heavily sold as an ornamental plant in the US. Perfect for mass plantings or projects that need a climbing vine. This plant is almost invasive in it’s tenacity, and can easily jump right out of a planned landscape, into the natural one around it. Planters be aware, and plant with responsibility! Make sure wherever your Ivy goes, you are ready, and willing, to prune and maintain for a good look, and to prevent infestation. It is also not a good idea to plant Ivy next to small establishing trees, as they can be choked out and overrun with the hardy vine. Despite the potential to cause harm, English Ivy is a safe haven for animals and pollinators alike. Visited by over 70 pollinating insects, and with dense foliage to protect small critters, a wall of English Ivy is alive and buzzing! As long as English Ivy is planted carefully with respect to the landscape around it, this is a perfect plant for numerous jobs and areas of interest. We carry many varieties, from white or yellow variegated to solid green; from big leaf to dwarf leaf. The following varieties are offered by Plantworks Nursery as a “Groundcover”:

  • Anne Marie-Big leaf, white variegated form
  • Baltic-Very hardy. Small, solid green leaf with white veins
  • Duckfoot-small, round-lobed green leaf. Resembles shamrock leaves
  • English– Species plant with large, solid green leaves
  • Glacier– White variegated leaf. Medium size
  • Goldchild-Yellow variegated leaf. Medium size
  • Mint Kolibri– Variegated form with mottled white leaves and red stems
  • Needlepoint– Traditional, pointed lobed needlepoint Ivy
  • Spetchely (Gnome)– Very slow growing, small leaf
  • Teardrop– Very ornamental teardrop shaped leaf with red stems
  • Variegated Needlepoint– A variegated form or Needlepoint (white)
  • Hedera colchica- Persian Ivy. We also grow this type of Ivy. This is a large leaf, solid green form that grows very quickly. The stems have a pungent order when broken which can offer some deer resistance. Not for planting in small areas. Can handle sun or shade.

*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) 

Thinking of Spring 2017?

Thinking of Spring 2017?

Any individual working in the green industry knows that Spring is ALWAYS right around the corner. Each season is spent planning the next…

It is only the beginning of 2017, but Plantworks Nursery has already been planning for Spring in earnest. We have ordered our stock for the season, made our bids on early Spring jobs, and in some cases have already began growing the material. While we understand not everyone is able to run on this far out of a scheduled plan, we do ask that you remember the hustle and bustle the season can bring.

We completely understand that everyone has picky clients who can’t make up their mind, or those that can, but want unrealistic goals met. We also understand that retail sales can be tricky, and can be greatly affected by the weather. And lest we forget, Mother Nature answers to no schedule. All that being said, we still have to plan accordingly to what we can provide at peak season, and we aim to supply top quality as well as quantity.

The following are some important reminders to communicate to all of our clients, whether you are new to Plantworks, or just need to be updated on how we handle Springtime. As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. Don’t wait until Spring is here, ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD! (919-732-6594 or plantworkssales@gmail.com)

  • Pre-books for the season will be evaluated on the basis of the order. Please send in any lists you may have (with dates), and we will decide the best way to provide you that material. We will only be taking specific pre-books for the season. Please contact us with any questions.
  • We send out weekly availability lists to our customers in email form. These lists should tell you what looks good and how many of an item we have. Keeping up with our inventory will help you buy and plan for the Spring. Check your inbox for this.
  • Trucking fills up very rapidly during the height of Spring. We deliver on our trucks Tuesday-Friday. No Monday or weekend deliveries. It is common for trucking to be booked out for the whole week by Monday afternoon in the busy season. Planning ahead will help avoid these issues.
  • We load the trucks the day before they are due out for delivery. (Hence, if you are getting a Tuesday delivery, then we are loading that on Monday.) We cannot take additions to your order past 12 noon on that loading day. The time is simply not there.
  • For our customers who receive price tags from us: There will be times when we must call/email to confirm pricing information. Please try to be as available as possible to answer these questions, or you may not get any tags. We cannot make up pricing for items, and this is why it is vitally important to fill out pricing databases at the beginning of the year. (Price tagging will be covered in another post.)
  • There must be someone on site of your delivery to help our drivers unload. Job site, home, retail center, anywhere at all; there must be help for our deliverymen.Our driver’s time is planned out for the day, and they work very hard to make schedules. Multiple hands are better than one! There is a handling fee for not meeting our driver on site, and this will be charged to you after the fact when we are alerted to the issue.
  • To hold items over a two-week period, we require a 25% deposit. This will come out of your end total on delivery/pickup. There are no exceptions to this rule during the Spring. We must move material when it is in prime condition. If you do not take your items in the allotted time frame, we will release them back into general availability.
  • Pick ups are always welcome. We love to see our friends face to face, and the nursery is located in some beautiful country. Our schedule for pickup’s ends an hour and a half before we close. Most of the year this means we stop letting people into the nursery at 3 PM. (During the Summer months, this means 2 PM.) There are very few exceptions we make to this rule, so if you are concerned about time constraints, a simple phone call will help.

These are just a few of the important reminders for the Spring season, but every situation is different. We are here to assist you, and will try our best to help anyone at anytime. We hope to have a prosperous, smooth season; and we hope you do to!

Happy Planting!