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Want to install a garden structure in your landscape but aren’t sure what it’s called? You’re not alone! These common pieces of outdoor architecture share similar qualities and identifying correctly can be easier said than done. Learn what sets them apart and you’ll never be stumped again!

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Hyacinth or Grape Hyacinth?

Hyacinth or Grape Hyacinth?


Posted on Jul 6, 2017 | 0 comments

Hyacinth are great. They smell nice and are a favorite in springtime gardens. Grape Hyacinth (Muscari), while also wonderful, are not Hyacinth, though they share much in common. Don’t let their deceptively similar names throw you off, these are two entirely different (but equally lovable) plants. Time to learn the difference!

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Do you ever look out at your garden and wish you had a fairy godmother (or at least her magic wand) to whisk away your planting pains? Espoma isn’t magic, but its products have an astounding effectiveness which is as close to bibbity-bobbity-boo as we’ve ever experienced. They’re a trusted name for a reason and now it’s time to see why.

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A Garden by Firelight

A Garden by Firelight


Posted on Oct 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Autumn means the nights are longer and chillier, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be filled with light. Don’t shoo your garden parties inside when you can enjoy the crisp fall evening by the warm brightness of firelight.

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Winter may be months away, but that won’t stop us from eagerly planning our cold season gardens. At the top of our wishlist this year is a fresh face on the botanical scene:  Ice N’ Roses – the newest member of the Helleborus Gold Collection® that’s taking the nation by storm.

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Why Bareroot?

Why Bareroot?


Posted on May 7, 2014 | 0 comments

Comparison of Bareroot Hibiscus (left) and 1 Quart Monarda (right).

Comparison of Bareroot Hibiscus (left) and 1 Quart Monarda (right).

The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less expensive to ship, they are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This is why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!

Shipping plants bare root makes more economic sense for several reasons. Container plants are costlier because the nursery has to supply a pot and soil as well as a large box and lots of inserts and packaging to protect the plant’s foliage. These larger, heavier boxes are significantly more expensive to ship.

Additionally, it is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.

And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.

The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured here perfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars like Cherry Cheesecake need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.

For more information on planting and caring for perennials, visit waysidegardens.com or contact us directly by calling our public relations department at 1-864-941-4521.

Happy gardening!

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