Give Mom a Gift Card, the Perfect Gift for a Plant Lover!
Mother’s Day weekend is approaching, and we are on track for some beautiful, sunny weather. The next wave of plants are opening their buds with roses leading the way. Plant Hybrid Tea Roses for their fragrance and sophistication. You don’t need to leave them in the garden. Roses can be appreciated inside as well as out. Cut their stems long and enjoy their colors and scents indoors.
If you’re not sure what your Mom would like, we’re confident she will find something at Evergreen Nursery. When she comes in with our gift card, she will be so excited to pick out her favorite plant!
If Mom is more of an indoor plant fanatic, perhaps a Phalaenopsis orchid would be perfect. Their persistent blooms last for a very long time for maximum enjoyment.
We stock all of your perennial garden favorites. Choose your preferred color of Lantana for a long, effusive bloom time, perfect for drought tolerant gardens.
As you continue to work hard in your garden, come and see us for all the soils, fertilizers, tools, and gloves you need to keep your garden healthy this year!
Check out our webshop to see what soils and fertilizers we have in stock before your visit.
Plant of the Month – Roses: It’s their time to Shine!
As we head into the full bloom of spring, nothing quite calls out the season like the first budding roses. Roses can be found in old-fashioned English cottage gardens. They can also be used in sleek, modern minimalist designs and in mass plantings. Roses also belong in mixed perennial borders and cutting gardens. If you mix in different cultivars and types of roses, you can enjoy a long season of colorful, fragrant blooms and cut flowers.
Hybrid Tea Roses are very popular for their tall, large, single blooms on a long stalk. Most flower intermittently, throughout the summer and into the fall, providing color in the garden for a long period of time. Hybrid Tea Roses tend to be fragrant, making them ideal for cut flowers.
How to Care for Roses
Roses tend to get all kinds of diseases. This is true of the rose family in general. However, most are treatable and interfere more with aesthetics rather than seriously compromising the health of the plants. If you follow these few simple tips, you can keep your roses healthy and productive:
- Prune yearly. In the Bay Area, it is good to prune roses December to January. Make sure any leaves are removed at this time to stop any disease cycles from continuing into the next year.
- Pick up any leaves that drop and dispose of in the green bin not compost heap.
- Dig in soil conditioner or compost to enrich the soil and ensure good drainage. Roses love good drainage!
- Roses prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH of around 6-6.5.
- Mulch around the base of plants (but not piled up against the base) with bark chips to keep the soil moist.
- Fertilize in the early spring using an organic rose fertilizer such as E.B. Stone’s Rose and Flower food and repeat every 3 to 4 weeks throughout the growing season, stopping before the fall.
- Dead heading will encourage new bloom growth. Although towards the end of the flowering season, you will want to leave them to develop seed heads (rose hips). Your garden wildlife will appreciate the food!
- Plant in Full Sun.
- Water deeply once a week to encourage good root growth. Water more when first planted until established.
If you take care of your roses and create good cultural conditions, they will thrive, producing beautiful blooms for you!
This is a beautiful choice for a cutting garden. It has long stems and double flowers which are a deep, classic red. Dark green leaves contrast handsomely with the soft flowers which are 4 inches wide. This Hybrid Tea Rose is a prolific bloomer with an exceptional fragrance, which will keep you happy from May through to the fall season. Pest and disease resistant. Grows 5′ tall by 5′ wide. Full Sun to Partial Shade. Zones: 5-10.
This one has an eye-catching, large, double red flower which fades to rich cream and then yellow in a pattern that makes each flower unique. ‘Double Delight’ has a rich but fresh fragrance which is enticing but not over-powering. It blooms from mid to late spring through to the fall season. This attractive rose bush would be a great addition to a rose border. Good for cutting. Grows 4′ tall by 3′ wide. Full Sun to Part Shade. Zones: 6-11.
This is a gorgeous lavender bloomer with a reddish tinge to the outer petals, contrasting beautifully with dark green, shiny leaves. It has a heavenly, fruity fragrance, certain to captivate your guests out in the garden or when cut and displayed inside. This stunning hybrid tea rose is perfect for featuring in containers of mixed planting beds. Good disease resistance. Grows 3-5′ tall by 2-3′ wide. Likes Full Sun.
Featured Tree: Acer ‘Crimson Queen’
Acer ‘Crimson Queen’ is a fantastic pick for Bay Area gardens. It is a small, weeping Japanese Maple with attractive, crimson leaves which are deeply divided. It is a perfect choice for a woodland or Japanese style garden, next to rocks, or cascading over slopes or retaining walls. It has reliable fall color with leaves turning bright red as the days get shorter. ‘Crimson Queen’ can take sun in cooler areas but would prefer some shade in hotter regions. Plant with hostas and ferns for interesting textures in a woodland garden or with dwarf conifers and azaleas to achieve that Japanese Garden feel. Grows up to 10′ tall and wide. Deep regular water.
Featured Indoor Plant: Phalaenopsis
Orchids: The Perfect Gift!
Phalaenopsis are the classic, easy to grow orchids. They thrive on neglect, only needing water every 7 to 10 days when they start to dry out. Place them on a window sill where they receive bright but not excessive light, and they will thrive. These orchids usually bloom in winter and spring, lighting up your home. The blooms can be pink or white or an interesting mixture of the two. These stunning flowers are 2-3″ wide and will bloom for a long time, flowering along a long stalk, opening from the base upwards. After they bloom is a good time to re-pot them using fresh orchid mix. Fertilize regularly with specialty orchid fertilizer to encourage blooms and healthy leaf growth.
Featured Drought Tolerant Plant: Lantana cultivars
Lantanas are well suited for growing in Bay Area gardens. They are extremely drought tolerant, deer resistant, and are attractive to pollinators such as butterflies and bees. They bloom from spring until late fall. It is best to cut them back in winter to get rid of any ragged foliage and keep them from getting too woody. They bounce back in spring with renewed vigor and fresh growth. Like many drought tolerant plants, they’ll look better given a little summer water. Plant cascading over retaining walls or trailing from containers or as a dependable ground cover next to pathways.
If your garden design includes warm colors, then this plant is ideal. Flowers range from yellow and orange to red, all within one flower! Grows 2′ tall to 4-6′ wide. Great as a low hedge. Likes the heat. Pair with other drought tolerant plants. Evergreen in frost free areas. Zones: 9-11.
In Your Garden: What to do in May
- Don’t Forget Mom on Mother’s Day! We have blooming flowers, gift cards, and hanging baskets.
- Plant annuals such as petunias, marigolds, begonias, Lobelia, Salvia, and Zinnia.
- Re-seed veggies like radishes, carrots, and beets.
- Plant late summer edibles like pumpkins, squash, sunflowers, peppers, basil, and melons.
- Select garden-ready bloomers: dahlias, perennials, hydrangeas, and hanging baskets.
- Fertilize rhododendrons, azaleas, and camellias with E.B. Stone Organics Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Food.
- Give vegetables a boost with E.B. Stone Organics Tomato and Vegetable Food.
- Feed containers and hanging baskets with Maxsea All Purpose or Bloom Formula fertilizers.
- Prune spring-flowering shrubs after bloom is past. Prune spring-flowering clematis to control size and shape.
- Mulch vegetable and flower beds with GreenAll Micro Bark Mulch to control weeds and conserve moisture.
- Freshen up containers and replace spent annuals with colorful 4-inch perennials such as Verbena, Calibrachoa, Coleus, Bacopa, and petunias.
- Plant new containers with GreenAll Organic Potting Soil to provide the best moisture holding capacity.
- Check out our selection of specialty hand tools, gloves, and sun protective hats.
- Release ladybugs and other beneficial insects to help control aphids, mites, whiteflies, and other garden pests.
- Stake tall perennials such as dahlias and gladiola.
- Use beneficial nematodes to manage grubs in your lawn.
- Deadhead spring bulbs but leave the foliage until it turns yellow.
- Check your hose fittings for spent washers and leaks. Ensure your hose has a shut off valve or other water conserving feature. Consider a soaker hose to conserve water in your vegetable garden.