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Japanese Beatles

Posted by on July 20th 2016 in News

Theyyyy’re Baaaack!  Japanese beetles took a break the last few years from most gardens after suffering great decline in numbers from the COLD 2013-2014 winter.  These shimmery, shiny garden pests love to hang onto your vines, roses, apple trees and other garden tasty treats.  With a shake of a branch or a spray of a hose, Japanese beetles will drop to the ground, play dead and then go right back…

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Petunia Hanging Baskets

Summer’s got you feeling hungry and thirsty…. if you’re a plant, that is.

Posted by on July 11th 2016 in blog, News

  It’s time to check in on your container plants and newly planted perennials and shrubs. I feel bad when I see people/plant relationships go bad.  Here’s a solution for you to try on your own. It seems that not just your children need attention, but your plants do too.  Fertilizer and water are on the menu for the day and NO ONE’s complaining.  So often you pick out a…

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Lantana

Pollinator week! Plant lantana for the nectar and the color!

Posted by on June 23rd 2016 in blog, News

Recognize pollinators this week by planting something you know they’re going to enjoy. Butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy the color and fragrance of lantana plants. In the tropical summer climate of Minnesota these delightful flowers are used in containers and hanging baskets for reliable color. Lantana draw the attention of people, hummingbirds and butterflies alike. Lantana are available in a variety of colors, grow well in full sun and enjoy regular,…

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Pollinator Week–Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Bee Pollinators!

Posted by on June 12th 2016 in blog

We have always enjoyed planting flowers that attract beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds, and now with the concern turned toward our treasured pollinators, the bees, we are planting things that bees really enjoy too. Many of the perennial flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds are also great pollinators for bees. These garden friends that we are creating an environment for need both pollen and nectar. Nectar is the sweet fluid produced by flowers.…

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Mulch, what is it good for?

Posted by on June 9th 2016 in blog

Mulching is a little garden task that has a lot of purpose.  Let’s face it, many of us mulch specifically for curb appeal. It really is amazing to drive up to your home and see your freshly mulched landscape and garden. Let’s talk about some gardening functions of mulch. The two big benefits are simple;   it holds in moisture and keeps the weeds down.  After a good watering or rain…

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Perennial of the moment… The Peony

Posted by on May 30th 2016 in blog

Peonies are about to burst! These colossal blooming perennials always catch my eye and my nose. Hurry up and stake yours if you haven’t yet, they are about to bloom in the landscape and that means they’re going to get top heavy. Aside from that little chore, I love everything about peonies from the many colors they offer, to their varying shapes and sizes. As a cut flower in a…

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Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening=Maximum Yield

Posted by on May 16th 2016 in blog

Nothing brings me as much joy as the process of growing food in my own yard. For the last handful of years, I have been using the square foot gardening method to organize and grow my garden. I am amazed by the yield and I love the aesthetics—half archeological dig and half patchwork quilt tidiness. I have an old, sun-faded copy of Mel Bartholomew’s book, Square Foot Gardening, which I…

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Itoh Peony

Posted by on May 9th 2016 in News

A note from Monrovia Growers about Itoh Peonies. Named for Toichi Itoh, the first hybridizer to successfully cross a tree Peony with an herbaceous Peony in the 1940’s, these popular gems are in high demand, prized for their huge, beautiful blooms and lush green foliage. Historically, Itohs were challenging to grow and thus hard to find and rather expensive. But that’s all changed. We are proud to partner with leading…

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Container Design

Posted by on May 4th 2016 in blog, Featured

Classic geranium design with some bold accents. If you don’t love geraniums, you should.  Geraniums are big, bright, drought tolerant and easy to get to bloom. This recipe calls for: Geraniums, Kimberly Queen fern, Algerian Ivy, Spanish lavender, purple pansies (or sub purple Supertunias), & dark leaf dracaena spike.

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Hanging Baskets

Posted by on April 19th 2016 in Featured, News

It’s spring in Minnesota, which means we’re wearing a sweater one day, and flip flops the next.  At the garden center, we are full-speed ahead preparing for the nice sunny days of May. Our greenhouses are full to the tippy-top with tropical plants, blooming annuals, potted succulents, and hanging baskets full of beautiful flowers! Our hanging baskets are some of the best in town, grown by local guys, and cared for by…

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Pansies

Pansymonium

Posted by on April 14th 2016 in blog, News

If you’ve ever experienced Pansymonium, you know the view is beautiful! We encourage everyone to visit Sunnyside Gardens and get a first-hand look. Pansies come in almost every color available under the sun – from blues and purples to reds, yellows, and pinks. Our tables are filled with pansies, kale, lettuce, and a bouquet of cool accent plants and decorative sticks.  If you aren’t feeling so creative, you can always…

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Spring Arrangement

Spring Container With Hellebores

Posted by on March 30th 2016 in blog, Featured, News

This cool weather, cottage garden style piece of art is available now at Sunnyside.  Lenten Roses, or Hellebores bloom in early early spring showing off some of the most remarkable flower shapes and colors.  Martha Stewart turned me on to Hellebores some years back and now I share her fascination with how the plant looks and how different the flowers can be.  Come see for yourself.  We have arrangements with…

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A job that comes with a cool t-shirt!

Posted by on March 2nd 2016 in blog

Can you be a Sunnyside Gardens staffer? Each spring, before the ground thaws, we ask for the garden savvy to come out from hibernation and apply to work for us. We are interested in hiring those of you who deem yourself the hard working, fun loving type–who happen to also share a passion for flowers and foliage. Introduce yourself to us and show off your passion and talent. http://sunnyside-gardens.com/contact-location/employment-opportunities/

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Live outdoors!

Posted by on December 22nd 2015 in blog, News

Thanks to REI for starting the Live Outdoors campaign. Winter is the best time to apply the live outdoors philosophy. Fresh air, even cold brisk air, can help change your mood and awaken your body and mind! As northern dwelling folk, in the winter we shuffle from inside spaces to inside spaces and barely stop to feel the elements. Dress warm, step outside, take a deep breath and count to…

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The most popular garland, BCP.

Posted by on December 9th 2015 in blog, News

BCP-Balsam/Cedar/Pine This is the most popular garland that we sell at Sunnyside Gardens. The Balsam element is fluffy, fragrant and true green. The accent pieces of Cedar and Pine add texture and color dimension to the roping. All of our garland is sold in 25 foot rolls and can easily frame a standard doorway, single or double doors. The featured garland in the picture has added pieces of magnolia and…

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Glazed Pottery-Question of the Week

Posted by on November 12th 2015 in blog, News

Can you leave ceramic pots, glazed or unglazed, out in the MN winter? Sunnyside Gardens recommends you not leave them out.  If you have to keep them out because of size or because you decorate with them, for the former, I suggest you try to remove soil and/or let them get as dry as you can.  I’ve seen some people cover them in plastic too.  If you do get splits…

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Rabbit Damage

Invest in some rabbit-proofing

Posted by on November 1st 2015 in blog, Featured

Hey Minnesota gardeners!  Anyone have this trouble after last winter?  Seems as the snow gets higher, the rabbits snack further up on trees and shrubs in our yards.  Start training your neighborhood rabbits to stay away by applying repellents to bottoms and surrounding low branches of your arborvitae.     We recommend Liquid Fence, Shake Away and Bonide brand repellants.  All are all natural, containing extracts of stinky plants, peppery…

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Water your evergreens

Posted by on October 21st 2015 in blog

We are in the middle of a dry Fall, so I must advise everyone that you water your evergreens well this week! El niño-unseasonably warm fall weather and a warmer than usual winter on the horizon. Turn on the sprinkler and start watering those evergreens.  Arborvitae, spruce, yews, and boxwood keep photosynthesizing even on the coldest days of winter and they need water now to keep them happy.  Water your…

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Houseplants

Bringing in your outdoor plants.

Posted by on October 11th 2015 in blog, News

Time to designate your favorite sunny window for plants a plenty.  Don’t be fooled by the sun and 80 degrees this weekend, the season that comes after fall starts with a ‘W’ and isn’t kind to anything leafy and tropical.  For the best, most successful transfer of plants to the indoors consider planting your plants into new pots and adding some fresh soil.  Most potting soils available  have a light…

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2015 Pumpkin Derby

Posted by on September 29th 2015 in News

What started out as an after hours employee soiree has become an, everyone’s invited, neighborhood pumpkin celebration.  Combine your love for Fall and pumpkins with the need for speed!  Join us October 10th and bring your entry for the Pumpkin Derby.  Get creative and get fast. The rules are as follows: Your derby entry must: 1. include at least one real pumpkin (multiple pumpkins on one derby car is OK)…

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