Ask The Experts

So many of you have met and worked directly with Heidi, our resident expert and Shop Manager. But, have you met Patti? Patti Nagai is a horticulture expert and educator, lifelong gardener, and generally just an all-around awesome person! If you have questions about what’s going on in your yard, or what you’d like to be going on in your yard seek out our Experts: Heidi & Patti!

Photo of Heidi with Mandevilla






July 31, 2018

Welcome back! July is almost over, and we’re almost to Mum-Season. Just so you don’t feel like the summer fleets too quickly, here’s a delicious recipe for a Fresh or Frozen Cucumber Salad!

Mix together:
2 quarts of peeled cucumbers
2 large onions
2 tablespoons of salt

Let it stand for 1-2 hours. Drain into another bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix together:
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cups of white vinegar
1 heaping teaspoon of celery seed

Stir the drained cucumbers into the sugar/vinegar mix.
Eat fresh or freeze! (Remember to defrost before eating — but your glorious defrosted cucumber salad will taste fresh even in the middle of winter!)

Easy & Yummy!
Have any questions for us, or any recipes you’d like to suggest? Email Marianne or Katie and check back regularly. We may feature your question or recipe in our blog!

June 14, 2018

A Great Time to Plant!

Now is a wonderful time to work on planting in your garden. The soil is warm and rain is plentiful (but please do remember to water newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials).

Three things to remember when wondering about watering:
1) Water at transplanting
2) Water weekly
3) Water deeply

Shallow daily water is only good for seeds!

Plants for hot and dry areas:

  • Sedums
  • Coneflowers (echinacea)
  • Black Eyed Susan (rudbeckia)
  • Cushion Spurge (euphorbia)
  • Russian Sage (perovskia)
  • Coreopsis
  • Dayalilies – these are hardy, tough plants for a variety of soils!
  • Polentilla

Plants for Butterflies:

  • Butterfly Weed (aesclepias)
  • Butterfly Bush (buddleja)
  • Coneflowers


Salvia, Pachysandra and Hostas have been ordered and are scheduled to arrive at Shady Lane Greenhouse on Thursday (today!)

The Peach trees are loaded with fruit. Redhaven 6′ tall trees are $88

Apple trees are also loaded with fruit. We have Haralson and Zestar, 6′ tall, for $68 each.

Purple leaved trees:

  • Gladiator Crabapple 8′ $110
  • Red Obelisk Beech 5′ $98
  • Tricolor Beech 6′ $99
  • Prairiefire Crabapple 6′ $78
  • Rosita Filbert 6′ $180

June 12, 2018

Pollinator Friendly Perennials:

Perennial flowers offer habitat and food for butterflies, birds, bees and other insects. You can plant a diverse selection of plants for the best habitat and food source for your local pollinators!

Grasses will protect butterflies from wind. Plant tall grasses behind your flowers for a stunning effect in your garden. Colorful blooms in spring and summer, and even through the fall, will provide nectar for the pollinators in your yard. Choose natives, nativars and/or cultivars to create a beautiful space you can enjoy season after season.

Annual flowers attract pollinators, also – choose from our colorful selections in the greenhouses, with help from our staff!

Some Perennial Pollinator options:

  • Bee Balm (Monarda)
  • Beardtongue (Penstemon)
  • Betony (Stachys)
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias)
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
  • Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
  • Blazing Star (Liatris)
  • Blue Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium)
  • Coneflower (Echinacea)
  • Daylily (Hemerocallis)
  • False Sunflower (Heliopsis)
  • False Indigo (Baptista)
  • Geranium
  • Hosta
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium)
  • Snakeroot (Cimicifuga)
  • Turtlehead (Chelone)
  • Yarrow (Achillea)

Care for your investment: Even “low maintenance” perennials require maintenance! The first year is critical – water immediately when planted, continue to water weekly. Clean up dead foliage in the fall, or first thing in the spring before new growth. For best growth and the most blooms, fertilize in the spring with “Blossom Booster”.

Questions? Call or stop by! We love helping make your space as beautiful as it can be! Whether you have acres to work with or a patio, we can help you from the beginning to the end of your project, and throughout the seasons.