Demonstration Garden

Monday, April 26, 2010

It's Time for Tomatoes!

We had good intentions this year. We were going to start FEWER varieties of tomatoes. Well, you know what they say about good intentions... A few of the 35+ varieties are available for you this week. Here you can see part of the collection in our greenhouse.

  • Tomatoes can be planted out when night time temperatures are in the high 40s and we are there most of the time now. However, the daytime temperatures are still cool for these heat lovers. So you can plant them outside, but they will sit until it starts to warm up into the high 60s during the day.
  • When planting, drop tomatoes down deep into the soil. Unlike most plants, the fine hairs on the stems will turn into new roots. (They truly are weeds.)
  • Our tomatoes already have flowers set and are in 5-1/2" square containers. They are $4.69 each.
  • We have selected varieties that do well in our cool climate.
Varieties available this week: 'Sungold,' 'Silver Fir Tree,' 'Siberian,' 'Japanese Black Trifele,' 'San Marzano,' 'Shady Lady,' 'Oregon Spring,' 'Legend,' 'Fox,' and 'Stupice.' If there is a particular variety you are looking for, ask us, we might have it.

Sale Plants of the Week
All indoor plants are 30% off. We have a smart collection of easy care plants for indoors. This includes many succulents that require only a sunny window and infrequent watering.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Great Prices on Beautiful Plants

We need to make room in the Garden Center for new plant material coming out of our greenhouse, so we've reduced prices on some of our ornamentals. Come and get 'em, while supplies last.

Black Mondo Grass - Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrenscens'
1 gallon size
Regular price: $7.69 ea.
Sale: $4.69

Hebe 'Red Edge'
1 gallon size
Regular price: $6.69 ea.
Sale: $3.69

Osmanthus delavayi
1 gallon size
Regular price: $7.69 ea.
Sale: $5.69

Featured plant of the week - Hebe
There are many varieties of this evergreen shrub from Down Under. Hebes can take the heat and are drought tolerant once established. Some are grown for their interesting foliage and others for their flowers late in the summer. They range in height from 12" to 5' so Hebe can fill many needs in the sunny, well-protected garden. Come in and see what we have!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Grow Your Own Blueberries!

Blueberries are one of the most rewarding shrubs you can add to your garden. They are beautiful landscape plants with an attractive form, eventually getting 4-5 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide, depending on variety. They produce abundant clusters of urn-shaped, white flowers in spring. A few varieties are evergreen, but most are deciduous. Their brilliant fall color will light up your landscape.

On top of all that beauty you get -- berries! It is such a treat to pick fresh blueberries from the garden in the morning for breakfast. For best results, plant more than one variety to insure good pollination. It takes a year or two for plants to get established enough to produce big crops, but your patience will be well rewarded.

Blueberries are a treat for wildlife, too. Their flowers provide nectar for native bees, butterflies and other pollinators. They are a larval food source for several butterflies. And they provide good nesting sites, cover and fruit for birds.

Here are the varieties we have in the Garden Center now:

  • 'Duke' - one of the early bloomers, fruit ripens in late June. Deep blue, mild-flavored berries. Heavy producer.
  • 'Bluecrop' - midseason, large berries. Excellent flavor and an attractive plant. 
  • 'Blueray' - midseason, vigorous and tall. Crisp fruit. Can tolerate more sun than 'Bluecrop.'
  • 'Bluejay' - vigorous grower with heavy fruit set.
We will have three more varieties available for you in May.

Come see us! We are open this week on Thursday, from 11 - 3.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Come Visit Us

The Garden Center will be open, Saturday, April 10, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. We have lots of vegetable starts, herbs, native plants and perennials ready for you to add to your garden. 

To find us, look for the SSCC Plant Sale signs at the north entry and at the Landscape & Horticulture complex, just past the guard shack. We are located at the north end of the SSCC campus. Look for the red doors that lead into the Garden Center.