The easiest plants to care for in the human world are often the ones we remember seeing all through our childhood in friends’ homes, in businesses and doctor’s offices. Easy care house plants have quietly been a part of our existence for so long partly because things haven’t changed a whole lot from the 1900s to now as far as ease of plant care. We’ve selected one plant to be the “go to” for first time houseplant owners who…
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Posted by Sarah on June 23rd 2016 in
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,…
Posted by Sarah on June 12th 2016 in
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.…
Posted by Sarah on June 9th 2016 in
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…
Posted by Sarah on May 30th 2016 in
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…
Posted by Sarah on May 16th 2016 in
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…
Posted by Sarah on May 9th 2016 in
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…