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  • Plant trees, shrubs, perennials, cole crops, pansies, snapdragons & petunias
  • Prune overgrown junipers and yews
  • Spray apple and crabapple trees for cedar apple rust
  • Check pines for disease
  • Prune, uncover, fertilize and plant roses in early to mid-April
  • Seed or sod cool season grass
  • Fertilize perennials
  • Tune into 1350 KMAN news radio every Saturday morning at 8:06 am for Blueville's Horticulture Hints!

April 5th - 9:00 to 10:30 am.
Lady Bug Breakfast
Call to signup spaces are limited- for children ages 4 to 12 - watch the release of lady bugs in our greenhouse, enjoy a craft project and have a tasty breakfast.

Geranium Sale and Grand Reopening
April 11th and 12th - Save on 4 pack seed geraniums both days! April 12th join us for our Grand Reopening! See our newly remodeled Garden Store and enjoy a free hotdog lunch 11am to 1 pm! Specials to be announced.

April 25th and 26th
Arbor Day Sale

Horticulture Hints

Try something new in the shade!

We get lots of questions about what to plant in the shade. Most people want a lot of color and blooms all year long. It can get difficult to make a recommendation when few plants can accomplish an all summer bloom. We would like for you to think of texture and foliage color when designing a shade color. It is amazing how beautiful a shade garden can become while using these elements.

Some great shrubs for shade that offers both bloom and texture that you might consider, would be the Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanilla Strawberry’ and Kerria Japonica. ‘Vanilla Strawberry’ was voted as the top new shrub in 2010, a relative of PeeGee Hydrangea. It produces huge flowers starting in midsummer. They begin as a creamy white, turning to pink, and then a strawberry red. Plants can have all three colors on a plant at the same time! This hydrangea reaches a height of 6’.

Once established in your garden, Kerria japonica requires very little care or work. Every spring this shrub opens with blooms of double golden-yellow flowers, making it a perfect companion for daffodils and other spring-blooming bulbs. Don’t over fertilize this shrub; it will promote leafy growth but few flowers. The arching branches and lighter green leaves offer a contrast in the summer landscape and the bright green stems offer a great winter interest. Kerria will also grow in full sun, but the flowers have a tendency to fade with little protection.

Another great shrub that should be in every shade garden is Eskimo Viburnum. It is a semi-evergreen, compact shrub, growing slowly to about 3’ wide and tall. In mid-spring it blooms with spheres of pure white, lightly scented flowers. The flowering is reliable and abundant every year. The leaves are deep green, leathery, and glossy. In sheltered locations the shrub remains almost evergreen. A very nice addition to the shade garden.

When we think of perennials in the shade garden we often think of Hosta. These are great options but why not try something new, like a Pulmonaria, Brunnera, or Heuchera. We have these growing in our greenhouses!

The Pulmonaria varieties High Contrast and the Raspberry Splash, will add brilliant white splashed leaves to brighten up a shade garden. They do best in highly organic soil that stays evenly moist. They will have electric blue or pink flowers in early spring depending on the variety.

The Brunnera varieties of Jack Frost and Dawnson’s White will form clumps of heart-shaped silver leaves that are delicately veined with mint green. Sprays of bright blue Forget-me-not flowers appear in mid to late spring. This is an easy-to-grow perennial that performs well.

The Heuchera varieties, also known as Coral Bells, offers foliage in almost every color of the rainbow! Just to name a few, Crimson Curls, with burgundy red to dark purple-brown leaves and densely curled leaf edges. The “Caramel” variety has leaves that emerge a bright gold then matures to a peachy-orange. Then we have “Zipper” with orange leaves that turn to amber in the summer. All coral bells need an evenly moist spot, and must be mulched in the winter to prevent frost heaving.

Another couple delicate shade perennials to consider would be epimedeum and polemnium. Epimedium roseum forms a bushy mound of dark green leaves and will bear sprays of soft lilac- rose flowers in mid to late spring. Polemonium caeruleum “Brise d'Anjou” is a dramatic cultivar with bright green leaves that are richly edged with cream. It will bear lavender-blue blossoms in spring, and grows from 1.5 to 2 feet tall. Provide it with rich, consistently moist but well-drained soil in partial to full shade.

There are more options for the shade that we can share with you at the Garden Store. It might not be a bloom, but unusual texture or foliage color to add contrast and excitement to your home.

Nancy's Notebook

Nancy's Notes - Geraniums and Grand Re-Opening

The Annual Geranium Sale is April 11th and 12th. We have different varieties of Geraniums that will fill any particular place in the garden. Geraniums all need the same basic care, they prefer a full sun location. They like to be kept moist but not too wet, so allow the soil to dry out between watering’s. If planted in the ground, you should top dress the soil with fertilome bedding plant food. When planted in a container, use fertilome Geranium and Hanging basket food every week to keep them blooming all summer.

The types of geraniums that will be available are Seed, Zonal, Ivy and Scented. Seed geraniums will be offered in 4 packs for only $2.99 each. They are generally used as bedding plants for larger landscape beds. They are compact and only grow to about 12” tall, and have smaller blooms than the zonal’s.

Zonal geraniums typically have large 4” to 6” round flower heads. The leaves are larger, and the plant is more upright. They can grow to a height of 18”, and are more popular for container planting. The colors are stunning with red, orange, bicolor, violet and more!

Ivy geraniums are named for their habit and their ivy like leaves. The flowers are smaller but still make a great show! They can grow to 2’ across and are great in hanging baskets, window boxes and containers.

Scented geraniums have become more popular in the last few years. They are valued for their fragrance. Their scent comes from their leaves, not the perfume of the flowers. Scented Geraniums have glands at the base of their leaf hairs, where the scent is formed. Crushing the leaves releases the oil and the scent. Scented geraniums can mimic apples, lemon, roses and more.

Don’t miss the annual geranium sale! We will have lots of colors and varieties to choose! Along with a free lunch 11 am to 1 pm to celebrate our Grand Re-Opening!

Avery's Additions

It appears as though Spring is here! With the season comes planting time and we have everything you need to get going. We are continuously stocking our premium trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. With our great selection of items to keep your lawn and landscape happy, you are sure to have the best yard on the block!

Our annual Geranium Sale and “re-Grand Opening” is April 11th and 12th. Don’t miss this great event with 4 pack geraniums on sale for $2.99 or flats for $21.00. Don’t forget to wear pink and receive 10% off of you Garden Store purchase. As always, a portion of the day’s profits benefit breast cancer research. If you haven’t seen the freshly remodeled store, be sure to come out and see it! Saturday we will be serving a free hotdog lunch to celebrate our remodel and Grand Opening. We can’t wait to see everyone!


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4539 Anderson Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66503-9799
Garden Store: (785) 539-2217
Landscaping Office: (785) 539-2671

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