Did you know?

Squirrel.jpgDo you have little critters digging up all of your hard work in the landscape? Are you against using sprays and pesticides? There is a simple way to deter them, and nothing harmful will come from it. Clean out your hairbrush after regular usage, and spread the hair around the bottom of planting holes or channels. This will keep the animals away because of the smell of humans. Repeat as often as needed to keep the animals at bay.

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Plantworks Transition

 

Pic 3.pngTo all our valued customers and vendors:

As many of you are aware, Plantworks Nursery has been planning a transition of ownership for the past five years. In 2009 Dana Massey joined the staff at Plantworks Nursery after graduating from NCSU at the top of her horticulture class. Dana’s dream has been to be an integral part of the green industry as owner of her own wholesale nursery. In 2012, I began to mentor Dana to become the owner of the company. Now, five years later, the time has arrived for Dana to realize her dream and assume ownership. On July 1, 2017, she will become the owner of Plantworks Nursery Inc. My role at Plantworks will be limited to supporting Dana in any way that I can to insure her success. By now most of you have met Dana at trade shows or other industry events. For those of you who have not, please reach out to her to help make this as smooth a transition as possible.

As the end of my ownership approaches, I want to convey to all our valued customers that I have complete confidence in Dana’s ability to provide you with the quality plant material and the excellent customer service we have provided for the past 38 years.

I also want to assure our valued vendors that Dana will conduct business in the same professional way we have done over the same time. We hope Plantworks Nursery will continue to be an important part of your success in the future. Thanks to all of you who have played an important role in making Plantworks the success it is today.

Sincerely,

Doug Chapman

 

This is an exciting time for me and my family as we embark on this new journey.  I am forever grateful to each and every one of you that have made this process as seamless as possible and for all of the support.  There will be no change in staff and the quality of plants we provide will remain the same, sustaining the reputation that we have built over the last 38 years.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns that we can help answer.  Thank you for being an active part of our business.  The possibilities for the future are endless and we are excited to share those with you.Pic 2

 

We look forward to our continued partnership!

 

 

Sincerely,
Dana Massey

 

 

Plant Highlights: Asclepias

Butterfly Asclepias.pngCommon Name: Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed

Botanical Name: Asclepias (incarnata, tuberosa)

Sizes Available: 12 count Quart flats and Gallons

Season of Interest: Spring and Summer

 

 

 

It is finally Pollinator Week 2017! Yippy! The time is now to think about pollination planting and all the critters that make life for us possible. Did you know about 75% of plant species need the help of animals and insects to move pollen for fertilization? An estimated 1/3 of foods and beverages are made possible by pollinators.

While Honeybees are the superstars of Pollination, there are so many other beneficial animals that will, hopefully, continue to pollinate our environments. If you see these creatures, make sure to be friendly:

  • Ants
  • Beetles
  • Butterflies
  • Moths
  • Bats
  • Various species of Bees
  • Flies
  • Various birds, including Hummingbirds
  • Some small mammals

How can you entice these little friends into your space? By planting pollinator, and native species in your landscapes. There is one guaranteed way to attract various species to your garden, and that is to plant some Asclepias! Multiple variations on this herbaceous perennial are perfect for attracting winged friends, and for bringing bright colors into your space. Plantworks Nursery carries the following varieties:

  • Asclepias Tuberosa (milkweed)- Orange (Traditional) and “Hello Yellow”
  • Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed)- Milkmaid, Cinderella, and Ice Ballet

While we have grown Asclepias incarnata for a number of years, 2017 will be the first time we have Tuberosa available. This has been great news to our friends who have been begging us for this brightly colored, pollinator attractor. (Also, being named the Perennial Plant of the Year 2017 doesn’t hurt any plants cause!) These native plants are right at home in North Carolina, and will fit perfectly into almost any planting project. Non invasive and easy to manage, they are practically a perfect perennial.

Here are some brief points to know about both:

Tuberosa- Milkweed- Butterfly Weed

Grows to around 1-3 feet tall. Clustered orange or yellow flowers from early Summer into the Fall season. Lanceolate leaves. Prefers dry, sandy, or gravel soil. They need full sun to thrive. Butterflies love this plant because of the colors and the mass amount of nectar it provides. The major pollinator point to remember is that this plant is the larval host for the Monarch butterfly. Common names include “Butterfly weed,” “Indian Paintbrush,” and “Orange Milkweed.” Best propagated through seed, and most commonly found in fields.

Incarnata- Swamp Milkweed

Herbaceous, perennial native to North America. Prefers damp to wet soils, with good drainage. Like most Milkweeds, it produces a toxic sap that repels herbivorous animals and infectious insects, leaving room to attract pollinators of all types. Upright, growing to around 59 inches in height with fleshly white roots. The blooms emerge in late Spring. Pink/mauve, or white, colored blooms in summer. Full sun is needed for best performance. Found naturally growing by stems, lakes, and low-lying areas. This type of Asclepias is also a Monarch butterfly host.

So, make sure to consider the bees and butterflies all year around, but especially this week in particular while we celebrate their contributions to our lives. Tune into the little things around you that make life amazing, and realize we are all a part of an interlocking machine that works together to move forward. Yay Pollination!

*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)

Words of Wisdom for June

  • If on the 8th of June it rain, that foretells a wet harvest, men sayen.
  • If St. Vitus day be rainy weather (June 15th), it will rain for forty days together.
  • A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.
  • Sow beans in the mud, they will grow like wood.

“The month of June is remarkable for the brilliancy of its sunlight, steady barometer, and even temperature. For those who are engaged in gardening, it provides plenty to occupy their time, as much work requires attention in all departments.”

                                                           -The Garden Oracle, 1896-

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June

beeCome honey bee, with thy busy hum,

To the fragrant tufts of wild thyme come,

And sip the sweet dew from the cowslip’s head,

From the lily’s bell and the violet’s bed.

                                                             -Anonymous-

Perennials for Pollinators

Perennials for Pollinators

The Spring season has rushed right past us!

While we have been busy supplying the east coast with beautiful Annuals, the Perennials are just beginning to hit their stride. June is the official month of Perennials as acknowledged by the Perennial Plant Association, and this is the time to prepare for long lasting color and interesting shapes to fill any space!

Not only is June perennial month, but also it is the time for Pollinator week. What is Pollinator week, you may ask? Taken straight from the National Pollinator Partnership website:

“Ten years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 19-25, 2017 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.”

As you can tell, June is the month for consideration planting for various reasons. Planting perennials in your space encourages wildlife and long lived landscapes, and planting for pollinators is essential to the survival of the ecosystem. Being aware of native perennial plants for your area, and planting those,  also greatly enhances the health of your landscapes and gardens. Plantworks Nursery has an extensive selection of Perennials that are pollinator friendly, and native to our Zone 7B. We can help you encourage pollination and healthy landscapes all throughout the year, just give us a call!

In addition to our tried and true plant varieties, as of Spring 2017, we will be growing Asclepias Tuberosa, winner of the Perennial Plant of the Year award for 2017. What makes this plant in particular worth mentioning? It is a larval host for the Monarch butterfly, and it is the only food source for them to survive. Planting Butterfly weed, Swamp Milkweed, or any variation of the species is sure to promote butterfly life, and give you a fantastic show of hummingbirds, bees, and other happy creatures when in bloom. Plantworks Nursery also carries many other great Perennials that will enhance your landscape or retail shelf. Some of these are included in the following list, but there are so much more!

  • Achillea- Yarrow
  • Agastache-Mexican Hyssop
  • Astilbe
  • Baptisia- False Indigo
  • Campanula
  • Ceratostigma- Plumbago, Leadwort
  • Chrysogonum- Green n Gold
  • Coreopsis- Tickseed
  • Dianthus- Garden Pinks
  • Dicentra
  • Digitalis- Foxglove
  • Echinacea- Coneflower
  • Eupatorium- Joe Pye Weed
  • Gaillardia- Blanket Flower
  • Geranium- Hardy
  • Leucanthemum- Shasta Daisy
  • Lobelia- Cardinal Flower
  • Monarda- Bee Balm
  • Nepeta- Catmint
  • Penstemon- Beard Tongue
  • Peony
  • Phlox- Paniculata and Subulata
  • Platycodon- Balloon Flower
  • Pycnanthemum muticum- Mountain Mint (New 2017)
  • Rudbeckia- Black Eyed Susan
  • Salvia- Garden Sage
  • Solidago- Goldenrod
  • Spigelia marilandica- Indian Pinks
  • Verbena- Vervain
  • Veronica- Speedwell

Please contact us all throughout the month of June for price discounts on certain perennials for pollinators. We are ready for warmer days!

Happy Planting!