Spring Hours

Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 6pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5pm 

 

508 Richmond Rd
Berea, KY 40403
Click here for directions

Spring Hours

Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 6pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5pm 

508 Richmond Rd
Berea, KY 40403
Click here for directions

Thursday
Oct062011

Alliums

With names like Gladiator and Mount Everest, you may already get the idea that alliums bring an architectural and wholly unique presence to the garden. These striking bulbs are simple to grow in spots that are mostly sunny and bring a vibrant pop of color to the late-spring garden.

Allium 'Purple Sensation'

In the front bed at the shop, we have ‘Gladiator’ growing. It blooms at the same times as the Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ and the effect of the two colors and forms together is an incredible combination. Another staff favorite is ‘schubertii,’ which produces blooms larger than a basketball on short stems.  

Allium 'Gladiator'

Alliums bloom in late April or May and they usually naturalize well.  They are generally easy to grow, but they require good drainage. Also, sometimes the foliage starts to die back before the bloom is ready so they’re best planted behind some taller earlier perennials to hide the leaves. Once you find a place to tuck them in your spring-blooming garden beds, they will provide your space with a interesting bloom that can bring a sense of playfulness, color and structure. 

Allium 'Schurbertii'

If you would like to include some Alliums in your garden, we have three varieties in stock now: Allium schubertii, Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ and Allium ‘Gladiator’.  We also have a bagged mix that contains Allium ‘Ivory Queen’ and ‘Gladiator’.  For more about alliums, and the particular varieties we offer, visit Van Bloem’s website: http://www.vanbloem.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/bulbs.library/index.htm.

Thursday
Apr282011

Baptisia

Baptisia is a plant that would be happy in almost any garden and it brings with it a show of indigo-blue, yellow or bi-color flower spikes. The long-lasting flowers hover like a cloud over the pretty blue-green foliage. 

Image: Chicagoland Grows

The standard variety “Baptisia Austrailia” is popular with Potting Shed Customers, but baptisia comes in more shades than just blue and we also offer light yellow “Solar Flare” that turns orange as the blooms fade.

Image from Chicagoland Grows

Another striking variety we have is  “Twilite Prarieblues,” with shades of rusty purple and yellow.

Image from Chicagoland Grows

The large plants can grow to shrub size, up to 48 inches tall, and they are easy-care native plants that need little maintenance. Baptisia prefers full sun and is drought tolerant once established.

Baptisia is a long-lived perennial will bring a spot of color and height wherever you place it in your garden: as a background plant in a perennial border, a companion in the rose garden, or even as a specimen plant along a sidewalk or house foundation.

For more information on this sturdy and versatile plant, come visit us and see our Baptisia in person.             

Sunday
Apr102011

Violas

Violas are one of the first flowering plants of the spring season. We think of them as one of our “signature plants” at the Potting Shed. They have a fantastic appearance in the spring and while they will slow down blooming in the summer months, they take off again in the fall, blooming up to the first hard frost. 

Blueberry Frost Violas

The compact plants are often covered with large, colorful blooms. Violas range in color from sunny yellow and rich orange to deep purple and sky blue and often feature bi-color blossoms. They are good plants to tuck in anywhere in the garden where you would like a bit of cool-season color. 

So what do these colorful powerhouses need? For the most blooms, pinch off fading flowers. Fertilize regularly to stimulate continual bloom. Violas do well in the sun but will tolerate partial shade.  They do need to be watered regularly and will start to wane as the temperatures climb. 

Some varieties of violas have been used medicinally and all types are good for pressing and drying for decorative use. Violas are also edible, try a few on your next salad. Regardless of how you plan to enjoy this cheerful long-blooming plant, every garden has room for some violas. We currently have a large selection of violas and pansies that are in bloom right now.