Archive for June 2016

Happy Independence Day!

What’s in the Garden: Unbroken chain: On July 4, 1777, the first anniversary of Independence Day, the Continental Congress celebrated in Philadelphia with an official dinner that featured toasts and speeches. The festivities also included parades, music, fireworks, and displays of red, white, and blue buntings. Sound familiar? These traditions are still part of our…

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I Help Put Food on Your Table

Perennial of the Week: Asclepias Asclepias, known to most of us as Milkweed, is a vital part of the ecosystem. Without the various types of Asclepias, much of the food we eat every day could not be produced! This is no exaggeration: Asclepias is essential to the survival of the Monarch Butterfly and other important…

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I’m a Sun-Worshiping Shrub That Butterflies Love

Flowering Shrub of the Week: Buddleia – ‘Butterfly Bush’ Draw pollinators to your garden with Buddleia – better known as Butterfly Bush. Buddleia (pronounced BUD-lee-ah) is a surefire magnet for butterflies, bees, moths, and hummingbirds. This sun-worshiping shrub has lanceolate (lance-shaped) leaves and sports white or gray undersides. Each shrub produces abundant, aromatic flower spikes that…

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Pollinators & Perennials: A Perfect Pairing

What’s in the Garden: June is Perennial Gardening Month™ according to the esteemed Perennial Plant Association. At Rohsler’s, we are taking this opportunity to promote native plants, particularly those that support and sustain pollinators like hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, bees, beetles, bats, and hoverflies. This effort coincides with National Pollinator Week (June 20-26), an event launched…

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In Praise of Fathers

  What’s in the Garden: Our Dads work hard for us, and deserve special recognition for their constant love, care, and support. Spruce up your yard for Dad’s big day (Father’s Day — Sunday, June 19) with loads of colorful annuals. Our annuals, including veggie plants and hanging baskets, are now 25% off. Visit our…

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I’m Light & Lovely

Perennial of the Week: Astilbe Gardeners with shady patches are getting to know and love Astilbe. Deer resistant and shade tolerant, this lovely perennial proffers feathery plumes of red, white, pink, or lavender flowers. Over 100 hybrids of this plant have been cultivated throughout the years, so there is an Astilbe for every shade garden.…

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Summer Pond Maintenance

from aquascapeinc.com/blogs.    Summer is here and you’ve earned some quality time with your pond, and when better than summertime – perhaps the most beautiful time of the year for most ponds. Summer is your chance to truly enjoy the pond. And with your clean-out completed in the early spring, the majority of your pond…

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I Am a Famed Doppleganger

Perennial of the Week: Penstemon – ‘Beard Tongue’ Penstemon, commonly known as Beard Tongue, may resemble Foxglove, but is a famed flower in its own right. Flagstaff, Arizona holds an annual Penstemon Festival, and the American Penstemon Society (est. 1946) is exclusively dedicated to this flowering perennial. Penstemon plants range in size from just one…

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The Joy of June

What’s in the Garden: Opportunities to celebrate – and take photos in your yard — abound throughout this lovely month. June is Perennial Gardening Month and brings proms, graduations, weddings, Flag Day, that all-important first day of summer, and Father’s Day. Everyone will be spending more time outdoors, so make sure your yard is company…

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I’m Soft as Silk & Tough as Nails

Perennial of the Week: Stachys – Lamb’s Ears & Betony The Stachys family of plants includes some real softies, including Betony and Lamb’s Ears. These tough-as-nails perennials are cultivated worldwide for their soft, silvery foliage and their flowers. Stachys affinis, the Chinese Artichoke, is grown for its edible tuber. Many varieties of Stachys have soft,…

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