By Christina Timm
By Christina Timm
Fall is a wonderful time of warm, rich colors. From perennials to shrubs to trees it isn’t hard to find a plant that provides the fall color everyone enjoys. Listed below are a few perennials, shrubs, and trees that can be planted and enjoyed for this fall season. All these plants are hardy to withstand Minnesota winters with the proper care and acclimation to your yard. With any new perennial, be sure to water thoroughly during its first year in your yard to ensure optimal root growth. Be sure to keep up on pruning and deadheading to inspire healthy foliage and new growth. Each plant is different, so be sure to talk to a garden center team member to ensure the best health of your plant. For help call 763-420-4400.
Minnesota Hardy Mum
We are offering 9 different varieties of Minnesota hardy mums. Thinking about adding a mum to your garden? Right now is the best time to plant mums. For the best quality mum be sure to plant 18-24 inches apart and provide a decent amount of sun. The mum is known for their mass of showy color for the fall season.
The perennial Rudbeckia can add a pop of gold in your garden. Also known as Black-Eyed Susan for its black centers and yellow petals, this plant blooms from mid-summer well into fall. The Rudbeckia is best planted in full sun to part sun and can be used as a back drop, providing height in your perennial garden.
Hardy Asters are wonderful additions by adding fall color with their sturdy structure. The bright pink bloom is a welcome contrast against yellows and oranges. The Aster thrives on the sun and achieves a max height of 15”. It is a very dependable fall plant and easy to grow.
Ninebark - ‘Lemon Candy’
This particular Ninebark is known for its bright chartreuse foliage that complements the warm colors of fall. This shrub matures into a compact, rounded shape providing symmetry. This sun-loving shrub is covered with white blooms in the summer and holds its bright green foliage from spring to fall.
Weigela - Tuxedo
The Weigela Tuxedo is known for its dark purple foliage contrasting well with fall golds and yellows. This compact shrub only reaches about 3’ in height and is great in a smaller area. This Weigela likes sun and is covered with white, bell-shaped flowers that stand out from its foliage.
The Champlain Rose is known for its hardy and disease-resistant nature. The bold, double red bloom is a great way to add a pop of rich color for fall. This rose blooms throughout the summer and reaches about 3’ in full sun.
Quick Fire Hydrangea Tree
The Quick Fire Hydrangea tree is known for its compact, ornamental tree form. With rusty pink blooms and bright green foliage, it provides warm tones during the fall season. This tree achieves about 8’ and does best in full sun.
The Technito Arborvitae is great because of its dark green, dense foliage. The soft texture of its foliage creates a delicate yet full backdrop for fall-blooming perennials. Provided with the right amount of sunlight this Arborvitae can reach 10’ tall.
Check out what’s new in our garden center. Our fall collection of plant material is here! Pumpkins and gourds are now available. Straw bales and cornstalks soon to come!
By Christina Timm
Add a pop of color with a bold, mounded mum. We have a selection of garden mum colors to choose from in a variety of sizes. The garden mum is a great way to add fall color in mass quantity. The foliage fills out creating a mounding shape that later will crack with bold color. Here are a few colors we offer in our 6.5" garden mum size.
Stop by today or call with any additional questions on the garden mum. 763-420-4400.
By: Christina Timm
With a variety of perennial grasses hardy for Minnesota it can be hard to choose what works best for your garden. Grasses can offer interest during all four seasons and they are low-maintenance plants. From variegated to color-changing foliage and feathery plumes we carry an assortment of grasses for every garden in need of a new look. Here is a breakdown of the more popular grasses we carry and what they can offer your garden.
Looking for a grass on the shorter side...?
Carex Flacca - Blue Zinger
The Blue Zinger is know for its whimsical steel-blue foliage and low-growing nature, making this grass great for ground cover. It is very long-lived and easy to care for. It is paired well with taller flowering plants to accent their bright colors.
Sun to shade:this grass can handle more shade if necessary.
Height: 8-16" Width: 6-12"
Plant this grass in front or in between taller perennials for steel-blue texture.
Looking for a grass that offers two-tone foliage...?
Maiden Grass - Little Miss
The Maiden Grass provides bright green foliage in the spring time, graduating to shades of red and purple tones in the summer. Red flowers provide seed heads late summer and into fall.
Height: 24-26" Width: 24-36"
Plant this grass as a centerpiece to accent its color-changing foliage and red plumes.
Looking for a color-changing grass...?
The Blues grass is named after its handsome bluish-green foliage that later turns red in the fall. This grass blooms later in the summer but provides silvery seed stalks to complement the color-changing foliage.
Height: 3' Width: 12"
Plant this grass to add clumps of color with other shrub-like perennials.
Looking for a grass with variegated foliage...?
The Avalanche grass has striking variegated foliage that lasts all season long. With blooms much like the Karl Foerster grass, these plumes add soft texture to the landscape blooming early summer.
Height: 3-4' Width: 2-3'
Plant this grass for a small privacy area around an outdoor gather space.
Looking for a grass that's easy to care for...?
The Karl Foerster grass is popular for its tall, bright green foliage and feathery wheat-colored plumes. This grass grows rapidly in the spring time and blooms earlier than most other grasses providing a long bloom season from early summer well into fall.
Height: 4-5' Width: 2'
Plant this grass around a fire pit or patio for low maintenance care and for a textured back drop.
So, if you think one or two of these grasses would make a great addition to your garden, stop by and let our team help select what fits your needs. Grasses are predominately a late summer into fall bloomer, which means now is the best time to plant. If planting in a full sun area be sure to water daily to keep your grass healthy and make sure it establishes before winter. It is best to leave foliage as is over the winter and prune back any dead foliage early spring before new growth starts to show, leaving about a couple inches from the ground.
Have more questions about what grasses we offer? Call today for more information: 763-420-4400.
By: Christina Timm
In our last blog we touched base on treating your lawn with Grub Beater to help prevent Japanese Beetles for next year. Opening up this conversation raised some great questions like:
Does it really matter if I treat my lawn for Japanese Beetles? If the neighbors don't, won't they just fly over and start the process all over again?
This is a really great question and makes a great point! However, there are a few factors to take into consideration. Female Japanese Beetles are looking for just the right type of soil/turf to lay their eggs. She's looking for large areas of turf in full sun that is well watered, so basically anyone's dream, lush lawn. Not everyone has this type of environment. In a more developed neighborhood trees provide shade that creates a non-ideal habitat for her eggs. On the other hand, it's not realistic to say she will never lay her eggs in the shade, it's just not ideal. Also, having a lawn in the sun requires upkeep that some people don't have time for.
Another important factor is having plants that the Japanese Beetles love to feast on. There are over 300 species of plants that they enjoy, however not everyone has these in their yard or some are more affected than others.
With this said, not every yard is affected by Japanese Beetles and some are more affected by others, depending on your lawn and the species of plants you have in it. It's important to remember that while they are feasting on your plants they are also mating, and soon after the females will lay their eggs.
Did you know: The Japanese Beetle only lasts about 30 to 45 days.
So, should you treat your lawn for Japanese Beetles? It depends on how destructive the Japanese Beetles are in your yard. If you have plants that Japanese Beetles are most attracted like perennials such as American Linden trees, Apple or Crabapple trees, or Roses it would then be recommended to treat your lawn due to the size of these plants and the amount of beetles they can attract. Not to mention that they will most likely to be laying eggs in or near your lawn. If you are already heavily affected by Japanese Beetles with your annual plants maybe avoid: Hibiscus, Dahlia, Canna, and Zinnia and instead try Dusty Miller, Begonias, Coleus, and New Guinea Impatiens.
What product should I use?
Honestly, it depends on your situation and how badly you are being affected. Japanese Beetle traps work great for hard to reach areas like in trees and out of control areas with mass quantities of beetles. The Japanese Beetle spray is great for manageable areas like shrubs, low growing perennials, and annual containers/beds. The Grub Beater granular is great as a preventative measure for next year if you are heavily affected and want to be proactive.
Here are 3 steps to approach your Japanese Beetle problem:
1. Japanese Beetle Traps: Use if you have a large quantity of beetles. We recommend you use for 2-3 days, then take it down for a week. The trap has attractants with potent pheromones that draws in the beetles, however you don't want to attract every beetle in the neighborhood. When trap is not in use place the trap in a Ziploc bag indoors.
2. Japanese Beetle Spray: Use in areas that are reachable. This works great on annual container gardens and beds that are manageable. It also helps to remove affected foliage/plant material before spraying to further decrease the population in your yard.
Helpful tip: For a more natural alternative, knock Japanese Beetles into a dish of soapy water.
3. Grub Beater: Use as a defense for the future. Apply Grub Beater to your lawn using the proper protective wear and application rates for your area of lawn. A granular that can be dissolved by irrigating after spreading works best.
Be sure to read and follow the label of any product you decide to use before application.
Where did Japanese Beetles come from in the first place?
Japanese Beetles are native to Japan where interestingly enough these beetles are not as destructive there as they are in the United States. In fact, they are not even considered to be pests. The biggest reason for this is the population. Japan is a smaller area that is heavily populated so if Japanese Beetles are looking for large areas of sunny turf to lay their eggs, they aren't going to find that in Japan. The United States, however, has many large expanses of turf to lay their eggs and re-populate.
Did you know: The first written evidence of the Japanese Beetle in the United States was in 1916 at a nursery in New Jersey. It was thought that the beetle larvae entered on a shipment of iris bulbs.
The Japanese Beetle can be very destructive, feasting on certain plants to the point of creating a skeleton. It's important to remember that when treated properly trees, shrubs, and perennials can maintain a strong structure and survive some Japanese Beetle destruction.