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Sep 05

Perennials to spice up your gardens in the Fall.

Posted by Plant Crazy on Thursday, September 05, 2013

The end of summer is near and our gardens are looking a little drab.

Question: What can we do to spice it up?

Answer: Visit Oceanview or your local Independent Garden Centre and get some or all of the following plants, which will provide you with lots of fall and winter interest.

In the perennial category you will find:

Sedum: This traditional fall perennial has both upright & ground cover varieties.

Fall Asters: This is one of Susan's favorites! It comes in so many colors and sizes- deep pinks, medium pink, blue, purple & white to name a few. These wonderful long blooming perennials are anywhere from 8 inches to 4 feet tall.

Helenium: It comes in all different shades of yellow, orange, and red. It is a tall, long blooming perennial.

Rudbeckia: Black Eyed Susan's are known by everyone.

Japanese Anemones: Absolutely gorgeous flowers in either pink or white, blooms right into October. What a Knock-Out!!

Chelone (TurtleHead): They like moist soil but stay controlled in garden situations.

Aconitum Fischerii ( Fall Monkshood): It has dark glossy foliage, deep blue purple flowers that last until frost.

Perennial Chrysanthemum: The flowers look similar to an Aster and blooms continuously for 6-8 weeks.

Heuchera: It is a huge bang for your buck. It stays semi evergreen through the winter, has fresh new growthin spring, summer and fall. In the Autumn many of them take on even more interesting coloring.

Ornamental Grasses:  This is a topic by itself. Grasses come in so many heights, growth habits, colors, etc. They provide huge fall and winter interest with there golden plumes on top of strong erect stems.

Other perennials that are worth a mention and bloom late summer into fall are Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed), Coreopsis (many varieties), Echinacea (Coneflower), Salvia and Veronica.

If you want a climber that provides fall interest try Virginia Creeper, Boston Ivy, Schizophragma for great red leaf color. Or try the beautiful Clematis Paniculata (Firethorn). technically it is not a climber, It grows very tall and upright but does not cling or twine. It can also be pruned to look like a shrub. It has profuse bright orange berries that persist into the fall.

 

There are many shrubs that will spice up your garden in the fall also, check back in a couple days for a list of shrubs for fall interest.

Happy Planting!

 

 

 

 

Sep 05

Fall Pruning

Posted by Plant Crazy on Thursday, September 05, 2013

Pruning in the fall should be kept limited.

Pruning generates new growth which may not have time to harden off before Winter.

The one exception is the 3 D's: dead, damaged or diseased.

No matter what time of the year you spot one of the 3-D's, You should remove those branches right away.

Late summer is a great time to prune (shear) evergreens and broadleaf evergreens because it gives the tender foliage ( that you exposed during pruning) time to harden off. If you prune them too late the tender growth will burn & turn an ugly brown color which if it rebounds at all, takes a very long time to green up again. Examples of this are Boxwood and Spruce hedges.

 

Fruit Trees and Crabapples are best pruned in the Winter. March is a great month to do this as it can coincide with your dormant spray program. Dormant Spray kits can be purchased at Oceanview Garden Centre.

Shrubs that bloom late in the year and that bloom on new wood or the current seasons growth, such as Hydrangeas & Caryopteris can be pruned in the fall as long as you do it late enough so not to generate new growth.

Most other flowering shrubs should be pruned right after they flower which is spring and early summer.

This give the shrub time to produce the next years flower buds. If you prune them too late it doesn't necessarily hurt the plant but you sacrifice the next years flowers.

 A few examples would be Forysythia, Rhododendron, Weigela and Lilac. However when flowering shrubs get overgrown, gangly, thick and unsightly, wait till the leaves drop so you can see what you are cutting and remove no more than one third of the oldest branches. cut them near ground level, as these old branches are basically useless and prevent light from getting in and restrict air circulation. Do not snip back the branches that are left as they carry your flowers for next year.

This is called rejuvenation pruning and fall is a great time to do this. Wait till the leaves drop so you can see what you are cutting.

 

Aug 30

New Website

Posted by Plant Crazy on Friday, August 30, 2013

Welcome to Our New Website

*New Look - Easier Navigation - Better Functionality*

 

Our goal with the new site is to provide our customers with new features such as online shopping, in store specials and Oceanview's new blog.

With the redesign of our website we are excited to be launching ONLINE SHOPPING! We have opened our online store starting with our gift shop items and garden needs. Don't worry.......We do plan to add plants to our online store in the future. For now we are only offering shipping in Canada, but that could very well change as we move along. If you see an item in the store that is not offered online, no problem! Give us a call and we will try our best to make it happen.

 

Another addition is an "in store specials" section. Here you can check anytime what special are on in store.  

 

Of course we cannot leave out our already popular plant finder option. This is an incredible tool that offers exceptional value to our customers. We do recommend that you email or call and have us physically locate all the plants on your list, with our landscape division using plants from the nursery, it is a challenge to keep our online inventory 100% accurate. Although we try our best.

You will find everything that was on our old website and more including a blog.

As part of our on going commitment to provide the best customer experience inside our store, we plan to offer the same commitment here.

Hope you enjoy our new site.