Moss, The Perfect Addition To Shade

Moss can be a tremendous addition to the damp and shady garden. Whether it is used as a natural ground cover, a complement to rock landscaping, or to cover a wall, the green shades of these plants add a sense of tranquility to the home.

Mosses, unlike most garden plants, lack true roots. Without an extensive root system, most mosses rely on damp conditions to ensure they thrive. However, this also means they are built to pull all the nutrients they need from the sunlight, air, and surface soil. They do not require deep watering or heavy fertilization. Once established, they are easy to care for.

There are two primary ways to plant moss in your garden. The first involves planting them sheets or clumps. Lightly rake or scratch the surface of your garden and water it well. Consider adding something to retain moisture, such as water gel crystals. Lay your mosses on top of the soil and water or mist lightly. This misting may need to be repeated daily for several weeks, but once the mosses are established, they will tolerate drier conditions.

To cover rocks or walls, consider this unconventional method. Handfuls of moss can be blended with buttermilk or yogurt, plus water, sugar, and other additives. The resulting liquid can be painted or sprayed onto the target surface. Mist lightly daily, and soon your mosses will begin to flourish. This method allows you some extra creativity. You can paint or write different shapes almost anywhere.

Mosses are attractive and easy to care for. They impart a soft and inviting look wherever they grow. Consider adding them to your garden, patio, and indoor containers.
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Gardening Combats Arthritic Flare-ups

Arthritis is an extremely common and often debilitating disease, especially in older adults. Joint pain and discomfort may become worse at times, which can keep you from doing and enjoying activities you once loved. The natural reaction is to stop moving and rest, but science shows that engaging in regular activity is actually helpful in managing the disease and combating flare-ups. One of the best activities for arthritis sufferers is gardening.

 

Gardening is a wonderful way to get outside and enjoy nature. Whether a veteran or a beginner, gardening has been proven to prevent joint stiffness, improve range of motion, and stay flexible no matter how much or how little you do. However, doing too much for too long can aggravate symptoms. Thankfully, there are many ways to continue enjoying gardening without causing a flare-up.

 

Stretch. Take a few moments before and after gardening to gently stretch your back, legs, and shoulders. Regular stretching helps to prevent injury and reduce muscle soreness.

 

Work at the Waist. Raise your gardening bed, or use shelves or tables, so you don’t have to bend over or stoop down unnecessarily. Working at waist level will place less strain on your lower back and hips so you feel more comfortable.

 

Choose Bigger and Longer Tools. Tools with longer handles will keep you from having to bend over so often while tools with bigger grips will make your hands more comfortable for longer periods of time. Get in the habit of keeping them nearby so you can take fewer steps to get the job done.

 

Choose Electric Tools. If using hand tools causes flare-ups, consider switching to electric tools that will do the work for you.

 

Use Knee Pads or Benches. Knee pads add cushion so your knees won’t be so strained. If kneeling down is still difficult, consider using a small bench or stool to sit on to take the pressure off your knees and back.

 

Use the Right Gloves. Wearing gloves while you garden not only protect your hands from cold temperatures, they also help you to grip and twist objects more easily so you have less stress on your joints. Consider buying cushioned gloves that are specially made for arthritis sufferers to ease joint pain. Or, for a cheaper alternative, buy regular gloves that are a little bigger than you would normally wear and stuff foam padding inside while you use them.

 

Use Carts. Instead of carrying everything in your arms or in buckets, use a cart with pneumatic tires. The wheels will make it easier to transport your supplies and plants regardless of the terrain and reduce strain on your shoulders and back.

 

Avoid High Maintenance Plants. Plants that require a lot of upkeep may be fun to tend, but they can take a toll on your joints. Consider perennials or those that are drought-tolerant so you can spend less time maintaining your beds and more time enjoying their beauty.

 

Consider Container Gardening. If getting outside is getting too difficult, bring your plants to you with container gardening. Maintaining your garden on your patio or porch takes less energy and less stress on your joints. If this isn’t an option that interests you, consider setting up a greenhouse. Greenhouses allow you garden in a consistent temperature, and you can place your plants on tables or shelves so you spend less time on your knees or bent over.

 

Change It Up. Change your body position often or take the time to stretch and rest as you garden to reduce stiffness and the potential for joint pain. Also, be sure to change your routine from time to time by breaking up the things that need to be done into smaller jobs that you can do throughout the day or over several days.

 

Try Community Gardening. If keeping a garden at home has become too difficult, join a community garden near your home. Community gardens usually provide the tools and resources you need to make gardening easier. They are also a great way to meet other gardening enthusiasts and make friends who are happy to help you. Community gardens provide a place to be social while you indulge in digging in the dirt.

 

Know Your Limits. Always respect your body and know your limits. Though gardening is a peaceful activity, it is still necessary to pace yourself. Don’t push yourself too hard if you’re feeling tired. Take frequent breaks so you can give your joints a rest.

 

Talk to Your Doctor. Most importantly, always check with your doctor first to be sure it is safe to engage in gardening. Your doctor can make recommendations for managing your arthritis and reducing the chances of a flare-up.

 

Gardening is a wonderful way to get outside and enjoy the work of your hands while combating arthritic flare-ups. By making a few simple changes and being vigilant of your effort levels, you can enjoy gardening for many years to come without your arthritis getting in the way.

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Silky Dogwood Live Stakes

Silky Dogwood Live Stakes – Cornus Amomum
Silky Dogwood Live Stakes are large bushes or small trees that are notorious for their creamy white flowers. The tree can reach a mature height of about 6 to 10 feet, its mature width also reaching 6 to 10 feet in total. This type of Dogwood can grow in zones 2 to 10. It prefers full sunlight and a soil type that is both fertile and moist. However, Silky Dogwood Live Stakes are fairly adaptable and can tolerate a moderate amount of shade. Similarly, they have been found to grow in open fields that are drier and less nutrient rich than the trees generally prefer. The seeds that are produced by the Silky Dogwood Live Stakes attract numerous animals. The trees are capable of growing large colonies and are often used to stop erosion. When growing near water, the root systems help keep the soil intact. The limbs that touch the soil are also responsible for regenerating new plants, therefore creating the colonies that are known to develop and combat erosion with extensive root systems.

This kind of Dogwood is popular in landscaping for its blooms and appearance. The trunk itself has a greyish-brown bark with multiple trees growing from the most central trunk. The leaves have a green color in the warmer months, then change to a dark red as the weather cools. In the spring, the trees bloom with small, white to creamy flowers. These flowers grow in large, attractive clusters and are pollinated by a number of bees and other insects. Birds enjoy the small, black seeds that follow the flowers. Not only are these trees attractive for their blooms and for their ability to prevent erosion along banks, but they’re also useful for creating screens along property lines. Silky Dogwood Live Stakes are undoubtedly a beautiful touch to any garden landscape.

Sassafras Tree

Sassafras Tree – Sassafras albidum

The sassafras tree is highly prized for its aromatic leaves and roots, which were once used to make old-fashioned sassafras tea, that are ground to make the file for Cajun-style file gumbo. Found throughout most of Eastern the United States, the sassafras tree grows well in Hardiness Zones 4 though 9.

Sassafras can be planted in dense thickets to produce brilliant foliage displays in fall, or it can be planted alone as a shade or ornamental tree. When used in landscaping, seedlings and very young trees are preferred for transplanting, as older trees are generally difficult to transplant successfully. The tree’s seeds are also suitable for germination. Seeds are collected in the autumn and planted the following spring.

Sassafras is a medium-fast grower, with most trees adding anywhere from 13 to 24 inches to their height each year. At maturity, sassafras reaches anywhere from 30 to 60 feet high and has a canopy that reaches 25 to 40 feet wide.

Sassafras thrives in areas with at least four hours of direct sunlight each day, but also tolerates partial shade. This tree prefers soil with a low pH, but can adapt to a wide variety of soil types, including wet, acidic and loamy soils. Sassafras trees are tallest when they are grown in well-drained, loamy soil or well-drained sandy soil. Sassafras is moderately drought tolerant and can withstand some exposure to salt.

Perennial Plant Information

What is a Perennial?

Perennial plants are any that last for more than two years in the garden. It comes from the Latin words “per” and “annus” that mean “through” and “year.” We use the term perennial as a label on plants to differentiate them from those plants that only survive one season and are called annuals. This includes plants such as impatiens, geraniums, and lobelia. At Garden Delights Nursery, we sell only blooming age perennials

Perennials will die back each autumn and remain dormant through the winter months. They will return from their root-stock each spring to provide an excellent foundation to any garden.

Growing Perennial Plants

Perennials are considered the backbone of any good landscaping project. The annuals must be replaced each year as in the case of lobelia, but the perennials reappear each year without any additional work or expense. They provide texture, form, and a variety of colors that can be counted on year after year.

Bloom time, lifespan, and culture will vary among perennial plants. Short-lived perennials last only three to four years. This category includes delphinium and lupines. Other varieties can last as long as 15 years, while peonies will continue on for a lifetime.

There is no set rule for all perennials. Some require shade while others need full sun. You’ll also find ones such as the gooseneck loosestrife that will over run the garden. Perennials are beautiful on their own, but they can be accented with annuals. Lobelia has a dainty flower that is perfect as a garden border around perennials.

Types of Perennials

Many people think of garden varieties when they hear someone mention perennials. This would include the daylily. It is a favorite of gardeners for their continuous blooms. Each daylily has many buds that continually open up into beautiful flowers. The flowers only last for one day, but with so many buds, you’ll have non-stop blooms all season. Daylily is often called the perfect perennial because it comes in numerous sizes, shapes, and colors. It’s drought tolerant and suitable for many forms of landscaping.

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Some perennials are found scattered in the wild such as the May Apple. They are found throughout Eastern North America in pastures, woods, and thickets. The May Apple is actually an herb, but the roots are toxic so it should only be used by those with experience. The small white flowers that appear each April and May eventually turn into edible fruit.

How To Make Your Perennial Plants Thrive

Perennials are beautiful, hardy plants that can
serve as the backbone of your garden. And though they are fairly easy to grow,
there are a few steps you could take during your planting process to help
ensure your perennials thrive to the best of their ability. To begin, thriving
perennials require rich soil, the right climate, adequate water, fertilizer,
plant food, weed control, and don’t forget the TLC!

Rich Soil

The first step to ensuring that your perennial
plants will thrive is to nourish them from the inside out. Rich, healthy soil
will provide the perfect breeding ground for healthy plants to grow. To enrich
your soil, simply add organic matter such as compost, peat moss or manure to
your garden dirt. Mix well with a rake or fork.

Sun Perennials or Shade Perennials

Perennials will naturally thrive in the right
environment, so before planting your plants, be sure they are the proper plants
for you climate. And since some perennials prefer the sun, while others prefer
shaded areas, you should also take note of which type of perennial you have,
then plant them accordingly.Try our garden store for low prices.

Adequate Water

New plants are often vulnerable to drought
stress, so watering them often will provide comfort for your plants as they
grow. This will also allow help the plant develop strong roots which will help
get them through harsh temperatures.

Fertilizer/Plant Food

Perennials do most of their growing and blooming
in the Spring, so that’s when they require nutrients the most. A well-balanced,
time released organic fertilizer will help ensure your plants receive the
proper nutrients on a regular basis and help replace depleted nutrients in the
soil where plants have been growing repeatedly.

Weed Control

Troublesome weeds can rob your seedlings and
young plants of water and nutrients which they need to grow tall and sturdy.
So, make it a point to schedule regular time to clear the weeds from your
garden.

Following these easy steps will help ensure your
budding seeds or plants grow into the lush garden of your dreams!

Perennial Plants

Perennial plants are most everyone’s dream
garden, and why not? Not only are they colorful and beautiful and hardy, but
they come back year after year to fill gardens and window boxes and add a
colorful accent to shrubs and trees. Perennial plants also generally get bigger
every year, so that means you can usually divide them and spread them around
your yard or indoor spot.

If you want a colorful garden indoor or out, you
definitely want perennials. Here are some of the favorites and most colorful.

* blue lobelia. This is a perennial with a short
life, usually only a few years.

The blue lobelia grows to be about three feet
tall and must be pollinated by

insects, usually bees.

* cardinal flower. This perennial has beautiful
scarlet flowers that grow up to

four feet tall and are a delight in any indoor or
outdoor setting. The

cardinal flower also can be planted in full sun
as long as it is kept moist.

* may apple. This perennial native to the eastern
U.S. has a large white flower

that looks much like an umbrella. The may apple
grows well in moist soils.

* hepatica. The flowers come in white, pink, or
bright blue and are some of

the first spring blooms. The hepatica is a
delightful sight in any garden.

* trilliums. This native woodland plant comes in
threes. It has three petals,

three sepals, and three leaves. That is why its
nickname is the “trinity

flower.” Trilliums also come in 40 species,
which should be enough to satisfy

any planter. Some of the flowers are red, some
are white. Even a gardener

without a green thumb should have a good chance
of producing a beautiful

garden with these perennials. One warning,
however, comes with trilliums.

One type, Trillium persist ens, is on the federal
government’s endangered

list, so check with our own state department before
you choose one of these

types.

* Virginia blue bells. Also called the Virginia
cowslip or, more formally,

Mertensia virginica, Virginia blue bells are some
of the prettiest of

perennials and are native to North America. Make
Virginia blue bells

a must in your perennial garden.

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If you enjoy the beauty of native plants, check
with a perennial grower for the best choice of perennial plants for sale. Make
your indoors or outdoors a colorful delight. If you need perennial plants for
sale, you have found them at a plant nursery.

Most Vibrant Perennials

The red cardinal flower is an herbaceous
perennial that grows up to four feet tall. Its vibrant red florets are produced
in long, terminal racemes. Red cardinal flowers are very attractive to
hummingbirds and butterflies, bringing your garden to life beginning in
midsummer and continuing to bloom through early autumn. Its abundantly leafed
growths thrive in moist soil such as stream banks and marshes, but will produce
incandescent, wing-like blooms in your garden with sufficient sun and water.
The beauty of the lobelia cardinalis cannot be overstated: Its eye-catching,
bold red flowers and hardy green stalks are breathtaking.

The bright and pleasing yellow daylily is a
versatile and hardy perennial, able to thrive in various conditions of soil and
sunlight with very little care. The showy yellow daylily’s scientific name is
hemerocallis. It blooms cheerfully from late spring until autumn. The daylily
is so named because each of its lovely flowers lasts only one day. However,
every clump of daylily plants presents many stalks, and each of the stalks
boasts many flower buds. This means that the daylily will flower in an almost
kaleidoscopic fashion, changing each night over a period of several weeks.

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Yellow trillium’s bright yellow petals bloom
against a graceful silver-green backdrop. The flowers of this stunning
perennial carry a lemony fragrance as they rise upward from the center of each
mottled green leaf like stem. Trillium luteum, as it is known scientifically, is
a favorite woodland wildflower native to the American South. The lovely petals,
sepals, and leaves of this rhizomes herb are always found in groups of
three.Yellow trillium flourishes in half-sun, half-shade, blooms in mid to late
spring, and grows up to 14 inches tall and up to a foot wide.

Red trillium’s single crimson flower has three
curved maroon petals, nodding up to four inches above its elegant whorl of
broad leaves. The reddish-brown petals wither after two or three weeks, leaving
behind a berry-like fruit. Red trillium, a perennial native to North American
woodlands, thrives in shady spots and will grow up to 14 inches tall and a foot
wide. Its scientific name is trillium erectum, but red trillium is known
colloquially as Stinking Benjamin, due to its not so pleasant odor at close range.

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How To Make A Perennial Garden

Perennial plants are those that live and produce
blooms for more than two years. Unlike annuals, which die after one season,
perennial plants continue to provide colorful flowers, year after year. A
perennial garden is the easiest way for you to have continuously blooming
plants in an area of your yard with a minimum amount of maintenance. You can
choose from a wide variety of perennial flowering plants for your garden. The
following are a few of the most popular choices:

Daylillies

Daylillies, botanical name Hemerocallis, are easy
to grow, are available in a variety of colors to suit your garden needs, is
adaptable to many different soil conditions and can withstand drought
conditions. The prominent, pointed-tipped flowers grow on stalks that are
surrounded by long, narrow leaves. They bloom from late spring to autumn,
providing attractive color for garden areas throughout summer.

Columbine

Botanical name Aquilegia, columbine plants
produce delicate bell-shaped blooms with spurs. They bloom from mid-spring to
early summer and can be found in a number of colors. The foliage is lacy and an
attractive addition to gardens. They prefer a full-sun exposure and
well-drained, fertile soil. However, in hot, sunny areas of the country, they
will do better in partial shade.

Hosta

Hosta are among the most popular perennial for
home gardens in northern climates. Unlike many plants, this perennial will grow
in any shady area and re-appear year after year. This perennial comes in a wide
range of sizes, colors and leaf types. The full, low-growing foliage produces
small blooms on tall stalks, giving color and texture to any garden area. They
require very little maintenance and are useful for a variety of different
garden applications.

Dutchmans Breeches

Dicentra cullicaria, commonly called Dutchmans
breeches, are known by their distinctively shaped bloom that looks a bit like
an upside-down pair of pantaloons. The white blooms are tinged with yellow or
pink. The foliage is gray-green and looks much like a fern. They grow in part
or full-shade and resist most diseases and insects.

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Virginia Blue Bells

Mertensia Virginica, or Virginia Blue Bells, is a
perennial plant that produced trumpet-shaped blue to violet colored blooms on
foliage that grows up to two feet tall. The leaves of the plant are rounded and
full. They require well-draining soil and don’t do well in areas of heavy
rainfall. Sometimes called Virginia cowslips, they bloom in early spring. 

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