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Gardening With Annuals: Easy Ways To Add Color To Your Landscape

Each season, there is always that one home that stands out for their bright, colorful flowers that are planted in their landscapes or arranged in planters on their front porch.  The desire to have this same look for your home may cross your mind, but it is often dismissed because of the work that you may…

Landscape Transformations- Before and After

The time has come: you’re ready to give the green light on fresh new landscaping for your home. You begin by watching your favorite home improvement TV shows, or perhaps by clipping your favorite pictures from a plant magazine. As you begin to piece all of these wonderful ideas together, you start to realize that maybe the project is a bit larger than what you initially anticipated. How am I going to remove and dispose the old shrubs and root balls?  How do I re-invigorate the old soil for new plants? How do I effectively lay out all my favorite choice plants together without them overwhelming the new space? Who is going to do ALL of this labor? These unanswered questions can quickly become overwhelming. For many, this is where their vision ends. Fortunately, Winterberry Gardens can answer all of your questions (and more).

Fairy Gardening For Every Season

A Fairy Garden is a miniature garden complete with structures and living plants. Fairy gardens allow individuals to explore and garden to a much smaller scale than a regular garden. This can be an indoor or outdoor activity, so if you have a green thumb you can be busy decorating all year long!

During the colder winter months, fairy gardens should stay inside, while they can be let outdoors or kept inside during the summer months. This tiny space gives gardeners a perfect place to express themselves and get creative. There is no limit to the designs and ideas your fairy garden can entail.

 

For step-by-step instruction and descriptions of how to create your own fairy garden, check out our blog post – Fairy Gardening How To’s. These “green places for small spaces” are perfect ways to garden all year. The fairy garden can be kept and decorated to depict every holiday and season as you please.…

Fall Gardening is Here!

It’s hard to believe its August! Here at Winterberry, we have planted up our last rotations of mums, ornamental kale, and cabbages. For the home gardener, it’s time to start thinking about fall veggies.

The good news is that Saturday, August 5th are having a Fall Veggie Seed Starting class and we will spend some time discussing fall crops and how to grow them. You can call the Garden Center to enroll. However, for those of you who are done with your veggie garden for the year and won’t be doing a fall crop rotation, now is a good time to start your fall clean ups.

New at the Garden Center!

Spring is here! For weeks new plant material has been arriving and we are getting geared up for another great season. What better way to get into the season than to visit Winterberry Gardens? Our greenhouse is full of pansies and perennials just waiting to be planted. Pottery and statuary will be arriving shortly and our tree and shrub yard is filling up daily. With all that is going on, we are also happy to announce some new additions to the Garden Center this year.

Is Irrigation Right for Your Property?

Maintaining your scrubs, plants, and turf in your yard can be expensive. An irrigation system can be thought of as an insurance policy for your landscape. Irrigation is an essential piece of your landscape and saves you countless hours of manual watering. In very rare occasions people’s properties hold the proper amount of water.

Even if your property is always wet due to a high water table or run off from elevated areas you can always install drainage, and then irrigate the property. A lawn or planting bed that never drains will cause the grass coverage to be thin, some shrubs and plants will actually drown, and the ever presence of water promotes disease and fungus in turf.

More often than not the land becomes dry, even in temperatures that we find the most comfortable. When talking about grass the best time to water is in the early morning hours of 3-6am. Not many people find themselves wanting to wake up at this time to turn on the hose and move the sprinkler every 30 minutes. Having an automatic irrigation system frees you up to get that well deserved rest or to take a vacation, even though you just had the lawn fertilized, seeded, or had plants installed.

Welcome Fall Gardening!

Mums, hay bales, cornstalks, and pumpkins are starting to pop up in neighborhoods everywhere.  Most people have put their vegetable gardens to bed by now.  So when we recommend adding cabbage or peppers in fall plantings, it raises some eyebrows. Using plants that are traditionally grown as edibles to accent the landscape can be a difficult concept for many. But it’s important to note that using cabbage, kale, or even ornamental peppers can bring visual interest, little maintenance, and long lasting color into your fall annual garden or container.

Colors of Fall

With summer winding down and fall just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about adding fall colors into your landscape. Fall annuals are really what fall is about, but there are other ways to get long-lasting fall interest in your yard using trees, shrubs and perennials.

Here at Winterberry we have a variety of ways to add color. Trees are a great way to add a big splash of fall color to your landscape. A few of my favorites include Maples, Sweetgum and River Birch. The foliage of Maples range from yellow to orange and even red, depending on the type of Maple tree you select. Sweetgums have yellow-purple-red foliage, also depending on the variety. River Birches offer a yellow foliage with an interesting bark in the fall.
In the shrub yard, we selected a new Weigela called Wings of Fire which grows to four feet tall and wide. This shrub is great for borders and the foliage gets a distinct red color once cool autumn temperatures arrive. Brandywine and Winterthur, just two of the many types Viburnum we carry, produce red and blue berries and are paired with a dark maroon-red foliage. These Viburnum are stunning alone or even planted as a border. A favorite fall shrub or tree of mine would be Hydrangea paniculata varieties; Limelight and Little Lime are a great choice for fall color. Lime green blooms age into varying shades of pink and persist throughout the season and even into the frost.
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Cannas, The Versatile Tropical

Looking for a unique plant to add to your container gardens this year? One of our favorites here at Winterberry is the Canna. Known for its dramatic foliage and brightly-colored flowers, this tropical is sure to add some pizazz to any planter or landscape!
One of the things we especially love about Cannas is the variety of foliage colors found on the many different types of Canna. Some have deep burgundy leaves while others have bright green and even striped leaves! In addition, if the foliage alone isn’t striking enough, Canna flowers typically last for several weeks. The boldness of the red, orange or yellow flowers presents quite the dramatic appearance against the colorful foliage.

Winterberry Irrigation: 2015 Featured Project

Winterberry Irrigation has been involved with Fidelity Investments Corporate Campus in Merrimack, NH for the past several years. We had been contacted to assist them in achieving a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) qualification, and becoming an environmentally sustainable site. Part of this qualification involves Irrigation Water Management, which is one of Winterberry’s areas of expertise.

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