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May Planting

  • Plant trees, shrubs, roses, tomatoes, annuals and perennials
  • Fertilize roses and begin spray program
  • Prune lilacs, forsythia and quince after they finish blooming
  • Spray for borers in birch, lilac and ash
  • Fertilize lawns with fertilome Southwest Greenmaker slow release fertilizer
  • Attend Potting Party May 5th!
  • Remember Mothers Day May 13th!

May 11
Flat Friday
Big discounts on full flats of annuals!

May 12
Bulk Sale
25% off bulk material such as rock, mulch and topsoil.

May 15
Tomato Tuesday
Buy 1 get 1 free on Tomato plants!

May 18 - 19
Herb Weekend
Originally $3.69 ea, on Herb Weekend $2.49

Horticulture Hints

Captivating Clematis

When selecting clematis for your garden, you’ll want to think about a couple things, which include its mature height, flower form and color.

The standard clematis flower form is a large blossom with six or seven petals, measuring 5-6" across. There are also cultivars with smaller blossoms, double blossoms, and lovely bell-like flowers. Colors range from white to wine red, lavender to deep purple, and there are even a few yellow ones.

It can take several years for a clematis vine to mature and begin flowering vigorously. To shorten the wait and help ensure your success, it’s best to purchase a plant that’s at least two years old. Look for a container-grown plant in 1, 2 or 5 gallon-sized pot.   

Plant your clematis in a sunny spot, and shade its feet. Planting short perennials at the base or mulching is ideal. Keep the mulch a couple inches away from the crown. Though some clematis cultivars will bloom in partial shade (such as Nellie Moser and Henryii), to reach their full potential they need at least six hours of sun each day.

Clematis prefers moist, well-drained soil that’s neutral to slightly alkaline in pH.  Most soils in our area are slightly alkaline, making them a good plant for our area. Work in lots of cotton burr compost or composted manure when preparing your planting site to improve drainage.

Be gentle when planting; the roots, crown and emerging vines of clematis can be easily broken. Position the plant slightly deeper than it was growing in the pot, so the first set of true leaves is just under the soil surface. Water weekly for the first season, to help the plant become established. If you can get your clematis through its first year, chances are good that it will continue to thrive.

Though there are some types of clematis that have a bushy habit, most of them are born to climb. Like other climbing plants, the growing end of a clematis vine is searching for something to grab onto, and if it can’t find anything, it will stop growing. Make sure you provide it with something to climb on from day one.

A clematis by wrapping its leaf stems around something. Because these leaf stems are not very long, anything that’s more than about 1/2 inch in diameter is too wide for the leaf stem to twist around. The more grabbing opportunities you offer, the better, so even if you have a trellis, adding twine to help it along would be beneficial.

Pruning and Care

Clematis varies in their need for pruning. A good rule of thumb is to leave the prior year’s growth in place until mid-spring. Begin pruning only when you can see which vines are dead and which ones are starting to leaf out.

Feed your clematis with ferti∙lome Gardner’s special in the spring, and a couple times during the season to insure great blooming.

Blueville’s varieties of clematis.

Nelly Mosier – Pink – 15’ tall

Jac kmanii – Dark Purple – 12’ tall

President – Light Purple – 8’ tall

Guernsey Cream – White – 6’ tall

Diamantina – Blue Double – 7’ tall

Josephine – pink to lilac – 6’ tall

Rebecca – red – 7’ tall


Summer Fireworks – bicolor of bright to light purple – 8’ tall

Cherokee – pink – 8’ tall

Nancy's Notebook

Itoh Peonies

Itoh peonies are a hybrid between and herbaceous peony and a tree peony. They have flowers 8 to 10” across and outstanding large leaves, that makes them useful as a landscape plant. Once you see one of these blooming you will have to have one in your landscape.

Plant in full sun to dappled shade with a rich well drained soil. Mix in 2 parts topsoil, and 1 part cotton burr compost. Add bone meal or bulb food at planting time, it needs a fertilizer that is a slow release high phosphate and low in nitrogen.

Plant the container the same level that it is in your pot, no deeper. Be sure and firm the planting sides to eliminate any air pockets. Water immediately and water daily for the first week then taper off to once a week.

Be sure and mulch your Itoh peony during the winter months with mulch or straw to prevent thawing and refreezing.

We currently have two varieties. The Keiko (Adored) Itoh Peony has large, semi-double to double flowers measuring up to six inches and is held on strong stems above a compact mound of 24 to 30 inches tall and wide, dark green foliage. As the flower matures, the dark lavender pink petals slowly fade to a soft pink, revealing a cluster of yellow stamens in its center. The flower is lightly fragrant.

Misaka™ (Beautiful Blossom) Itoh Peony also has very Large flowers - up to eight inches across  which appear orange when first opening then fading to a beautiful peachy-yellow. Once open, flowers are yellow flushed with pink with a mild pleasant fragrance.


Beautiful bedding plants add fantastic seasonal color to any home landscape.  Whether it be a shady or sunny location there’s the right plant for your space.  There are a few methods of going about this whether it is using several heights layered into an area or a single type of plant to add a pop of color. As always, it’s a great idea to start with a plan, or as I usually do, just ‘wing it.’

Several sun options are as follows: Seed geraniums, Angelonia, Melanpoium, Wave petunias, Salvia, Profusion Zinnias, and Rose moss.

Shade: Impatiens, Begonias, and Caladiums.

It’s always a great idea to fertilize your annuals in the ground with Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.  This is a granular option which is easy to work in the soil and apply every couple weeks.  This is sure to keep those plants healthy and blooming.

As always, if you have any additional questions call or stop by the Garden Store.


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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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