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Salt Tolerant Plants

While this topic is still “fresh” in our minds, let’s talk about salt tolerant plants and some ways to cope with salt that always comes during the winter months.
It’s important to keep this topic in mind during the start of the season while your planning new additions or changes to your landscape. Will you be planting close to the road? How about along the driveway? Or even your walkway? Below is a list of salt tolerant perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs…but wait…what if you don’t have plants along these ways, but grass? Here’s a tip that may help you: Gypsum.
Spreading gypsum on these problem areas will help rejuvenate your lawn from the winter salt. Gypsum dislodges salt and restores soil structure. So during the season, or in the fall, use a spreader and cover these areas. Lightly water after you’ve spread.

Salt Tolerant Perennials:
Astilbe, Brunnera, Balloon Flower, Barrenwort, Basket of Gold, Bleeding Heart, Bugbane, Bugleweed, Candytuft, Lobelia, Astilbe_ShadeColumbine, Coral Bells, Cushion Spurge, Daylily, Baptisia, Tiarella, Foxglove, Gas Plant, Globe Thistle, Goldenrod, Hosta, Iris, Jacob’s Ladder, Lamb’s Ear, Helleborus, Lily of the Valley, Meadow Rue, Aster, Mantauk Daisy, Catmint, Peony, Vinca, Pinks, Poppy, Salvia, Snow in Summer, Veronica, Pachysandra, Sedum, Armeria, Thyme, Coreopsis, Viola, Anemone, Artemesia, and Yarrow.

Salt Tolerant Annuals:
Mums, Dianthus, Gazania, Gladiolus, Petunia, Portulaca, and Zinnia.

Salt Tolerant Trees & Shrubs:
Arrowwood ViburIMG_0018 (300x400)num, Colorado Spruce, Inkberry, Juniper, Northern Bayberry, Rosa Rugosa, Virginia Creeper, Paper Birch, and Willow.

Don’t see a plant on here that you’re curious about? Send us a line and we’ll help you out!

Caring for your Endless Summer Hydrangea

There are some shrubs that cannot be ignored, and the hydrangea is
definitely one of those must-have plants in your landscape.
The Endless Summer Collection is all the rave for their bold re-blooming flower heads. The collection consists of ‘The Original’, ‘Bloomstruck’,
‘Blushing Bride’, and ‘Twist and Shout’. Here are some tips on growing an outstanding Endless Summer Hydrangea!


As an informed customer, it is important to understand the type of hydrangea you are interested in. The Endless Summer Collection is different from other hydrangeas. These hydrangeas bloom for a longer duration than most, and bloom from growth on current as well as the previous year’s wood. Keep this in mind as your choosing and caring for your plant.
Requirements: in this area hydrangeas prefer full morning sun with afternoon dappled shade. They like well-drained, moist soils.
Fertilizing: recommended granular, slow-release fertilizer of 10-30-10, in the spring/early summer.
Watering: these plants tend to wilt in the afternoon with high temps/direct sunlight. Water in the morning or late afternoon when temps are lower is more beneficial. Water when the ground feels dry.
Pruning: after hard frost prune plant back to 12″-15″ from the ground.

***Are your hydrangeas not blooming?
Here are some reasons why
→Too much water: overwatering can result in less blooms. To avoid overwatering, know the area where you are planting. Does it flood in the spring? Do you have clay soils? Only water when the ground is dry.
→Too much fertilizer: overuse of fertilizers can present large green leaves, but few blooms. Fertilize once in the spring/early summer with recommended amounts.
Too much pruning: pruning the plant too much will cause the plant to have less blooms. If you are pruning for shape, wait until the plant is dormant and do not prune more than 12 inches from the ground.
→Winter damage: cold, harsh winters may cause damage to the plant and leave it recovering during the next growing season. In order to protect your plants, use a mulch to cover the crown during the winter and remove it in the spring after hard frosts have passed.


Pick A Suitable Clematis Variety


Varieties with viticella and texensis genes prosper in northern climates, as do most large flowered hybrids and the species C. integrifolia. Avoid ‘Montana’ groups and anything with ‘Florida’ in its name, as they dislike the cold.


Dig a hole the size of a bushel basket and mix the removed soil with good quality compost. Replace the amended soil in the hole and dig a hole big enough to hold the root ball. Fill it with water and let it drain. Place the root ball in the hole, and bury it two to three inches deeper than it was planted in its pot. Fill around with the removed soil mixture and water again. Clematis thrive in well‐drained, fertile soil.


Clematis roots need to be kept cool and moist, either by mulching with organic matter or by planting low‐growing perennials around the base of the vine. Keep the plant wellwatered for the first summer, at least an inch of water each week. In the early spring, scratch a cup of Rose Tone into the surface of the soil around the clematis and spread compost around the base of the plant, making sure to stay clear of the vines themselves. Do not fertilize once the plant begins to
flower, and do not add fertilizer in the fall.


There are three pruning groups – “No Prune”, “Moderate Prune”, and “Hard Prune”. Plants should be pruned in early spring. Different varieties require more or less pruning and there are some rules of thumb which apply. “No Prune” clematis all bloom early (May in northern climates) and often have downward‐facing, bell‐shaped flowers. Clematis that bloom later (June on) are either Moderate or Hard Prune. All Moderate Prune clematis have the traditionally shaped flowers and include most bi‐colored clematis. If you are still unsure, the best approach is to prune it moderately, cutting it back halfway, then
watch it carefully the next summer. A Moderate Prune plant will bloom both on the old wood and on the new growth. If it blooms only on new growth, mostly at the top of the plant, it is a Hard Prune clematis and should be cut way back. “Nobody ever killed clematis by making a mistake pruning. The worst you can do is interrupt blooming for a season”.

Foolproof Varieties

These are all Hard Prune varieties, easy to care for, disease resistant, and have good bloom the first year :

• Alba Luxurians
• Alionushka
• Arabella
• Hagley Hybrid
• Jackmanii
• Madame Julie Correvon
• Polish Spirit
• Prince Charles
• Rouguchi
• Violet Star Gazer