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Ray Austin

Grimm’s Gardens is a family owned and operated greenhouse facility and full service landscape contractor, specializing in water features, pavers and retaining walls, serving Northeast Kansas, Southeast Nebraska and Northwest Missouri.

5 Shrubs with Great Winter Interest. Natives Spotlight: Woolly Verbena. As a member of the Kansas Native Plant Society and the Plant Resources Council, I get the pleasure of helping to choose the native plant of the year for Kansas.

Natives Spotlight: Woolly Verbena

We selected Verbena stricta, Woolly Verbena for the 2019 Native Plant of the Year. This verbena is one of my all-time favorite natives, being one of 2 plants I discovered growing on my family’s farm when I was little. The other was purple poppy mallow. Interestingly, the woolly verbena was growing between the cracks of the driveway-and it is still there some 30 years later. Beautiful Beneficials: Lady Beetles. One of the most popular beneficial insects is the lady beetle or ladybug as they are so often incorrectly called.

Beautiful Beneficials: Lady Beetles

With more than 450 species of lady beetles in North America, both native and introduced, we should be well covered. However, many of those species are tiny, and only eaten certain things. However, most of the lady beetles we see around the Central Great Plains eat aphids, mealybugs, scale, mites, and psyllids. Colorful Daylilies at Online Garden Center. Growing Apricots. Tough Turf Weeds: Yellow Nutsedge. Yarrow For Your Garden At Online Garden Center.

Yarrow is a wonderful addition to any garden.

Yarrow For Your Garden At Online Garden Center

With all the new varieties available, it is not difficult to find one that suits you. Many of the older varieties are nice too. Yarrow is a perennial plant with great foliage texture and blooms that are favored by many pollinators. Because the blooms that we see are made up of many, smaller flowers in a panicled arrangement, it is easy for pollinators to travel from flower to flower to gather nectar. ‘Moonshine’ Yarrow foliage is a great textural advantage to the garden Even when not if flower, yarrow foliage is a nice textural advantage to the garden. Plant Profiles: The Peony. Best Perennial Plants & Flowers. Grimm's Gardens An Online Garden Center. Long Blooming Perennials. Plants that are considered to attract butterflies can be described as both pollen/nectar producers and host plants for the caterpillars of butterflies.

Long Blooming Perennials

And some plants can pull double duty this way. For example, Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) is the host plant for the caterpillars of Monarchs and Tussock Moths, as well as a food source for milkweed bugs and milkweed beetles; the flowers also produce pollen and nectar that attracts many species of butterflies including monarchs, viceroys, hairstreaks, and swallowtails. Plants that attract butterflies can be used for butterfly gardens, monarch waystations, pollinator habitats, in beds and borders, and in container gardens. Buy Plants Online. Our goal at Grimm’s Gardens is to provide beauty through plants and landscape to those around us by providing quality plants and the best customer service.

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Our philosophy is God first, family second, and hard work will make us all successful. Doug & Jeryl began their married life in 1976 on a dairy farm five miles from their current greenhouse nursery operation. They purchased the current location in 1984 and began exploring other means of revenue besides typical livestock and row-crop operations. Early on it became apparent that we needed to be very good stewards of our land, conserving water which is our single main yield-limiting factor. Along with irrigation, no-till farming practices and adding earthworms to the soil, we began to increase tilth and, ultimately yields, leaving the land at the end of each season better than it was the year before. Best Perennial Flowers. It’s getting to be that time of year again.

Best Perennial Flowers

Everyone thinks that the heat of July and August immediately stops weeds and plants from growing, meaning they need no maintenance. Unfortunately, this is the time when we cut back plants to produce new blooms and buds and keep plants thriving. While September is considered as good a month to trim shrubs as June, we start cutting perennials and some shrubs back as early as July. Before: We all know how daylilies can look tired and weedy with all the old bloom stalks in late Summer. Buy Plants and Garden Accessories Online. Landscaping Shrubs. Grimm's Gardens. August is peach season!

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As a kid, I always thought the peaches should be ripe much earlier than they actually are. I was always so impatient for those small green balls to grow big and turn bright yellow and red. We have made it again to peach season and all the delights that come with it! Fresh picked peaches can’t be beat for flavor! If you are wondering how to use peaches, there are many options for peach recipes. Lunch could be peach tacos with peach salsa. For supper, make a lettuce salad garnished with sliced peaches. This may be a lot of peaches for one day but I think you get the idea. Make your peaches into jam. Freeze peach pie filling so that the next time you want to make pie, it takes half the time of fresh peaches but still tastes fresh! Grimm's Gardens. Water features bring a landscape to life.

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They tend to draw people outside, to listen, to watch, and to play with the bubbling swirls of water. I know that I can hardly resist sticking my hand in a fountain, even in small ones. Grimm's Gardens » Products. Natural VS. Formal Water Features. The unorganized nature of this water feature is very natural.

Natural VS. Formal Water Features

Natural water features are very relaxing. They are perfect for larger properties and properties in the country. They can be used in smaller landscapes or in town; however, they just won’t blend in to the surroundings as well as they do in the larger landscapes. Elements that make a water feature appear more natural is the use of natural materials. Bold Water Designs. I struggle to sit still some days while browsing through water feature examples.

Bold Water Designs

I just get so excited that I want to go out and build each and every one! Combinations of water and fire excite me, and then images of frozen water features send me into awe. Some natural water features make me wish I could jump inside the picture and explore the sunny stream while the formal ones remind me of an elegant celebration. Online Garden Center In Hiawatha. When pruning to increase blooming, it is vital to know what time of year the plant blooms. Generally, if it flowers in the spring, it is blooming on growth from last year.

If it blooms in late summer or fall, it flowers on new growth in the current year. Slider4. Slider5. Online Garden Center.