Posts Tagged "perennial gardening"

Perennials: What not to cut back in Fall

Posted on October 31st, 2018

Nothing says fall is fully here like realizing that mornings start with a frosty car and cranking the heat to get the windows clear. Unfortunately for your plants, there’s no heater to keep them warm, and right about now, your perennials are probably looking pretty sad. If you’re like many gardeners, that means it’s time […]

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Plants to Prune right now!

Posted on June 28th, 2018

Fourth of July is often used a marker for pruning some shrubs, perennials and annuals. Knowing when to prune is an important step in keeping your plants healthy and thriving. Now is the perfect time to  prune the following :   Evergreen trees and shrubs Rhododendron Azalea Weigela Viburnum Forsythia Lilacs Spiraea Andromeda Privet Mockorange […]

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Bloom Time!

Posted on June 7th, 2018

The perennial department at Van Wilgen’s lives at an interesting crossroads. We watch as the nursery yard fills up with evergreen interest, and the Greenhouse loads up on pansies, and we poke and prod our plants, waiting for the day that they too might be in bloom. Then the evergreen gives way to the spring […]

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Top 8 Perennials to plant right now!

Posted on May 31st, 2018

Every spring our gardeners tell us they want to expand their perennial gardens to offer new colors and plants to make it fresh. For those of us that work in the Perennial department it’s no different. We are always on the lookout for something different or even ‘new to us’. Here are a few Perennials […]

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Top Eight Early Spring Perennials

Posted on April 5th, 2018

This time of  year we are all itching to get in the garden. All it takes is a few warm days, some sunshine and we are all ready to dig in the dirt.  At the garden center we get asked all the time, what can I plant now? There are many choices for early spring perennials, […]

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Top 5 Ornamental Grasses

Posted on October 12th, 2017

Lets face facts- there are wayyyyyyy too many great ornamental grasses to hope to limit yourself to one type. Panicum, bluestems, miscathus, pennisetum- the list goes on and on. But after you’ve gone crazy and put sixteen of every type in your yard, how the heck do you tell them apart? Its actually easier than […]

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3 Ways to Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Posted on June 22nd, 2017

National Pollinator Week is a time to give bees, birds, and bats a little recognition. Pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, play a big part in getting our gardens to grow. Honeybees are directly responsible for pollinating one third of the food we eat. They help fertilize flowers, carrying pollen from one plant to another […]

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Butterflying 101

Posted on May 31st, 2017

June 11, Van Wilgens will host our Kids Klub Butterfly Release event!  Ironically, we had just as many adults attending last year’s, as we did kids!  Gardeners love the world of beauty of butterflies!  Here’s an example of how you can cultivate your own. Butterflies can be pretty delicate creatures but can also be very […]

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Coreopsis ‘Lil Bang’

Posted on May 19th, 2017

It takes a lot to get our experienced group of plant nerds excited about a new plant. When you spend as much time living, breathing and handling plant material as us, you rarely get your socks knocked off. Last year, we planted Lil’ Bang Daybreak coreopsis, and man, did we fall in love. We planted […]

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