Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Adding Roses Into Your Landscape

Roses are a mainstay in most gardens and landscapes. They have been staples in gardens for hundreds of years. Enjoyed all over the world, roses are a welcome and beautiful sight. Today, roses are just as desired as they ever have been in typical gardens, but the performance requirements has changed. The roses well suited for culture have to not only be beautiful, but they have to be disease resistant, easy to care for, and they must be able to tolerate a wide range of conditions. Not ever rose bush can hold up to these demands of today. Thankfully, rose breeders have developed rose varieties that can own up to these requirements and offer decades of beauty and enjoyment.

There are a few types of roses that are bred for landscape use. Knockout Roses are one type that has been around for a little while, but they haven’t been around for very long. Bred by Will Radler, in the short time knockouts have been on the market they’ve quickly become standards as a go-to for landscape use. 

Residential and commercial landscapes all over the world have used knockout roses for their superb disease resistance, neat habit, and long bloom time. They are larger mature shrubs than other types, but they work well under a variety of conditions. They are good for creating a hedge, as screens, and as barriers. They are also fantastic specimen shrubs. They come in many colors, from white to luscious red, even multi-colored and double blooms. OSO Easy roses are short spreading roses that come in a variety of colors that are also very easy to grow and disease resistant. 

Drift Roses are also another type of rose, derived from the Knock Out series. They are a dwarf rose that are perfect for small spaces in the landscape. They are also considered as ground cover roses.

Much of the breeding of these very hardy and beautiful landscape roses has a foundation in the hardy and US native Rugosa rose, known as the species of rose called Rosa rugosa. Naturally resistant to the typical diseases that garden roses fall prey to, supremely hardy in most all climates, heavily scented and lovely, Rugosa roses are making their name in landscapes and gardens. They are single petaled, usually bright pink, and heavily scented with a sweet rose scent. They have many uses in gardens and landscapes. They are great hedges and work wonderfully on fencerows, and in foundation plantings. They are long-blooming and much enjoyed by native pollinators. The hips can be harvested and made into jellies, jams, and perfuming waters. Care is as easy as it is for the Knockout, OSO, and Drift series of roses.

We offer another shrub with the name of “rose”, but they’re not really roses at all. Rose of Sharon is another hardy, beautiful blooming landscape and garden shrub that’s actually a hibiscus. They come in many colors, from white to blue. They can be bi-colors too. They are usually pruned to suit a shrub-size in form, but rose of Sharon shrub specimens are common when they aren’t pruned, as they can grow quite large.

With these beautiful landscape candidates, pruning roses, battling with disease, and worrying over hardiness won’t be an issue in your garden.

Greenwood Nursery offers a great selection of affordable roses for any landscape or garden setting plus trees, perennial plants, ground covers, small fruiting plants, and more.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Sweet Pecan Trees are the Largest of the Hickory Trees

Pecan TreesCarya illinoinensis, are one of the largest of the hickory trees. Generally growing 75 to 100 feet tall, the trunks often mature in the 2 to 4 foot diameter range. Hardy Pecan is native to the lower Mississippi Valley region from the river valley of Iowa, extending into areas of Kansas and Ohio and on south to Alabama. 

Yellow flowers of the Juglandaceae Carya illinoinensis appear in April to May. While both male and female flowers are on the same plant, they are not within the same flower and are pollinated by wind. Excessive rainfall during the flowering period may prevent pollination

By late summer, the sweet pecan tree has defined buds that grow until ripening in September to October. 
The Pecan fruit is an oval or pear shaped nut enclosed in green husks turning from brown to black as they ripen. When mature, the husks become dry and split away from the nut. 

Most pecan trees begin some nut production as early as 3 to 5 years old. Though, typically Pecan trees do not begin good production until 6 to 8 years with some natural stands not producing until even older. 

Established, mature trees (approximately 15 to 20 years old), cleaned nuts should average about 100 to 160 per pound. Good crops are produced at intervals of 1 to 3 years.

Plant in full sun.  We recommend installing Miracle Tree Tubes on your pecan plants for protection and growth assistance. For individual plants, use the Plant Survival Package which contains only 1 Miracle Tube with accessories.

To learn everything you need to know about growing Pecan trees, visit this link, University of Florida IFAS Extension article on The Pecan Tree

Friday, October 31, 2014

Hackberry Trees are Favorites for Birds and Wildlife

Hackberry TreesCeltis occidentalis, are U.S. native trees that are also referred to as common hackberrysugarberrynettletreebeaverwoodnorthern hackberry and American hackberry. Hackberry grows best in organically rich, well drained soil in full sun to part shade. Hackberry Trees tolerate wind, urban pollutants and many soil conditions. Common hackberry can often be found growing in wet, dry and poor soils. 

You will find your hackberry producing greenish flowers (mostly insignificant) in April to May. By fall, the blooms have pollinated and are not berry-like drupes that mature to deep purple. These fruits are a favorite for many birds and other wildlife

Midwest cities like Hackberry Trees as street trees because of their tolerance to wide ranges of soil and moisture conditions plus it is drought tolerant. Also, hackberry is a favorite for planting in hunting food plots.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fire Light Hydrangea Sets the New Standard for Hydrangea Paniculatas

The Fire Light Hydrangea sets a new standard for Hydrangea paniculatas. White flowers open in early summer on this strong upright shaped hydrangea shrub. As the temperatures begin to cool, usually in September, these white blooms on the Fire Light Hydrangea begin changing to pink almost red colors for its fall presentation.

Fire Light Hydrangeas are hardy hydrangeas and will grow as far north as into zone 3 and heat hardy into zone 9. With its range, the Fire Light can grow in most any location. It's upright growth habit will mature in the 4 to 6 foot height range with an equal spread. You will want to space these gorgeous fall bloomers approximately 4 to 6 feet for an amazing summer to fall color show. 

The easy to grow Fire Light Hydrangea will bloom on new wood so should be pruned or trimmed in late winter to early spring. 

Fire Light Hydrangea paniculata 'SMHPFL' USPPAF, Can PBRAF

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sunny Anniversary Reblooming Abelia Flowering Shrubs Perfect for Small Yards

The Abelia Sunny Anniversary is a new plant introduction for 2014 and a break through for abelia shrubs. This beautiful flowering shrub is not only a reblooming abelia, but a long blooming one as well. The Sunny Anniversary Abelia blooms from mid to late summer on new season growth. Perfect for small yards or limited garden space, the Sunny Anniversary Abelia grows approximately 3 to 4 feet tall with the same width. 

What makes the Sunny Anniversary Abelia so special is it's blooms. In mid summer the upright cascading branches fill with buds that open into wonderfully fragrant yellow blooms painted with shades of pink and orange. Though abelia is generally deer resistant, the Sunny Anniversary attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds

Plant abelia in moist, well-drained soil. Prune to shape in late winter to early spring.

Sunny Anniversary Abelia 'Minduo1' USPP 24,445

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Variegated Liriope is Beautiful Fall Interest Perennial Plus It's Deer Tolerant

Liriope muscari 'Variegata' or Variegated Lilyturf is a semi-evergreen grass like plant with long variegated leaves and purple lavender blooms in late summer to early fall turning to dark purple berries. Lilyturf is often used as garden or landscape borders. The long leaves are green with creamy edging. In warmer climates, liriope is often an evergreen. 
Variegated Liriope grows approximately 1 to 1/2 feet tall with a spread of 1 to 3 feet. Plant in partial shade to full shade areas with well draining soil. Water weekly during extreme heat.
  • Fall interest
  • Deer tolerant
  • Salt tolerant
  • Berries for winter food for birds
  • Brightens shaded areas

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Non-Invasive Privet Available at Greenwood Nursery

Finally a non-invasive privet shrub, the Golden Ticket Ligustrum Privet was developed by Dr. Thomas Ranney of NCSU. This easy to grow privet shrub offers fragrant white flowers in spring. A golden vicary privet, the foliage is yellow green and deer resistantGolden Ticket Ligustrum grows to the 4 to 6 foot tall range with an equal spread. An excellent choice as a low maintenance hedge

Prune your Golden Ticket Privet to shape after blooming. Fertilize in early spring. Blooms on old wood.

Golden Ticket Ligustrum x vicaryi 'KCLX1' USPPAF   Can PBRAF

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Native Pawpaw Trees are Easy to Grow and Produce Tropical Looking Fruits

Pawpaw trees are native to the eastern United States, yet also grows wild through many parts of the midwest. The botanical name for the native pawpaw is Asimina triloba, while nickname includes American Custard Apple.

The yellow fruits of the Pawpaw tree is easy to grow in home gardens  and unusual in looks and flavor resembling that of tropical fruits. Pawpaw fruit is wonderfully aromatic with a clean, light fruity fragrance. Pawpaw fruit can be compared to bananas, pears and mangos. 

Best grown in full sun with wind protection, Paw paw can also fruit in some shaded areas, Slightly acid soil is recommended (pH 5.5 to 7) along with good drainage. 

Container grown Asimina triloba or Pawpaws provide the best results in transplanted growth. The first 2 years after transplanting are the most critical and attention should be given for root growth promotion. Water well and provide shade protection during harsh summer months. Pawpaw generally begins fruiting when the trees reach roughly 6 feet in height which can take approximately 5 to 7 years.

Pawpaw fruit is extremely perishable which is why it is rarely found in farmers markets or grocery stores. 
PawPaw does require a second tree that is genetically separate from the other. Our native paw paw comes from a wide enough selection to cross pollinate as their genetics will not be exactly the same. We sell our Pawpaw as 2 plants. Order more for even better fruiting.

For more information on the native Pawpaw Tree or Asimina triloba, visit the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service site and read the fact sheet on Growing Pawpaws.

Pawpaw tree fruit
PawPaw Tree Fruit