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Recipe For Fall

Posted by on September 18th 2013 in blog, News

3 simple plants for a container design.  The same 3 simple plants repeated for a window box design. One 4 1/2″ or 6″ Garden Mum (red, pink or purple) One 4″ Kale One Heather Calluna (pink)

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Mammoth Mum

Mammoth Mums and Minnesota Mums

Posted by on September 4th 2013 in blog, News

We are all Ms around here! A truly perennial mum is one that can withstand temperatures as cold as -30°F! Just like us hearty and colorful Minnesotans! You’ll be amazed when you see hundreds of beautiful, brightly colored flowers that butterflies just love! Plant them in full sun to partial shade and then enjoy their spectacular fall beauty. They are so easy to take care of—no pinching, pruning or deadheading…

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Echinacea 'Merlot'

Perennial of the week: Echinacea

Posted by on August 28th 2013 in News

Save 20% this week on all Echinacea! The perennial of the week at Sunnyside is Echinacea. The common name is Cone Flower and is best known to represent health and long life. The sturdy and colorful plants are blooming in the landscape right now.  The flower colors range from pinks to yellow and orange.  Each year new color introductions become available to the consumer, the product of Echinacea enthusiasts dabbling…

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Achillea 'Paprika'

Teaching Kids How to Garden

Posted by on July 23rd 2013 in blog

It starts with a joint effort to spend a little time at the garden center picking out plants to plant. Decide on a topic of interest and get your kids involved in the garden.  Help plant and water and take walks around your yard to discover together what is happening and how plants change from week to week. Are you most interested in color, attracting bees and butterflies, or planting…

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Vitis 'Frontenac'

You can grow grapes in MN. Get started today!

Posted by on June 3rd 2013 in News

Tomatoes, apples, blueberries, raspberries and other tasty fruits are fun to plant and watch grow into treats for your dinner plate, but did you know Minnesotans can also grow grapes?  Local vineyards in and around Minneapolis and the St. Croix River Valley rely on varieties of grape vines that hard hardy to our climate.  There are many varieties to consider, but some we like include Frontinac, St. Croix, and Lacross.…

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Planting what’s right.

Posted by on May 22nd 2013 in News

Choosing what perennials to plant and where to plant them are the questions that everyone is asking. And what do I need to do to keep my perennials healthy all season?  Here at Sunnyside we have selected our favorite, BEST performing perennials to have on sale.  These garden must haves are zone hardy and known to be extra tough growers.  Our list changes with current availability, so check in the…

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Herb Care

Posted by on May 13th 2013 in blog

Choosing herbs for your garden can be quite a pleasant chore. If you’re gardening with herbs to accentuate your cooking, you will want to select some of the staples like Basil, Thyme, Oregano, Dill, Marjoram, Stevia, Rosemary and Tarragon. In general, herbs like full sun and quite a bit of space to grow and spread out.  In some cases where your garden bed doesn’t get direct sunlight or if you…

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Flavorama! Herb Care 101

Posted by on April 29th 2013 in blog

Sun, heat, water, trimming and organic fertilizer. Sun: Herbs thrive in a sunny location and become difficult to keep healthy when put indoors or in shady places.  In addition to stimulating leaf production, the sun will dry damp foliage and keep fungus problems at bay. Heat:  In many southern climates the herbs that we grow here in MN only in the summer are perennials.  Don’t get jealous, we just need…

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Posted by on April 18th 2013 in blog

Few things are as exciting here as getting our first shipment of Pansies.  The smell of the plants and soil and the bright colors are so welcome!  The timing of the pansies coincides with a low grade gardening fever we’ve come to call Pansymonium!  Pansies can tolerate cold, but did you know that there are a handful of plants that work great in containers with pansies and can also tolerate…

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NOT gardening weather. IS seeding weather.

Posted by on April 9th 2013 in News

You can get your green thumb groove on, even with 5-10 inches of snow in the forecast. So it goes, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. The always sunny staff are anxiously unpacking and setting up the garden center for spring (in our long johns and winter hats, I must mention). So I have no idea what everyone has in mind to help keep your spirits up, but…

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Succulent Gardening

Posted by on March 26th 2013 in blog

We take all sorts of gardening seriously around here. It’s no coincidence that our first group of plants to arrive would be some of our favorites, the succulents. If we can’t dig outside, we can certainly green up the indoors, right?! With the sun getting higher and daylight hours lengthening, we can more safely care for our houseplants. Trendy desert plants like cacti and succulents thrive in a sunny window…

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Backyard Birding

Posted by on January 17th 2013 in blog

If you find yourself looking for a fun family project to pass the time this winter, think about feeding the birds.  Take a little time to learn about what birds are feeding in your backyard and make them a little snack.   We hang tasty ornaments of all kinds to our clothesline and visible shrubs around the yard, pine cones painted in birdseed goop or we enjoy drying, tying up orange…

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Fresh Cut

Posted by on January 17th 2013 in blog

What does it mean to a Christmas tree to give it a fresh cut before putting it in water? Well, an evergreen tree is much like a fresh cut flower in that it will continue to take up water once it’s recut and warmed up inside.  Make sure you put your tree in water within 40 minutes of that fresh cut or you will risk sap clogging the pores at…

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Greening with Garland

Posted by on January 17th 2013 in blog

The age old tradition of displaying greens in and around the home is one that continues today.  Each type of evergreen we offer has unique qualities.  Balsam fir boughs are known for their fragrance and nice green color.  The needles are flat, as with all fir trees, but exhibit a fluffy loose appearance when wrapped around poles or over a door frame.  Noble fir boughs have flat, but slightly curled…

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Posted by on December 3rd 2012 in Plants

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And the winners are….

Posted by on October 14th 2012 in blog

The Brothers! Tyler and Zach took the trophies for furthest distance and most creative Derby pumpkin.   Thank you to everyone who participated and who came to watch the derby this year.  And a special thanks to Linden Hills Co Op for donating the delicious pumpkin pies for our pie eating contest.  This is the season for delicious treats and tasty dinner options for the upcoming holidays. Please think of…

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Here's to a wonderful fall weekend

Posted by on September 29th 2012 in blog

80 and Sunny.  Dreamy. Now, before you kick back and enjoy the day, 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 lawn too if you plan on an application of Fall Fertilizer in the next couple weeks.  Watering late season can lessen the winter…

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Hydrangea – poor blooming

Posted by on September 29th 2012 in Ask the Expert

Hi Janet, I think that you already have a handle on what could be wrong.  With an extremely hot and dry summer, it’s safe to say that watering even two to three times a week may not have been enough to keep your Hydrangea shrub healthy and blooming fully.  Also, if you think that your soil may be lacking nutrients, now would be a great time to amend and “feed”…

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SSG Today

Posted by on September 20th 2012 in blog

Wow It’s been an exciting week at Sunnyside Gardens; we’ve really turned over to fall. We received a few tons of carving pumpkins, but that’s nothing!! We will be adding another 10 TONS to our collection later this week! Also we brought in some cool specialty pumpkins with funny  names like “One too Many,” “Red Warty Thing,” and “Jarrahdale.”  The gourds, squash, and mini pumpkins all look great and seem…

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Is it OK to cut back roses in the fall?

Posted by on September 20th 2012 in Ask the Expert

Hi, Ugly as they may be after a long, hot, dry summer we don’t recommend cutting down your roses early, Hybryd Teas or otherwise. Here in Minnesota, Zone 3/4/5, the advice for our most prevalent rose, the Modern Shrub Rose is to wait to prune until spring: This group of sturdy roses are repeat bloomers, blooming on mature, but not old, woody stems. Leave them unpruned to increase vigor for…

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