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Welcome to the Autumn Season………… a season filled with cooler air, migrating geese, and a GREAT planting season. Grab your shovel and plant some exciting color in your garden and landscape


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Seasonal Change

September 23rd, 2014

Ahhhhhhhhh the seasons have changed again and with the change comes another exciting opportunity to peruse seasonal activities….. Tree and shrub planting, sowing seeds for new lawns and wildflowers, harvesting and processing late season veggies, sowing seeds and setting out transplants of cold hardy lettuce, kale, spinach peas, broccoli, as well as cloves of shallots, garlic and leeks, and this also offers the greatest time to plant fruit trees and berries.
Sure hope your season was a dandy. In my opinion this could have been one of the BEST growing seasons I have ever experienced……. FANTASTIC is all I can say and until a frost or freeze hits I shall continue to harvest from the garden.
If you have areas that are now clean of flowers, herbs, and veggies you may want to swing by and pick up some cover crop seed and get it sown as soon as possible. You never know when the cold weather will arrive now that we have entered the fall season. actively growing cover crops will continue to sustain the microbial activity in your soil and that is a GOOD thing.
If you need a little color for your faded summer planters and baskets we still have a pretty good selection of flowering Kale, Violas, ornamental grasses, and the likes…….. The summer has faded but the color does not need to end.
Enjoy this wonderful time of the year………….. doug

Spring is Springing

March 24th, 2014

Plants of the year: Perennial- Panicum Virgatum “Northwind” Herb- Artemisia Vegetable-Mascotte Bean Rose- Lady Marmalade
The “To-Do’s” Lister, plus other exciting ideas:
Dormant sprays of horticultural oil (preventative sprays for the control of various insects as well as powdery mildew) as well as lime Sulfur (preventative for various diseases such as leaf curl, powdery mildew, and black spot) should be applied sometime during this time of the year. Spray the entire tree and surrounding ground any day the temperature us above 40 degrees and no chance of rain or snowfall. Possible trees and shrubs to spray include fruit, shade, and flowering trees, as well as cane berries, roses, and snowball bushes. The second application of these sprays should be applied just as buds begin to pop open.
If you have had problems with your lilacs not blooming, it may be that you have a disease present. An application of liquid Copper Spray combined with a surfactant (Spreader Sticker) can also be applied during the dormant season (Jan. – Feb.). As with the dormant sprays you can reapply at bud break, even during the growing season.
If you are wishing to obtain a little help with weed control this year, the window for applying granular pre-emergent’s is coming to a close. Products like our Treflan (Weed & Grass Preventer)and Corn Weed Blocker (an organic version) need to be applied BEFORE the nasty little buggers start to sprout. A thin layer of compost or bark mulch over the top of the granules really will improve performance and well worth the extra time involved. The later product may even be applied over the lawn to help control dandelions, clover, and chick-weed…… dang.
If you are wishing to start a few garden seeds indoors this year there are a few rules you may want to follow. Use only clean sterilized containers, a specific soil-free seed starting soil, a heat mat or thermostatically controlled heat cables, a clear plastic grow dome to cover the seedling tray, and last but not least a GOOD grow light. We offer many variations including fluorescent, HP sodium, Metal Halide, as well as new energy efficient LED units. Check out my full article on seed starting at It is very important to follow a timing schedule to eliminate wasted seedlings.

As the season warms and early “budders” begin to show a little life it is sometimes fun to go out and collect a few branches for indoor forcing. Best time to bring them in is when buds show just a spot of bud-crack. Clipped off to early will result in poor performance or no color at all.
Check to make sure that landscape plants under building eves, dense evergreen trees, and other areas where natural rain and snowfall can’t access, have adequate moisture in the soil. Once to twice a month applications will usually suffice in the winter and very early spring season. Dehydration is the number one cause of plant failures in our cold and dry High Desert area!
There are always a lot of calls about pruning as the buds swell and we get a few off and on peeks at warm sunny weather, but I must say it is best not to prune at this time. You are apt to encounter running sap on many of the trees that is impossible to stop. Roses pruned to early will many times result in COMPLETE plant loss if we encounter another round of hard freezing. Pruning other deciduous plant material can result in poor spring flowering and additional twig dieback due to late frosts. If you still have evergreens in need of pruning you may proceed but you are running out of time to do this task.
If you are going to shop for garden seed at local garden centers (and I thank for that) it is wise to get in there early while supplies are strong. With the recent increase in gardening many seed companies are struggling meeting buyers demands. On a site note if you plan on growing any legume (peas, beans, etc.) make sure to pick up a specific legume innoculant. This product will not only assist in germination and growth but increased vigor, number of blossoms, and subsequent fruit!
If you are looking to fertilize you veggie and herb gardens I would highly recommend the application of granular organic “Cold Climate” fertilizer, plus the addition of granular “Humic Acid” and “Azomite” (a calcium rich micro with over 70 additional natural goodies). These three ingredients combined with a humus rich soil and you should be about ready to dive into the 2011 garden season. If you feel the need to add additional nutritional supplement you might want to take a look at a liquid organic fertilizer known as “Earth Juice”. There are multiple variations of this GREAT product including the likes of “Grow”, “Bloom”, and “Catalyst”. Mixed with water and poured over the top of your plants will give them a summer boost like no other!!! Dang…
If you are contemplating building or buying a greenhouse, cold frame, or high tunnel, Redmond greenhouse offers multiple glazing’s to cover your structure. From inexpensive UV Greenhouse plastic to dual layered laminates we carry just about any specialty product you might need plus all the expert advice to save you time and money. We also offer pre-built (local) as well as do-it yourself greenhouse kits. We even have pre-built Coldframes (the so-called “poor man’s” greenhouse).
If you have not considered it yet, it is a wise gardener whom plants insectory seeds and plants to help lure in valuable pollinating insects. These little guys are not in vast supply due to our somewhat sterile environment. Fruit set is most certainly enhanced when sufficient quantities of pollinators are present. You might even consider becoming a keeper of honey bees!
Happy Early Gardening………. Doug PS: On a side note if you would like to receive additional info, coupons, specials, and other garden/landscape related info feel free to go to my blog and click on the newsletter link. Simply enter your email address and you are all set…………… Thank for your time………….. Here comes spring.

Lawn Thatch?……. An all natural control

March 18th, 2013

Adding our “Soil Activator”/”Humic Acid” to your organic fertilizer program may be just the ticket to help control and reduce the amount of thatch in your lawn. If you have the time just type in the name Humic Acid into your search engine and read all the wonderful post on this fantastic organic product…. We offer it in boxes and bags….. as I describe it…… it is the conductor of the orchestra (garden/landscape/lawn………….. doug

Tough Hardy Oregon Grown Fruit Trees for the High Desert

March 3rd, 2013

Our selection is at it’s very peak…… Now it the time if you would like to take advantage of a GREAT selection as well as a time when the trees are totally dormant, thus no stress…. Just Success….. Hope to see you soon…. doug

Hello Very Early Spring

February 21st, 2013

If you have not yet felt the surge of weather changes stand by for a GREAT feeling……. Winter is fading and our trail towards Spring has started. If you are new to our High Desert area it will be wise to be patient……. Box stores will swell with early offering of roses, fruit trees, and flower bulbs. In my opinion this is WAY TO EARLY for successful planting. Ours is a unique climatic zone and defies a proper rating……… The unpredictable arrival of Spring with it’s highs and lows will cause much pain and discomfort to un-climatized nursery stock. Stand your ground and be cautious! Watching local nurseries will guide you in the right direction as to proper times to plant various plants, roots, and tubers. At best you will be in for a wild ride when it comes to survival here in the High Desert region.

If you have not yet sprayed your fruit trees with the so called “Dormant Oils” , the time is now…… Combine with Lime Sulfur for a full coverage of prevention of insects and disease….. Lilacs should also be sprayed if you have had blooming problems in the past…… “Actinovate” (an organic systemic), or Liquid Copper should be applied in dormant stages as well as bud break. This practice should help with bloom performance if you have been struggling……. One should also make sure that suckers are properly removed. Feeding is of equal importance….. A well feed shrub or tree is vital to it’s Spring performance. Our blended organic “Cold Climate” fertilizer is a very wise choice in my opinion.

If you have not yet applied a weed pre-emergence (as John Wayne would say)……. daylight is burning……. Treflan (Weed and Grass Preventer) is a great choice with no danger of damaging tree and shrub roots is a GREAT choice. Organic “Corn Weed Blocker” is a great choice as well. The late may also be applied to lawns to lessen the presence of dandelions, button weed, and clovers. In areas where there are no tree/shrub roots and you want permanent weed/control you might want to take a look at a product called Mono Bor Chlorate. Just make sure you KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!!!!! All products can and will move through the soil if they are on a slope….. BE CAUTIOUS.

The tools of proper indoor seed germination are…….. Heat Mat, Sterile seed starting container, Soilless Seed starting soil, Plastic dome (for humidity control), Grow Light…….. simple but very effective.

Many trees will bleed sap if pruned to early……. BE CAREFUL……. contact local garden centers if you have ?’s as to what you are trying to prune….. In General….. Willows, Birch, Aspen, Poplars, and Maples species will bleed badly if pruned to early…… Better later than early….. I recommend waiting until after they leaf out…….

If you need a little early spring color on your front porch or breakfast table Redmond Greenhouse if overflowing with Primroses, Pansies, Violas, and other Spring Bloomers…… Offered in 4″ pots or planted up in decorative planters…… We have Spring in all it’s EARLY Splendor!!!!!!

Well for the time being……… There you go…… Sorry I don’t get more posts up in a timely manner…….. Seems I just run out of time and other things seem to occupy my time….. Swing by for a one on one visit….. I will be there….. smile on and ready for Spring……. Happy late February… doug


2013 All American Selection

February 19th, 2013

All American Selection for 2013…..”Melemon” garden melon……. Should be a good one for our area if you are in the right micro-climate and willing to give extra effort. A small sized melon that has taste that will parallel a traditional honeydew…. but with a lemon like tanginess…. wo wo…. a early (short season) sport with the potential for high yields…… We will be stocking this one if all goes well……. Happy Planning…. doug

Fall Garden Calendar 2012

October 31st, 2012

Falling Autumn Leaves Calander 2012
Garden beds which had unusually high numbers of insects including root maggots could be treated with our Hi-Yield permethrin based “Garden Dust” or organic Diatomaceous Earth after all harvesting has been completed. Apply according to directions. This application will have all winter to work into the soil thus killing many of the larva and eggs so your garden will have fewer problems in 2010. Although nothing has been proven I might also like to advocate the application of organic “Neem Seed Meal” as a possible treatment for pesky bugs as well. Many of our customers are reporting great results with this unique product. Primarily used as an organic supplemental nutrition a cross use has emerged due to its know properties as a known fungicide/insecticide.
Dormant oil sprays as well as lime sulfur solutions should be applied to fruit trees, berries, and roses just as the leaves are beginning to fall. Then another application should be applied sometime the end of January first part of February when the winter weather gives us a break of warm temperatures above freezing. Mark these times in your computer calendar to remember. It is also time to apply Copper Spray to lilacs as well as other disease prone plants. Make sure to include a surfactant to assure better results. We are introducing a “New” organic product called Actinovate as a possible alternative to commonly used synthetic products. This particular introduction not only controls via surface contact but as a systemic (soaking into the roots) as well…… We are excited about this product!
Any winterizing mulch should NOT be done until there is frost in the ground. This ensures that the plant has gone completely dormant and will not seal in any warm autumn soil conditions. Our recommendation for mulch is Shredded Hemlock or our “manure free” organic compost which insulates roots and adds valuable humidity during the sometimes dry arid winters. Straw will also give good insulating values but is a tad messy. All of these products will allow the plant to breath and not suffocate the soil. A good mulching is probably the best insurance you can give your plants that are less than three years old!
Some of the plants to mulch include Roses, new plantings you made this year, rhodys & azaleas, Japanese Maples, and other more tender perennials you may have recently planted.
Mulching with our organic Garden Compost (Weed & Manure Free) around Berries, asparagus, and Rhubarb is also a very worthwhile step. We believe it to be the BEST Compost in the Pacific Northwest !!! We sell it in bulk (save money) or convenient value packed bales.
Fertilizing this time of the year is a GREAT idea. We recommend our “Cold Climate” for all your landscape/garden beds and our organic pelleted “Cascade Natural”, “Natures Intent”, or Bio-Turf for your lawns. Chemical fertilizers tend to increase the incidence of Turf Problems (Snowmold/Thatch/Fairy Ring, Etc.). I cannot stress enough, the importance of this time of the year for applying organic nutrition to ALL OF YOUR LANDSCAPE PLANTS, EMPTY BEDS, AND LAWNS.
As you plant your tulips, daffodils, crocus, and other fall planted “Spring Flowering Bulbs” we suggest you add liberal amounts of organic compost as well as our organic fertilizer rich in bone meal for best results. Water in well and stand by for an explosion of color next spring. Now Is The Time …. in fact the only time to do this fun and exciting task. Our selection is full of new and exciting varieties as well as many Deer Resistant choices. Our Bearded Iris collection is the BEST ever! If you have children stop on by and we will give each of your children a FREE flower bulb along with simple planting instructions!!!
If you have not yet planted garlic, shallots, as well as special Winter onion sets……. as John Wayne said…… Daylight is a wasting…. Now is the time before the ground freezes up… Selection is great. We even have Elephant Garlic (a member of the leek family). FREE planting handouts to guarantee better results…
You might want to try some late sowings of spinach, lettuce, chard of herbs for “possible” early winter greens. We are still offering a few garden starts of these plants!!!
If you have a pond with fish don’t forget to start feeding your fish a wheat germ based food. High protein summer fish foods can cause serious problems with your valuable aquatic pets! Apply one of our many safe selections for the control of late season algae blooms.
last but not least if you are looking for a little color to fill those empty summer planters you will still find a GREAT selection of fragrant violas, spectacular selections of colorful and frost resistant flowering Cabbage and Kale. Dwarf ornamental grasses and durable plants of Dusty Miller. Mix and match as well as take advantage of some fantastic sales….. We have some “close out deals” on trees, shrubs, perennials, and hardy roses… Hurry in for best selection!!!
Happy Fall Gardening ……
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Early Summer “To Do’s” for the garden and landscape

June 23rd, 2012

Keep a close watch on spinach, Swiss chard, and beet greens for leaf miner damage…… you will see a deteriation of the leaf and will need to take action………… Repeat sprays of Spinosad should do the trick
Sow more seed of romaine to keep the salads coming…….. try covering the seed with peat moss of washed river sand….. the results should amaze you………..
If you would like a steady stream of crunch lettuce throughout the summer season….. try hanging a piece of shade cloth over portion of your garden….. this should cool things down and allow you to be successful in growing summer lettuce, peas, and more…… seed on
Potato beetles are out and about so make sure to observe your foliage…. physically remove them or apply sprays of Spinosad….
Keep a close eye on your onions and other root crops for maggot damage…… an application of Cyanora should help with the problem….. the dust…. “Garden Pet and Livestock will also aid in the problem…. On a personnel side….. I worked Neem Seed Meal into my garden and have had no problem….. I’m happy!
Appy organic compost around the garden as it will help suppress weeds as well as help hold in moisture… Wheat straw is also a great idea.
If you are looking to boost the performance of veggies, herbs, and or flowers you just might mix up a bucket or two of liquid Earth Juice “Grow”…….This will add a BIG push to the performance of all your plants……
Pinch or prune away spent blooms from your perennial garden as time permits….. Its well worth your time, plus you just might get some re-blooms on these plants
Keep a close eye on trees and shrubs for early summer insect damage….. problems can occur VERY quickly and cause BIG damage……
For those of you that have ponds and water features make sure you keep a bale, pellets, or liquid barley in your schedule of chores………….. Barley is known throughout the pond community as a GREAT preventer of Algae. Algaeway 5.4 by Microbe Lift seems to be the best product for safe and effective control of the green stuff……….. plus it helps control the NASTY string algea….. dang
and if you are wondering what the black leafed plant with the gorgeous pink blooms is….. Its an ornamental elderberry………….. whooooooo wooooo….. Real GREAT plant and tough as a barn nail….
Meanwhile out in the perennial garden if you see a collapse of your prized delphinium you may have a boring insect………….. a systemic drench should do the trick
Fairy ring in your lawn?…. sorry….. try applying Consan to the affected area….. don’t forget the sticker..

April 1st, 2012

Bringing In The Beneficials
Special thanks to “Ann Lovejoy” for her contribution to this article…. Doug
Inviting Bees, Bugs and Butterflies
One key to garden success is the garden’s ability to attract and host beneficial insects of many kinds. Not only will we experience better cropping as pollination rates improve, but beneficials also chase away or gobble down a multitude of garden pests. Wise gardeners may set aside an area near the garden proper to act as the host space for beneficials. Organic growers call such areas “bug banks,” since they become storehouses of invaluable insect garden allies. In its simplest form, a bug bank strip might hold herbs like borage, dill, and mint, as well as early blooming rosemaries. The more plant variety you can offer, the greater the range and volume of insect helpers you will garner.
Northwest Natives For Insect Habitat
Native plants that bloom early are excellent bug bank additions, including various kinds of Oregon grape (Mahonia), and flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum). Native violets, and foamflower (Tiarella)are also good candidates. So are all sorts of “weeds,” which are so often more appreciated by insects and other critters than by control-oriented gardeners. The garden that supports a few thistles will also support goldfinches, and those dockweeds, buttercups, and dandelions are always in hot demand among the non-human garden users.
Key … P= perennial; B=biennial; no notation=annual; I=intermittent through the year; F=through to frost; **=super nectar producer
ULTRA EARLY (through winter)
autumn croci (**; P; pulchellus,albus,zonatus…) cyclamen (**; P; neapolitanum, hederifolium, coum…) snowdrops (**; P) aconite (**; P)
borage (I, **) calendula (I, **) earliest narcissici (**P)
early daffs and narcissi (**; P) species tulips (**; P; tarda, hageri…) glory-of-the-snow (**: P; Chionodoxa) iris reticulata (**; P) rosemary (P, **) primrose ( P; early)
Single Daffodils (P) species primrose (P) violets (P; **) violas ( P, I, **) anemones (**; P; Spring-St. Brigid’s mix, monarch de caen…)
alyssum (annual-I; and perennial; **)
Late Single Daffodils (**;P) Tulips-single (P) Dutch iris Aquilegia (P;columbine) Armeria maritima (P; **; native-sea pinks)
Candytufts (annual-F, &P, **) Dianthus (sweet Williams, some F; and per.pinks) creeping phloxes ( P; **;incl. native P. subulata) Campanulas (P) Centaurea (**; A-I; &P) Digitalis (**: B; foxglove) English daisy (B; **;bellis)Godetia ( F; **;s summer’s herald-native)
Clarkia (F; **; native-mountain garland) Linaria (F; **0 Lupines (A&P) Lunaria (B; money plant) Pyretheum ( P; painted daisy)
Saponarias (P; soapwort) Stocks (F, **) Cal. Bluebells (**, Phacelia campanularia) Nemophila (**) Tidy tips (**) Myosotis ( B; **; forget-me-nots) Poppies-single (all, A &P, **, California poppies-I) Sweet peas (**)
Anagalis ( P; blue pimpernel) Bidens (P; golden goddess) Achilleas ( P; I; F; **; incl. native A. millefolium) Nasturtiums (F, **)
Chives (**; P; both garlic and regular) Parsley (**: B) Cilantro (**) Erigeron Dill (**) Mints (**) Dymorphotheca ( F; African daisy)
Dahlberg Daisy (F) Shasta Daisy-single ( some F) geranium (some F; true geranium-NOT Pelargonium) Gilia (**; birds eyes)
Purple tansy (**; Phacelia tanecetifolia) Silene (**; P; catchfly) Hesperus matronalis ( P; **; sweet rocket) Linums (**; A & P)
Lobelias (A- F; &P) Monarda (**; P) Nepetas ( **; P;F; catnip, catmint…) Potentillas (P, F) Spireas (P) Viscaria (**; rose angel)
thymes (**; P)
Agastaches (**; P; licorice mint…) Asclepias (**; b-fly weed) Asters-single (A&P; F; **) brachymone ( F; swan river daisy) Basils (**)
Catananche (P; cupid’s dart) Centranthus ( P; F; jupiter’s beard) Cleome ( F; spider flowerù) Annual chrysanthemum (F) Convolvulus (F)
coreopsis (F; **) Cosmos ( F; ; A&P) Dianthus ( F; A &P; carnations, ann. pinks… singles) Eupatorium ( **; joe pye weed) Gaillardia (F; **; A & P) Gazania (transvaal daisy) Hollyhocks-singles (**; P, B & A; singles) Marigolds ( **; F; singles-”gem” series T. signata) summer savory Zinnias ( **; F; singles; Africans “profusion”series) Salvias and sages ( some F; **; A & P) Oreganos ( **; P) Malvas (P) Mimulus Penstemons ( P; some F; incl. natives) Gauras ( P; F; **) Phlox ( F; A & P) Physostegia (F; P; obedient plant) Portulaca (F) Sunflowers-singles ( **; F; A & P) Tahoka daisy (**; F) Torenia (F; wishbone flower) Trachymene ( F; **;blue lace flower) Verbenas ( F; **; A&P) Verbascums (**; P) Veronias ( P; **; F; speedwell) Lilies (**; P) Daylilies-singles (**, P; some F)
Asters-singles ( F: A&P: late) Amaranthus (F) Echinaceas (**; P; F; coneflowers) Rudbeckias-singles (**; F; P; black-eyed susans) Ratibida (**; F; P; prairie coneflower) Ornamental grasses (P- important part of beneficial bugs’ life-cycle) Oenothera (**; P; F; evening primroses) Sedums (**; F; P; incl. natives) Early, single mums (F; P) Tithonia (**; F; Mexican sunflower) Solidagos (**; F; goldenrods)
colchicums (**; P) late single mums (F; P) late sedums (**:F; P) fall anemones(**; F; P) saffron crocus (**;P; all autumn crocus)….
So what to do with all this stuff?
Give a 4-6″ border along my raised beds to marigolds, nasturtiums, alyssums and dw. zinnias. Throw in some herbs throughout your plot- mints grown in a coffee can with both ends cut out, some chives and thyme (these last 3 are good near cruciferae), summer savory with your beans, some basils and garlic (to flower) among solanums, some dill intersown with a tall crop or at back of plot, some overwintered parsley to bloom, a radish (to bloom) in each hill of cucurbitae- and your plot is a bennie (beneficial bug) truck stop!”
“Use some “living mulches” among taller crops (cruciferae, solanum, corn…) such as alyssums, Nemophila, tidy tips, California poppies and bluebells, even Dutch white clover increases the effect exponentially.”
“Let some crops bolt (deadhead before seed matures) to take it to the next level. Throw in some of the real nectar-super producers along the edge w/ the annuals (linums, Phacelia, gilias, clarkias, godetias, dw. coreopsis, violas, dwarf bachelor buttons…) and some fall/winter/spring bulbs and prepare for the haze!” (Sean likes to see a “living haze” of insects in the garden as often as possible.)
“You’ll get more reliable pollination and consistent control of your pests. Beyond that, it’s a personal art-you’ll refine your plan for your crops and microclimate as you go. A minimum of “land wasted on flowers”, a maximum of output with little labor. It’s the only way to fly!!”

January 23rd, 2012

In the world of perennials, herbaceous shrubs, and trees, there is another fast growing category of plants known as vines and trailing plants. The species of plants typically grow and climb by extending tendrils, which can cover fences, arbors, and trellises, and in most cases in a very short period of time! Used to soften hardscapes such as fences and walls plus other hard to disguise features in your landscape, this group of plants offer the home gardener and landscaper some very unique opportunities. Varieties within this wonderful family of plants have something to offer for almost any garden area as well as special and unique situations. Many have spectacular flowers as well as intoxicating fragrance at given times of the season, while others offer dramatic autumn colors in foliage and berries. There are varieties that work in hot sunny locations as well as difficult shady areas. All will grow well in most garden beds and many will do well simply in containers climbing up a decorative obelisk. Combine the aspect that these plants can also fit into areas no others can and you have got an invaluable species just waiting to fill you wants, needs and wishes. Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities just waiting to be discovered!

Doug’s Twining vining hardy plant picks:
Honeysuckle: This group of vining plants is one of my favorites due to its exotic dramatic blossom display. Combine that with intoxicating fragrance from most of the species and you have an instant winner. In addition, they are sure to attract droves of fascinating fast flying hummingbirds. This family of plants has been a part of rural America for years, rambling around old homesteads, rock fences and walls.
Clematis: This massive family of plants can sometimes be a little tricky to establish, but once you have seen the dramatic display of an established vine you will never be able to sleep until you have one in your very own backyard. Most of the small flowering varieties are followed in bloom by unusual seed pods. Many of the large flowering types (some over six inches across) will have you thinking you are in the tropics, not the high desert location we call home.
Silverlace: This fantastic vine not only grows very fast, but will prevail in sunny dry locations as well as difficult shady places. Dramatic wedding type sprays of white flowers season long will be followed by vibrant orange and red fall foliage.
Virginia creeper: This is a great vine for sun or shade and certainly wins the blue ribbon for the most explosive red color in the fall. Many opt to plant this at the base of a dead juniper tree and watch the skeleton come back to life….. In a hurry. If you are lucky you might even find a garden center that has a variegated leaf variety for additional charm.
Hops: This vine has got to be the fastest growing selection that garden centers will offer. If not the first year the second year will cover your trellis in record time beating all other vine species, “hands down”. Hops are also a favorite of home brew folks as well as local neighborhood bread bakers.
Wisteria: This plant is certainly very sought after due to its spectacular display of hanging grape like blooms, but I must say it is a tough one to establish much less get to bloom. There are many varieties of this plant family, but you must make sure you get the ones that are hardy for our cold climate! Trusted garden center employees will ensure you of proper selection.
Passion Vines: This is another vine that will surely tackle your sense of patience in regards to establishment in your garden. Some gardeners have been unable to over-winter this unbelievable vine. If however you have ever seen one of these plants in bloom you will probably never give up trying to get it to grow! The intricate bloom design will leave you with a sense of “I can’t believe it is real”!
Akebia: A fast growing deciduous vine with very fragrant blooms and very curious looking fruit. The foliage possesses a unique velvety look quite different from other plants. If un-trellised this vine would also make a fast growing groundcover.
Climbing Hydrangea: This could be one of the most spectacular vines a gardener could grow. With large (6”-8”) white creamy blooms this perennial vine is a sure show stopper. Slow to establish but well worth the effort, this vine will establish a little wow factor in your garden when observed by your special backyard guests!

Annual Vine Species (These are selections that usually have to be replanted every season. They only come back in memory!!!

Sweet Peas: A favorite of mine that is perfect for our many times cool climate. Fast to grow from seed or garden center starts, there are many varieties to choose from. Most are unforgettably fragrant adding a special allure to selected planting areas. This vine is a must for our area. Fast, colorful, fragrant and fabulous.
Morning Glory: Some consider this as an invasive species but for our cold climate area it is a natural. Fast growing, with attractive foliage (some are even variegated) this is truly a spectacular velvety dazzling species.
Black-eyed Susan’s: This vine can grow faster than a rabbit sprinting through the sagebrush and will light up a trellis or pergola with bright yellow and black blossoms the entire summer season once it gets started. This is a fun and easy backyard favorite.

Other garden center selections with GREAT climbing capabilities would be the likes of Grapes and Roses. Grape vines are currently the rage with many folks as their fruit and foliage add a special class to the backyard arbor as well as a wonderful canopy of shade as the large leafed foliage and clusters if fruit drape over the outdoor dinning pergola. Climbing roses on the other hand have been a standby in yards and gardens for years. Not necessarily a true vine but a plant with vigorous upright growth that will put the “wow” factor on any arbor or trellis with their spectacular show of colorful fragrant flowers.

In conclusion I can only say one thing, now is the time to get planting, considering that you are now well versed on the ins and outs of vining plants as well as selected varieties that will serve your needs. As always, make sure you pay strict attention to the planting site as well as soil preparation! Oversized planting holes, deeply amended with manure free organic compost, then topped off with 6 to 12 cups of a granular blended fertilizer such as our “Cold Climate” will have you smiling as you watch your plantings explode with color, fragrance, and cool foliage! Happy planting and I hope you enjoy your newfound growing friends!

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