Plant Facts 2017-04-06T10:29:54+00:00

    Digitalis: Tips on Overwintering

    Categories: Perennials, Plants, Plants We Love|

    Digitalis or Foxglove are showstoppers in a garden with their spectacular panicles of flowers and tall stature. In addition to their height and colorful flowers, Foxgloves are deer resistant and attract all kinds of pollinators. These plants are heavy feeders that prefer neutral to acidic soil and at least 3-4 hours of sunlight. Well drained soil is a must for these guys so we recommend amending poor draining soil with peat moss or compost. Staking may be required in unprotected or high wind areas.

    Overwintering Digitalis can be tricky. Here are a couple of Hook’s tips to help your plants make it through the cold months. One way to help your Foxgloves make it through the winter is to add an insulating layer of mulch to help shelter it from the cold and aid in moisture retention. Removing debris around plant is also recommended to prevent insects from overwintering near your foxglove and to prevent diseases. Digitalis plants can be considered either biennials (lifespan of 2 years) or short-lived perennials (living between 2-4 years). At the end of the blooming season you can either allow your foxglove to go to seed or deadhead it before it goes to seed. Deadheading the plant before it goes to seed saves the energy that would have been used to produce seeds for overwintering. For biennials we recommend deadheading them the first year and let them go to seed the second while short-lived perennials we recommend allowing them to go to seed. You can either collect and save these seeds to sow yourself next year or let them self sow in the garden. Any plants that sprout in inconvenient locations can be dug up and moved later. collecting and planting the seeds will keep your population of short-lived foxgloves going for years to come.

    Here at Hook’s we love the Dalmatian series foxgloves. This series comes in many vibrant hues including Rose, Lavender, Cream and Purple and bloom from late spring to mid summer. These perennial plants grow to 16-18″ tall and 12-18″ wide and prefer full to part sun/part shade conditions. Our two gallon pot foxgloves sell for $12.99, but with our current 50% OFF ALL PLANTS SALE are only $6.50!

    We also love the Camelot series foxgloves which feature large panicles of gorgeous rose and purple flowers. The Camelot series is considered a biannual plant, so be sure to save the seeds to sow in later years. Look for these varieties at Hook’s in future years!

    Note: digitalis is toxic. Be sure to keep away from children and pets.

    Information on Digitalis plants from perennials.com

    Images from Walter’s Gardens: https://www.waltersgardens.com/variety.php?ID=DIGCR

    and https://www.waltersgardens.com/variety.php?ID=DIGDP

    Buddleia

    Categories: Blog, Hooks Tips, Perennials, Plants, Plants We Love, Shrub, What We Offer|

    Buddleia or Butterfly Bush attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators with its fragrant flowers and foliage. The blooms of the Butterfly Bush are vibrantly colored and last from summer to fall giving you and the pollinators plenty of time to enjoy them.

    This sun-loving, drought tolerant plant prefers well draining, neutral to slightly acidic, fertile soil. Often times a Buddleia lost over winter is due to a wet season rather than the cold temperatures. Keep a lookout for signs of over watering such as weak stems, fewer flowers and dieback.

    Overwintering Buddleia can be tricky. Here are some tips on how to best prepare your shrub for the winter season. The addition of an extra layer of mulch helps protect the roots from freezing. Another option would be to dig the plant up, put it in a pot, and put it in a frost-free location. Avoid pruning the plant right before winter as it weakens the plant/creates weak points before winter. Instead prune in the spring after new growth appears. Be sure to allow enough time for your shrub to establish its root system by planting in the spring or summer. Keep in mind Buddleia are typically late to leaf out in the spring, so be patient! New growth can appear as late as Father’s Day.

    Here at Hook’s Greenhouse we love the Dark Dynasty, Humdinger Little Angel and Monarch Blue Knight varieties of Buddleia. The Dark Dynasty and Monarch Blue Knight varieties feature light lavender to blue purple flowers growing darker with age. These large shrubs grow to 30-84″ high and 42-78″ wide. The Humdinger Little Angel variety offers a different look featuring pure white flowers and a round habit. This compact buddleia grows to 30-48″ hight and 42-60″ wide allowing it to fit into smaller gardens. All three of these fabulous plants bloom from mid summer to fall with 10-12″ panicles of fragrant flowers and are a favorite of the Monarch butterflies. These Buddleia are in two gallon pots and sell for $12.99, but with our current 50% OFF ALL PLANTS SALE are only $6.50! Come in and get yours today!

    Tips for Buddleia care from Proven Winners: https://www.provenwinners.com/learn/how-plant/proven-winners-ultimate-guide-butterfly-bush

    Information on each of our three varieties is from Darwin Perennials. More information can be found by clicking on the following links to their website:

    Dark Dynasty: https://www.darwinperennials.com/Products/Plantinfo/?phid=011800950031972

    Humdinger Little Angel: https://www.darwinperennials.com/Products/Plantinfo/?phid=011807425002971

    Monarch Blue Knight: https://www.darwinperennials.com/Products/Plantinfo/?phid=011800950007271

    Hardy Hibiscus: Great Plant for Tricky Places!

    Categories: Hooks Tips, Perennials, Plants, Plants We Love, What We Offer|

     

    Hardy Hibiscus (Rose Mallow) has an amazing tropical look but is hardy to zone. Hibiscus plants have breathtaking 12-18 inch blooms making them a striking addition to any garden. This easy maintenance plant attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and many other pollinators while deer typically leave it alone. These awesome perennials survive in wet soil and love full sun exposure.

    Be sure to give them some elbow room as Hibiscus are large perennials that take up a lot of room. Even “dwarf” varieties grow at least 3 feet tall and wide, with standard-sized rose mallow growing 4-6 feet tall and wide. Hibiscus love hot, humid, sunny weather making the best place to plant a rose mallow is somewhere that receives sunshine all day long. Another key to successfully growing a perennial Hibiscus is consistent watering. Tricky spots where water sits are ideal for a Hibiscus although they will grow in other conditions if adequately watered.

    We have many varieties of Hardy Hibiscus available at the greenhouse for $19.99 each and they are included in the 50% off sale, Make these beauties only $10!!

     

    Echinacea ‘PowWow White’

    Categories: Hooks Tips, Perennials, Plants, Plants, Plants We Love, What We Offer|

    Echinacea ‘PowWow White’ produces gorgeous flowers with pure white flowers around a yellow-brown central cone that are ideal for cut flowers. These long blooming flowers tolerate heat, drought, and poor soil conditions as well as being deer resistant. PowWow White flowers attract birds and butterflies alike making them a low maintenance, beautiful, pollinator friendly addition to any garden.

    Echinacea ‘PowWow White’ thrive in full sun but can handle part shade conditions too. These flowers bloom from late spring to the first frost and grow 24-36″ tall and spread 12-18″. PowWow White flowers do not require deadheading, but removal of fading blooms can promote the growth of new ones. These drought tolerant plants prefer drier conditions and do not need much watering. The seed heads of Echinacea plants attract birds if left intact over winter. If left alone these plants will self-seed. Every 4 or so years, we recommend dividing Echinacea plants to avoid overcrowding. Echinacea ‘PowWow White’ is can be used as a stunning border plant, in native plant gardens, does well in part shade areas and looks wonderful when planted in groups making it one of our favorite hardy plants here at Hook’s.

    You can get your Echinacea ‘PowWow White’ at Hook’s in two gallon pots for $12.99. Stop on by the greenhouse to check these and many other gorgeous plants!

    Image of and information on Echinacea ‘PowWow White’ from the Missouri Botanical Garden. Check out their website at http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=271992

    There’s Still Time to Plant Your Veggies!!

    Categories: Edibles, Plants We Love, Specials, Vegetables|

    There is still at least 140 days left to the growing season based on the most common last frost of the season being October 3. We have typically seen nice warm Octobers in the past few years and really a November frost more likely. It has been such a wet Spring that I know most gardeners are ready to throw in the towel, but don’t be discouraged there is still time.

    We have a large selection of veggie flats to choose from! We grow multiple planting of veggies so we can offer our customers fresh crops of quality plants. We have many varieties of sweet, mild and hot peppers available including hard to find Ghost & Carolina Reaper Peppers, We also have a nice selection of Tomatoes including heirloom, cherry and large red. Complete your garden with cabbage, squash, corn, kale and more! Flats of 12 paks are $13.99, or $1.69 for the individual pak of 2 or 3 plants. Most Veggies come in 3 paks but we offer squashes and other vining veggies in 2 paks. Call with questions or if you are looking for a specific varieties. 440-647-5480

    Shady Perennials

    Categories: Blog, Hooks Tips, Perennials, Plants, Plants We Love|

    Sometimes shady gardens seem like a curse but there are many fun and exciting plants that can be used in this location. When looking at the sight it is important to think about shade gardens for one of their finest attributes, the potential to look like a peaceful woodland sanctuary! There are many perennials that will work well in this environment and many can be found in our shady perennial section at Hook’s Greenhouse. Remember shady plants will be listed on their tags as Part Sun / Part Shade which may be used interchangeably to mean 4 to 6 hours of sun each day, preferably in the morning and early afternoon. If a plant is listed as Part Shade, the plant will need some relief from the intense late afternoon sun. Dappled Sun is similar to partial shade.  It is the sun that makes its way through the branches of a deciduous tree.  Woodland plants prefer this type of sunlight. Full Shade is less than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day, with filtered sunlight during the rest of the day.  Full shade does not mean no sun at all, there are very few plants, except mushrooms, that can survive in the dark. Some great backround plants for the shade would be Dicentra or Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart and Helleborus ‘First Frost’. Dicentra grows 36’’ tall and bloom pink heart shaped blooms all in a row in early spring and loves dappled shade. Once bleeding hearts are finished blooming they tend to yellow out and look sad so planting this in the backround of your shady garden will allow other plants to take over the spotlight after this one is done.  It is important to not remove the leaves before they turns yellow or brown as it is storing food for next year. Helleborus has a very thick succulent looking flowers and leaves that the deer despise, it grows 15 inches tall and remains evergreen for the winter.   Helleborus or commonly known as Lenten Rose, can be a welcoming early spring bloomer, sometimes even blooming through snow! They are also deer resistant! Hosta ‘Rainbows End’ has a very unusual green on green variegation and is striking planted next to chartreuse leaf Heuchera ‘Pistachio’  and  white bottle brush flowered Tiarella ‘Cutting Edge’.  Hosta ‘Rainbow’s End’ can grow up to 10 inches tall and 21 inches wide, their bloom time occurs in the summer and is drought-tolerant once established. They are best grown in evenly moist soil in partial sun. They are more slug resistant than other hosta’s and they attract hummingbirds! Heuchera (Pretty Pistachio)is newer hybrid coral bells with chartreuse leaves that appear in early spring with a tight mounding habit. They can grow up to 10 inches tall and 32 inches wide and can produce large 5 inch wide clusters of medium pink flowers starting midsummer and onto early fall.  They also attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and are bee friendly and deer resistant.  Astilbe ‘Pumila’ and Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ make a great partial sun border, full of seasonal color. Astilbe (Pumila) which requires partial to full shade and has beautiful pink flowers can grow up to 10 inches tall. They bloom in the late summer, they are a great front of the garden plant and have a slightly creeping habit that makes them a welcoming woodland ground cover. Average well drained soil is needed, they prefer humsy rich soil typically found under woodlands edge. These particular plants are bee friendly, deer and rabbit resistant, and they also attract butterflies. Tiarella ‘Cutting Edge’ is a great woodland perennial with a nice clumping habit, it blooms tall bottlebrush white flowers and can grow up to 10 inches tall and 18 inches wide. They bloom late spring or early summer and sometimes repeat blooms in the fall.  They are deer resistant and bee friendly. Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ (Lung Wort) requires Partial to Full Shade. They can grow up to 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. These magnificent flowers bloom in the spring, with a raspberry pink colored flower and beautiful silvery variegated foliage. These plants are perfect for groundcover, they attract hummingbirds, are bee friendly and resistant to deer and rabbits. Stop in and check these plants out and many more SHADY PERENNIALS!!

     

     

     

    How to Series: Kick Start the Season with Hanging Baskets.

    Categories: Annuals, Ideas We Love, Plants We Love, Proven Winners|

    Kick Start the Season with Hanging Baskets

    Hanging baskets are a staple for spring. Before the earth is warm enough to plant, hanging baskets can be enjoyed and often kick start the gardening season. Pre-planted hanging baskets are readily available for purchase, or you can build your own by choosing elements that will suit your needs.
    Whether you’re creating a show for an upcoming holiday or event, or just expressing yourself horticulturally, we’ll take a look at the basics that you’ll need.

    Choosing a container:

    Choosing the right container for your hanging basket doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Probably the most important element to look for is something with drainage holes or something that you can make drainage holes in. Next, find something that is large enough to accommodate the plant choices you’ve made. You don’t want your plants overcrowded, nor do you want them too spread out. Keep in mind, you will need something deep enough to allow for plenty of soil, and wide enough to allow the roots to spread out.

    Look for containers that speak to you and your decorating style. If you’re style reflects rusty finds, then an old rusty bucket could do the trick. If a more formal approach is intended, look for plastic pots that reflect the elegant style you’re after.

    Choosing plants:

    When choosing plants for your hanging basket, look for those that cascade nicely. Some plants offer long cascades while others are shorter by nature. Choose a variety that will suit your style.

    If you’re looking for a casual or romantic display, choose soft colors and whites. Pinks, lavendars, pale yellows and whites are a great combination to take springtime all the way through the summer, while pink and white are a classic romantic style.

    Making a bold statement? Try a combination of bright yellows, oranges and reds, throw in a bit of purple and you have a statement! Planted in a brightly colored vessel, this combination will make your hanging baskets pop all season.

    For a more dramatic display, choose 3 or more plants of the same variety and color. Look for a bright color that will show itself off such as red, yellow or purple. Choosing long cascading plants will add to the dramatic effect as well.

    Choose plants that will withstand the wind and heat and take into consideration what kind of sun exposure is in the area that the basket will be displayed (see below).

    Soil:

    Soil is one of the most important aspects of a hanging basket. Your plants will need good drainage and lots of nutrients to thrive throughout the summer. Bagged potting soil comes in a variety of types and offers fresh nutrients for your plants. We recommend high quality Pro-Mix potting soil.

    Watering and Care:

    Be sure to water your hanging basket often as they will dry out quicker than potted plants due to drainage, air circulation and wind. You can check to see when your basket needs watering by sticking your index finger into the soil about a half of an inch deep. If it feels moist to dry, it’s time to water. If it feels moist to soggy, let it go and check tomorrow. It’s not unusual for hanging baskets to need a drink daily, and as summer heats up, they will most likely need a good watering every day.

    Sun Exposure:

    Here’s a handy guide to sun exposures.

    Full Sun-means at least 6 full hours of direct, unfiltered sun per day. Plants that require full sun may enjoy the rays, but be sure to water often during the hot months to keep them cool.

    Part Sun/Part Shade-Plants requiring partial sun or partial shade prefer 4-6 hours of morning or early afternoon sun but will not tolerate the intense hot afternoon sun. Planting on the east side of a building or tree will provide relief to these plants.

    Dappled/Filtered Sun– is the sun that is filtered through the brances of deciduous trees or structure. Woodland plants prefer this type of sunlight.

    Full Shade-is for plants that can only tolerate up to 3 hours of direct sunlight per day. They prefer filtered/or dappled sunlight such as described above. These plants will do well under the protection of a large tree or on a porch. Full Shade may also be referred to as Indirect Sun, where the plant will benefit from full light, but not direct sun.

    Don’t let this overwhelm you, it is all trial and error, and learning from what you like and don’t like. The Greenhouse staff is here to help, just stop in and we can help build your own hanging baskets! or just pick out a pre-planted one for $19.99 and say you planted it yourself, we won’t tell : )

    Great Astilbes for Shady Spots

    Categories: Blog, Perennials, Plants, Plants We Love|

    Astilbe are mainstays of shade and woodland gardens. They combine well with other moisture loving plants like Brunnera, Ligularia, Lobelia and Hosta. We have several great varieties this year, as they are always a staple on the greenhouse sales floor.

    Astilbe ‘Maggie Daley’ is best known for its glossy dark green lacy foliage, the profusion of narrow pink-lavender plumes are dense and fuzzy. This tough variety blooms later, mid to late summer, and will tolerate drier conditions than most.

    Astilbe ‘Fanal’ is a classic, glossy deep green foliage with bright red plumes of fluffy flowers. A good ground cover in moist situations and a superb cut flower, fresh or dried. It makes a dazzling combination with yellow-green leaves.

    Astilbe ‘Visions’ is a more compact plant as it shows off it’s beautiful chinensis foliage and thick, upright blooms. This is an easy care and long lived perennial for both the beginner and expert alike.

    Low growing shade ground cover Astilbe ‘Pumila” spreads more quickly, has more sun tolerance and not so moisture fussy as other types of Astilbes. A great accent to the front of the border. Lovely cut leaf foliage looks great all season long. This easy to grow drought proof groundcover brings color to the late summer color with upright, fuzzy fragrant pink flower plumes lasting until early fall. Attractive looking groundcover for planting in large groupings or tucking in small shady spaces. Foliage stays attractive even when not in bloom. Only 12 inches high.

    All though there are many astilbes available at garden centers this year, these are a few we love at Hook’s Greenhouse!

    Strawberries ‘Ozark Beauty’

    Categories: Blog, Edibles, Plants We Love|

    We offer 5 varieties of strawberries this Year. Our favorite has always been Ozark Beauty. I love that it has a great taste and produces berries throughout the season of good size, which is sometime hard to find with an everbearing strawberry.

    This plant require no special pampering, you can grow them in average, medium-wet, fertile loam in full sun or in a container with high-quality potting soil. When these plants reach maturity they will be between 8 and 12 inches tall. They will have a spread of about 12 inches. ‘Ozark Beauty’ is self-pollinating and shoot off runners easily; it’s also resistant to leaf spot and leaf scorch. The best berry ever for jams, preserves, pies and freezing, and simply unbeatable fresh.

    We sell them for $1.69 each plant or $13.99 a flat of 12.