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Holiday Decorating

Posted by on November 21st 2016 in blog, News

I would like to introduce you to one of our favorite little doodads, a kissing ball!  Kissing balls are made of fir bough branches tucked into a sturdy core of floral foam.  They are intended for the outdoors and make lovely hanging porch decorations.  Some are decorated with cones and berries and some are just fluffy green.  The boughs of choice for these unique pieces come from Nobel trees and…

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Derby Weekend

Posted by on October 4th 2016 in blog, News

Fun for all, trophies for some.  Do you have what it takes to be a Derby winner?  Anyone could be the 2016 winner for MOST CREATIVE, FURTHEST DISTANCE, or SHORTEST DISTANCE.  Gear up and give your pumpkin the thrill ride of it’s life this Saturday at Sunnyside Gardens. For starters, you need a pumpkin and dose of creativity to get that thing rolling on wheels.  Name your pumpkin, give it a…

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You are a Kick Ball Field Maintenance Manager

Posted by on September 14th 2016 in blog, News

You have a yard, I have a yard. I like flowers and fruit just like you, while my family prefers we have more turf grass to play kick ball on. Being a homeowner means making compromises with your housemates whether they be 6 years old or 46 years old. For those of you who need to address some yard and garden issues, I have to tell you that fall is…

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‘Purple Prince’ Tulip

Posted by on September 7th 2016 in blog, News

Our feature fall planting bulb is a Tulip called ‘Purple Prince’.  Tulips are a gardener’s first sign of spring. Consider this a friendly reminder to plant all your spring blooming bulbs this fall! You’ll thank yourself in the early Spring as you take in the joy of this self made flower statement. **Our best new tip is to add repellex granular tablets to the planting hole to ward off hungry Spring rabbits. Tulipa…

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September’s Stars to Know

Posted by on September 1st 2016 in blog, News

We’re regularly looking to enhance our garden style repertoire, with the latest crop of up-and-coming perennials we can do just that. Here are five rising stars to get on your radar NOW for blooms into September and beyond. Anemone Robustissma- Grape Leaf Anemone Fall Perennial Asters- Purples, blues and pinks.  The flowers are fresh until Halloween! tall upright Sedums-Autumn Joy & Autumn Fire to name two of many!  Fall grasses-again, so many to choose…

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Salt Tolerant Blvd Garden

Posted by on August 28th 2016 in Ask the Expert, News

  Here’s a simple boulevard design to help you get started transforming your long grass patch into a practical, salt tolerant, weed proof garden. Start with a sod-free, clear area.  Turn the soil and amend with compost.  Set out your plants, per the design.  Take a pre planting pause to make sure you like the look of things and that you think the spacing is appropriate for plant growth.  Dig…

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Pothos-Houseplant Digest

Posted by on August 26th 2016 in blog, News

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…

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PINK POPCORN Blueberry!!

Posted by on August 7th 2016 in blog, News

Just arrived at sunnyside is a tasty blueberry that isn’t anything BLUE but is everything you want in a berry.  Sweet.  Hardy.  Self-Pollinating. Pink and plump.  Great fall color. The Pink Popcorn Blueberry will make your mouth come alive with each little chomp.  Creamy white/pink berries mature after a flush of spring white blossoms cover the plant.  Unlike other blueberries, this one doesn’t need to cross pollinate and will thrive…

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What’s Blooming Around Town

Posted by on August 3rd 2016 in blog, News

Sneak a peek at some of the great gardens in your neighborhood, keep in mind it might be your garden, and take note of the August bloomers.  Things we are seeing around town are hazy purple Smokebush, gazillions of Hydrangeas of all shapes and sizes, Rudbeckia blossoms big and small, white sprays of Baby’s Breath and orange pillows of Butterfly Weed. The ornamental grasses are growing tall, wide and thinking…

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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