In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere right now nature is busy breaking seed dormancy through the application of cold and moisture. Some seeds, often perennials, exhibit dormancy or “the incapacity of a viable seed to germinate under favorable conditions.”(1) Dormancy fulfills an important function for plants since it allows seeds to survive conditions and […]
We have added some colorful, favorite garden flowers to our offerings this year. Lobelia ‘Crystal Palace’ (Lobelia erinus) is an old-fashioned annual favorite that can be used for rock gardens, beds, border edges and containers. The compact plants have deep blue flowers that bloom all summer long and can be planted in full sun or […]
New for 2016 are a variety of flowers known as “everlastings” or, in France, as “immortelles.” These are flowers that keep their color and form when they are dried. Many of these species have colorful, papery petals or bracts that are dry and stiff while still attached to the living plant.
Desert Penstemon (Penstemon pseudospectabilis) is a perennial that is native to southern California, Arizona and western New Mexico. The rose colored flowers last for many weeks and are spectacular when planted in large groups. Desert Penstemon is perfect for the western Xeriscape garden and pollinator plantings. The flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, honey bees and […]
Dormant seeding, a fairly common practice for turf seed on athletic fields when the playing season ends, can also be advantageous for planting wildflowers. It is appropriate in areas with cool climates when supplemental irrigation cannot be provided and adequate rainfall is anticipated in the spring.
Although the name New England Aster seems to imply that this plant is only native to the northeast, this fall-blooming perennial is actually native to most of the United States and much of Canada. It prefers full sun and moist soils. This is one of the showiest asters, blooming from late August into October and attaining a […]
Gardens are just not complete without a few late season bloomers, both annuals and perennials. Pollinators need a continuous supply of food so these late bloomers will keep the bees, butterflies and birds well fed into the fall.
Applewood’s 50th Anniversary is happening in just a few weeks. This link will lead you to the colorful, in depth story of our company. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. It was created by Arvada Media Services for the City of Arvada, featuring both the history of Applewood and our current […]
Last week the National Pollinator Garden Network launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge to get the public involved in the creation of pollinator friendly gardens. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge is being launched by The National Pollinator Garden Network, an unprecedented collaboration of national, regional, conservation and gardening groups to support the President’s Executive Strategy to “Promote the […]