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It’s hard to believe I work for a company that is turning 94! Most of the time it doesn’t feel like it, but every now and then I come across an artifact that reminds me, like an ancient bulb catalog or an old plant culture library on Dewey-Decimal-style cards.

Well, to celebrate its grand old age, Wayside is doing a huge event featuring 7 giveaways as well as plenty of sales. So head over to the Giveaway Page to enter for your chance(s) to win some of Wayside’s finest plants and supplies! There will be something for everyone, from trees to perennials to planters!

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Is Your Garden Ready for Spring?

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 | 0 comments

Spring Garden Preparation Checklist

Spring is right around the corner, which means the gardening season is starting! Make sure you are prepared with this article from Wayside Gardens, including information like what plants to prune in spring, how to properly plant a tree, how to make the most of your compost, how to divide daylilies, and more!

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daffodils-at-Park-SeedWe here at Wayside Gardens (and Park Seed and Jackson & Perkins) are always thrilled by signs of spring in our little corner of the world. So it was especially nice today, after the deep freeze we experienced last week, to see one of the harbingers of spring, the daffodil, show its pretty head near the exit road of our place.

Just what color could they be? I personally don’t know as this will be my first spring with our fair establishment. So I’ll keep everybody up to date as the days wear on. Hang on, neighbors in the north! Hope springs eternal here at Wayside.

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An orange-inspired garden design with purple accents.

Click here to see the Pinterest board of the best orange varieties!

We’ve all got our favorite color, that one that just seems to “pop” for us more than all the others. For me, that color is orange; nothing seems quite so vibrant as a bright orange bloom on a sunny day. Whenever I come across a particularly beautiful orange specimen, I just think about how good it would look in a whole orange arrangement. That’s why I put together this garden design to serve as a planner for myself and the other orange-aholics out there.

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Year of the Echinacea

Year of the Echinacea

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 | 2 comments

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2014 the Year of the Echinacea, and I say it is about time! Echinacea is one of those rare perennials where the both the petals and the center of the flower are highly attractive, not to mention the fact that they are so easy to grow: these little troopers are so robust and healthy that they are about as close to invulnerable as a flower can get.

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Gardeners have a love/hate relationship with winter. The cold is one of the biggest killers of plants, but at the same time many plants have a chilling requirement—having adapted to a cold climate, they now require a certain length of wintery conditions to allow them to undergo the mysterious process of vernalization. 

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Living Fences

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 | 1 comment

Ivy covered wall courtesy of Matthew’s Island of Misfit Toys

The most enchanting structures are not made out of brick and mortar; they are made of stems and leaves.

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Hydrangea_angel_smileHydrangea pruning rules vary from one variety to the next, but none of them are too complicated. The easiest to remember is white-blooming hydrangeas – most white hydrangeas bloom on new wood and can be pruned as soon as the blooms fade. If you haven't pruned your white hydrangea this winter, you can go ahead and cut them back for full spring blooms.

For most macrophyllas, mopheads, and oakleaf hydrangeas, blooms form on at least one year-old stems. If you prune too severely you will not have any blooms. Other than cleaning out the dead and ugly parts, it's best to leave these alone unless your plant has become too large.

If you are pruning for cut-flowers, your goal is not to make the plant
look pretty, but to get the best blooms on long straight stems. First,
remove all of the dead or dying material that you would normally
remove. Second, you will cut the plant back to about a third of its
current size. Cutting the plant really low, will force it to grow long
stems, which is exactly what your want.

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