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How to grow the best vegetables in your yard

Spend an hour and come away with the knowledge and a plan to make the most of your garden this season. For more details click here.

Is it Spring Yet?

While the past month has been very mild even if the weather were to cool down, there are great vegetables that can be planted right now for harvesting in the next few months. In most years, Peas can be planted in late February and this year is certainly no exception. Beets are another good candidate for planting right now as are Kale, Chard, Spinach, Arugula, Mustard and Mesculin also are good choices to put in the ground now. You will find a choice selection of all these plants today at Magnolia Garden Center. Plant today and harvest in April!

2015 Flavorful Fruit Trees Now Here 

Romeo and Carmine Jewel Bush Cherries

Selected to be very dwarf shrubs, only reaching 6 1/2' yet producing an abundance of sweet, versatile cherries on a compact plant. These are perfect cherry trees for small spaces or planted in pots on decks and patios. These plants can yield 30 lbs. by their fifth year. For use in pies, preserves, juice, baking, wine or even as an ornamental shrub. For a limited time we have these plants available as bare root plants ready for immediate planting. You'll save 30% if you get them before we pot them up for the spring selling season.

Fruit Trees

Now is the time to plant these productive trees for the best performance. You can enjoy fresh fruit picked from your own trees in your yard. Even if you've never done this before, we can show you how easy it is to reap tasty harvests every year. Whether apples, pears, cherries or something a little more exotic let us help you establish a mini orchard. Check out the varieties now available You'll find combination trees with several varieties on a single trunk including regular tree shaped plants as well as espaliered trees to maximize your space.

  

It's Time - With our warm late winter, now is the time to get many of your vegetable starts going. Tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos and cucumbers can be started in your house right now for planting out when the weather gets even warmer. This year you might have an easier time getting some of the leafy greens growing directly in your garden. You can also try to protect the germinating seeds with a translucent cover so the soil warms up a bit more. If you want to get going and don't know how to start come in and talk to us. You'll find all that you need to begin a great organic vegetable garden. Before you know it, you can be enjoying lots of yummy food from your own yard.

  Winter Birds of the Pacific Northwest

Birds often struggle to get enough to eat in the winter. They rely primarily on wild foods such as fruit on trees and seed heads. However, due to changes in their environment or scarcity in an urban environment, these wild foods are often in short supply and many birds supplement the naturally available food with seed and suet found in home bird feeders.

Feeding birds is a good way to get them through the harshest parts of the winter months, but ultimately does little to counteract loss of environment. Still, having birds in your yard is a great way to interact with, learn about, and appreciate nature. In addition to feeding birds, planting trees and shrubs that produce fruit or seed, is a great way to create a safe and abundant place for wild birds to congregate and survive the winter.

Here at Magnolia Garden Center, we offer a wide range of products to suit your birding interests. Everything from food and feeders to bird houses and squirrel baffles. Check out our selection Here.

Past Seasons

  Tomatoes

June is here, the days are getting warmer and that means it is time to get your warm season crops in the ground. This includes tomatoes, tomatillos, basil, eggplant, cucumbers and peppers.

Tomatoes are one of those summertime favorites that everyone looks forward to all year. There is nothing better than fresh from the garden tomatoes. Whether you are making salsa, tomato sauce, a garden fresh salad or adding slices to a delicious sandwich, tomatoes are the essential ingredient. The taste of a freshly grown tomato far surpasses those from any grocery store. Home grown tomatoes can make an average meal spectacular and can transform a novice gardener into a culinary master. No one will be able to resist this delectable bounty!

We have over 40 varieties to choose from including cherry tomatoes like the ever popular Sungold, sauce tomatoes such as Roma and slicing tomatoes like Stupice. Come in today and fill your garden with the flavors of summer!

Click HERE for more information about our tomatoes. Find out more about our other Vegetable plants by clicking the links.

 

Itoh Peonies and more "If you admire the colorful exotic flowers of tree peonies but prefer the perennial growing cycle of its herbaceous counterpart, Itoh peonies, also know as Intersectional hybrids, are made for you. In the quest to create a true yellow herbaceous peony, in 1948 breeder Toichi Itoh was the first to successfully cross a tree peony with a herbaceous selection.  However, because these plants were slow to multiply and expensive to produce, they were only available to a limited market.  This all changed in 2004 when a tissue culture laboratory learned how to produce Itoh Peonies in vitro.

 Itoh Peonies resemble tree peonies with a domed, vigorous growth habit and large double flowers with disease-resistant lacy, dark green foliage.  They are winter dormant and grown exclusively in our Oregon nursery."                                     MONROVIA PLANTS

We currently have many blooming peony varieties in stock including the Itoh Peonies Misaka (Beautiful Blossom) and Takara (Treasure) pictured above

Beautiful City Trees for Your Yard

There are now lots of ornamental trees available for planting in your yard. For starters we've got dozens of varieties of Japanese Maples. From dwarf weeping types to strong upright growers, you can get the perfect shape for that particular place in the yard. You will find Magnolias in both deciduous flowering types and evergeen Southern types. There are nice tall Stewartias and Witch Hazels to instantly transform a space. Come on in and check out while the selection is at its max!     

Plant Summer Blooming Pink DahliaBulbs Now!                                     

There is still time to plant dahlias, lillies, gladiolus, crocosmia, crinum, begonias and several other summer flowering bulbs in your garden and your potted containers so you can be greeted by lots of bright colors throughout the summer! Spend a few minutes now to plant them, forget about them and then you'll be surprised when they pop up later in the season - A great investment in time now for some summer cheeriness! We've got packaged bulbs to help make it easier to get the colors and numbers you'll need.

 

Anna's Hummingbirds love Mahonia

The best way to attract the wintering Anna's Hummingbirds to your yard is to plant a "hummingbird feeder" in your yard. One of the best type of plants to attract hummers this time of year is Oregon Grape or Mahonia. There are lots of nice varieties for the urban landscape that offer compact size together with abundant flowers for pretty blooms as well as great feeding opportunities for wintering hummingbirds. Other great northwest hummingbird plants include: Flowering Red Current, larger Rosemary plants (almost continuous blooming all winter), hardy Fuchsia (as well as the annual hanging basket-type), Penstemmon, Coral Bells, Strawberry Trees, ornamental Sage (Salvia), Columbine, Beebalm, Echinacea, Lupine and many more. Most of these also attract butterflies as well.

Enjoy home grown fruit this summer!  There is lots of fruit setting and starting to grow on the vines and trees here at the Garden Center. Blueberries are budding up well and showing signs of becoming those tasty berries waiting to pop into your mouth. Buds are also becoming evident on the RazzelBerry Raspberries - a perfect container plant for deck or patio.

Cherries developing.

 

Apples can be seen on the patio friendly Columnar apple "trees". These grow on a single trunk and can be planted in a container if you don't have space for a real tree.                       

 

Figs developing on several of our dwarf figs trees.  We will show you the best techniques to get the most from these wonderful plants. There are plants in stock ready for planting now or later in the spring.

 

Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers 

 Whether its tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, cucumbers, beans or what-have-you, wait until the soil warms enough so these more hot-season plants can take off when planted. Last year we planted up one of our raised garden beds here at the store in late April and by late May we were ready to harvest many of the lettuces, kales and romaines we put in (see picture at right.) This is only a 4' X 4' space and we had nearly 20 heads of lettuce, beets, peas, some onions, herbs  and more. You can be enjoying fresh salad from your own garden in late spring if you plant in April. Perhaps its time to start getting your garden ready.

            

Summer Blooming Bulbs Are Now Here

While the spring blooming bulbs are busy growing beneath our gardens and pots, you can start to get ready for the growing season by taking a few minutes and getting your summer bulbs in the ground or in a pot. You will now find a great selection of vibrantly colored dahlia tubers ready to spring into action once they are laid in the ground or into one of your summer containers. They will give you tremendous quantities of flowers all the way through the summer and well into fall for such little effort this time of year. In fact they will keep producing right up until we get our first frost of the season which may not even happen until winter! Come in soon for the best color choices and we'll show you how simple it is.

Colorful pots grow colorful vegetables!

From cedar raised garden beds to fiberglass pots to EarthBoxes you will find lots of ways to grow edibles beautifully at Magnolia Garden Center. There are hundreds of pots, containers, grow boxes, raised garden bed kits, wine barrels and more to choose from. Stop by and check 'em out. Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

Glorious Hydrangeas                         

We have a huge collection of beautiful hydrangeas in bloom right now. They are just covered with flowers and look simply divine. Here is a current list of those in stock: Golden Crane & Tuff Stuff Reblooming Mountain Hydrangeas (A couple of  Monrovia/Dan Hinkley introductions), White Diamonds, Pinky Winky, Blushing Bride, Endless Summer, Let's Dance Starlight, Invincibelle Spirit, Incrediball, Vanilla Strawberry, Pinky Winky, Frillibet, Expressions, Phantom, Limelight and Little Lime. Stop by and add one of these beauties to your yard today!

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrangea paniculata Limelight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Flowers

July is an excellent time to start enjoying all of the lovely blooms you planted this spring, or to add even more color to your current collection. Our nursery is a veritable painter's palate of color at the moment. Stop by and enjoy the sights and smells of summer blooms today!

 

What's New Right Now

Summer is here and it is time to fill your landscape or garden with all the colorful plants and veggies that are available right now. Flowers such as petunias, snapdragons, impatiens and geraniums are in full bloom and are ready to transform your garden beds or containers with much needed vibrant color. It is also time to select and plant some of our healthy, organic and delicious herbs and vegetables. Cool season crops like lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and kale are available, as are warm season crops like cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. Get these veggies in the ground now to ensure a summertime harvest of home grown, delectable produce, better than anything you could buy at a grocery store.   

Cacti and Succulents Have Arrived

 Have you ever wanted to experience the beauty and satisfaction of having a house plant, without all of the worry and care that a tropical houseplant requires? We have the perfect thing for you! We just received a large order of cacti and succulents. Many of them are blooming and all of them are fantastically beautiful and unique.

 

We have everything from Echeveria, Kalanchoe, and Aloe, to Crassula, Sedum and Cacti. They all come in a multitude of colors, shapes and textures, that will fit any planting container and home decor. The best part about these plants is their low maintenance nature. They practically thrive on neglect. Just give them a sunny corner and watch them bloom and grow with ease!

 

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