|PERENNIAL of the Week|
|25% Off ALL CORAL BELLS/Heuchera|
1 gallon size
Regularly $11.99 - $14.99
Falling in love with Coral Bells is easy. Cultivars come in a dazzling array of leaf colors that vary from dark purple to chartreuse to caramel, and some cultivars have beautiful veining. The flowers are mostly pink, red, or white. The flower stalks are very delicate and airy, blooming in summer. Heucheras are native to North American woodlands and some types are found right here in the woods of the WNC mountains.
Coral Bells enjoy well-drained woodsy soil and a neutral soil pH, part sun, and good air movement. Amend your soil at planting time as they don’t like heavy soils. Very suitable to container gardens because the foliage is colorful and mostly evergreen. Looks pretty mixed with heucheras of a contrasting color, carex & liriope (grassy texture), ferns, anemone, and hostas. Deadheading can extend bloom. Rabbit and deer tolerant. While supplies last thru Thursday, Sept. 20.
|SHRUB of the Week|
‘Wee White’ Hydrangea
|‘Invincibelle Wee White’ Hydrangea arborescens|
‘Wee White’ Hydrangea
$24.49 – 3 gal.
‘Wee White’ is a beautiful dwarf version of ‘Annabelle’ that only grows to 12”-30” tall and wide. Blooms start out a pale pink color and shift to white. Hydrangeas add such a relaxing vibe to your summer landscape, and ‘Wee White’ is a strong re-bloomer – with blooms starting in summer and continuing until frost.
A minimum of 6 hours of bright sun promotes strong stems and more bloom. ‘Wee White’ does enjoy having some protection from the hot afternoon sun. Native to southeastern and central North America. Prune to 1/3 the total height in early spring. Pruning helps encourage strong stems. Zone 3-9. Limit 3 per household while supplies last thru Thursday, Sept. 20.
|Piet Oudolf Movie Tickets|
|FIRST MOVIE SCREENING IS NEARLY SOLD OUT!|
We are planning a Second Screening Date. Check our website homepage early next week for Second Screening details and ticket link.
WHAT: FIVE SEASONS: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
DATE: Thursday, October 25
TIME: 7 pm, doors open at 6:30, program starts at 7 pm
WHERE: 36 Montford Avenue - just off I-240 near downtown Asheville
Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works like New York City’s popular High Line and the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves. This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside Oudolf’s creative process.
From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.
The screening will be held near downtown Asheville at Lenoir-Rhyne University/Asheville Chamber of Commerce in Montford just off I-240. See Movie TRAILER. Buy TICKETS.
| Almost all land birds (96%) require insect food for their young. Most build their nests in spring and early/mid summer. The exception to this timing are goldfinch whose young are fed seeds. They wait until later in the summer when seeds are more abundant to build nests. There are lots of flashy, yellow goldfinch around the farm these days.|
Native plants, especially trees, support healthy populations of insects that birds feed their young. At this time in the season, seed producing perennials, grasses, and annuals as well as berry producing natives provide energy-packed treats. Migrating birds benefit, too.
The Garden Center is well stocked and now is a great time to plant! Audubon North Carolina (www.ncaudubon.org) has further information on attracting birds.
|Grow your Own Saffron Spice!|
|Saffron Crocus, Crocus sativus, is a fall-blooming crocus whose red-orange stigmas are the legendary spice – saffron. This is the expensive spice traditionally used in many risotto and paella dishes. Most family recipes only require 10-20 strands of saffron. The stigmas can be removed with tweezers, dried, and stored for later use.|
Plant fall color that is also a culinary delight. Saffron Crocus enjoys full sun (tolerates part sun), spreads nicely, and attracts butterflies & hummingbirds. Plant 2” deep in well-drained soil. Plant about 12 bulbs per square foot. Zone 6-8.
Caution: Another fall blooming crocus, Colchicum autumnale, looks similar but is poisonous. To harvest saffron, be sure you are harvesting from Crocus sativus.
|Blooming Happiness Next Spring|
|Plant some cheer in your garden! When snowdrops and crocus burst forth in the doldrums of winter, we take heart that spring is actually on its way. Shop from our wonderful collection of crocus, snowdrops, tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, allium and more. Thinking ahead now will bring such a smile to your face in spring. You can also layer bulbs in containers for a continuing wave of spring blooms.|
We recommend buying bulbs now while the selection is greatest and planting them after the leaves have fallen. Bulbs are perennial, so take the time to amend your soil and use VoleBloc/PermaTill to protect bulbs that are prone to vole damage.
- New Colorful Shrubs
- Fruit Trees
- Veggie Transplants
- Fall Anemones
- Fall Mums - $6.99 each, or $5.59 when you buy 5 or more
- Tropical Shipment Arriving Saturday
- Classic Wind Chimes - new shipment
|As the season changes, many plants are starting to look tattered and tired, but we still have almost 2 months until frost. Continue to fertilize annuals and continue to deadhead your flowers to extend bloom time. If petunias have stopped blooming, you can rejuvenate them by cutting them back and fertilizing. |
We have had lots of rain, but it has been interspersed with very dry periods, so remember to water. Don’t fertilize shrubs now (except roses) as that will encourage tender growth that could be frost damaged. Freshen up container gardens with new additions like pansies, mums, grasses, coral bells, snap dragons, ornamental kale/cabbage, etc.