Monday, April 28, 2014

Best Garden Plants to Eat from Your Garden!

Which are The Best Garden Plants To Eat? Creating a garden is a reflection of your unique style and personality. If you enjoy preparing foods with fresh ingredients, you might want to think about incorporating affordable garden plants to eat into your landscape. Planning a garden that includes edible plants can add interest and provide pleasure to your senses, and they can help you make delicious summer recipes to share with family and friends.

Sugar Mountain Kalinka Haskap

For a different garden plant treat, establish the Sugar Mountain Kalinka Haskap and the Sugar Mountain Blue Haskap as a set in your garden because the one pollinates the other. Grow Haskap flowering shrubs in full sun with plenty of water in well-drained soil, At maturity, these five to six foot plants, produce one-inch sweet summer berries that are a wonderful addition to frozen desserts, jams, wines, or just eating as a fresh or frozen fruit.

Nanking Cherry

A nice flowering and fruit-bearing shrub is the Nanking Cherry. It grows six to eight feet tall and about as wide, and the sweet-tart cherries are delicious used in pies and jams. This shrub is hearty, grows well in sun to partial shade, and will tolerate dry, sub-zero winter temperatures very well. The wildlife in your region will enjoy eating the fruit too.


There are several varieties of fragrant and tasty mint for the garden. You may want to use them for container gardening because frankly, mint needs to be contained or it may take over. However, if you are looking for ground cover plants, any of the mints will work. Try some of the newer varieties such as Pineapple Mint, Chocolate Mint, and Apple Mint, or there is always the old favorite, Blue Balsam Peppermint. They all smell delightful and each has a different look. Mints pair beautifully in fruit dishes and summer drinks. If you are looking to feed the butterflies and bees, several mints bloom mid to late summer and make perfect plants to eat nectar.

There are many edible garden herb plants and small growing fruit plants at our online plant nursery. We invite you to signup for our gardening newsletter and updates, and please feel free to browse our site. You will find lots of information and the perfect edible plants to grow among your already flowering shrubs and ornamentals. If you are landscaping a new garden, we have everything you need to succeed. We are always happy to answer any questions, and we are just an email or phone call away.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mojito Mint Leaves Make the Best Authentic Cuban Mojito Cocktail Drinks

Prepare for summer entertaining with a selection of mint plants, including the Mojito Mint Plant for making authentic Mojito Cocktails.

If you haven’t tried a Mojito Mint Cocktail, you’re missing out. It is a sweet, fruity alcoholic drink that is very pleasing to the taste buds. Although easy to make, it’s a great way to impress your guests.

This mild flavored mint livens up fruit and grain salads, teas, fruit desserts and makes a wonderfully fragrant garnish for drinks, salads and desserts.

"Each year we add new herb plants and this spring our favorite is the Mojito Mint Plant", notes Greenwood Nursery owner, Cheryl Jones, "Since it really needs to be grown in a container, the Mojito Mint plant is perfect for balcony and patio gardens in part to full sun!"

Visit to get started our video of How to Make an Authentic Mojito Mint Drink and purchase your plants.

Steve and Cheryl Jones began
 Greenwood Nursery, McMinnville, TN, in 1978 as a propagation and wholesale nursery. In 1998, they took their plant catalog online offering a wide selection of garden plants to the home gardener. Greenwood Nursery is now an online plant nursery and garden center that ships plants throughout the continental United States.

For further information or to place an order, please visit Questions may be sent by email or by phone during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm central time.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Deer Doing Damage to Your Yard?

Many homeowners are having the problem of deer doing yard damage. Cities and towns are extending further into undeveloped regions and wildlife has no place to relocate. So...they begin to survive in new ways which includes eating your garden and landscape plants and deer seem to do the most damage.

Now...that being said, how can you as a homeowner control the deer damage and safely drive the deer away? Use a combination of the following tips as one won't generally do the job.

Deer Control Tips:
  • Plant deer resistant plants 
  • Deer repellents - direct repellents spray on the plants or are systemic while others are area repellents that emit a foul odor
  • Deer fencing - mesh type 6 to 7 feet tall
  • Tree shelters - use those at least 48 inches tall
  •  Homemade remedies

To read the complete article on controlling deer,click here.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Growing a Rose of Sharon Hedge in Your Garden

Growing a Rose of Sharon hedge in Your Garden is an excellent way of creating a private garden area during the summer season. Changing the appearance of your garden can be easily done. Regardless of the size of your garden, you don’t have to spend more time, money, and effort in improving its appearance. With your knowledge about Rose of Sharon shrubs, your problem can be easily solved.

Like other homeowners, you shouldn’t miss to ignore the benefits of Rose of Sharon bushes. These are the common names of the different species of flowering plants, hardy hibiscushibiscus syriacus, and althea. They are one of the few shrubs that bloom in the summer garden.  Compared to others, they are low maintenance and the Rose of Sharon shrubs can grow upward to 12 feet.  Therefore, if you want the shrub to appear as a tree, just prune away the lower branches in early spring. 

One of our favorite things about Rose of Sharon bushes is their appearances. Their flowers have beautifully distinct colors such as blue, red, pink, white, and purple.  Most of these bushes also grow from 8 to 12 feet tall and roughly six to ten feet wide though some varieties have a more columnar shape.  Hardy Hibiscus plants show good pollution tolerance which makes them a good choice for urban gardens. 

Tips on growing Rose of Sharon hedges in your garden:
  • Pick Your Planting Site – Rose of Sharon grows in full sun areas. They also grow well in a part sun or part shade areas though blooming may be limited. 
  •  Prepare the Planting Site – You can do this through digging the hole approximately 4 to 6 inches deeper than the root system and about a foot wide. If you have clay soil, mix into the fill dirt aged compost or aged manure mix and some coarse sand for drainage.
  • Put the Rose of Sharon Shrubs in the Planting Hole – Do this step carefully, fill holes and water. You may need to add more soil around the plant and water it again if it settles too deeply.
  • Fertilizers – Fertilize can be applied in spring after the plant begins to leaf out. A balanced timed release is best. If using aged compost and aged manure mixes as mulch regularly, there should be no need for a fertilizer application.
With Rose of Sharon, you can easily change the appearance of your garden. Since these shrubs and flowers are easy to grow and maintain, you don’t have to monitor them regularly. 

Greenwood Nursery offers a great selection of affordable Rose of Sharon plants. With their low prices and helpful customer service, it is easy for you to improve your garden.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Plant a Rose of Sharon Shrub Hedge

For summer blooming, plant a Rose of Sharon shrub hedge. Hardy in zones 5 through 9, Hibiscus syriacus shrubs perform at their best as full sun shrubs and planted in well drained soil. These flowering shrubs provide long lasting blooms from mid summer to frost. Though they will grow in partially sunny to lightly shaded areas, their blooming may be limited. Rose of Sharon or hibiscus syriacus, which is a deciduous shrub also known as Hardy Hibiscus and Althea.

Although Rose of Sharon bushes will lose their leaves in winter, they still make beautiful flowering privacy hedges in areas for summer use such as planting around swimming pools. Their unusually large blooms attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees from mid summer until frost. As these hibiscus bloom much later than most other plants, they are, also, later to leaf out. Expect rose of sharon to leaf out in late spring to early summer.

Aphrodite Rose of Sharon Shrub Flower

Friday, January 17, 2014

Useful Tips to Control Deer Damage

Useful tips to control deer damage and deer resistant plants. When deer are hungry and their food supply is gone, deer will eat anything. Plants known as being deer resistant is a good step in controlling deer damage in the yard. Deer will not find them as tasty and will eat off other perennials  and shrubs before attacking these varieties.

White-tailed deer in Toronto, Canada
White-tailed deer in Toronto, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In order to get the deer damage under control, it is a must to properly select deer resistant plants. Deer repellents are also a great thing to have and it should be used regularly to have best results. Area repellent emits foul odor that is good in keeping deer away, however it will also keep people away. It is also advisable to use contact repellents. There are so many contact repellents out in the market today that are also environmentally safe and biodegradable that can be used around pets and children. Properly choosing the right contact repellents which will adhere to plants structure, rain resistant and will last for a month is a must.

Greenwood Nursery is owned by Cheryl Jones. It is one of the most dedicated companies in giving deer resistant plants and right tips in order to have the best garden and landscape unlike any other. One of their helpful tips to prevent deer in eating plants is to create deer fence.

Deer fencing is now available in all sizes, shapes and prices.  One of the most common types is the mesh type. This type of deer fence is more flexible and it can also be attached in nearby posts and trees. More often, 6 to 7 foot in height is frequently used for deer fencing. Tree shelters are also called as deer guards and they are proven effective in keeping deer away. Everyone can also take advantage of homemade deer repellent remedies.

There are so many steps that should be considered in controlling deer in the landscape or garden. The first step is properly selecting deer resistant plants that are appropriate in the garden and landscape. Greenwood Nursery ensures that everyone will have the best deer resistant plants that will suit in anyone’s garden.

Blue River Lavender Blooms To Early Fall

Plant this small growing Blue River Lavender Plant in all sunny areas of your garden. The Blue River Lavender plants are comfortable growing in containers, in garden borders and filling in nook and cranny areas. The deep purple fragrant blooms of the Blue River Lavender stand strong from mid summer to early fall.

As with other lavender plants, the Lavandula angustifolia 'Blue River' is deer resistantrabbit resistant and attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. With its low water requirements, the Blue River Lavender is an excellent choice for growing in pots

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dave's Candles Now Available at Greenwood Nursery

Dave's Candles come in a wide range of intensely fragrant, long-burning varieties. There's something to suit virtually every candle lover's preference! These 100% soy candles feature crackling wooden wicks for long-lasting burn time.

Each and every 100% soy wax candle with crackling wooden wick is handmade by Dave. Fans love his candle creations, which have a very unique scent personality.

Join the many Dave's Candle lovers today and try one of these fragrant, long-burning soy candles, now available through Greenwood Nursery.

Pink Perfume Lavender Perfect for Small Yards

The Pink Perfume Lavender Plants are certain to make a show in your yard all summer long. Plant along your front sunny walk way and the Pink Perfume Lavender will greet your guests with its wonderful fragrance. Separate areas of your garden with a low growing hedge of Lavandula angustifolia 'Pink Perfume'

The Pink Perfume is perfect for small yardscontainer gardenscut flower gardens, and butterfly gardens. Use the rosy pink flower stems as cut flowers or dry for potpourris. Plant in well drained soil. The Pink Perfume Lavender is drought tolerant and blooms from May to September. Pink Perfume attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.