Sweet Daphne are In Stock Now!

smells amazing!

It’s that time of year- fragrant Daphne is here.

We have lots of these old-fashioned beauties in stock right now, good-sized plants just loaded with flowerbuds.

I can’t get enough of the potently fragrant flower clusters, reminiscent of citrus blooms. Mmmmm- heavenly! I cut new bouquets every few days, putting them where the scent can be enjoyed the most. I’ll even bring some along when I go to visit friends and neighbors- perfect little hostess gifts.

There are more reasons to love this old-fashioned beauty than just the flowers:

Deer resistance. This is one plant that is reliably impervious to deer, regardless of where you live.Yay! No spray!

Drought tolerance. Not only is daphne tolerant of drought, but it requires low water (especially in the summer months). Wow, no problem- I like to keep that water bill down.

Evergreen. The glossy leaves are showy on their own, true green with nicely contrasting cream margins. Each leaf is somewhat different than the next, so you’ll see variations in the pattern of color.It really pops next to deeper tones- I have it against a dark wooden fence.

Daphne is a moderate grower, topping out at about 4’X4′ over time. It does well in a fair amount of shade, but also in a fair amount of sun, so where you plant will perhaps depend more on daphne’s water needs than the sun exposure. I have mine planted beside my front walkway, to best enjoy the delicious fragrance.

We have a great selection of big healthy daphne plants right now, so stop by.

Hello, Gorgeous!

 

 

Hot Color for the Cool Season- Plant Now

It’s nigh time to put in fresh color! This time of year is great for replacing those tired summer bloomers with a variety of cold-loving plants…

Iceland poppies

Start things off just like you would in spring, by adding a fresh layer of compost to beds and in-ground planting areas. This will refresh the nutrients in the soil that were depleted this summer. If you are planting in pots it is wise to use all new Potting soil right from the bag. Regardless of where you plant, it helps to mix in a little  Starter fertilizer like Masterstart to get the roots stimulated.

anemones in mixed plantings

There are lots of beautiful winter-blooming plants that do well here, and will give you nonstop color all the way into next spring- pansies, poppies, violas, flowering kale and cabbage, calendula, primrose, cyclamen and more.

¬†We love to use these reliable bloomers in our fabulous mixed pots with bulbs beneath. For a lush look, plant something upright along with mounding and trailing plants to give a 3-dimensional effect. If you want it over the top like we do at King’s, make sure and stash flowerbulbs in the soil underneath so, come spring, they will sprout right up through the plants above to create a stunning double-decked flower arrangement.

Calendula

Make a bold show of color in the ground and along borders by planting one kind of plant en masse, or put in groups of flowering plants near perennials to add splashes of color to established plantings. Underplant the rose garden for some action while the roses are dormant- plants will be full and colorful beneath when the roses bloom again in spring.

Just remember: you don’t have to wait until spring to enjoy beautiful flowers- plant now!

cyclamen for days